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One front may bring rain, second front cooler temps
Tue  Dec 6 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians may finally see some rain after six very dry weeks since Hurricane Matthew back in early October. A moist front coming to the area from the Gulf of … Find out how to read more online.
Gas leak snarls traffic
Tue  Dec 6 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A gas leak Monday afternoon shut down traffic for about two hours on Veterans Boulevard from Murdock Circle to Cochran Boulevard in both directions. Charlotte County Fire/EMS … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda K-9 services to change direction
Tue  Dec 6 2016 08:30AM
After a career of 12 suspect apprehensions, including one biting incident ending in a $70,000 settlement, K-9 Spirit will likely soon retire from the Punta Gorda Police Department, pending a … Find out how to read more online.
Two 21-year-olds die in single-vehicle crash
Mon  Dec 5 2016 06:56PM
Two 21-year-olds died in a single-vehicle crash in Port Charlotte early Monday morning, according to a report by the Florida Highway Patrol. Wesley Chery, of Port Charlotte, was driving a … Find out how to read more online.
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Boy Scouts to relocate national museum to New Mexico
Mon  Dec 5 2016 09:09PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — From merit badges and uniforms to an impressive collection of Norman Rockwell paintings and drawings, the Boy Scouts of America will be packing up more than a century of scouting history and taking it to the wilds … read more.

California lawmakers aim to protect immigrants from Trump
Tue  Dec 6 2016 01:19AM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers on Monday urged President-elect Donald Trump to refrain from pursuing mass deportations and introduced urgent legislation to fund immigration lawyers and help public defenders protect the state’s immigrants. Democratic lawmakers also passed resolutions in both … read more.

Business unharmed by wildfires set to reopen
Tue  Dec 6 2016 01:19AM
GATLINBURG, Tenn. — Chirping and beeping filled the air as Marion Paul fired up her Gatlinburg video arcade Monday, the first time she’s seen her business since deadly wildfires set much of the city ablaze a week ago. Sooty floors … read more.

Cops: Serial abductor broke into Ohio homes to kidnap girls
Tue  Dec 6 2016 01:19AM
CLEVELAND — A Cleveland-area man accused of breaking into two homes and kidnapping and raping a girl and trying to abduct another within the past year scouted out his victims, authorities said Monday. Investigators are calling Justin Christian, of Lorain, … read more.

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Amsterdam’s sweet imports
Mon  Dec 5 2016 08:30AM
When Jordy and Sharon Beumer decided to gamble on a life in the U.S., they had some tough choices to make. But Sharon, who had visited the U.S. several times and whose parents lived in North Port, was enamored with … Find out how to read more online.

Return to Pearl Harbor
Sun  Dec 4 2016 08:30AM
They are both members of the Greatest Generation, the men and women who saw our country through World War II. It’s now the Vanishing Generation, the clock ticking on those who recognized when their time in history had come. Both are veterans … Find out how to read more online.

Man survived ship’s sinking in WWII
Mon  Dec 5 2016 08:30AM
CAPE HAZE — “When General Quarters sounded, I went to my battle station,” 96-year-old Pete Cahill of Cape Haze recalled a lifetime later. “I was one of six lookouts atop a 20-foot pole in the bow of the heavy cruiser … Find out how to read more online.

Bicyclists beware on Taylor Road
Mon  Dec 5 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Debra Highsmith, who describes herself as a “casual bicyclist,” would love to ride the scenic and extensive Punta Gorda Pathways system, but there is no easy way to get there from her home near Taylor Road, which … Find out how to read more online.

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