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Music fest doesn’t get too rowdy
Tue  Apr 28 2015 08:30AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — CountryLife Music Festival’s first event in Punta Gorda was not without some issues, but that didn’t stop local fans from enjoying it. Two-time Grammy-award winner … Find out how to read more online.
Kidneys, all in the family
Tue  Apr 28 2015 08:30AM
Don Lutz has always been a healthy guy. But in 2004, after changing jobs, he decided life insurance would be a smart way to protect his family. So he signed … Find out how to read more online.
With tears of joy, she said yes
Tue  Apr 28 2015 08:30AM
During a 15-month storybook romance that began with a power outage, Dan Poitras and Stephanie Rioux had often talked of becoming engaged, but the Port Charlotte couple agreed to wait … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte debates state lobbyist contract
Mon  Apr 27 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners will consider extending the contract of their state lobbyist for another year Tuesday. But one commissioner is against the move, saying the county is not … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
US stocks drop at start of busy week for earnings
Tue  Apr 28 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks slumped on Monday as investors looked ahead to a flood of earnings reports this week. Stocks appeared headed for new highs in the morning, but drifted lower in afternoon as health care companies dropped … read more.

Baltimore erupts
Tue  Apr 28 2015 01:19AM
BALTIMORE — Rioters plunged part of Baltimore into chaos Monday, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers hours after thousands mourned the man who died from a severe spinal injury he suffered in police custody. … read more.

Loretta Lynch sworn in as AG
Tue  Apr 28 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Loretta Lynch was sworn in Monday as the 83rd U.S. attorney general, the first African-American woman to serve as the nation’s top law enforcement official. Speaking before an audience of family members, Justice Department lawyers and supporters, Lynch … read more.

‘Good kid’: Lawyer pleads for Boston Marathon bomber’s life
Tue  Apr 28 2015 01:19AM
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers pleaded with a jury Monday to spare his life, portraying him as “a good kid” who was led down the path to terrorism by his increasingly fanatical older brother. David Bruck … read more.

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Soldier fought Germans during WWII
Mon  Apr 27 2015 08:30AM
Tony Di Gregorio spent the cold, rainy winter of 1944 fighting Germans in the Appian Mountains of Italy during World War II. “We’d go out every night looking for them,” the Rotonda resident, now 93, said, adding the Germans put … Find out how to read more online.

Disabled man seeks aid to fence back yard for service dog
Mon  Apr 27 2015 03:46PM
A Port Charlotte man confined to an electric wheelchair is hoping the community will help him pay for a backyard fence so his service dog-in-training has a place to run safely. Dean Collier has cerebral palsy — a neurological disorder … Find out how to read more online.

Firefight gets a little too close for CCSO
Sun  Apr 26 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — A small electrical fire forced a Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office helicopter to land while fighting a Gulf Cove brush fire Friday, Sheriff Bill Prummell confirmed Saturday morning. The incident occurred late Friday afternoon while the helicopter was … Find out how to read more online.

Fire grounds sheriff’s chopper
Sat  Apr 25 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A fire on the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office helicopter forced the aircraft to land at the Punta Gorda Airport late Friday afternoon. The chopper landed safely, and two passengers on board were not hurt, Charlotte County Fire/EMS … Find out how to read more online.

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