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Drying up
Tue  Dec 6 2016 03:27PM
Coming off one of the driest Novembers since last century’s Dust Bowl, and with no significant rain anywhere in sight, Charlotte and Sarasota county residents are bracing for what comes … Find out how to read more online.
Bottom line: Englewood Waterfest a big success
Wed  Dec 7 2016 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — The second Englewood Beach Waterfest far exceeded the hopes of its organizers. Last month’s Offshore Powerboat Association boat races at Englewood Beach appear to have netted $80,000 in … Find out how to read more online.
Veterans arrive at Pearl Harbor
Wed  Dec 7 2016 01:00AM
Bob Virgin Jr. looked around. He saw “tons and tons of high school kids. They’re bands.” And they were getting ready to take part later today in the 75th anniversary … Find out how to read more online.
Cultural Center raises hand for volunteerism
Wed  Dec 7 2016 01:00AM
John Halbmaier and his wife, Barbara, stopped by the Homeless Coalition table. They are Port Charlotte residents, snowbirds from New Hampshire in their second season here, were looking for volunteer … Find out how to read more online.
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Snow geese deaths from mine pit number in the thousands
Tue  Dec 6 2016 09:40PM
BUTTE, Mont. — Several thousand snow geese died after a snowstorm forced tens of thousands of the migratory birds to take refuge in the acidic, metal-laden waters of an old open pit mine in Montana last week. But the toll … read more.

After 9 years, quick conviction in Times Square hotel murder
Tue  Dec 6 2016 09:40PM
NEW YORK — It took nearly a decade after a prostitute’s battered body was found under a Times Square budget hotel bed for the case to go to trial. But it took only about two hours for jurors to convict … read more.

Police: 3 kids killed, mother critically injured in shooting
Wed  Dec 7 2016 01:19AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Critically wounded, an Albuquerque mother struggled in vain to pull her three children to safety after a gunman shot them during a confrontation inside the family’s home in what police described Tuesday as a violent and senseless … read more.

Boy Scouts to relocate national museum to New Mexico
Mon  Dec 5 2016 09:09PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — From merit badges and uniforms to an impressive collection of Norman Rockwell paintings and drawings, the Boy Scouts of America will be packing up more than a century of scouting history and taking it to the wilds … read more.

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Charlotte Symphony does a little Beethoven
Wed  Dec 7 2016 01:00AM
Charlotte Symphony Orchestra maestro Raffaele Ponti told his audience Sunday night that when Ludwig van Beethoven composed the third of his nine symphonies in 1804, “he blew the norm of symphonic music writing out of the water forever.” Some 51 … Find out how to read more online.

Family Services Center future a clean slate
Wed  Dec 7 2016 01:00AM
MURDOCK — In working with a blank canvas, county officials said the 6.5-acre campus surrounding the Charlotte County Family Services Center presents countless redevelopment possibilities. And that may be part of the problem. After buying the adjacent Peace Lutheran Church … Find out how to read more online.

Jail’s administrative office evacuated during gas leak
Wed  Dec 7 2016 01:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — A gas leak at the Charlotte County Jail led to the evacuation of the Administrative Offices on Tuesday morning. The Charlotte County Fire/EMS Apparatus and Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office responded to the leak and resolved the issue … Find out how to read more online.

Amsterdam’s sweet imports
Mon  Dec 5 2016 08:30AM
When Jordy and Sharon Beumer decided to gamble on a life in the U.S., they had some tough choices to make. But Sharon, who had visited the U.S. several times and whose parents lived in North Port, was enamored with … Find out how to read more online.

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