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Island grieves over fire victims
Mon  May 25 2015 06:44PM
KNIGHT ISLAND — Tyler and Peggy Erickson brought flowers Monday to pay their respects for the two Knight Island residents who lost their lives in a fire Sunday. A dozen … Find out how to read more online.
Jenkins’ death leaves void in veterans community
Mon  May 25 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — On Oct. 26, 1967, while serving with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, Sgt. Jim Lannon was participating in Operation County Fair in Quang … Find out how to read more online.
Emancipation Day frees the spirit
Sun  May 24 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — At the Blanchard House Museum’s annual Emancipation Day celebration Saturday, folks donned Civil War-era garb and real-life roles to tell the human story behind the abolishment of … Find out how to read more online.
‘This situation cannot be ignored’
Sun  May 24 2015 08:30AM
An expert hired to study Sarasota County’s homeless issues said the recent slaying of a 43-year-old allegedly by a homeless man was “predictable.” Texas-based Dr. Robert Marbut, founder of Marbut … Find out how to read more online.
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Rhino survives poacher attack
Mon  May 25 2015 09:54PM
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The rhino’s rescuers gave her a name: Hope. Poachers in South Africa had darted the rhino with a tranquilizer and hacked off her horns while she was sedated, leaving the animal with a horrific wound covering much … read more.

BP getting credit for Gulf Coast tourism boom
Mon  May 25 2015 09:52PM
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) — With the Memorial Day holiday here, fallout from the oil spill that left Gulf Coast beaches smeared with gooey tar balls and scared away visitors in 2010 is being credited, oddly, with something no one … read more.

‘Ugly’ Obamacare twist looms
Mon  May 25 2015 09:52PM
WASHINGTON — A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama’s health care law. But it’s Republicans — not White House officials — who have been … read more.

America salutes the fallen
Mon  May 25 2015 09:52PM
ARLINGTON, Va. — President Barack Obama on Monday saluted Americans who died in battle, saying the country must “never stop trying to fully repay them” for their sacrifices. He noted it was the first Memorial Day in 14 years without … read more.

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Turkey Day shooter gets probation
Sat  May 23 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The 64-year-old Port Charlotte man originally charged with trying to murder a female friend on Thanksgiving will avoid prison time. Rickey Hill, with his attorney, Assistant Public Defender Toby Oonk, reached a plea deal with state prosecutors … Find out how to read more online.

Murder victim ID’d
Sat  May 23 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Cesar Ramonzajac McClatchy, 43, reportedly died Thursday at the hands of a 22-year-old homeless man, Nicholas Robert Ryan Luciano — someone with whom McClatchy was “friends” on Facebook. The North Port Police Department said they found Luciano … Find out how to read more online.

Turkey Day shooter gets probation
Sat  May 23 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The 64-year-old Port Charlotte man originally charged with trying to murder a female friend on Thanksgiving will avoid prison time. Rickey Hill, with his attorney, Assistant Public Defender Toby Oonk, reached a plea deal with state prosecutors … Find out how to read more online.

Jobless figures point to summer ‘season’
Sat  May 23 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Imagine, if you will, a season that never ends, when visitors and spending abound year-round. It may sound like wishful thinking, but as the area jobless rate continues to fall, even after the traditional end of season, optimism … Find out how to read more online.

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