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Hot, humid days expected
Sun  Jul 5 2015 04:24PM
Southwest Florida residents sweltering with a heat index reaching 105 over the weekend should get some relief this work week. The index measuring what the weather feels like with humidity, … Find out how to read more online.
Sailor, cruiser unscathed in Allied invasions
Sun  Jul 5 2015 04:26PM
The USS Philadelphia sailed in convoys to Algeria and Sicily through the treacherous Mediterranean of 1943. It entered Palermo Harbor and struck at enemy shore batteries, and was there when … Find out how to read more online.
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’Piano Man’ Billy Joel is a married man
Sun  Jul 5 2015 01:57PM
(CNN) — Musician Billy Joel has married his longtime girlfriend, Alexis Roderick. The couple surprised guests and exchanged vows at their annual July 4th party, according to Joel’s publicist, Claire Mercuri. This is Joel’s fourth marriage. Joel, 66, and Roderick, … read more.

Standoff over social media passwords breaks new legal ground
Sun  Jul 5 2015 01:57PM
HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston-area man had used social media to promote his gun store, posting politically charged messages that criticized the president and promoted Second Amendment rights. But after Jeremy Alcede lost ownership of his store in bankruptcy, a … read more.

Escapee David Sweat moved from hospital to prison
Sun  Jul 5 2015 01:57PM
(CNN) — Escaped inmate David Sweat has been released from Albany Medical Center and is now incarcerated at the maximum security Five Points Correctional Facility in Romulus, New York, according to the New York State Department of Corrections and Community … read more.

Missing Tbilisi zoo tiger found dead 3 weeks after flooding
Sun  Jul 5 2015 01:57PM
TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Workers cleaning up after the flood that destroyed the zoo in Georgia’s capital found the carcass of the last missing tiger on the grounds of a swimming complex. Tbilisi zoo director Zuraba Gurielidze told journalists that … read more.

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Overtime overreaction?
Sun  Jul 5 2015 08:30AM
Local reaction to an Obama administration proposal to increase eligibility for overtime pay is split. It may mean more money in some people’s pocket, but many say businesses will just find a way to get around it. The Obama administration … Find out how to read more online.

Building keeps booming in North Port
Sat  Jul 4 2015 08:30AM
The fireworks you hear tonight might be an echo of North Port’s building boom. Coming off a strong final six months of 2014, when the city issued 312 permits worth $76.4 million, the city issued 402 permits between January and June 2015 … Find out how to read more online.

Boaters: Keep an eye out for manatees
Fri  Jul 3 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — An aerial survey in February suggested a record number of more than 6,000 manatees swam in Florida waters. But as 2015 progresses, more manatees are dying from watercraft injuries than a five-year average would suggest, according to Florida … Find out how to read more online.

A history of sewer plans, resident pans
Thu  Jul 2 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — When Adam Cummings first arrived on the County Commission in 1994, he was immediately placed in the line of fire. A large-scale plan to convert septics to sewers across middle and western portions of Charlotte had been … Find out how to read more online.

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