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Charlotte keeps its current tax rate
Tue  Jul 22 2014 01:00AM
An increase in Charlotte County property values influenced commissioners to freeze the tax rate on those properties in the 2014-15 fiscal year. Charlotte County commissioners voted unanimously Monday to set … Find out how to read more online.
Celebrating Ramadan
Tue  Jul 22 2014 01:00AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — The Muslim community in Charlotte County is small, but people should not judge it by its size alone, said Imam Azhar Subedar. The Islamic Community of Southwest … Find out how to read more online.
Morning showers in forecast for today and Tuesday
Mon  Jul 21 2014 08:00AM
A weak upper-level weather disturbance coupled with a lower-level front along the Gulf of Mexico is likely to cause rain showers and possible storms during the early morning hours in … Find out how to read more online.
Bridal expo showcases vendors
Mon  Jul 21 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Erin Block and Russ Richey are planning to tie the knot on March 14, 2015, and the pair opted to attend the third annual bridal expo Sunday … Find out how to read more online.
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Wall Street stocks slip
Tue  Jul 22 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market started the week with a slight loss on Monday as investors weighed a mixed batch of corporate earnings against mounting political turmoil. European leaders are considering tougher sanctions on Russia for its backing … read more.

Gaza death toll mounts
Tue  Jul 22 2014 01:19AM
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — A high-level attempt by the U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state to end deadly Israel-Hamas fighting was off to a rough start Monday: Gaza’s Hamas rulers signaled they won’t agree to an unconditional … read more.

Ukraine rebels release bodies
Tue  Jul 22 2014 01:19AM
HRABOVE, Ukraine — Bowing to international pressure Monday, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine. With body parts … read more.

Widow: Jury sent tobacco firm $23B message
Tue  Jul 22 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — A Florida widow awarded $23.6 billion in the death of her chain-smoking husband on Monday called the massive verdict a message to Big Tobacco, even though she likely won’t see much if any of the money. … read more.

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Fire damages home
Mon  Jul 21 2014 08:00AM
EASTERN CHARLOTTE COUNTY — A fire severely damaged a home on the 16000 block of Perry Ranch Road in eastern Charlotte County Saturday night. The blaze was reported at 9:42 p.m. by a helicopter flying overhead, according to Charlotte County … Find out how to read more online.

Working out the kinks
Tue  Jul 22 2014 01:00AM
When law enforcement turns to technology and social media to seek aid in solving cases, authorities run the risk of committing inadvertent errors or receiving unhelpful feedback. That’s what happened Friday afternoon when the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office was looking … Find out how to read more online.

Murdock Verizon store burglarized
Mon  Jul 21 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a burglary and theft at a Verizon Wireless store. Employees at the Verizon located at the corner of U.S. 41 and Cochran Boulevard discovered that the store had been burglarized when they … Find out how to read more online.

‘A brain erase’
Mon  Jul 21 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Brenda Peckman calls what her mother has a “brain erase.” Like the movie “The Notebook,” in which the elderly woman Allie Hamilton sometimes doesn’t recognize her husband, Peckman accepts the fact that her mother doesn’t know who she … Find out how to read more online.

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