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Because it’s there
Thu  Jul 24 2014 12:10AM
ENGLEWOOD — Climbing the world’s highest free-standing mountain wasn’t initially on Bud Koranchan’s bucket list, but now he doesn’t stop thinking about it. The soon-to-be 73-year-old Englewood resident wants to … Find out how to read more online.
Theatre Guild Parents’ Night Out canceled
Thu  Jul 24 2014 12:10AM
NORTH PORT — A Parents’ Night Out event being sponsored by the North Port High School Theatre Guild has been canceled. The event was originally planned for 4:30 p.m. to … Find out how to read more online.
Knights donation aids local facility’s mission
Thu  Jul 24 2014 12:10AM
NORTH PORT — For the second time in less than a year, the North Port Knights of Columbus Council 7997 has given a gift for a cause they feel is … Find out how to read more online.
Swiftmud agrees to partial funding — with caveat
Thu  Jul 24 2014 12:10AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Southwest Florida Water Management District has agreed to earmark roughly $1.5 million in funding for preliminary water testing in connection with Punta Gorda’s proposed reverse-osmosis plant, provided … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
S&P 500 ekes record high
Wed  Jul 23 2014 10:38PM
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market eked out a record high Wednesday, as investors weighed positive earnings from the technology industry against disappointing news from Boeing and other companies. Apple’s earnings topped Wall Street expectations, helped by rising shipments … read more.

40 bodies returned to Dutch soil
Wed  Jul 23 2014 10:40PM
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands — Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned at last Wednesday to Dutch soil in 40 wooden coffins, solemnly and gently carried to 40 identical hearses, flags at half-staff flapping in the wind. The carefully … read more.

Cease-fire talks advance
Wed  Jul 23 2014 10:40PM
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The United States announced signs of progress in cease-fire talks Wednesday, but prospects for a quick end to the fighting were dim as Palestinian families fled fierce battles in southern Gaza and the death toll … read more.

US flights dodge Tel Aviv
Wed  Jul 23 2014 01:19AM
JERUSALEM — A Hamas rocket exploded Tuesday near Israel’s main airport, prompting a ban on flights from the U.S. and many from Europe and Canada as aviation authorities responded to the shock of seeing a civilian jetliner shot down over … read more.

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More Local News
‘Ukraine needs support of the world’
Wed  Jul 23 2014 08:00AM
When a Boeing 777 carrying nearly 300 people was shot down over Ukraine last week, local Ukrainians reacted with both horror and sympathy. A surface-to-air missile was fired at Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Thursday as it flew from Amsterdam to … Find out how to read more online.

$704M school budget advances
Wed  Jul 23 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County School Board unanimously approved a $704 million tentative budget — a reduction of $69 million from last fiscal year — and a lower millage for advertising purposes during a 20-minute meeting with little discussion Tuesday afternoon. The … Find out how to read more online.

Program to provide free breakfast in 8 Sarasota County schools
Thu  Jul 24 2014 12:10AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County School Board wants to make sure students have a good breakfast to start their day, and a pilot program at eight district schools will begin making that more of a reality. The universal free … Find out how to read more online.

Area home sales steady
Tue  Jul 22 2014 06:18PM
The local real estate market remains strong, with homes sold last month in the Charlotte County area fetching the highest median sales price of the year, according to data released Tuesday. There were 361 single-family homes sold in the Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.

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