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SKY YMCA eyes merger with Charlotte
Tue  Jul 26 2016 01:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The SKY YMCA of Venice’s leadership team has been contracted to take over Charlotte County Family YMCA’s operations, effective Aug. 1. SKY Family YMCA currently has operations … Find out how to read more online.
New state law takes aim at ‘Spice’ drugs
Mon  Jul 25 2016 01:27PM
Wobbly, Jello-like legs, the feeling someone is chasing you, a racing heartbeat and instant dizziness describe what it feels like for some seconds after smoking or vaping synthetic drugs, like … Find out how to read more online.
Woman accused of roughing up ‘longtime friend’
Tue  Jul 26 2016 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — A 34-year-old Englewood woman was being held Monday at the Charlotte County Jail on $63,000 bond for allegedly assaulting a man whom she described to law enforcement as … Find out how to read more online.
Cavanagh spent time in Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima
Mon  Jul 25 2016 08:30AM
Tom Cavanagh Jr. of Deep Creek arrived at Pearl Harbor aboard a troop transport with thousands of other Marines. World War II was 10 months from being over. “Pearl Harbor … Find out how to read more online.
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Brazil police arrest last suspect in Olympics terrorism case
Tue  Jul 26 2016 01:19AM
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Police arrested the last suspect wanted so far in a case of Brazilian sympathizers of the Islamic State who allegedly discussed attacking the Olympic Games next month in Rio de Janeiro. The Federal Police said … read more.

Florida mourns again
Tue  Jul 26 2016 01:00AM
Two people are dead, including a 14-year-old boy and a Lehigh Senior High School basketball star, and up to 16 are injured following a deadly shooting early Monday morning during a party at Club Blu in Fort Myers. The Fort … read more.

Surgeon general: Precaution best method to fight Zika
Tue  Jul 26 2016 01:19AM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy toured a mosquito control facility in Orlando on Monday and said now is the time to start taking precautions … read more.

Elderly veteran held as hostage in motel for years
Tue  Jul 26 2016 01:19AM
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Veterans’ organizations have reached out to help a Korean War-era veteran who authorities say was held hostage in a motel room for four years by a man who stole his benefit checks. Groups in New York, … read more.

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Convicted killer gets new trial
Mon  Jul 25 2016 08:30AM
A Charlotte County jury found Eddie McNealy guilty of second-degree murder with a firearm and sent him to prison for the rest of his natural life, after he was accused of shooting a man to death outside a Port Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.

Nuisance pigs = profitable pork
Mon  Jul 25 2016 08:30AM
Florida is trying to build a new meat industry with a problematic animal. Wild pigs damage land when digging for food, and repairs can get costly for property owners. So, some Floridians are turning these pests into profit by marketing … Find out how to read more online.

Ushering in ‘remarkable change’
Mon  Jul 25 2016 04:46PM
Bill Folchi felt it. As he listened to Donald Trump speak to close the Republican National Convention very late Thursday night in Cleveland, he was struck with a sense of history. “We’re in a strong position to win this presidency,” … Find out how to read more online.

Trip to Charlotte beach to become more complicated in August
Mon  Jul 25 2016 04:46PM
Sometimes it’s not easy to get to the beach if you live in Port Charlotte or Punta Gorda. If you go toward Fort Myers Beach, you never really know if there’s going to be one of those classic one-hour plus … Find out how to read more online.

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