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Not guilty verdict in child sex case
Fri  Oct 31 2014 09:02PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — After more than four hours of deliberations Thursday night, a six-member jury found HIV-positive North Port resident Jose Rodriguez not guilty of sexually abusing his two step-grandsons. … Find out how to read more online.
Masons continue cool Halloween tradition
Fri  Oct 31 2014 09:02PM
PUNTA GORDA — A pint-sized Darth Vader, played by 4-year-old Joseph Parker, enjoys his first free ice cream bar on Halloween, compliments of the Punta Gorda Masonic Lodge. His grandmother, … Find out how to read more online.
Dumbledore would approve
Fri  Oct 31 2014 09:02PM
Trick-or-treaters had lots of options for their sweet teeth this Halloween. … Find out how to read more online.
Jury in child sex case deliberates late
Fri  Oct 31 2014 10:26AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The jury deliberated well past 7 p.m. Thursday in the child sexual abuse trial of HIV-positive North Port man Jose Rodriguez, after hearing several hours of closing … Find out how to read more online.
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Walmart tests matching prices with online rivals
Fri  Oct 31 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart Stores Inc. is considering matching online prices from competitors such as, raising the stakes for the holiday shopping season. The world’s largest retailer, based in Bentonville, Arkansas, has matched prices of local store competitors … read more.

US turns up heat on Takata over air bag problem
Fri  Oct 31 2014 01:19AM
DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators are ordering Japanese auto supplier Takata Corp. to provide more information about air bags that can explode and shoot shrapnel toward drivers and passengers. The order sent Thursday makes 36 separate requests for information … read more.

Peshmerga troops start entering Syrian border town
Fri  Oct 31 2014 01:19AM
SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Ten Iraqi peshmerga fighters entered the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani via Turkey on Thursday, the first from among a group of 150 Kurdish troops headed there, activists said. The development followed heavy overnight clashes … read more.

Fearing uprising, Iraq militants hunt ex-police
Fri  Oct 31 2014 01:19AM
BAGHDAD (AP) — The Islamic State group wanted to send a warning against anyone who might plot against its rule. Back when the extremists took over the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in June, police Col. Mohammed Hassan was among … read more.

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Police, community address race relations
Fri  Oct 31 2014 09:02PM
PUNTA GORDA — In the wake of national unrest sparked by the fatal shootings of Trayvon Martin in Central Florida and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. — two unarmed, black teens — local clergy, law enforcement and community members engaged … Find out how to read more online.

Keystone society honors cattleman
Fri  Oct 31 2014 07:47PM
PUNTA GORDA — John David McQueen went across the street from his family cattle ranch for a reception honoring him at Florida SouthWestern State College Charlotte Campus. Although he is “semiretired” now, he spent several years in public service. The … Find out how to read more online.

Compassion for the sick drives medical marijuana initiative
Fri  Oct 31 2014 06:57PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Robin Montesano suffers from multiple sclerosis — and bad timing. Ten years ago, Montesano offered testimony in favor of medical marijuana during a legislative hearing in Massachusetts. As a nutrition scientist and educator, she remains a strong … Find out how to read more online.

Some cry fowl over free turkeys
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
Shelomie Francois waited in a line of about 110 people that snaked around the North Port Salvation Army building to get a voucher for a free turkey to feed her family of five. Francois, who doesn’t have a car, was … Find out how to read more online.

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