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Weatherman: nice shopping weather expected
Thu  Nov 27 2014 04:28PM
Black Friday (and weekend) shoppers in Charlotte County should be able to make their rounds in comfortable weather. “After some cold temperatures in the mornings, it will be a pleasant … Find out how to read more online.
Cheney Brothers picking up speed
Thu  Nov 27 2014 05:02PM
PUNTA GORDA — It may not appear like much was happening on the surface, but construction at Cheney Brothers’ new distribution facility off Piper Road has been a flurry of … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Drunken driver hits 13-year-old
Thu  Nov 27 2014 08:30AM
ROTONDA WEST — Anthony Eklund loves to run. But after Tuesday night, it might be a while before the local 13-year-old can even walk without any trouble. A suspected drunken … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
US stock market inches to record
Thu  Nov 27 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market eked out another record close on Wednesday ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday as investors assessed the latest reports on the economy and some corporate earnings. Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rose in … read more.

Obama pardons Mac and Cheese
Thu  Nov 27 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has issued an executive action that some of his Republican opponents may be hard-pressed to disagree with — sparing Thanksgiving turkeys from the dinner table. In the spirit of the holiday, Obama on Wednesday took … read more.

Snowstorm hampers travel
Thu  Nov 27 2014 01:19AM
MINEOLA, N.Y. — A sloppy mix of rain and snow rolled into the Northeast on Wednesday just as millions of Americans began the big Thanksgiving getaway, grounding hundreds of flights and turning highways hazardous along the congested Washington-to-Boston corridor. By … read more.

Applications for US jobless aid jump to 313,000
Thu  Nov 27 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week, pushing total applications above 300,000 for the first time in nearly three months. Weekly applications rose 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 313,000, the Labor Department said … read more.

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Second student arrested in prostitution ring
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:31AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Fifteen-year-old Julian Luis Mathena of Nokomis is the third person to be arrested in connection with a student-led prostitution “business” at local high schools, authorities say. Mathena, a former Venice High School student, was already in police … Find out how to read more online.

County widens utilities audit
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:31AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County is expanding the outside audit that will look into the operations of the utilities department. On Tuesday, commissioners unanimously agreed to add two risk areas to the review. The total of five areas to be assessed … Find out how to read more online.

Manatees moving into winter waters
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:31AM
With the onset of cold fronts, manatees are heading to their warm water havens. Manatees seek out creeks, canals and other warm waters in Lemon Bay, the Myakka River, Charlotte Harbor and the Caloosahatchee River, said Denise Boyd, a research … Find out how to read more online.

Sarasota Schools employee charged with computer crimes
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:31AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A Sarasota County School District employee has been charged with allegedly causing nearly three days of disruptions to district computer systems last month. Michael A. Levanti, 28, of the 5900 block of Guarino Drive, Sarasota, an IT … Find out how to read more online.

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