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Cops: Bloodied man found in North Port neighborhood
Fri  Oct 20 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A man was arrested for beating a North Port man after the victim allegedly used racial slurs, according to North Port Police Department reports. Bobby Richardson, 32, … Find out how to read more online.
Peace River Botanical Gardens opens to the public today
Fri  Oct 20 2017 08:30AM
After 12 years in the making, the new botanical garden opened Friday in Punta Gorda. To prepare for the opening, the Peace River Botanical and Sculpture Gardens held an invitation-only … Find out how to read more online.
Walmart launches online grocery pickup
Fri  Oct 20 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Cathy Peterson is excited about helping busy customers shop at the Englewood Walmart without ever getting out of their car. On Wednesday, Peterson joined co-workers Jackie Miller and … Find out how to read more online.
Home rule, opioids key issues at Legislative Delegation
Fri  Oct 20 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A pair of Charlotte County commissioners spoke out Thursday against state preemption, a long-running concern that local officials say restricts their ability to effectively govern at the … Find out how to read more online.
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Cops: Man stopped in razor raid
Fri  Oct 20 2017 08:30AM
A Port Charlotte man was arrested Wednesday after attempting to leave Walmart on Murdock Circle with more than $1,600 of electric razors and razor refills, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported. Dennis Orion Cayot, 56, of the 18200 block of … Find out how to read more online.

Man sentenced to nine years in Lakes of Tuscana rape case
Fri  Oct 20 2017 08:30AM
The man accused of raping a stranger at the Lakes of Tuscana apartments in Port Charlotte in July entered a plea agreement this week and received a nine-year prison sentence. David Francis Bradley, 40, of Punta Gorda, began chatting with … Find out how to read more online.

CCSO to host Teen Driver Challenge Course
Fri  Oct 20 2017 08:30AM
Teen driving habits are being showcased this week to boost awareness and safety as National Teen Safety Driving week. To further educate teens on driving, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office hosts Teen Driver Challenge courses throughout the year. The next … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Oct 19 2017 08:30AM
The man accused of killing 3-year-old Pilar Rodriguez in 1999 was declared guilty of second- degree murder by a six-person jury Wednesday afternoon after about two hours of deliberation. Keith Wilson, 46, faces up to life in prison. “Losing Pilar … Find out how to read more online.

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Study: Pollution kills 9 million a year, costs $4.6 trillion
Fri  Oct 20 2017 09:46PM
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
Fri  Oct 20 2017 09:46PM
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
Fri  Oct 20 2017 09:46PM
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
Fri  Oct 20 2017 09:46PM
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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