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Filmmakers return to SWFL with second full-length feature
Fri  Mar 23 2018 08:30AM
When an older man saw Tim Ritter’s film “Testament” at a film festival in Orlando, he came up during the Q&A and said, “Human frailty. This just captures human frailty.” … Find out how to read more online.
Coast Guard searching for missing boater
Fri  Mar 23 2018 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a North Port man who went missing last month after setting sail from Charlotte County. Benjamin Hartman, 41, left the area sometime … Find out how to read more online.
A growing shadow over Southwest Florida
Thu  Mar 22 2018 09:52AM
Whether in baseball or the airport business, it’s good to be hitting high in the lineup. Among ultra-low-cost carrier Allegiant Air’s lineup of 120 airports, Punta Gorda Airport began 2018 … Find out how to read more online.
Analyst calls provide Sunseeker insight
Thu  Mar 22 2018 09:52AM
Allegiant Travel has told financial analysts it would walk away from its Sunseeker Resort project if an in-depth look at costs showed an insufficient return from the project. But the … Find out how to read more online.
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A Boy’s World
Mon  Mar 19 2018 05:46PM
Kaleb names all the drills, saws, and other hand tools used by his group at Gator Wilderness Camp School. They use the tools to build tents where they live in the woods east of Punta Gorda. Aidan calls out the … Find out how to read more online.

Shelters, River Road highlight cooperative efforts
Thu  Mar 22 2018 10:17AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — While the Charlotte County commissioners could not take any official action Wednesday in a joint meeting with the Sarasota County commissioners, their heads were nodding on more cooperation on hurricane sheltering. Specifically, Sarasota County is asking for … Find out how to read more online.

Trabue Woods one step away from name change
Thu  Mar 22 2018 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — District 5 Councilwoman Nancy Prafke said Wednesday the renaming of a downtown Punta Gorda neighborhood would help unite the city. A group launched a campaign earlier this year to rebrand Trabue Woods — a historically black neighborhood … Find out how to read more online.

Still no answers for parking at Gilchrist
Thu  Mar 22 2018 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — It’s structure versus spirit in the ongoing debate to let musicians and fans park on the grass at Gilchrist Park in Punta Gorda. At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Guitar Army representatives addressed the city, leaving some council … Find out how to read more online.

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Israeli firm says it can turn garbage into bio-based plastic
Fri  Mar 23 2018 01:19AM
KIBBUTZ ZEELIM, Israel — Hawks, vultures and storks circle overhead as Christopher Sveen points at the heap of refuse rotting in the desert heat. “This is the mine of the future,” he beams. Sveen is chief sustainability officer at UBQ, … read more.

Protest planned after police shooting of unarmed man
Fri  Mar 23 2018 01:19AM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Community members and activists gathered at Sacramento City Hall on Thursday to protest the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by police. Black Lives Matter Sacramento organized the rally in honor of Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old … read more.

Hotel video shows Vegas gunman ‘normal’ before shooting
Fri  Mar 23 2018 01:19AM
LAS VEGAS — Hotel surveillance video from the days before the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, made public Thursday, shows the gunman as an unremarkable Las Vegas hotel guest and casino patron. Footage provided by MGM Resorts International … read more.

As US gets tough with China, Wall Street gets weak-kneed
Fri  Mar 23 2018 01:19AM
NEW YORK — The prospect of a full-blown trade war between the world’s two biggest economies rattled investors Thursday, sending stocks to their biggest loss in six weeks. The Dow Jones industrial average plunged more than 700 points, as President … read more.

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