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Yoga celebrated at Garden of the Senses
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
Yoga at the Garden celebrated National Park RX Day on Saturday at the Garden of Five Senses park in North Port. “As Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, the 19th surgeon general … Find out how to read more online.
People for Trees holds Tree Fest
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
People for Trees of North Port held its annual Tree Fest on Saturday — Earth Day — in the city. The event, taking place at North Port Community Education Center … Find out how to read more online.
Fundraiser set for North Port theater kids
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A fundraiser is set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Englewood Ford to assist the North Port High School Theatre Department. According to Dena Henderson, the department … Find out how to read more online.
North Port inches closer to empty lot ordinance
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port City Commission is one step away from tidying up the language to clean empty lots. The commission spent hours late Tuesday night discussing and … Find out how to read more online.
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British teen admits planning London bomb attack
Thu  Apr 27 2017 06:11PM
LONDON (AP) — A British teenager accused of planning a bombing in London pleaded guilty Thursday to preparing terrorist acts. Prosecutors say Haroon Syed tried to buy weapons and explosives online from an extremist named “Abu Yusuf.” The contact was … read more.

NATO chief acknowledges Italy for boosting defense spending
Thu  Apr 27 2017 06:10PM
MILAN (AP) — The head of NATO praised Italy Thursday for increasing its defense spending last year, an acknowledgement that came days after U.S. President Donald Trump said he had joked with Italy’s prime minister about the need for Rome … read more.

Berlin police shoot man who threatened officer
Thu  Apr 27 2017 06:10PM
BERLIN (AP) — A German man was shot in the leg by police after threatening an officer outside a hospital in Berlin, authorities said Thursday. Police were responding to a different incident at the Urban Hospital in the city’s Kreuzberg … read more.

Putin, Japan’s Abe discuss economy on disputed islands
Thu  Apr 27 2017 06:10PM
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday discussed joint economic projects on disputed islands which could pave the way for the countries to finally sign a peace treaty ending World War II. … read more.

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Panel: $10K fine for former city attorney OK’d
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
A Florida Commission on Ethics panel upheld a decision Friday that a former North Port city attorney misused his position by creating two city jobs for himself. The board moved unanimously to preserve a judge’s previous ruling that Rob Robinson, … Find out how to read more online.

Cops: Haven Dance owner charged with additional crimes
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The former Haven Dance owner who was originally charged with lascivious acts with a student under 16 years old was arrested On additional charges, according to the North Port Police Department. The new charges stem from the … Find out how to read more online.

Charlotte drops Gasparilla Road speeds
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County Commissioner Stephen R. Deutsch wants to drive 55 mph — at least along the new four-lane Gasparilla Road. But he’s going to have to ease his foot off the pedal. Commissioners voted Tuesday for a number … Find out how to read more online.

Playgrounds coming to Charlotte County parks
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Small children and their parents will soon have new play areas at Englewood Beach and other Charlotte County parks. County officials now plan to begin May 1 with the installation of the new playground at the public beach. … Find out how to read more online.

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