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Back to the books
Tue  Jul 22 2014 07:37PM
PUNTA GORDA — Although many students still are sleeping in late, children at two elementary schools in the district are getting a jump-start on their education. School started at Sallie … Find out how to read more online.
Area home sales steady
Tue  Jul 22 2014 07:37PM
The local real estate market remains strong, with homes sold last month in the Charlotte County area fetching the highest median sales price of the year, according to data released … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte keeps its current tax rate
Tue  Jul 22 2014 08:00AM
An increase in Charlotte County property values influenced commissioners to freeze the tax rate on those properties in the 2014-15 fiscal year. Charlotte County commissioners voted unanimously Monday to set … Find out how to read more online.
Celebrating Ramadan
Tue  Jul 22 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — The Muslim community in Charlotte County is small, but people should not judge it by its size alone, said Imam Azhar Subedar. The Islamic Community of Southwest … Find out how to read more online.
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Wall Street stocks slip
Tue  Jul 22 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market started the week with a slight loss on Monday as investors weighed a mixed batch of corporate earnings against mounting political turmoil. European leaders are considering tougher sanctions on Russia for its backing … read more.

Gaza death toll mounts
Tue  Jul 22 2014 01:19AM
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — A high-level attempt by the U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state to end deadly Israel-Hamas fighting was off to a rough start Monday: Gaza’s Hamas rulers signaled they won’t agree to an unconditional … read more.

Ukraine rebels release bodies
Tue  Jul 22 2014 01:19AM
HRABOVE, Ukraine — Bowing to international pressure Monday, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine. With body parts … read more.

Widow: Jury sent tobacco firm $23B message
Tue  Jul 22 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — A Florida widow awarded $23.6 billion in the death of her chain-smoking husband on Monday called the massive verdict a message to Big Tobacco, even though she likely won’t see much if any of the money. … read more.

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Working out the kinks
Tue  Jul 22 2014 08:00AM
When law enforcement turns to technology and social media to seek aid in solving cases, authorities run the risk of committing inadvertent errors or receiving unhelpful feedback. That’s what happened Friday afternoon when the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office was looking … Find out how to read more online.

Men with beards sought for contest
Tue  Jul 22 2014 06:36PM
ENGLEWOOD — The boys from “Duck Dynasty” built an empire from duck calls and their signature long beards. The theme song to their wildly popular reality show is sung by the bearded southern rockers of ZZ Top. Beards are in. … Find out how to read more online.

Morning showers in forecast for today and Tuesday
Mon  Jul 21 2014 08:00AM
A weak upper-level weather disturbance coupled with a lower-level front along the Gulf of Mexico is likely to cause rain showers and possible storms during the early morning hours in the coming days. However, the weather should return to a … Find out how to read more online.

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