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Veterans remember Pearl Harbor
Wed  Dec 7 2016 09:00PM
Members of the American Legion Post 113 and VFW Post 10476, both in Rotonda, held a joint Pear Harbor Commemoration Ceremony Wednesday at Marina at Rotonda West. … Find out how to read more online.
Before the bands play, a somber note
Wed  Dec 7 2016 09:00PM
Bob Virgin Jr. couldn’t put his finger on it. It was Wednesday in Honolulu, the morning of the big day. Later, there would be a parade with marching bands, and … Find out how to read more online.
Drying up
Tue  Dec 6 2016 03:27PM
Coming off one of the driest Novembers since last century’s Dust Bowl, and with no significant rain anywhere in sight, Charlotte and Sarasota county residents are bracing for what comes … Find out how to read more online.
Bottom line: Englewood Waterfest a big success
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The second Englewood Beach Waterfest far exceeded the hopes of its organizers. Last month’s Offshore Powerboat Association boat races at Englewood Beach appear to have netted $80,000 in … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Texas eyes immunizations as more kids file exemptions
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:57PM
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas could be the epicenter for the nation’s next major fight over stricter requirements for immunizations as rates of schoolchildren who refuse shots for non-medical reasons climb in America’s second-largest state. The number of Texas kindergarten … read more.

A show, a trial and now the rerun in ‘Cops’ murder-for-hire
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:57PM
WEST PALM BEACH — Dalia Dippolito either wanted a hit man to kill her newlywed husband, or she’s the victim of police trying to become famous on the “Cops” television show. Prosecutor Craig Williams told jurors in a straightforward, 10-minute … read more.

Former Eagle Scout set to be executed for Alabama killing
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:57PM
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — An Alabama man convicted of killing a store clerk is scheduled to be executed Thursday, but lawyers for the former Eagle Scout are urging it be blocked because a judge overrode a jury recommendation in imposing the … read more.

Church attack survivor recalls loud noise, then darkness
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:57PM
CHARLESTON, S.C. — A survivor of last year’s massacre at a black South Carolina church testified Wednesday that her Bible study group had just closed their eyes and started praying when a loud sound shattered the stillness. The basement room … read more.

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Veterans arrive at Pearl Harbor
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:30AM
Bob Virgin Jr. looked around. He saw “tons and tons of high school kids. They’re bands.” And they were getting ready to take part later today in the 75th anniversary celebration of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. So will … Find out how to read more online.

Cultural Center raises hand for volunteerism
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:30AM
John Halbmaier and his wife, Barbara, stopped by the Homeless Coalition table. They are Port Charlotte residents, snowbirds from New Hampshire in their second season here, were looking for volunteer opportunities, and so they were at the Cultural Center bright … Find out how to read more online.

Charlotte Symphony does a little Beethoven
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:30AM
Charlotte Symphony Orchestra maestro Raffaele Ponti told his audience Sunday night that when Ludwig van Beethoven composed the third of his nine symphonies in 1804, “he blew the norm of symphonic music writing out of the water forever.” Some 51 … Find out how to read more online.

Family Services Center future a clean slate
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — In working with a blank canvas, county officials said the 6.5-acre campus surrounding the Charlotte County Family Services Center presents countless redevelopment possibilities. And that may be part of the problem. After buying the adjacent Peace Lutheran Church … Find out how to read more online.

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