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One dead after plane crashes at beach
Mon  Jul 28 2014 08:00AM
A plane making an emergency landing crashed at Caspersen Beach in Venice Sunday, killing a man on the beach and critically injuring his daughter. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office was … Find out how to read more online.
Keith Jones fought in ‘Battle of the Bulge’
Mon  Jul 28 2014 08:00AM
Keith Jones was too skinny to get in the Navy in 1942, but the Army took him anyway despite his lack of weight. He became a member of the 87th … Find out how to read more online.
Standing for something special
Mon  Jul 28 2014 08:00AM

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Englewood’s Special Olympics stand-up paddleboard team is in need of community support and volunteers. To learn more about how you can help, call SUP Englewood at 941-234-4311.

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PGPD: Armed robber strikes local bank
Sat  Jul 26 2014 11:18AM
PUNTA GORDA — Authorities were investigating a suspected armed robbery at a local bank late Friday afternoon. Around 4:30 p.m., a white man wearing a baseball hat and sunglasses walked … Find out how to read more online.
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‘Prolonged’ Gaza war threat
Tue  Jul 29 2014 01:19AM
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Signaling an escalation of Israel’s Gaza operation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israelis Monday to be ready for a “prolonged” war, and the military warned Palestinians in three large neighborhoods to leave their homes and … read more.

Fighting in Ukraine prompts residents to flee
Tue  Jul 29 2014 01:19AM
SHAKHTARSK, Ukraine (AP) — Panicky residents in an eastern Ukrainian town fled their homes Monday carrying a few possessions in plastic bags and small suitcases as shells exploded in the distance, fighting that also prevented an international police team from … read more.

Veterans’ health care deal: $17B
Tue  Jul 29 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — A bipartisan deal to improve veterans’ health care would authorize at least $17 billion to fix the health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays, the bill’s chief supporters said Monday. The … read more.

Tornado rips off roofs, downs trees near Boston
Tue  Jul 29 2014 01:19AM
REVERE, Mass. (AP) — A storm system that wreaked havoc across the eastern half of the U.S. spawned a tornado just north of Boston on Monday, causing extensive damage in Revere, where roofs were ripped off buildings and dozens of … read more.

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Because it’s there
Thu  Jul 24 2014 09:40AM
ENGLEWOOD — Climbing the world’s highest free-standing mountain wasn’t initially on Bud Koranchan’s bucket list, but now he doesn’t stop thinking about it. The soon-to-be 73-year-old Englewood resident wants to see the dormant volcanic cones on a mountain in Tanzania. … Find out how to read more online.

Swiftmud agrees to partial funding — with caveat
Thu  Jul 24 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Southwest Florida Water Management District has agreed to earmark roughly $1.5 million in funding for preliminary water testing in connection with Punta Gorda’s proposed reverse-osmosis plant, provided Charlotte County commits to a multimillion-dollar pipeline expansion with the … Find out how to read more online.

City reviews initial budget
Thu  Jul 24 2014 08:00AM
The Arcadia City Council got its first look at the 2014-15 budget during a workshop Tuesday, and expressed hope they would not have to raise the millage higher than the current rate of 8.669. One mill equals $1 of tax … Find out how to read more online.

Hot, hot, hot
Sun  Jul 27 2014 08:00AM
The recovery of the area’s real estate market is best illustrated by the shortages it’s created. “We’re having trouble getting listings, because everybody knows (values are rising). Some of the sellers think, ‘Well, I don’t have to sell right now. … Find out how to read more online.

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