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Sheriff sues boat-race organizer
Fri  May 29 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office still has not been paid for three days of traffic control and security it provided for the Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte casts critical eye at mishmash of U.S. 41 signs
Thu  May 28 2015 02:08PM
MURDOCK — At a recent Charlotte County Commission workshop, a wide-ranging discussion of signs covered current standards, as well as possible changes, for advertising displays that some see as distracting … Find out how to read more online.
Wall donation honors fallen ‘brother’
Thu  May 28 2015 08:30AM
GULF COVE — Art and Maureen Cronk donated $5,000 to see the construction of a permanent Vietnam Wall of Southwest Florida in Punta Gorda. But the Gulf Cove couple didn’t … Find out how to read more online.
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Census: No. of Americans on assistance may be leveling off
Fri  May 29 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The once-increasing number of Americans getting some kind of public assistance from the U.S. government may be slowing down, according to new information from the U.S. Census Bureau. Approximately 52.2 million Americans — or 21.3 percent — … read more.

Russia classifies military casualties in peacetime
Fri  May 29 2015 01:19AM
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to make losses of Russian troops in peacetime a secret. The decree published on the official government website and signed by Putin on Wednesday makes it a state secret … read more.

Israeli Burning Man festival torches ancient remains
Fri  May 29 2015 01:19AM
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli Antiquities Authority says revelers at a Burning Man festival famous for its pyrotechnic spectacles have accidentally torched some remnants of prehistoric man. Archaeologist Yoram Haimi says organizers of Midburn, an Israeli affiliate of the Nevada … read more.

Google offers unlimited free storage of photos, videos
Fri  May 29 2015 01:19AM
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is willing to store and organize all of the world’s digital photos and videos for free. The online photo service announced Thursday is the latest example of Google’s desire to wrap its tentacles around virtually … read more.

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Program teaches teens to sail
Thu  May 28 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Demetrius Brown, 15, slides into a blue life jacket and snaps shut the black buckles along the front, just before gliding his small sailboat into the tranquil waters of Charlotte Harbor; a slight breeze strokes the water. … Find out how to read more online.

Tarpon commencement will be ‘dignified’
Wed  May 27 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Senior Jonathon Skavroneck isn’t expecting anything over the top for Charlotte High School’s graduation ceremony, but he said that is what will make it special. “Our graduation is kept dignified, with no decorated caps or silly things … Find out how to read more online.

Weekend 911 calls run the gamut
Wed  May 27 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — While many residents were enjoying time off for the long Memorial Day weekend, local first responders were kept plenty busy around the community. The average number of 911 calls handled by officials with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s … Find out how to read more online.

Island grieves over fire victims
Tue  May 26 2015 08:30AM
KNIGHT ISLAND — Tyler and Peggy Erickson brought flowers Monday to pay their respects for the two Knight Island residents who lost their lives in a fire Sunday. A dozen or more islanders gathered on the property Monday morning to … Find out how to read more online.

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