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Some cry fowl over free turkeys
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
Shelomie Francois waited in a line of about 110 people that snaked around the North Port Salvation Army building to get a voucher for a free turkey to feed her … Find out how to read more online.
Halloween portraits, with a heavy heart
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Tammy Grueber will carry through with her pledge to provide free photos of Halloween revelers Friday at Nickolson’s Portrait Studio, to support the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition. … Find out how to read more online.
2008 sales tax projects bring rewards
Tue  Oct 28 2014 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — As the 1 percent sales tax referendum approaches, arguments are being heard from both sides regarding the proposed projects’ cost, importance and financial impact on those who … Find out how to read more online.
County to vote on homeless plan
Tue  Oct 28 2014 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Wayne had been without a home for a decade before seeking services and emergency housing at the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition. After receiving assistance to obtain deserved Social … Find out how to read more online.
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Central Europe, Britain oppose Ukraine rebel vote
Thu  Oct 30 2014 01:46PM
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — The foreign ministers of four Central European countries and Britain have condemned a plan by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine to hold local elections. In a common statement Thursday after their meeting in Bratislava, the ministers … read more.

Bodies of 48 Sunni tribal fighters found in Iraq
Thu  Oct 30 2014 01:46PM
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi authorities on Thursday found the bodies of 48 Sunni tribesmen killed by the Islamic State group in the restive western province of Anbar, an official said. Faleh al-Issawi, a councilman in the Anbar provincial government, said … read more.

Surgery for 1 Marysville school shooting victim
Thu  Oct 30 2014 01:46PM
SEATTLE (AP) — One of the students wounded in last Friday’s shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School is undergoing surgery Thursday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The hospital says 14-year-old Nate Hatch is having planned surgery to repair his jaw. … read more.

Malala donates prize money to rebuild Gaza school
Thu  Oct 30 2014 01:46PM
JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.N. agency that assists Palestinian refugees says Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai has donated $50,000 to rebuild a U.N. school in Gaza damaged during this summer’s Israel-Hamas war. UNRWA says Malala is donating all of … read more.

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Research: Halloween ‘deadliest day’ for child pedestrians
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
Police officers on Halloween night will be strictly enforcing a reduced speed limit of 15 mph in the Punta Gorda Historic District, to help keep trick-or-treaters safe. There will be a “heavily uniformed police presence” keeping an extra eye out … Find out how to read more online.

Financial issues top county’s agenda
Mon  Oct 27 2014 08:30AM
MURDOCK — At their regular meeting on Tuesday, Charlotte County commissioners will focus on such major issues as next year’s Health Department contract, impact fees and the future of the Super Boat Race. The proposed 2015 Charlotte County Health Department … Find out how to read more online.

Cops: Love triangle sparked murder-suicide
Tue  Oct 28 2014 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — A love triangle sparked the quarrel that led to last week’s murder-suicide at a local trailer park, officials confirmed Monday. Rosemery Martinez, 36, used a .40-caliber handgun to shoot her husband, Jonathan Edward Brewer, 42, and a … Find out how to read more online.

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