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Building Blocks says it’s addressing issues
Sat  Sep 20 2014 07:06PM
NORTH PORT — Building Blocks Children’s Center, 2555 N. Toledo Blvd., has been under a microscope since a North Port couple reported the center to the state Department of Children … Find out how to read more online.
Fertilizer vs. environment
Sat  Sep 20 2014 07:01PM
As a man haphazardly sprinkles fertilizer on the lawn of his waterfront home, he’s tackled by a swamp monster. A clueless woman flinging chemicals on her flowers also is taken … Find out how to read more online.
Housing boom drives job growth
Sat  Sep 20 2014 08:00AM
North Port’s building boom has ignited state-leading job growth. The city’s 3.9 percent increase in job growth from August 2013 to August 2014 was a full half percentage point higher … Find out how to read more online.
Area jobless numbers flat
Sat  Sep 20 2014 08:00AM
The unemployment rates in Charlotte, Sarasota and DeSoto counties held firm in August, as construction jobs across the state continue to lead the way in growth. Construction jobs grew by … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Buffer zone agreed upon in Ukrainian peace talks
Sat  Sep 20 2014 08:20PM
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Sporadic artillery fire hit parts of eastern Ukraine on Saturday, hours after negotiators agreed to create a buffer zone between government troops and pro-Russia militants by halting their advances, pulling back heavy weapons and withdrawing foreign … read more.

Kurds race to Syria
Sat  Sep 20 2014 08:20PM
BEIRUT — Hundreds of Kurdish fighters raced from Turkey and Iraq into neighboring Syria on Saturday to defend a Kurdish area under attack by Islamic State militants. As the fighting raged, more than 60,000 mostly Kurdish refugees streamed across the … read more.

Tracing shift from everyday American to jihadis
Sat  Sep 20 2014 08:20PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — A college dropout from Florida. A nurse’s aide from Denver. The owner of a pizza-and-wings joint from upstate New York. Except for their embrace of Islam, there’s no common profile for the 100-plus Americans who have traveled … read more.

Potential push to expand US military effort
Sat  Sep 20 2014 08:20PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s military campaign against the Islamic State group already has extended beyond the limits he first outlined. But military experts inside and outside the administration argue that an even greater expansion may be needed for … read more.

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2 charged in homicide
Sat  Sep 20 2014 08:00AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two men in connection with last week’s killing of a Port Charlotte man, in what was described as a drug-related case. Dwayne Jarrel Johnson, 34, of the 21900 block of Hernando Ave., Port … Find out how to read more online.

North Port labeled ‘boring’
Sat  Sep 20 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — If you think North Port is boring, well, you’re not the only one. For decades, city residents have bemoaned the fact that the city has no movie theater, no bowling alley and nothing for kids to do. … Find out how to read more online.

2 charged in homicide
Sat  Sep 20 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two men in connection with last week’s killing of a Port Charlotte man, in what was described as a drug-related case. Dwayne Jarrel Johnson, 34, of the 21900 block of … Find out how to read more online.

Ellie needs ‘forever’ home
Sat  Sep 20 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Ellie was in bad shape when her foster parents first got her. She was skinny and weak, and suffered from various ailments. But she’s doing a lot better now. “Her hip bones, her ribs, her backbones were … Find out how to read more online.

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