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Because it’s there
Thu  Jul 24 2014 01:00AM
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.
Swiftmud agrees to partial funding — with caveat
Thu  Jul 24 2014 01:00AM
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.
Pirate Fest draws creator of Captain Morgan character
Thu  Jul 24 2014 01:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — When artist Don Maitz attends this weekend’s Pirate Fest, he will pay equally close attention to the visitors who come to admire his pirate creations. If they … Find out how to read more online.
Shoes for Kids still needs help
Thu  Jul 24 2014 01:00AM
As the final week of the collection occurs, the Kiwanis Shoes for Kids Project is asking for your assistance to help us meet the requests given from the school personnel … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
S&P 500 ekes record high
Thu  Jul 24 2014 01:19AM
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
Thu  Jul 24 2014 01:19AM
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
Thu  Jul 24 2014 01:19AM
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.

Back to the books
Wed  Jul 23 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Although many students still are sleeping in late, children at two elementary schools in the district are getting a jump-start on their education. School started at Sallie Jones and East elementary schools Tuesday. Some of the students … Find out how to read more online.

Area home-sales outlook steady
Wed  Jul 23 2014 08:00AM
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.

Stormy dispute rages on
Wed  Jul 23 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County again is rattling its sabers over its share of the cost to reconstruct the Peace River water plant. Having already raised the specter of a legal challenge against the Peace River/Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority for … Find out how to read more online.

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