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Making the grade
Thu  Apr 24 2014 01:15AM
Two area high schools again received academic accolades from U.S. News & World Report, improving over last year’s rankings. The online magazine ranks public high schools in every state and … Find out how to read more online.
Area housing trends continue strong
Wed  Apr 23 2014 08:00AM
Residential real estate in Southwest Florida is heating up as more homes continue to sell faster and fetch strong prices, according to March real estate reports. Charlotte and Sarasota counties … Find out how to read more online.
New jail program blossoming
Wed  Apr 23 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Michele Mills spent her Earth Day — as she does most days — working to rejuvenate flowers, trees and plants that have been discarded by a local … Find out how to read more online.
Season of kittens
Wed  Apr 23 2014 08:00AM
Kittens may be cuddly and adorable, but officials say too much cuteness isn’t necessarily a good thing. This year, thousands of wild kittens will be born in Charlotte County alone. … Find out how to read more online.
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First lady touts one-stop job site for vets
Thu  Apr 24 2014 01:19AM
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — To help veterans leaving the military as it downsizes, the government on Wednesday started a one-stop job-shopping website for them to create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database for companies to … read more.

Amid Russian warning, Ukraine’s in a security bind
Thu  Apr 24 2014 01:19AM
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s highly publicized goal to recapture police stations and government buildings seized by pro-Russia forces in the east produced little action on the ground Wednesday but ignited foreboding words from Moscow. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov … read more.

New Syrian gas attacks?
Thu  Apr 24 2014 01:19AM
BEIRUT — Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath, according to Associated Press interviews with more than a dozen activists, … read more.

Teen ‘had no clue’ he was in Maui
Thu  Apr 24 2014 01:19AM
HONOLULU — Long flights can leave anyone a little unsteady, but a teenager who defied the odds, surviving a flight from California to Hawaii tucked in a jetliner’s wheel well, was disoriented, thirsty and could barely walk after the freezing, … read more.

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Roadside rescue
Tue  Apr 22 2014 08:00AM
A dead doe lay on the side of a busy road Saturday night in North Port. Her fawn, believed to be just a few weeks old, wouldn’t leave his mother’s side. Officials say the baby deer would have been left … Find out how to read more online.

Marine check on hazardous houseboat results in drug arrests
Tue  Apr 22 2014 11:36AM
PUNTA GORDA — Two people were arrested Monday on drug charges as the result of the Marine Patrol Unit checking on the safety of a houseboat moored behind a Punta Gorda residence. On Monday, the Marine Patrol Unit received a … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Apr 24 2014 01:15AM
CHARLOTTE SEEKS VOLUNTEERS The Charlotte County Commission is seeking volunteers for the following appointments: • Affordable Housing Advisory Committee: one residential home builder, one for-profit provider and one real estate professional. Terms are for three years. The committee meets the … Find out how to read more online.

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