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Irma aftermath: Our love/hate relationship with trees
Fri  Oct 20 2017 08:30AM
After Hurricane Irma blew through the area last month, there were thousands of downed trees, some of which wreaked havoc with power, phone and cable lines. Hurricane-force winds can be … Find out how to read more online.
Hurricane Irma stalls home sales
Sat  Oct 21 2017 08:30AM
Hurricane Irma flattened the local real estate market last month, slashing home sales and just about every other housing indicator, except prices. But the storm that struck Southwest Florida on … Find out how to read more online.
Top 10 picked for top cop job
Sat  Oct 21 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A strong contingent of out-of-state candidates highlight a group of finalists in the running for Punta Gorda Police Chief. After receiving over 130 applications, Punta Gorda on … Find out how to read more online.
Coel denied disability pension for second time
Sat  Oct 21 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Punta Gorda Police Officers’ Pension Board denied a disability pension application from former officer Lee Coel for the second time Friday morning. Coel was fired from … Find out how to read more online.
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Charges dropped for man accused of raping minor
Sat  Oct 21 2017 08:30AM
Charges were dropped by the State Attorney’s Office for a man accused of raping a 10-year-old girl last month. Michael Thomas Pratt Jr., 37, was arrested on Sept. 20 after the allegations were made. According to court records, the charge … Find out how to read more online.

Charlotte County to vote on major issues
Sat  Oct 21 2017 08:30AM
MURDOCK — The Charlotte County Commission on Tuesday is expected to reach a decision on three significant issues that have drawn considerable interest and debate. Commissioners will vote on whether to accept a proposed land purchase in Murdock Village for … Find out how to read more online.

Punta Gorda approves new logo
Sat  Oct 21 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — In an attempt to market itself to a younger audience Wednesday, Punta Gorda adopted a new city logo, tagline and strategic branding plan. City Council unanimously OK’d a modern yet minimalistic vision of Punta Gorda’s landscape, including … Find out how to read more online.

Sat  Oct 21 2017 08:30AM
Community Life Church Fall Festival Community Life Church will host a fall festival from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at 19048 Edgewater Drive, Port Charlotte. Free food, candy, games, bounce houses and family fun. The Royal Line Puppeteers will … Find out how to read more online.

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State, National and World News
Study: Pollution kills 9 million a year, costs $4.6 trillion
Sat  Oct 21 2017 01:19AM
NEW DELHI — Environmental pollution — from filthy air to contaminated water — is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria … read more.

Q&A on the GOP effort to overhaul the tax system
Sat  Oct 21 2017 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Divided Republicans in Congress are tackling an ambitious overhaul of the nation’s tax system that would deeply cut levies for corporations and double the standard deduction used by most average Americans. Despite controlling Congress and the White House, … read more.

US stocks end higher
Sat  Oct 21 2017 01:19AM
Wall Street capped a week with no shortage of milestones with a few more Friday. U.S. stocks closed modestly higher, lifting the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to its fifth record close in a row. The Dow Jones industrial average, … read more.

Spacewalking astronaut copes with frayed tether, bad jetpack
Sat  Oct 21 2017 01:19AM
CAPE CANAVERAL — A spacewalking astronaut successfully replaced a blurry camera outside the International Space Station on Friday, but had to contend with a balky jetpack and a frayed safety tether. Both jetpacks and safety ties are crucial for saving … read more.

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