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Bids fly in for terminal expansion
Wed  Jul 30 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Charlotte County Airport Authority received a more-than-expected response from companies interested in taking on the multimillion-dollar terminal expansion at the Punta Gorda Airport. Authority Executive Director … Find out how to read more online.
CHS grad on ‘Quest’ for success
Wed  Jul 30 2014 08:00AM
After Christian Sochor graduated from Charlotte High School in 2009, the drama student followed the advice of some friends and applied to an acting school in New York City. He … Find out how to read more online.
Community ties apparent in School Board race
Tue  Jul 29 2014 08:00AM
Though Lee Swift has held his position on the Charlotte County School Board since 1994 without much opposition, he doesn’t take campaign season lightly. “If you want to do something, … Find out how to read more online.
Mother won’t drop legal action
Tue  Jul 29 2014 08:00AM
The Cape Coral woman who claims Bayfront Health Port Charlotte infringed on her rights as a female and as a mother by only offering to deliver her baby via c-section … Find out how to read more online.
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Ooh la la! Rats at the Louvre in Paris
Wed  Jul 30 2014 01:19AM
PARIS — Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers and scaring tourists. The hot weather in Paris has … read more.

US, Europe impose tough sanctions on Russia
Wed  Jul 30 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Spurred to action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, including an arms embargo and restrictions on state-owned banks. President Barack Obama swiftly followed with an expansion … read more.

Medicaid expansion endorsed
Wed  Jul 30 2014 01:19AM
FORT LAUDERDALE — The powerful Florida Medical Association has come out in support of expanding Medicaid to roughly 1 million Floridians, choosing sides in a controversial political issue that has divided state lawmakers. The organization passed a resolution at its … read more.

Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule
Wed  Jul 30 2014 01:19AM
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel unleashed its heaviest air and artillery assault of the Gaza war on Tuesday, destroying key symbols of Hamas control, shutting down the territory’s only power plant and leaving at least 128 Palestinians dead on … read more.

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One dead after plane crashes at beach
Mon  Jul 28 2014 08:00AM
A plane making an emergency landing crashed at Caspersen Beach in Venice Sunday, killing a man on the beach and critically injuring his daughter. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office was notified by Venice Airport around 2:45 p.m. of a plane … Find out how to read more online.

Keith Jones fought in ‘Battle of the Bulge’
Mon  Jul 28 2014 08:00AM
Keith Jones was too skinny to get in the Navy in 1942, but the Army took him anyway despite his lack of weight. He became a member of the 87th Infantry Division, part of Gen. George Patton’s 3rd Army in … Find out how to read more online.

Hospital sparks protest
Mon  Jul 28 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — “Jennifer is not alone” read one of the brightly colored signs held by protesters at Bayfront Health Port Charlotte Sunday morning. Mothers, friends and supporters — nearly 25 from all over Southwest Florida — gathered to protest … Find out how to read more online.

Muslims mark the end of Ramadan
Tue  Jul 29 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — Members of the Islamic Community of Southwest Florida celebrated Eid-Ul-Fitr Monday at the Islamic mosque in Charlotte Harbor. The Muslim holiday, also known as the “Festival of Breaking Fast,” marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy … Find out how to read more online.

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