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Surviving suicide
Tue  Sep 27 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Suicide has a ripple effect on the survivors. “It’s like a boulder hitting the middle of a lake, and the ripple that comes out from it,” said … Find out how to read more online.
Inmate talks about jail ordeal
Tue  Sep 27 2016 10:42AM
PUNTA GORDA — The inmate who alleges he was coerced into eating his feces while detained at the Charlotte County Jail spoke exclusively about the incident with the Sun. Mark … Find out how to read more online.
All that glitters
Tue  Sep 27 2016 08:30AM
One of Mary Knowlton’s last decisions on this earth was to go to a salon and get her nails done. Punta Gorda Chamber President John Wright gets his hair cut … Find out how to read more online.
Judge: Inmate competent to proceed
Tue  Sep 27 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A judge declared a former confidential informant with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office as being competent to proceed with his legal motion to vacate a 15-year prison … Find out how to read more online.
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Red tide kills scores of fish in Sarasota County
Sat  Sep 24 2016 09:26PM
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife officials say a red tide in the Gulf of Mexico is to blame for dead fish littering beaches and causing a foul stench at a popular beach along Florida’s Gulf Coast. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports … read more.

Florida primaries eyed: Representation of few, or the many?
Sat  Sep 24 2016 09:24PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — It took just 14,496 votes to win his closed Democratic primary for one of Florida’s 27 congressional seats. Now Darren Soto is virtually assured of going to Capitol Hill, unlikely to face a strong Republican challenge … read more.

Shooting sows terror at Washington mall; shooter on loose
Sat  Sep 24 2016 09:24PM
BURLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — The first 911 call came in just before 7 p.m. on a busy Friday night at the Cascade Mall: A man with a rifle was shooting at people in the Macy’s Department Store. By the time … read more.

Louisiana accordionist Buckwheat Zydeco has died
Sat  Sep 24 2016 09:22PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Musician Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural Jr., who rose from a cotton-picking family in southwest Louisiana to introduce zydeco music to the world through his namesake band Buckwheat Zydeco, has died. He was 68. His longtime manager Ted … read more.

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Election winners had deep pockets
Sun  Sep 25 2016 08:30AM
Roger Eaton says he never equated victory with money in his successful run for Charlotte County clerk of court. But Eaton still spent more than any other Charlotte County candidate running for office in the Aug. 30 primary, putting $80,000 … Find out how to read more online.

Punta Gorda unique in its Jim Crow past
Mon  Sep 26 2016 02:44PM
PUNTA GORDA — In listening to the stories of longtime locals, Danielle Drew, just 23 herself, began to better understand what life was like during the Jim Crow Era. It was particularly revelatory because this was her past as well, … Find out how to read more online.

Summertime weather pattern hasn’t fallen off yet
Mon  Sep 26 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians are still experiencing summertime weather even though the autumn season has already cooled down in many places to the north. “We’re still in a summertime pattern,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Ernie Jillson. This means it will be … Find out how to read more online.

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