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106-year-old Punta Gorda man dies
Wed  Jun 29 2016 08:30AM
James Spencer Dryden, M.D., Punta Gorda’s oldest living resident at the age of 106, died peacefully at home on June 14 surrounded by loved ones. He was born in the … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte OKs residential for Babcock
Wed  Jun 29 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — The Charlotte County Commission on Tuesday took another giant step forward in the development of Babcock Ranch, clearing the way for home construction to begin. “This is very … Find out how to read more online.
Babcock Ranch breaks ground
Wed  Jun 29 2016 08:30AM
“Here we are about to go vertical,” Syd Kitson, chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners, said Tuesday, with shovel in hand over the construction site of downtown Babcock Ranch. … Find out how to read more online.
Local reactions mixed to ‘landmark’ abortion decision
Tue  Jun 28 2016 08:30AM
As the Supreme Court struck down abortion restrictions in Texas on Monday, local leaders on both sides of the issue are determined to keep fighting for their convictions. In making … Find out how to read more online.
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Wisconsin man accused of killing mother with sword committed
Wed  Jun 29 2016 10:42PM
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man accused of decapitating his mother with a sword last year has been committed to a state mental hospital. Prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed with a psychiatrist’s report Wednesday that 41-year-old Matthew Skalitzky was … read more.

Woman shot by husband at Denver office building dies
Wed  Jun 29 2016 10:42PM
DENVER (AP) — A man who killed his estranged wife and himself at a busy downtown Denver office building had become increasingly mentally unstable and was banned from a local airport after he threatened to fly a plane into a … read more.

US stocks claw back half of ground lost post-British vote
Wed  Jun 29 2016 10:40PM
Banks and other financial companies led another broad surge in U.S. stocks Wednesday, turning the Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index slightly positive for the year. It was the second rally in two days for … read more.

Sheriff: Texas woman shot daughters to make husband ‘suffer’
Wed  Jun 29 2016 10:40PM
DALLAS (AP) — A Texas woman who fatally shot her two daughters did not target her estranged husband because she “wanted him to suffer” the memory of their deaths, a sheriff said Wednesday. Christy Sheats, 42, “had ample time” on … read more.

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Diversity largely missing in school ranks
Mon  Jun 27 2016 08:30AM
(Editor’s note: A racial academic achievement gap in standardized testing exists in Charlotte County schools, according to Florida Department of Education data. This is Part One of a series exploring if staff’s racial diversity plays a role in student self-esteem, … Find out how to read more online.

Parents petition for new bus stop
Tue  Jun 28 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Parents are pleading with school officials to provide safe bus transportation in the city’s historic district. Janice and Paul Chupka, parents of 8-year-old twins at Sallie Jones Elementary School and residents of the historic district, had sent … Find out how to read more online.

Overall crime down, violent offenses up
Tue  Jun 28 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Crime statistics recently released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement present a mixed bag in Charlotte County. On the one hand, 2015 saw the overall crime rate drop in Charlotte County, but on the flipside, the … Find out how to read more online.

Thunderstorms continue this week
Mon  Jun 27 2016 08:30AM
Thunderstorms are likely to continue across Southwest Florida this week, with temperatures in the mid to upper 80s near the coast and low to mid 90s farther inland, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Marc Austin. Chances of rain are … Find out how to read more online.

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