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Construction impacting drivers
Mon  May 2 2016 08:30AM
Denise Ellis of Port Charlotte Florist said the business — at 900 Tamiami Trail — has been “in the zone” of the U.S. 41 widening project for a while. “There were … Find out how to read more online.
Alleged murder-suicide in Port Charlotte
Fri  Apr 29 2016 09:30PM
At 7:02 p.m., Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputies responded to multiple 911 calls reporting multiple shots fired in the vicinity of McDonald’s, 3232 Tamiami Trail, by the Promenades Mall in Port … Find out how to read more online.
Cooler weather should arrive with mid-week front
Mon  May 2 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians have coped with hot and sticky weather with little relief from spring showers, but a front coming in on Wednesday should bring some cooler and less humid weather … Find out how to read more online.
Students walk in their parents’ shoes for a day
Fri  Apr 29 2016 08:30AM
At 14, Kayla Vaughan is a veteran worker at Bealls. Since she was 8, Vaughan has been going to the Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day with her … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Florida Supreme Court considers overturning death sentences
Fri  May 6 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s Supreme Court wrestled with whether an inmate sentenced to death under a system found to be unconstitutional should have his punishment reduced to life in prison, and the lives of nearly 400 other condemned prisoners … read more.

St. Pete delays simply ticketing pot possession violators
Thu  May 5 2016 09:28PM
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — St. Pete delays vote on ticketing pot possession violators The St. Petersburg City Council has a delayed a vote on decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana until a diversion program is created. The council voted 8-0 … read more.

Florida detective fired for sending explicit video to woman
Thu  May 5 2016 09:28PM
PLANTATION, Fla. (AP) — A Plantation police detective has been fired after an investigation found he took an explicit video of himself and sent it to a woman who had reported a crime he was investigating. Media outlets report that … read more.

Florida doctor convicted of 162 counts of health care fraud
Thu  May 5 2016 09:28PM
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a north Florida doctor of 162 counts of health care fraud. U.S. Attorney Christopher Canova said in a news release that 59-year-old Dr. Ona Colasante defrauded Medicare, Medicaid and Blue Cross … read more.

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Sun wins Pulitzer Prize
Thu  Apr 28 2016 04:33PM
When Monday’s Pulitzer Prize winners were announced, the small market Sun newspapers emerged from the giants to capture a first place for Editorial Writing. The Sun newspapers, which covers Charlotte and Sarasota counties, beat out the New York Times, Boston … Find out how to read more online.


Mon  Apr 25 2016 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Jerrud Lee Johnson, 40, 22300 block of Lehigh Ave., Port Charlotte. Charge: DUI, and three counts of off bond. Bond: none. • Joseph Anthony Povermo, 21, 13200 block of Valrico … Find out how to read more online.

Dunn-Rankin a true patriarch
Thu  Apr 28 2016 04:33PM
Maybe once every generation or so, a man and a place come together in perfect symmetry. He fits the place. The place fits him. So it was with Derek Dunn-Rankin and the triangle of Charlotte, Venice and DeSoto. Dunn-Rankin, 88, … Find out how to read more online.

Buster Longino keeps ‘old Florida’ alive
Fri  Apr 15 2016 03:45PM
Clad in a cowboy hat, lived-in flannel shirt and dusty jeans, 90-year-old Berryman “Buster” Longino is the epitome of “old Florida” — history that is rapidly vanishing in these times of high-rise development. “I wouldn’t have wanted a better life,” … Find out how to read more online.

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