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Two cold fronts expected this week
Sun  Feb 1 2015 06:26PM
Southwest Florida residents can expect mostly cloudy weather this week with “a pair of cold fronts coming through,” said Robert Garcia, meteorologist for the National Weather Service. Today’s cold front … Find out how to read more online.
Festival draws artists from afar
Sun  Feb 1 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The 29th annual Englewood Bank & Trust Invitational Arts Festival was a first-day hit. “There are so many vendors showing such good art in many different forms,” exclaimed … Find out how to read more online.
Hands up, smiles on!
Sun  Feb 1 2015 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Fair got off to a fun, frenzied start Friday night. … Find out how to read more online.
Land-acquisition process in place
Sun  Feb 1 2015 08:30AM
Both Charlotte and Sarasota counties employ citizen advisory boards to evaluate properties for sensitive lands acquisition. Those committees were formed to provide a safeguard, and to thwart any potential for … Find out how to read more online.
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Marathon bombing defense likely to focus on dead brother
Sun  Feb 1 2015 02:10PM
BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are pinning their best hopes for saving his life on his dead older brother. The defense is expected to portray Tamerlan Tsarnaev as the mastermind behind the twin explosions … read more.

University of Florida reports big drop in black enrollment
Sun  Feb 1 2015 02:10PM
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The University of Florida saw a more than 50 percent drop in enrollment of black freshmen from 2007 to 2013 and a nearly 30 percent drop in overall enrollment of black students. The Gainesville Sun reports … read more.

Hungarians protest against premier’s dealings with Putin
Sun  Feb 1 2015 02:10PM
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Thousands of protesters in Budapest are demanding the ouster of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government a day before a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Around 3,000 people attended the rally Sunday, which organizer Balazs … read more.

Former Florida prisons chief criticizes Gov. Scott
Sun  Feb 1 2015 02:10PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The former head of Florida’s prisons is blasting Gov. Rick Scott and his administration, saying they put politics ahead of guard and prisoner safety. Mike Crews, who resigned November as Department of Corrections head, told the … read more.

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More cheating probed in North Port
Fri  Jan 30 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — North Port Fire Chief Bill Taaffe has declined to comment on allegations of cheating in an investigation into three fire employees — two of whom resigned Wednesday — and an unauthorized “study guide” for a test given … Find out how to read more online.

US 41 widening begins
Thu  Jan 29 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The widening of U.S. 41 in north Charlotte County to North Port begins today, as part of a two-year, $31 million project. Also known as Tamiami Trail, the road will expand from four to six lanes for … Find out how to read more online.


Wed  Jan 28 2015 01:05PM
FAIR SCHEDULE The Charlotte County Fair runs from Friday through Feb. 8 at the Charlotte County Fairgrounds, 2333 El Jobean Road (State Road 776), Port Charlotte. For more information, call 941-629-4252, or visit http://thecharlottecountyfair.com. Regular gate admission • Adults, $7; students, … read more.

More cold fronts ahead, but not much rain
Mon  Jan 26 2015 08:30AM
A couple more cold fronts are headed to Southwest Florida, but the work week should be mostly dry except for Monday, according to Nicole Carlisle, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. An overnight cold front into a cloudy Monday morning … Find out how to read more online.

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