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Candidates audition at GOP function
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
LAKE SUZY — By the way everyone greeted each other at a candidates’ forum hosted by the DeSoto-Charlotte Republican Club, there appeared to be few strangers at the stylish Kingsway … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
Snorkel in seagrass
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
The first time I snorkled, I freaked out when fish began touching me. Naturally, I lifted my head out of the water as if that would make the rest of … Find out how to read more online.
School Board moves budget one step forward
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — School Board members recently approved the 2016-2017 tentative budget for advertising purposes at a special board meeting. The $247 million proposed tentative budget for the 2016-2017 school … Find out how to read more online.
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Recent deaths of kids in hot cars prompt pleas to parents
Wed  Jul 27 2016 01:19AM
DALLAS — The deaths of four children in hot cars in recent days has brought the number across the U.S. this year to at least 23, nearly matching the total for all of last year and prompting experts to plead … read more.

Brazil police arrest last suspect in Olympics terrorism case
Tue  Jul 26 2016 01:19AM
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Police arrested the last suspect wanted so far in a case of Brazilian sympathizers of the Islamic State who allegedly discussed attacking the Olympic Games next month in Rio de Janeiro. The Federal Police said … read more.

Florida mourns again
Tue  Jul 26 2016 08:30AM
Two people are dead, including a 14-year-old boy and a Lehigh Senior High School basketball star, and up to 16 are injured following a deadly shooting early Monday morning during a party at Club Blu in Fort Myers. The Fort … read more.

Surgeon general: Precaution best method to fight Zika
Tue  Jul 26 2016 01:19AM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy toured a mosquito control facility in Orlando on Monday and said now is the time to start taking precautions … read more.

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PGD: The little economic engine that could
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
In 1990, the total operating revenue for the Punta Gorda Airport was $1 million. In 2015, it was $8.5 million and climbing. In 2009, Allegiant Airlines’ first year flying into and out of the Punta Gorda Airport carried about 46,000 passengers. … Find out how to read more online.

In Philadelphia, the calm after the storm
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
Michelle made it better. After all the hootin’ and hollerin’ about biased emails — at least they weren’t plagiarized — disruptive Bernie Sanders disciples and resignations by the party elite, the Democratic National Convention calmed down some late Monday night. … Find out how to read more online.

Charlotte County Chamber preps for busy August
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
As July comes to a close, grab your calendar and mark down dates in a very busy August. We start on Tuesday with the New Teachers’ Breakfast where we’ll meet the new teachers who will be joining the district. I … Find out how to read more online.

Braves planning coming along; other teams in mix
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
While finalizing terms with the Atlanta Braves on a proposed spring break facility in the region is top priority, West Villages general manager Marty Black reaffirmed Tuesday there are other options in luring major league teams to the area. The … Find out how to read more online.

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