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Water district nixes city request
Fri  Apr 18 2014 01:15AM
SARASOTA — Southwest Florida Water Management District officials listened to nearly an hour of pleas from city leaders before rejecting their request to prioritize Punta Gorda’s grant application for a … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Caregiver steals piles of painkillers
Fri  Apr 18 2014 01:15AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A local woman is accused of stealing hydrocodone pills nearly seven dozen times since mid-January from patients at a local assisted-living facility where she worked. The 37-year-old … Find out how to read more online.
The construction of Women Build
Fri  Apr 18 2014 01:20AM
Last fall, Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity was toying with the idea of participating in Women Build, a program put forth by Habitat for Humanity International. It requires local women … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Prop 8 lawyer’s views on gay marriage evolving
Fri  Apr 18 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California’s ban on gay marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is helping her plan … read more.

Cyber cops: Target hackers may take years to find
Fri  Apr 18 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service investigators say they are close to gaining a full understanding of the methods hackers used to breach Target’s computer systems last December. But the agency says it could take years to identify the criminals who … read more.

Fla. woman doesn’t blame bear for her attack
Fri  Apr 18 2014 01:19AM
LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman who was attacked by a bear last weekend says she doesn’t want bears to be killed by wildlife officials for doing what wild animals do. Terri Frana told Orlando television station WFTV … read more.

Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes
Thu  Apr 17 2014 09:14PM
PARIS (AP) — David Cronenberg deconstructs Hollywood, Tommy Lee Jones goes Western, and reclusive New Wave legend Jean-Luc Godard returns in 3-D in films competing for top honors at next month’s Cannes Film Festival. Organizers of the ritzy Riviera festival … read more.

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More Local News
A little more legroom
Fri  Apr 18 2014 01:20AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Punta Gorda Airport is getting a new terminal. By a 5-0 vote, the Charlotte County Airport Authority on Thursday gave the takeoff signal for a 60,000-square-foot terminal to James Parrish. The airport’s assistant director of engineering … Find out how to read more online.

Tea Party stalwart makes commission run
Thu  Apr 17 2014 04:14PM
Embarking on her very first campaign for elective office at age 68, it would be easy to dismiss the grandmother of five as a serious candidate for Charlotte County District 2 commissioner. But it could be a mistake to underestimate … Find out how to read more online.

Weekend may start off wet
Fri  Apr 18 2014 01:15AM
Southwest Florida residents are looking at a wet weekend with a possibility of thunderstorms and even some high wind and hail. A low-pressure system was expected to move into Florida off the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday night, and the … Find out how to read more online.

Ogden’s Office Bar & Lounge to host kickback night for Leadership Charlotte
Thu  Apr 17 2014 12:00PM
As an early salute to Cinco de Mayo, Ogden’s Office Bar & Lounge in downtown Punta Gorda will be hosting a fundraiser for the Leadership Charlotte Class of 2014 on May 2. During the event, which is scheduled to last … Find out how to read more online.

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