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Emancipation Day frees the spirit
Sun  May 24 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — At the Blanchard House Museum’s annual Emancipation Day celebration Saturday, folks donned Civil War-era garb and real-life roles to tell the human story behind the abolishment of … Find out how to read more online.
‘This situation cannot be ignored’
Sun  May 24 2015 08:30AM
An expert hired to study Sarasota County’s homeless issues said the recent slaying of a 43-year-old allegedly by a homeless man was “predictable.” Texas-based Dr. Robert Marbut, founder of Marbut … Find out how to read more online.
1 dead, 1 injured in ‘Yacht Club’ ATV crash
Sun  May 24 2015 08:30AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — One young man is dead, and his young female companion seriously injured, after an ATV crash midday Saturday on Redneck Yacht Club property. The approximately … Find out how to read more online.
Home sales, prices maintain strong showing
Fri  May 22 2015 08:30AM
The Southwest Florida real estate market had another stellar month in April, making it the second highest month for sales in the last 12. According to the Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North … Find out how to read more online.
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Cheap oil shrinks economy
Sun  May 24 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — If there was one thing most economists agreed on at the start of the year, it was this: Plunging oil prices would boost the U.S. economy. It hasn’t worked out that way. The economy is thought to have … read more.

Ohio patrolman acquitted
Sun  May 24 2015 01:19AM
CLEVELAND — A white patrolman who fired down through the windshield of a suspect’s car at the end of a 137-shot barrage that left the two unarmed black occupants dead was acquitted Saturday of criminal charges by a judge who … read more.

Atop WTC, high-tech views of bustling NYC
Sun  May 24 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — From the top of One World Trade Center, the nation’s tallest building, it really does seem as if you can “see forever.” Those two words are the motto of the center’s new observatory that opens May … read more.

Democrats see skimpy insurance as the next health care issue
Sun  May 24 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — A different health care issue has emerged for Democrats, in sync with the party’s pitch to workers and middle-class voters ahead of next year’s elections. It’s not the uninsured, but rather the problem of high out-of-pocket costs … read more.

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Motorists must be vigilant on air bag recall
Fri  May 22 2015 08:30AM
Limited updates are prompting panicked calls to local car dealerships from motorists seeking information about the massive air bag recall impacting perhaps 34 million drivers. The recall has Bill Nelson, Florida’s senior U.S. senator, angry. “Folks shouldn’t have to drive around wondering … Find out how to read more online.


Emergency Operations gearing up for hurricane season
Thu  May 21 2015 08:30AM
With hurricane season just around the corner, the DeSoto County Emergency Operations Center held an exercise Monday with the county departments and other organizations that respond during emergencies. Among those represented were DeSoto County Fire Rescue, DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office, … Find out how to read more online.

Summer camp will offer healthcare careers experience
Thu  May 21 2015 08:30AM
Have you ever wondered what it might be like to be a doctor, a nurse, or an X-ray technician? Do you think you might be interested in a career in the medical field some day? Well, if you are a … Find out how to read more online.

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