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Festival to boost local tourism
Mon  Apr 20 2015 08:33PM
PUNTA GORDA — Kelly Williamson handles marketing for the waterfront hotel, Four Points by Sheraton, in the city’s downtown. Normally, the popular hotel has no problem accommodating guests this time … Find out how to read more online.
Rain, thunderstorms possible this week
Mon  Apr 20 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents experiencing weather in spring that feels more like summertime can expect more of the same this week. Based on temperatures at the Charlotte County Airport, meteorologist Rodney … Find out how to read more online.
Day on the water a way to say thanks
Mon  Apr 20 2015 08:30AM
Lorraine Geiser, commodore of the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club, stood at a podium on the grounds Saturday and addressed the 20 local veterans who were about to be treated to … Find out how to read more online.
Incorporation push goes public
Mon  Apr 20 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — About 50 residents and business people turned out Thursday for the initial public meeting regarding a possible incorporation drive for Port Charlotte. And many were as anxious … Find out how to read more online.
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Study: Pill-taking can be less yucky  for kids
Mon  Apr 20 2015 05:02PM
CHICAGO (AP) — Many sick kids can’t or won’t swallow pills — and that can make them sicker. But there may be some pretty simple ways to help the medicine go down, a new study says. Dr. Kathleen Bradford and … read more.

5 years after BP spill, drillers push into riskier depths
Mon  Apr 20 2015 05:02PM
ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) — Five years after the nation’s worst offshore oil spill, the industry is working on drilling even further into the risky depths beneath the Gulf of Mexico to tap massive deposits once thought unreachable. … read more.

NY’s Cuomo to be first gov. to visit Cuba as ties reopen
Mon  Apr 20 2015 01:19AM
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is heading to Havana, the first American governor to visit Cuba since the recent thaw in relations with the communist nation. Whether his trade mission generates anything more than headlines, however, … read more.

Poland summons US envoy over FBI head’s Holocaust comments
Mon  Apr 20 2015 01:19AM
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s Foreign Ministry urgently summoned U.S. Ambassador Stephen Mull on Sunday to “protest and demand an apology,” saying the head of the FBI suggested that Poles were accomplices in the Holocaust. FBI director James Comey made … read more.

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Special Olympians have fun at field day
Sun  Apr 19 2015 08:30AM
ROTONDA — Skylar Martin lifted the golf club in celebration of making a hole-in-one in front of her friends. The 11-year-old fifth-grader at Peace River Elementary School in Charlotte Harbor was one of dozens of local members of the Special … Find out how to read more online.

Beauty of nature, art highlight eARTh Day Celebration
Sun  Apr 19 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Under a blue sky and a yellow sun wearing sunglasses, the crayon drawing shows Clara Bailey and her two sisters planting a tree amidst a field of green grass, adding to the beauty that Mother Earth already … Find out how to read more online.

Gated communities making a comeback
Mon  Apr 20 2015 04:40PM
ENGLEWOOD — Building luxury homes in a gated community in 2006 seemed like the right idea. But for developers Sam Rodgers and Lee Wetherington, it quickly became a nightmare. In 2004, after paying $28.9 million for 370 acres in North … Find out how to read more online.

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