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People from around the world are drawn to Southwest Florida
Sat  Mar 28 2015 11:36AM
Millions of people find themselves drawn to Florida’s white sand beaches and sunny skies each year for vacations and school breaks, but a growing percentage have come to call the … Find out how to read more online.
Lawsuit: Hospital security inadequate
Sat  Mar 28 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The children of an elderly woman who had a valuable diamond stolen from her wedding ring while she was a patient at Fawcett Memorial Hospital are suing … Find out how to read more online.
Jobless rate falls as snowbirds come to nest
Sat  Mar 28 2015 08:30AM
Fueled by a record-breaking number of seasonal visitors, and the jobs they bring, hiring increased across the board and across the region last month. The jobless rate in Charlotte County … Find out how to read more online.
Latino group evolves with its goals
Sat  Mar 28 2015 08:30AM
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Latinos are the most populous minority currently living in this country. Since 1970, the Hispanic population has increased sixfold, from 9.1 million to 53 million by … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Stocks close with slight gains
Sat  Mar 28 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — A tough week on the stock market ended quietly Friday. Major indexes notched modest gains, not nearly enough to make up for the four previous days of losses. It wound up being the second-worst week for … read more.

Pugnacious Reid retiring, wants Schumer as Senate Dem leader
Sat  Mar 28 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a pugnacious and glamour-averse tactician who united Democrats to help deliver tough victories for President Barack Obama, said Friday he’s retiring next year. He immediately endorsed brash New York Sen. Chuck Schumer … read more.

Suicidal co-pilot may have had hidden illness
Sat  Mar 28 2015 01:19AM
MONTABAUR, Germany — Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appeared happy and healthy to acquaintances, but a picture emerged Friday of a man who hid evidence of an illness from his employers — including a torn-up doctor’s note that would have kept … read more.

University of Oklahoma unveils racist chant probe findings
Sat  Mar 28 2015 01:19AM
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Members of a University of Oklahoma fraternity apparently learned a racist chant that recently got their chapter disbanded during a national leadership cruise four years ago that was sponsored by the fraternity’s national administration, the university’s … read more.

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K-9 couture
Sat  Mar 28 2015 11:50AM
Punta Gorda Police Officer Lee Coel and his German shepherd Spirit, front and center, were presented a K-9 bulletproof vest Thursday at the police station. Money for the vest was donated by the Charlotte Community Foundation (pictured from the foundation … Find out how to read more online.

Is this a Census scam?
Fri  Mar 27 2015 09:34AM
Frank Robinson thought it was a scam. So did Gene Broecker. Each just received letters from the U.S. Census Bureau in the mail addressed to “Resident.” Frank said the letter instructed him to go online and fill out a survey. … Find out how to read more online.

Winners Circle
Sat  Mar 28 2015 10:12AM
American Legion Post 103 • Sunday Darts winners March 22: Round 1: 1-Fern Tropea, Dan Reed; 2-Alan Ogle, Mickey Mullaney; 3-Kim Smith, Ron Hickson. Round 2: 1-Marian Goodman, Joey Siracusa; 2-Paul Martin, Ron Hickson; 3-Sarah Martin, Mickey Mullaney. Charlotte Harbor … Find out how to read more online.

Slippery slope
Sat  Mar 28 2015 08:30AM
Authorities said a Roma food truck ran off the southbound Interstate 75 overpass near mile marker 182 at Sumter Boulevard in North Port around 5 p.m. Friday, during a rainstorm. No injuries were reported. … Find out how to read more online.

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