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Special Olympians have fun at field day
Sun  Apr 19 2015 08:30AM
ROTONDA — Skylar Martin lifted the golf club in celebration of making a hole-in-one in front of her friends. The 11-year-old fifth-grader at Peace River Elementary School in Charlotte Harbor … Find out how to read more online.
Beauty of nature, art highlight eARTh Day Celebration
Sun  Apr 19 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Under a blue sky and a yellow sun wearing sunglasses, the crayon drawing shows Clara Bailey and her two sisters planting a tree amidst a field of … Find out how to read more online.
Gated communities making a comeback
Sun  Apr 19 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Building luxury homes in a gated community in 2006 seemed like the right idea. But for developers Sam Rodgers and Lee Wetherington, it quickly became a nightmare. In … Find out how to read more online.
Counties assail state’s primary care plan for underserved
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — One day after the Florida Department of Health confirmed that primary care services for the underserved will be switched over to the private sector in Sarasota County, commissioners … Find out how to read more online.
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Trial beginning for last 3 defendants in FAMU hazing case
Sun  Apr 19 2015 02:11PM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Three years have passed since the brutal beating death of a Florida A&M University drum major exposed a culture of hazing within the school’s band. The final three former band members charged with manslaughter and felony … read more.

Poland summons US envoy over FBI head’s Holocaust comments
Sun  Apr 19 2015 02:11PM
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s Foreign Ministry urgently summoned U.S. Ambassador Stephen Mull on Sunday to “protest and demand an apology,” saying the FBI director suggested that Poles were accomplices in the Holocaust. James Comey made the remarks in an … read more.

Afghan police say insurgents enter southern police compound
Sun  Apr 19 2015 02:11PM
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan police chief says insurgents armed with guns and explosives have entered a police station in the southern city of Lashkar Gar after a suicide bomber detonated explosives at the gate of the compound allowing … read more.

Sperm bank sued after donor details emerge 7 years later
Sun  Apr 19 2015 02:11PM
ATLANTA (AP) — A Canadian couple has sued a Georgia-based sperm bank saying the anonymous donor whose sperm they used to conceive a child was misrepresented to them. Angela Collins and Margaret Elizabeth Hanson filed the lawsuit last month in … read more.

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Delivering smiles for 36 years
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Ask any of the hundreds of residents who live within the Old Sailboat section of Punta Gorda Isles, and they’ll say U.S. Postal Service mail carrier Sharon Winesett does more than just deliver parcels. For nearly three decades, … Find out how to read more online.

Jobless rate, season wind down
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
The waning weeks of season continue to bring the unemployment rate down across Southwest Florida. The jobless rate in Charlotte County fell to an even 6 percent in March, down from 6.2 percent the previous month. In March 2014, the county’s unemployment rate … Find out how to read more online.

Prison inmate to remain behind bars
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — A local prisoner will remain behind bars for violating his parole, after an appellate court said he failed to prove the state Parole Commission was required to record his revocation hearing, which could have been considered by … Find out how to read more online.

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