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Military museum fires executive director
Fri  Nov 17 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — During a closed-door board meeting Monday, the Military Heritage Museum terminated its executive director. After less than a year, Lori Howard was dismissed from her duties at … Find out how to read more online.
Consultant scraps Manasota sand plan
Fri  Nov 17 2017 02:53PM
ENGLEWOOD — Peter Ravella was ready to present Charlotte County commissioners with his funding strategy for Manasota Key beach renourishment. That’s not going to happen. “We are not going back … Find out how to read more online.
Bounty hunter holds burglary suspect at gunpoint — again
Fri  Nov 17 2017 08:30AM
For the second time in four years, Dalton Cage Emory held a burglary suspect at gunpoint on Saturday. A professional bounty hunter, Emory is not one to let criminals get … Find out how to read more online.
FHP: 13-year-old bicyclist struck by motorist
Fri  Nov 17 2017 08:30AM
A 13-year-old bicyclist is in critical condition after a Charlotte County crash, the Florida Highway Patrol reported. Around 6:20 p.m. Wednesday, Dylan Rose, 13, of Port Charlotte, was riding his … Find out how to read more online.
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School officials, cops talk teen pot use
Fri  Nov 17 2017 08:30AM
While the nation focuses on the opioid crisis, Drug Free Punta Gorda held a panel this week to discuss teen marijuana abuse. For John Macy, the issue is personal. “I have a grandson who is in rehab,” said Macy, 72, … Find out how to read more online.

Sarasota County addresses chronic homelessness
Fri  Nov 17 2017 02:57PM
SARASOTA — Four years after they began discussing the problem of chronic homelessness, particularly in county parks, Sarasota County commissioners now have a plan in place. A new quality of life ordinance, along with a pair of contracts, are designed … Find out how to read more online.

Learning about paddle craft
Fri  Nov 17 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Area residents have a chance to learn about safety when it comes to paddle craft in a course in North Port. The monthly paddle craft class takes place from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. It is hosted by … Find out how to read more online.

Jail deaths raise questions
Fri  Nov 17 2017 08:30AM
Gregg Ireland’s death at the Charlotte County Jail isn’t the only one that has raised questions over the years. In 2013, Thomas Andreasen, a 48-year-old homeless man, also died while detoxing from alcohol at the jail. Andreasen was arrested on … Find out how to read more online.

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Notorious Mafia ‘boss of bosses’ Toto Riina dead at 87
Fri  Nov 17 2017 09:00PM
MILAN — Mafia “boss of bosses” Salvatore “Toto” Riina, who was serving 26 life sentences as the mastermind of a bloody strategy to assassinate both rivals and Italian prosecutors and law enforcement trying to bring down Cosa Nostra, died early … read more.

Keystone pipeline leak won’t affect last regulatory hurdle
Fri  Nov 17 2017 09:00PM
LINCOLN, Neb. — Discovery of a 210,000-gallon oil leak from the Keystone pipeline would seem to be poor timing four days before regulators in Nebraska decide whether to allow a major expansion of the system, but officials say state law … read more.

Retailers rise again
Fri  Nov 17 2017 09:00PM
NEW YORK — Retailers and smaller U.S. companies jumped again Friday as they continued to report strong third-quarter results, but technology companies and other big U.S. corporations couldn’t add to the previous day’s gains. A slew of retailers including discount … read more.

Zimbabwe ruling party calls for Mugabe to step down
Fri  Nov 17 2017 08:58PM
HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party has called for President Robert Mugabe to step down after nearly four decades in power, state-run broadcaster ZBC reported late Friday. It said that the branches of Mugabe’s party in eight of 10 … read more.

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