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Soldier fought Germans during WWII
Mon  Apr 27 2015 08:30AM
Tony Di Gregorio spent the cold, rainy winter of 1944 fighting Germans in the Appian Mountains of Italy during World War II. “We’d go out every night looking for them,” … Find out how to read more online.
Disabled man seeks aid to fence back yard for service dog
Mon  Apr 27 2015 03:46PM
A Port Charlotte man confined to an electric wheelchair is hoping the community will help him pay for a backyard fence so his service dog-in-training has a place to run … Find out how to read more online.
Big step forward for home sales
Fri  Apr 24 2015 08:30AM
With home sales already off to a fast start this year, March sales reached even greater levels in Charlotte and Sarasota counties. The Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port Association of Realtors reported … Find out how to read more online.
Remembering the ‘Forgotten War’
Fri  Apr 24 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Retired U.S. Navy Capt. John W. Arens told the story of an Army combat medic’s heroism during the Korean War. The medic was tending to a wounded … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
US stocks drop at start of busy week for earnings
Tue  Apr 28 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks slumped on Monday as investors looked ahead to a flood of earnings reports this week. Stocks appeared headed for new highs in the morning, but drifted lower in afternoon as health care companies dropped … read more.

Baltimore erupts
Tue  Apr 28 2015 01:19AM
BALTIMORE — Rioters plunged part of Baltimore into chaos Monday, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers hours after thousands mourned the man who died from a severe spinal injury he suffered in police custody. … read more.

Loretta Lynch sworn in as AG
Tue  Apr 28 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Loretta Lynch was sworn in Monday as the 83rd U.S. attorney general, the first African-American woman to serve as the nation’s top law enforcement official. Speaking before an audience of family members, Justice Department lawyers and supporters, Lynch … read more.

‘Good kid’: Lawyer pleads for Boston Marathon bomber’s life
Tue  Apr 28 2015 01:19AM
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers pleaded with a jury Monday to spare his life, portraying him as “a good kid” who was led down the path to terrorism by his increasingly fanatical older brother. David Bruck … read more.

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Local homeless cats find love in UK
Fri  Apr 24 2015 10:50AM
Brian and Jenny Port were not looking for a cat. As a matter of fact, the two residents of the United Kingdom were not even supposed to be in Englewood. “We flew into Orlando, and I had a bit of … Find out how to read more online.

Shop churns up business, despite recall
Fri  Apr 24 2015 10:50AM
PUNTA GORDA — In a good month, Harborwalk Scoops + Bites ice cream shop dishes out as much as 120 gallons of ice cream a week. Two-thirds of the sweet dessert came straight from Blue Bell Creameries. But not anymore. … Find out how to read more online.

School to start earlier in 2015-16
Thu  Apr 23 2015 08:30AM
The new school year will start a little earlier for 2015-16, thanks to Gov. Rick Scott who signed House Bill 7069 into law on Tuesday. Under the new law, schools may start as early as Aug. 10. DeSoto Assistant School … Find out how to read more online.

Last weekend to see The Story of Jesus — ‘Experience of a lifetime’
Thu  Apr 23 2015 08:30AM
You have only one more weekend to see The Story of Jesus this year. The popular passion play is held annually in Wauchula, in Hardee County, and is a spectacular event including a cast of more than 200 actors and … Find out how to read more online.

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