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BMX Nationals generated $700K
Tue  May 5 2015 01:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — As the starting gate slams down at the USA BMX National Series race in Punta Gorda, competitors blast off toward the first obstacle, anxious to make a … Find out how to read more online.
Neighbors irritated by plant’s constant burning
Mon  May 4 2015 08:30AM
PLACIDA — David Tressmer insists he’s not a bad neighbor and does what he can to prevent smoke from his business Charlotte Organix from blowing into the South Gulf Cove … Find out how to read more online.
Spring temperatures bounce back this month
Mon  May 4 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents will begin feeling “more seasonable temperatures” the first full week of May, according to meteorologist Rodney Wynn of the National Weather Service. “This week we’re getting a … Find out how to read more online.
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US stocks gain, pushing the market close to record levels
Tue  May 5 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market closed just short of a record on Monday as investors assessed some positive earnings reports. Cognizant Technology Solutions, a technology consulting business, was the biggest gainer in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index … read more.

Polish doctors perform rare throat-area transplant
Tue  May 5 2015 01:19AM
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish surgeons said Monday they have successfully performed a rare and extensive transplant of the throat area. Dr. Adam Maciejewski said the 37-year-old patient suffered from advanced cancer of the voice box, making it impossible for … read more.

Foiled attack in Texas
Tue  May 5 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Since at least 2007, the FBI has been able to recognize the voice of Elton Simpson — one of the men suspected in the Texas shootings outside a contest featuring cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad. Agents recorded … read more.

Democratic committee endorses Murphy for Rubio seat
Tue  May 5 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic Senate campaign committee endorsed Rep. Patrick Murphy on Monday as its candidate for the Senate seat being vacated by Republican Marco Rubio of Florida, who is running for president. The endorsement comes even as another … read more.

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Jimerson endures tense days
Mon  May 4 2015 08:30AM
Barney Jimerson remembers sleeping in a “little tent” in double sleeping bags with his shoes on in the cold of Germany in January 1956 Jimerson, 81, and a resident of the Gardens of Gulf Cover near Englewood, was in the … Find out how to read more online.

Accused murderer gets third trial
Sun  May 3 2015 08:30AM
The Second District Court of Appeals granted accused killer John Allen Lee a third trial after his attorneys alleged the state withheld critical evidence during his previous, second, murder trial. Friday, the appellate court’s ruling sided with 12th Circuit Judge … Find out how to read more online.

Home-brewing celebration helps local club gain exposure
Sun  May 3 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Jeff Wood loves craft beer. “I love IPAs (India pale ales),” Wood said. “It has more of a hoppy flavor to it.” He said he found the Charlotte Harbor Unified Brewing Society — aka CHUBS, a local … Find out how to read more online.

Orange House Wine Bar changes hands
Sat  May 2 2015 08:30AM
The Orange House Wine Bar on Sullivan Street in Punta Gorda, a popular niche destination for wine and jazz lovers for the past two and a half years, has been sold. The new owner is Lisa Blanchard, an Orange House regular … Find out how to read more online.

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