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Bill Willis had extensive Army career before heading to Vietnam
Mon  Sep 1 2014 08:00AM
Editor’s note: This story is the first of two parts. Billy Willis was a command sergeant major, a 30-year man in the U.S. Army — a lifer. The 84-year-old retired … Find out how to read more online.
Beach it early to avoid holiday rain
Mon  Sep 1 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE— Beachgoers and grill masters should get the holiday fun started early Labor Day if they want to avoid those pesky afternoon Florida showers and downpours throughout the area … Find out how to read more online.
Fewer students seek careers in construction
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:00AM
In “The Graduate,” Dustin Hoffman’s character, who just graduated from college, was told to shape his future around one word: “Plastics.” Barney Duffy has two words for high school graduates: … Find out how to read more online.
Some hope for short Springs outage
Sun  Aug 31 2014 03:09PM
NORTH PORT — Although the Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa will close at 5 p.m. Sunday, staff said the city’s plan to obtain full ownership of the Springs could allow … Find out how to read more online.
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Ukraine accuses Russia of ‘undisguised aggression’ as rebels advance
Mon  Sep 1 2014 08:18PM
KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Monday of “direct and undisguised aggression” which he said had radically changed the battlefield balance as Kiev’s forces suffered a further reverse in their war with pro-Moscow separatists. In the … read more.

UN to send investigators to Iraq to investigate Islamic State crimes
Mon  Sep 1 2014 01:40PM
GENEVA (Reuters) — The United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday condemned violations committed by Islamic State forces in Iraq that may amount to international crimes and agreed to send a mission to investigate them. The forum adopted a resolution … read more.

Al Qaeda in Yemen executes three “spies” for guiding drone strikes
Mon  Sep 1 2014 01:40PM
SANAA (Reuters) — Al Qaeda militants in Yemen executed three local men in the easterly Hadramout province on Monday whom they suspected of assisting U.S. drone strikes, security sources told Reuters. In a statement posted online, Al Qaeda in the … read more.

Britain unveils powers to strip suspected Islamist fighters of passports
Mon  Sep 1 2014 01:40PM
LONDON (Reuters) — British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday he would bring in new laws to give police the power to seize the passports of suspected Iraq and Syria-bound Islamist fighters. “We will introduce specific and targeted legislation … read more.

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Nevins, first bishop of Venice diocese, dies
Sun  Aug 31 2014 03:09PM
VENICE — The Most Rev. John Nevins, founding bishop of the Diocese of Venice in Florida, died Tuesday. He was 82. The death was announced in a press statement from his successor, Bishop Frank Dewane. “It is with heartfelt sorrow … Find out how to read more online.


School Board clarifies policy on district transfers
Thu  Aug 28 2014 08:00AM
The DeSoto County School Board approved one request for a student to transfer out of the district, and disapproved another, giving some insight to its position on out-of-district transfers. Board Chair Deborah Snyder opened the discussion over two students seeking … Find out how to read more online.

Newcomer, incumbent win DeSoto School Board races
Wed  Aug 27 2014 11:59AM
DeSoto voters elected newcomer Daniel Via to the county’s School Board Tuesday, while incumbent Ronny Allen was awarded another term in office. Via, who has no political experience, narrowly edged out Dr. Roosevelt Johnson by 41 votes in the District … Find out how to read more online.

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