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Boynton is ‘Outstanding’ USF grad
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Sunday, a longtime dream of Stephanie Boynton came true: She graduated from the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education. … Find out how to read more online.
New North Port football, cheer association seeks supporters
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Mike Cody believes there is room for more youth football and cheerleading in North Port. Cody, who coached Pop Warner and North Port Huskys football locally for over … Find out how to read more online.
Couple charged after toddlers found living in filth
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
VENICE — Wesley Benoit, 35, and Elizabeth Davis, 32, both of Briarwood Road, are each facing two counts of child neglect after authorities found their twin 2-year-old girls living in … Find out how to read more online.
A guide to holiday lights
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
Bill Estler clicked a few times and suddenly, the large screen in front of his house came to life. As did the lights. As did the music: “Would you like … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Early rally fizzles; US indexes lower
Wed  Dec 17 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Sudden twists in the price of oil and currency trading turned the stock market into a roller-coaster ride on Tuesday. Major indexes opened lower as falling oil prices and a plunge in the Russian ruble weighed … read more.

Sony hackers reference 9/11 in new threats against theaters
Wed  Dec 17 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace made ominous threats Tuesday against movie theaters showing Sony Pictures’ film “The Interview” that referred to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The group also released a trove of … read more.

Russian ruble plummets despite bank rate hike
Wed  Dec 17 2014 01:19AM
MOSCOW — The Russian ruble came under intense selling pressure Tuesday, falling at one point by a catastrophic 20 percent to a new historic low despite a massive pre-dawn interest rate hike from Russia’s Central Bank. Russian officials were clearly … read more.

Horror at Pakistan school
Wed  Dec 17 2014 01:19AM
PESHAWAR, Pakistan — In the deadliest slaughter of innocents in Pakistan in years, Taliban gunmen attacked a military-run school Tuesday and killed 141 people — almost all of them students — before government troops ended the siege. The massacre of … read more.

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NPPD to honor deceased K-9
Wed  Dec 17 2014 02:43PM
NORTH PORT — Friday morning, North Port police will hold a memorial service for K-9 Gino, a retired patrol dog who passed away this week. According to Assistant Chief Tony Sirianni, Gino, 11½, a Belgian Malinois, started with the NPPD … Find out how to read more online.

Huskys on winning track for future
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — It’s hard to imagine a youth football organization having a better year than the North Port Huskys did this season. The organization, which doesn’t have weight restrictions, just finished its fourth season and had an outstanding year … Find out how to read more online.

Building a kayak with wings
Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
At age 81, Skip Rasmussen, of Punta Gorda, is flying headlong into a new life venture. He’s building a twin-engine airplane in his Punta Gorda Isles garage. In life, he’s already developed his own photos at age 10, flown as … Find out how to read more online.

Children’s shelter worker indicted on federal sex-trafficking charges
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
A federal grand jury indicted a former Florida Keys Children’s Shelter employee on felony sex-trafficking charges last week. According to authorities, two teen girls who Ricky Jermaine Atkins of Key Largo is accused of abusing were discovered in a car … Find out how to read more online.

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