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PGPD: Armed robber strikes local bank
Sat  Jul 26 2014 11:18AM
PUNTA GORDA — Authorities were investigating a suspected armed robbery at a local bank late Friday afternoon. Around 4:30 p.m., a white man wearing a baseball hat and sunglasses walked … Find out how to read more online.
Tax holiday eases back-to-school pinch
Sat  Jul 26 2014 02:19PM
Parents of North Port students can catch a break when they go to buy back-to-school clothes during the upcoming sales tax holiday. From Friday through Aug. 3, merchants won’t collect … Find out how to read more online.
Tax holiday eases back-to-school pinch
Sat  Jul 26 2014 08:52AM
Parents of Vineland Elementary School students can catch a break when they go to buy new school uniforms during the upcoming sales tax holiday. Vineland students won’t be able to … Find out how to read more online.
Facebook pic leads to cat flap
Sat  Jul 26 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Less than 24 hours after posting a Facebook photo of himself holding a gun up to a cat on Thursday, Thomas McGuinness made national headlines and received … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Worries drag stocks lower
Sat  Jul 26 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Investors got some bad news about the American shopper on Friday, driving down stocks and sending the Dow Jones industrial average to a loss for the week. Two major U.S. companies — the retail giant Amazon … read more.

Ukraine tensions build
Sat  Jul 26 2014 01:19AM
KIEV, Ukraine — Russia is launching artillery attacks from its soil on Ukrainian troops and preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border, the U.S. and Ukraine charged Friday in what appeared to be an ominous escalation of the crisis. … read more.

Gaza sides agree to lull but truce efforts stall
Sat  Jul 26 2014 01:19AM
JERUSALEM — Israel-Hamas fighting looked headed for escalation after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry failed Friday to broker a weeklong truce as a first step toward a broader deal and Israel’s defense minister warned Israel might soon expand its … read more.

Japanese on evolution of ‘Godzilla’
Sat  Jul 26 2014 01:19AM
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese fans want it known: The radiation- breathing, skyscraper- stomping monster they call “Gojira” was born right here in Japan, 60 years ago. No matter its evolution in Hollywood over the decades, the Godzilla creature began as … read more.

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Hot, hot, hot
Sat  Jul 26 2014 03:20PM
The recovery of the area’s real estate market is best illustrated by the shortages it’s created. “We’re having trouble getting listings, because everybody knows (values are rising). Some of the sellers think, ‘Well, I don’t have to sell right now. … Find out how to read more online.

Land-use plan amended
Sat  Jul 26 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County planning commissioners unanimously approved the third and final phase of amendments to the 2050 land-use plan, including highly controversial changes to the so-called “fiscal neutrality” component. Not everyone is happy about the changes. The vote … Find out how to read more online.

Dash to backpack ‘Bash’
Fri  Jul 25 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — As Don and Sheri Zillmer make balloon creations, children will play with them while waiting in line for a backpack and school supplies. The couple are members of Fellowship Church of Englewood. They, along with a small army … Find out how to read more online.

Cultural Center’s Hageman to retire — again
Sat  Jul 26 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — When Jim Hageman retires next month from his post as executive director of the Cultural Center of Charlotte County, it will mark his third retirement in a career that spans nearly 60 years. Maybe this time it … Find out how to read more online.

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