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State board OKs Babcock deal
Fri  Dec 19 2014 08:32PM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — The Florida Public Service Commission has signed off on a deal that will allow Florida Power & Light to be the sole power utility to … Find out how to read more online.
Children’s Network lauds local foster homes
Fri  Dec 19 2014 08:32PM
In the last three years, Lourdes Otero and her life partner Tarsha Voyer have opened up their hearts and their home to 31 foster children. Their household is now bustling … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood launches ‘Waterfest’ plans
Fri  Dec 19 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Planning for the Englewood Beach Waterfest in November 2015 is on its way. The goal is for the Offshore Powerboat Association to stage powerboats qualifying and racing off … Find out how to read more online.
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Thief fakes heart attack so friend can steal toys
Fri  Dec 19 2014 01:19AM
LAKE WALES, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a man faked a heart attack inside a central Florida Walmart store so his friend could steal toys. The men — 30-year-old Tarus Scott and 27-year-old Genard Dupree — were arrested Tuesday on … read more.

Legion of Honor medal winners honored
Fri  Dec 19 2014 01:19AM
PALM COAST, Fla. (AP) — Two 89-year-old veterans of World War II were honored at a reception after receiving France’s Legion of Honor medals. Herbert Brucker and Linwood “Nemo” Farmer received their medals in earlier and were guests of honor … read more.

SpaceX delays space station delivery until Jan.
Fri  Dec 19 2014 01:19AM
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The space station astronauts will have to wait until next month for their Christmas delivery. On Thursday, the SpaceX company announced it was delaying this week’s planned launch of an unmanned supply capsule until January. … read more.

Latin America cheers US-Cuba rapprochement
Fri  Dec 19 2014 01:19AM
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The renewal of ties between Cuba and the United States complicates matters for Havana’s chief ally, Venezuela, which has been moving in the opposite direction, becoming more stridently anti-American. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and leaders across … read more.

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Cold front may come in chilly or wet Christmas package
Fri  Dec 19 2014 08:30AM
Although it’s highly unlikely to see a White Christmas in Southwest Florida, meteorologist Robert Garcia with the National Weather Service said he and his colleagues “never rule it out.” While some residents from up North may be disappointed that it … Find out how to read more online.

Fri  Dec 19 2014 06:21PM
HANUKKAH CELEBRATIONS • Chabad of Charlotte County: holiday celebration, menorah lighting, 7 p.m. today — fourth night of Hanukkah, in front of the first building at Fishermen’s Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. Public invited. Each night an additional … read more.

Fri  Dec 19 2014 06:21PM
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES • Cleveland United Methodist Church, 28038 Cleveland Ave., east of Punta Gorda: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 7 p.m. Wednesday. 941-639-2775. • Community Life Center, 19048 Edgewater Drive, Port Charlotte: Candlelight Christmas Eve Service, 6:30 pm. Wednesday. All … read more.

Fri  Dec 19 2014 06:21PM
‘Wireless Christmas’ Deep Creek Community Church, 1500 Cooper St., Punta Gorda, will present a “Wireless Christmas” program at 2 p.m. today, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center, 701 Carmalita St. (adjacent to Charlotte High School), … Find out how to read more online.

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