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Low pressure area south of Florida Keys monitored; Election Day wet
Sun  Aug 28 2016 05:34PM
The National Hurricane Center is monitoring an area of low pressure between the Florida Keys and Cuba for tropical storm development this week. The low-pressure area is likely to move … Find out how to read more online.
There ought to be a law
Sun  Aug 28 2016 05:34PM
The Answer Man was amused recently reading about weird laws in force around this nation of ours. Like in Kentucky, it’s illegal to throw eggs at a public speaker. In … Find out how to read more online.
Meals on Wheels are a blessing
Sun  Aug 28 2016 05:34PM
Adele Fairchild gets lonely. So the 83-year-old former elementary teacher prays a lot. And, for her, one of the answers to those prayers has been Meals on Wheels. Her cur-chow … Find out how to read more online.
Zika Hope targets mosquitoes
Sun  Aug 28 2016 05:32PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — In embarking on an ambitious, community-wide campaign to stop the Zika virus from infecting the local mosquito population, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Charlotte County decided to … Find out how to read more online.
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Grief erupts in Italy as nation honors, buries quake dead
Sat  Aug 27 2016 09:28PM
ASCOLI PICENO, Italy (AP) — Mourners in Italy prayed, hugged, wept and even applauded as coffins carrying victims of the country’s devastating earthquake passed by at a state funeral Saturday, grieving as one nation after three desperate days of trying … read more.

’SOS’ in sand leads to rescue of 2 people stranded on island
Sat  Aug 27 2016 09:26PM
CHUUK STATE, Micronesia (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says two stranded mariners were rescued Friday after crews saw their “SOS” in the sand on an uninhabited island in Micronesia, Hawaii News Now reports ( A U.S. Navy aircraft crew … read more.

Scams & waste loom as charity millions donated after Orlando
Sat  Aug 27 2016 09:24PM
The more than 430 fundraisers posted on the GoFundMe website after the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando have exposed weaknesses inherent in these popular do-it-yourself charity campaigns: waste, questionable intentions and little oversight. The fundraisers — an … read more.

Top French court rules burkini bans violate basic freedoms
Sat  Aug 27 2016 09:22PM
PARIS (AP) — France’s top administrative court on Friday overturned a ban on burkinis in a Mediterranean beach resort, effectively meaning that towns can no longer issue bans on the swimsuits that have divided the country and brought world attention … read more.

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Jail officer fired
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
Charlotte County Corrections Deputy Michael Burnette was fired Friday following an internal investigation into allegations he bullied and mistreated an inmate. Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell said Saturday that, although no charges could be brought against Burnette for his alleged … Find out how to read more online.

No easy fix for affordable housing shortage
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
Justin Willis grew up in North Port and owned a few businesses there before taking his family out of state to “see if the grass was greener.” Living in Washington, D.C., and then in the mountains of North Carolina taught … Find out how to read more online.

Airport wants better public relations
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
Punta Gorda Airport is an airport on the move, enjoying growth that may become more than a spurt if its low-cost offerings continue to draw ultra-low-cost flights. But some on the elected authority board seem anxious how people in the … Find out how to read more online.

The place is smoking
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
The new Fedora’s Cigar Bar, 209 Wood St., in Punta Gorda, held a recent grand opening celebration. The newly renovated establishment has an assortment of wine, beer and cigars, catering to ladies as well as men. … Find out how to read more online.

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