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Because it’s there
Wed  Jul 23 2014 08:08PM
ENGLEWOOD — Climbing the world’s highest free-standing mountain wasn’t initially on Bud Koranchan’s bucket list, but now he doesn’t stop thinking about it. The soon-to-be 73-year-old Englewood resident wants to … Find out how to read more online.
Swiftmud agrees to partial funding — with caveat
Wed  Jul 23 2014 08:08PM
PUNTA GORDA — The Southwest Florida Water Management District has agreed to earmark roughly $1.5 million in funding for preliminary water testing in connection with Punta Gorda’s proposed reverse-osmosis plant, provided … Find out how to read more online.
Pirate Fest draws creator of Captain Morgan character
Wed  Jul 23 2014 07:17PM
PUNTA GORDA — When artist Don Maitz attends this weekend’s Pirate Fest, he will pay equally close attention to the visitors who come to admire his pirate creations. If they … Find out how to read more online.
Shoes for Kids still needs help
Wed  Jul 23 2014 08:45PM
As the final week of the collection occurs, the Kiwanis Shoes for Kids Project is asking for your assistance to help us meet the requests given from the school personnel … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
US flights dodge Tel Aviv
Wed  Jul 23 2014 01:19AM
JERUSALEM — A Hamas rocket exploded Tuesday near Israel’s main airport, prompting a ban on flights from the U.S. and many from Europe and Canada as aviation authorities responded to the shock of seeing a civilian jetliner shot down over … read more.

Stalemate at crash site
Wed  Jul 23 2014 01:19AM
KHARKIV, Ukraine — A train bearing the dead from the downed Malaysian airliner finally reached Ukrainian government-held territory Tuesday, but the pro-Russia separatists in control of the crash site showed little willingness to allow the full-scale investigation demanded by world … read more.

Obamacare hit by ruling, but subsidies to continue
Wed  Jul 23 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s health care law is enmeshed in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday. A divided court panel in … read more.

11 parents of Nigeria’s abducted girls die
Wed  Jul 23 2014 01:19AM
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — In the three months since Islamic extremists kidnapped more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, 11 of their parents have died, town residents say. The town where the girls were kidnapped, Chibok, is cut off by militants, who … read more.

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‘Ukraine needs support of the world’
Wed  Jul 23 2014 08:00AM
When a Boeing 777 carrying nearly 300 people was shot down over Ukraine last week, local Ukrainians reacted with both horror and sympathy. A surface-to-air missile was fired at Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Thursday as it flew from Amsterdam to … Find out how to read more online.

Back to the books
Wed  Jul 23 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Although many students still are sleeping in late, children at two elementary schools in the district are getting a jump-start on their education. School started at Sallie Jones and East elementary schools Tuesday. Some of the students … Find out how to read more online.

Area home-sales outlook steady
Wed  Jul 23 2014 08:00AM
The local real estate market remains strong, with homes sold last month in the Charlotte County area fetching the highest median sales price of the year, according to data released Tuesday. There were 361 single-family homes sold in the Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.

Stormy dispute rages on
Wed  Jul 23 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County again is rattling its sabers over its share of the cost to reconstruct the Peace River water plant. Having already raised the specter of a legal challenge against the Peace River/Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority for … Find out how to read more online.

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