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Thrills, concerns linger over Braves decision
Thu  Jan 19 2017 03:13PM
NORTH PORT — While the region is buzzing with news that the Atlanta Braves has set its sights on Sarasota County, more specifically West Villages, as a future spring training … Find out how to read more online.
King waiting on death row
Thu  Jan 19 2017 08:30AM
Nearly a year ago, an attorney for Michael King argued the convicted killer shouldn’t be sentenced to death and instead spend his life in prison. Attorney Maria Perinetti told Florida … Find out how to read more online.
Grand Slam
Wed  Jan 18 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The region slugged a home run Tuesday, beating out Palm Beach and Collier counties as Sarasota County secured exclusive negotiation rights as the Atlanta Braves’ spring training … Find out how to read more online.
final ride
Wed  Jan 18 2017 03:16PM
Everyone who knew Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy First Class Norman C. Lewis describes him the same way. They call him “Big Norm” — a gentle giant, always smiling, full of … Find out how to read more online.
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Passengers scream as Florida alligator leaps into airboat
Sat  Jan 21 2017 01:19AM
MIAMI (AP) — A Missouri couple vacationing in Florida had a close encounter with an alligator when it leapt into their airboat and became wedged in the boat’s railing. Passengers screamed as 30-year-old Tylor Hinderey of Springfield, Missouri, captured the … read more.

Study: DCF underperforming Florida’s foster children
Sat  Jan 21 2017 01:19AM
TAMPA (AP) — The federal agency has given the Florida Department of Children and Families has 90 days to devise a plan to improve care for foster children. The Department of Health and Human Services found DCF underperforming in critical … read more.

Unemployment rate remains at 4.9 percent
Sat  Jan 21 2017 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida’s unemployment remains slightly above the national rate. State officials on Friday announced the December unemployment remained at 4.9 percent, the same as November and 0.2 percentage points above the nation’s jobless rate. Despite unemployment rising slightly … read more.

California flood sweeps away cabins and cars
Sat  Jan 21 2017 01:19AM
LOS ANGELES — More than 20 people escaped injury Friday when a flood swept cabins and vehicles down a coastal canyon as the second in a trio of storms drenched California with heavy rain and brought more snow to the … read more.

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Pursuing the ‘Dream’
Mon  Jan 16 2017 08:30AM
Margaret Spann remembers the dogs that attacked her, and the disrespect, as she marched for civil rights in Florida decades ago. Spann, 82, is the grand marshal of the Martin Luther King Jr. parade today in Punta Gorda, but other … Find out how to read more online.

No rain on MLK parade expected
Mon  Jan 16 2017 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents enjoying outdoor activities for Martin Luther King Jr. Day don’t have to worry about weather. “A few people might notice their cars are a little wet because of humidity and mugginess in the morning, but there won’t … Find out how to read more online.

Woman tells husband’s story of shooting at enemy; saving orphans
Mon  Jan 16 2017 08:30AM
Frank Riposta of Deep Creek, a Punta Gorda subdivision, was a loader in a 105 mm Howitzer artillery unit during the Korean War in 1952-53. When he wasn’t firing his 105 at advancing North Korean soldiers, he was working as … Find out how to read more online.

Shark Tank event lures entrepreneurs
Fri  Jan 20 2017 12:53PM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — Budding entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to realize their dreams at a Shark Tank-style event sponsored by local investors. Three to five contestants will compete for $50,000 during a real-life tournament, based on the popular TV reality … Find out how to read more online.

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