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Rotonda warring with exotic peppers
Sat  Jul 30 2016 08:30AM
ROTONDA — The Rotonda West Association has declared war on invasive Brazilian peppers. For the last four years, the association has been enforcing one of its deed restrictions “regarding the … Find out how to read more online.
Crack got your tongue?
Sat  Jul 30 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A Nokomis man used several creative tactics Tuesday to attempt to hide evidence of crack cocaine with his mouth, which ultimately failed and earned him two charges, … Find out how to read more online.
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Officials: No apparent survivors in Texas balloon crash
Sat  Jul 30 2016 09:26PM
By JIM VERTUNO Associated Press LOCKHART, Texas (AP) — A hot air balloon carrying at least 16 people caught on fire and crashed in Central Texas on Saturday, and there did not appear to be any survivors, authorities said. Authorities … read more.

Court rules for middle school, officer in teen’s burp arrest
Sat  Jul 30 2016 09:24PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld the petty misdemeanor arrest of an Albuquerque student accused of repeatedly disrupting his middle-school class with loud burps. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals decision on Monday ruled that the … read more.

Sham election in Florida? Phantom candidates block voters
Sat  Jul 30 2016 09:22PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Dozens of sham candidates, some of them living hundreds of miles away from the legislative seats they are seeking, are using a Florida election law loophole to deny roughly 1.6 million voters a chance to participate … read more.

Pope to young: Try politics, activism; don’t be couch potato
Sat  Jul 30 2016 09:22PM
By FRANCES D’EMILIO and MONIKA SCISLOWSKA Associated Press BRZEGI, Poland (AP) — Pope Francis challenged hundreds of thousands of young people who gathered in a sprawling Polish meadow to reject being a “couch potato” who retreats into video games and … read more.

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Punta Gorda Airport’s executive director receives Aviation Leadership Award
Sat  Jul 30 2016 08:30AM
The Florida Airports Council (FAC) Allan Penska, Chairman of the Board of Directors, presented Gary P. Quill, the Executive Director of the Charlotte County Airport Authority, the 2016 Aviation Leadership Award at the annual Florida Airports Council Conference, held in … Find out how to read more online.

Democratic delegate: ‘History made’
Sat  Jul 30 2016 08:30AM
Chris Jennings was at the airport in Philadelphia on Friday morning, getting ready to fly home from the Democratic National Convention. She is the chairwoman of the Democratic Party in Sarasota County, and she had been a delegate representing District … Find out how to read more online.

Churches gather to honor law enforcement
Sat  Jul 30 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Christians and community members spanning nine denominations gathered at First Baptist Church in Punta Gorda Thursday evening to show their support for law enforcement. As the parking lot filled, some attendees wandered around the outside of the … Find out how to read more online.

Challengers take aim at sheriff
Sat  Jul 30 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Snippy, aggressive and in your face. The rivals trying to unseat incumbent Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell turned up the heat against him at a candidates’ forum that filled the Historic County Courthouse on Thursday. Prummell’s Republican … Find out how to read more online.

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