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Suspects attempt break in at Metro PCS store
Mon  Oct 24 2016 05:08PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help in identifying four male suspects who attempted to burglarize the Metro PCS outlet at 2672 Tamiami Trail. Surveillance … Find out how to read more online.
Uncertainty clouds housing market
Mon  Oct 24 2016 08:30AM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — With inventory and prices rising from a year ago, real estate experts are scratching their heads as to why sales are down. In Charlotte, the median sales … Find out how to read more online.
Chicken Night symphony at the Elks
Mon  Oct 24 2016 05:09PM
The Answer Man is in awe each Monday evening, attending an amazing culinary production. It basically boggles the mind. It’s Chicken Night at the Punta Gorda Elks Lodge 2606, a … Find out how to read more online.
Readers have ideas about amendments
Mon  Oct 24 2016 05:08PM
Last week I offered an alternative to placing things in the Florida Constitution that should really be regular laws. My argument was that the Constitution was for amending the operating … Find out how to read more online.
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Man charged with stabbing person during church service
Mon  Oct 24 2016 01:19AM
WEDGEFIELD, S.C. (AP) — A 65-year-old South Carolina man is charged with stabbing the person sitting in front of him in church. Local media outlets report Billy Lewis of Wedgefield, about 35 miles east of Columbia, is charged with attempted … read more.

Tour bus slams into truck on slowed-down highway, killing 13
Sun  Oct 23 2016 08:21PM
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — A tour bus returning home to Los Angeles from a casino trip plowed into the back of a semi-truck on a California highway early Sunday, killing 13 people and injuring 31 others, authorities said. A … read more.

Poles stage new protests over proposed abortion restrictions
Mon  Oct 24 2016 01:19AM
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish women put black clothes back on and returned to the streets Sunday, launching another round of protests against efforts by the nation’s conservative leaders to tighten Poland’s already restrictive abortion law. A large group gathered … read more.

Officers: 83 Nigerian soldiers missing in Boko Haram attack
Mon  Oct 24 2016 01:19AM
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Some 83 Nigerian soldiers are missing in action since Boko Haram Islamic extremists attacked a remote military base in the northeast, senior army officers said Sunday. The soldiers were unable to fight back and fled because … read more.

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Pollution incidents disclosed under new rule
Mon  Oct 24 2016 04:51PM
Hundreds of pollution incidents were disclosed this month that previously were not required to be, including two spills involving Mosaic Fertilizer and a seven-gallon oil leak in Port Charlotte, according to Florida Department of Environmental Protection records. An emergency rule … Find out how to read more online.

Burnt Store Road developments planned
Mon  Oct 24 2016 03:30PM
MURDOCK — Two separate construction projects may soon be coming down Burnt Store Road. On today’s Charlotte County Commission agenda, a pair of land-use proposals are up for consideration, including the creation of a new neighborhood. JPC Store Preserve, LLC … Find out how to read more online.

Our task is to make a difference
Mon  Oct 24 2016 08:30AM
“All my reporting life I have thrown small pebbles into a very large pond, and I have no way of knowing whether any pebble caused the slightest ripple. I don’t need to worry about that. My responsibility was the effort.” … Find out how to read more online.

Solar energy battle heats up
Sun  Oct 23 2016 08:30AM
On a hot day earlier this month, Gerry Swormstedt — the impassioned leader of Manatee-Sarasota’s Sierra Club — sat in a tiny booth at Phillippi Farmhouse Market, appealing to passersby on the potential dangers of Amendment 1. She, and others, contend … Find out how to read more online.

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