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Thrills, concerns linger over Braves decision
Thu  Jan 19 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — While the region is buzzing with news that the Atlanta Braves has set its sights on Sarasota County, more specifically West Villages, as a future spring training … Find out how to read more online.
Mother of victim testifies in murder trial
Thu  Jan 19 2017 08:30AM
Sharon McPhillips cried on the witness stand as she identified her daughter’s belongings. Tara Sidarovich’s purse, wallet, sunglasses, keys, cigarettes and credit cards were left behind on the day she … Find out how to read more online.
For wildlife center, another step in move
Thu  Jan 19 2017 08:30AM
As the Punta Gorda City Council unanimously decided to set aside $750,000 from the reserve fund to pay for refurbishing Ponce de Leon Park, officials from the Peace River Wildlife … Find out how to read more online.
King waiting on death row
Thu  Jan 19 2017 08:30AM
Nearly a year ago, an attorney for Michael King argued the convicted killer shouldn’t be sentenced to death and instead spend his life in prison. Attorney Maria Perinetti told Florida … Find out how to read more online.
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Indian activist Peltier’s supporters hope for clemency FBI summary of the Peltier case: https:
Wed  Jan 18 2017 09:42PM
MINNEAPOLIS — Supporters of American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, who has spent most of his life in prison in the killing of two FBI agents in South Dakota in 1975, hope President Barack Obama will grant him clemency and shorten … read more.

Orlando gunman’s widow pleads not guilty to aiding husband
Thu  Jan 19 2017 01:19AM
OAKLAND, Calif. — The widow of the Orlando nightclub gunman pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of aiding and abetting her husband’s support of the Islamic State group and hindering the investigation of the attack that killed 49 people and … read more.

Supreme Court tosses lawsuit, preserves vouchers
Thu  Jan 19 2017 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A bitter feud over Florida’s largest private school voucher program ended Wednesday when the state Supreme Court tossed a lawsuit challenging a program used by nearly 98,000 school children. The court in a 4-1 decision declined to … read more.

California withdraws immigrant health care request
Wed  Jan 18 2017 09:41PM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California officials on Wednesday withdrew their request to sell unsubsidized insurance policies to people who can’t prove they’re legally in the United States after learning the decision would fall to President-elect Donald Trump’s administration. Calling the decision … read more.

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Grand Slam
Wed  Jan 18 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The region slugged a home run Tuesday, beating out Palm Beach and Collier counties as Sarasota County secured exclusive negotiation rights as the Atlanta Braves’ spring training home. After a two-year courtship, the news was made official … Find out how to read more online.

Palm Auto Mall to be sold to Bradenton franchise
Wed  Jan 18 2017 08:30AM
Punta Gorda’s Palm Auto Mall, a burgeoning business emblem along Tamiami Trail for 61 years, was in negotiations late Tuesday to be sold to the Gettel Automotive Group of Bradenton, a large auto franchise with dealerships in Sarasota, Bradenton, Gainesville, … Find out how to read more online.

After 61 years, JoAnn is ‘unemployed’
Wed  Jan 18 2017 08:30AM
When JoAnn Helphenstine and her husband, Bob, married nine months, arrived in Punta Gorda in 1955, there was a traffic backup, of sorts, at Marion Avenue. A bait and tackle shop was teaching a customer fly fishing. The bucket into … Find out how to read more online.

Second trial underway in Sidarovich killing
Wed  Jan 18 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — After Tara Sidarovich’s death, David McMannis began acting strangely, according to the state’s opening statement at the start of his murder trial Tuesday. Just five hours after Sidarovich’s last recorded conversation with a co-worker on the phone, … Find out how to read more online.

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