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Weekend front won’t be as cool as expected
Fri  Dec 9 2016 01:00AM
Southwest Floridians will not get as cold this weekend as they may have thought based on earlier weather predictions. Forecasters predicted earlier in the week that temperatures would drop down … Find out how to read more online.
Home defaults fall to pre-recession levels
Fri  Dec 9 2016 01:00AM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — With home prices rising at a dramatic rate, new foreclosures have fallen to their lowest level in years as “underwater” homeowners are finally able to sell their … Find out how to read more online.
‘Official delivery notification’ sounds suspicious
Fri  Dec 9 2016 01:00AM
Roy Strelchun received a postcard from the Notification Warehouse Center, with no return address. It was the “last effort,” officially notifying the 80-year-old Punta Gorda resident that a “package shipment” … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte ‘stakeholders’ to form clean water task force
Fri  Dec 9 2016 01:00AM
Charlotte County Utilities held a clean water, pro-sewer pep rally this week, and for once, nary a discouraging word was heard. Some 50 “stakeholders” convened by Charlotte County Utilities for … Find out how to read more online.
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Record number of manatees killed in 2016 by boats
Fri  Dec 9 2016 01:19AM
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A record number of manatees were killed in 2016 by boat strikes, according to state wildlife data, but overall the number of the beloved sea cows increased in Florida this year. Data posted by the Florida Fish … read more.

Florida lost construction, gained health care jobs in recovery
Fri  Dec 9 2016 01:19AM
ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida gained more wealthy residents but also more families living below the poverty line between 2010 and 2015 when the Sunshine State participated in an economic recovery from a devastating housing crash and the worst recession in … read more.

US life expectancy falls, as many kinds of death increase
Thu  Dec 8 2016 08:48PM
NEW YORK — A decades-long trend of rising life expectancy in the U.S. could be ending: It declined last year and it is no better than it was four years ago. In most of the years since World War II, … read more.

Florida to state workers: You can’t give at the office now
Fri  Dec 9 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Following negative publicity about administrative costs, as well as a critical audit, the administration of Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that it had suspended a program that allowed state workers to make charitable donations through their paychecks. … read more.

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Teen identified as fatal house fire victim
Fri  Dec 9 2016 01:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Charlotte County authorities have identified the body of the person who died in a Nov. 28 house fire on Oil Well Road as 19-year-old Ronni G. Bell. The teenager’s body was found under debris, and authorities were … Find out how to read more online.

Punta Gorda approves special assessments
Thu  Dec 8 2016 08:30AM
The Punta Gorda City Council unanimously approved resolutions for special assessments on the Punta Gorda Isles Bird Section canal cut-through and the Burnt Store Isles electric undergrounding study — both controversial issues in their day. However, it turned down a … Find out how to read more online.

Man sentenced to life for Bonhomme murder
Thu  Dec 8 2016 08:30AM
Dwayne Johnson insisted on his innocence during his sentencing for the murder of Kello Bon-homme during a drug deal two years ago, even when faced by Bon-homme’s family asking how he could have shot and killed a man he once … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Dec 8 2016 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Sara Ruthann Hughes, 21, of Tallahassee. Charges: two counts of violation of probation. Bond: none. • Michael Roy Millhoff Jr., 43, of St. Petersburg. Charges: false imprisonment of a person … Find out how to read more online.

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