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Eyster served in 254th Engineering Battalion
Mon  Sep 29 2014 08:00AM
George Eyster started off driving a 2 ½-ton Army truck in the 254th Engineering Battalion attached to Gen. Omar Bradley’s 1st Army when it came ashore on Omaha Beach June … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Sep 28 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Wearing a Union hat and a knowing look, Abe Coleman walks slowly through the Blanchard House Museum’s new exhibit, “Henceforth, and Forever Free: The Long Road to … Find out how to read more online.
Gator derails Springs’ reopening
Sun  Sep 28 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The 9 a.m. reopening of Warm Mineral Springs was delayed Saturday — by an alligator. “That’s a tradition,” laughed Jack Bobo, president of National and State Park Concessions, … Find out how to read more online.
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Afghan president sworn in
Tue  Sep 30 2014 01:19AM
KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan swore in Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as its second elected president on Monday, embarking on a new era with a national unity government poised to confront a resilient Taliban insurgency by signing an agreement with the United … read more.

US stocks head lower, following drops overseas
Tue  Sep 30 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Concerns over high stock prices and global politics continued to plague markets Monday as major stock indexes ended with slight losses in another day of choppy trading. Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, a major world financial … read more.

Warming clues mount
Tue  Sep 30 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Scientists looking at 16 cases of wild weather around the world last year see the fingerprints of man-made global warming on more than half of them. Researchers found that climate change increased the odds of nine extremes: Heat … read more.

Dozens of possible jurors rejected in Arias sentencing trial
Tue  Sep 30 2014 01:19AM
PHOENIX (AP) — Roughly a third of 200 potential jurors were dismissed Monday in the penalty retrial of convicted murderer Jodi Arias after telling a judge they had seen too much media coverage of her first trial to be impartial … read more.

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Man gets 15 years for molesting girlfriends’ kids
Thu  Sep 25 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — A North Port man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for molesting his former girlfriend’s children, while they were living together in 2012. Taylor Joseph Boggs, 28, reached a deal with the State Attorney’s Office … Find out how to read more online.


Dick Trott worked with ‘Navajo code talkers’ during Battle of Iwo Jima
Mon  Sep 22 2014 08:00AM
Dick Trott, who lives at Jacaranda Trace in Venice, came ashore on Feb. 19, 1945, in the second wave with the 5th Marine Division during the Battle of Iwo Jima. He was a corporal operating a radio working with Navajo … Find out how to read more online.

Charlotte teachers denied raises … for now
Thu  Sep 25 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — School Board members have decided to hold off on teacher raises for this school year, angering local educators and other district employees. “We bargained in good faith, and now this is a kick in the hip,” said … Find out how to read more online.

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