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Rays fans take detour from traffic woes
Thu  Mar 5 2015 08:19PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Tom Robertson was planning to play a little hooky from work Friday to watch the first spring training game of the Tampa Bay Rays. What he didn’t … Find out how to read more online.
Road-widening forces razing of $55K gateway sign
Thu  Mar 5 2015 08:19PM
NORTH PORT — Due to a road-widening project on U.S. 41, the city is being required to tear down the North Port gateway monument near Cranberry Boulevard, which cost nearly … Find out how to read more online.
Cloudy, breezy weather expected this weekend
Thu  Mar 5 2015 07:29PM
The forecast calls for a “cloudy weekend” ahead for Southwest Floridans. A cold front is moving in today, according to Charlie Paxton, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, bringing … Find out how to read more online.
Sign of the car-pocalypse?
Thu  Mar 5 2015 02:53PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Transit manager Rick Kolar was among those able to exhale Wednesday, after a nine-car fatal pileup on the interstate the day before virtually gridlocked traffic in the … Find out how to read more online.
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Syria says it killed military leader of al-Qaida group
Thu  Mar 5 2015 09:16PM
BEIRUT (AP) — The military commander of al-Qaida’s Syrian affiliate was killed Thursday in an explosion targeting a meeting of senior militants in northern Syria which also killed and wounded a number of other fighters. State-run news agency SANA said … read more.

Envelopes with white powder found at Canadian offices
Thu  Mar 5 2015 09:15PM
TORONTO (AP) — Authorities in Quebec launched an investigation after envelopes containing a suspicious white powder were found Thursday in the district offices of at least two Conservative Canadian cabinet ministers. A government official later said the powder sent to … read more.

Cardinal Egan, retired NY archbishop, dies at age 82
Thu  Mar 5 2015 09:15PM
NEW YORK (AP) — Cardinal Edward Egan, the former archbishop of New York who oversaw a broad and sometimes unpopular financial overhaul of the archdiocese and played a prominent role in the city after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, died … read more.

Late winter snowstorm blankets South, Northeast
Thu  Mar 5 2015 09:15PM
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A late winter storm blanketed the Northeast on Thursday after zipping across much of the South, leaving hundreds of drivers stranded on highways in Kentucky and thousands without power in West Virginia. By midday Thursday, a strong … read more.

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Judge: Murder case not affected by recordings
Thu  Mar 5 2015 02:53PM
PUNTA GORDA — A judge has decided a local murder case has not been hindered, despite allegations of governmental misconduct and denial of due process because jail staff sent a recording of a privileged conversation between the incarcerated defendant and … Find out how to read more online.

South Sarasota County schools to get new computers
Thu  Mar 5 2015 05:02PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Several local schools are getting brand-new computers this summer. Following the Sarasota County School Board members’ approval Tuesday night of a nearly $8.75 million contract with Hewlett-Packard, students at Englewood Elementary, Cranberry and Atwater elementaries, North Port … Find out how to read more online.

Commissioners: South Sarasota County underrepresented
Thu  Mar 5 2015 05:06PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Some Sarasota County commissioners would like to see more South County representation on the county’s Planning Commission. At Wednesday’s County Commission meeting, board members appointed Mark Hawkins of Sarasota to fill the seat left vacant by the … Find out how to read more online.

NPPD officer arrested
Wed  Mar 4 2015 08:31AM
NORTH PORT — A North Port Police K-9 officer was arrested early Monday morning after a drawn-out struggle with his estranged girlfriend at the home they share together, according to a Sarasota County Sheriff’s report. Michael Lee Dietz, 39, of … Find out how to read more online.

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