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25 dogs removed from area home
Sat  Aug 23 2014 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — Authorities removed 25 dogs — mostly Weimaraners — from a home Friday morning on the 6600 block of Kenwood Avenue, after Sarasota County Sheriff’s deputies served the … Find out how to read more online.
New rig for city, county
Sat  Aug 23 2014 01:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — City and county officials held a dedication ceremony Friday for one of the more important additions to the community — a shiny new ambulance. “It’s a great … Find out how to read more online.
Rotonda II appeals on horizon
Sat  Aug 23 2014 01:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — In the heady moments after a jury issued a favorable judgment for damages in the Rotonda II sewer case, county attorneys stood on the steps outside the … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Man has sex with boy while mom asleep
Sat  Aug 23 2014 01:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A 32-year-old North Port man has been accused of having sex with a boy half his age, while the boy’s mother was asleep in the same bedroom. … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Stocks go mostly lower
Sat  Aug 23 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market paused Friday, following four days of gains, after a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen left investors unsure about how the nation’s most important financial voice feels about raising interest rates in … read more.

West condemns Russia over convoy to Ukraine
Sat  Aug 23 2014 01:19AM
LUHANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated sharply on Friday as Moscow sent more than 130 trucks rolling across the border in what it said was a mission to deliver humanitarian aid. Ukraine called it a “direct … read more.

What happens in Ferguson if no charges?
Sat  Aug 23 2014 01:19AM
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Conditions calmed this week in Ferguson after nights of sometimes violent unrest stemming from the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer. But a delicate and crucial question lingers: What happens if … read more.

Hamas executes 18 suspected informers to deter leaks
Sat  Aug 23 2014 01:19AM
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Gaza militants Friday gunned down 18 alleged spies for Israel in an apparent attempt to plug security breaches and deter others, a day after Israel killed three top Hamas military commanders in an airstrike likely … read more.

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Tax extension would lighten city’s funding concerns
Fri  Aug 22 2014 08:00AM

Facility improvements (Punta Gorda)

Energy-efficient light bulbs in and around city buildings $500,000

Public Safety training room modernization $12,751

Public Safety communication center modernization $36,000

Public Safety perimeter parking lot lighting $18,000

Total: $566,751

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Unique view of historical ‘Passage’
Sat  Aug 23 2014 01:00AM
On Sept. 7, 1977, President Carter signed a treaty agreeing to transfer control of the Panama Canal to Panama in the year 2000. But as the time to transfer control came closer, nerves ran high. Fearful that Panama would not … Find out how to read more online.

Track not up to ‘Speed’
Sat  Aug 23 2014 01:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Racing enthusiasts who’ve been eagerly awaiting the sport’s return to a local track now have a bit longer to wait. The new owners of the former Punta Gorda Speedway — Punta Gorda-based Haase Enterprises, who had planned … Find out how to read more online.


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