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Success in sight
Sun  Mar 18 2018 08:30AM
A $25,000 investment gained by winning last year’s VenturePitch-SWFL gave North Port’s Keith Grant the thing he wanted most in 2018: His products on the shelves of a national dealer. … Find out how to read more online.
New nonprofit meets needs of homeless students
Mon  Mar 19 2018 08:30AM
Technology, transportation and mentorship are three critical needs for homeless students in Charlotte County Public Schools. To fill the third of those gaps, the Homeless Students Gap Fund of Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda to award contract for seawall repairs in BSI
Mon  Mar 19 2018 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — While work continues to repair miles of seawalls catastrophically damaged by Hurricane Irma in Punta Gorda Isles, efforts are turning toward damage in Burnt Store Isles and … Find out how to read more online.
Venice resident spent years in Middle East
Mon  Mar 19 2018 08:30AM
Barbara Vaughn served 28 years as a member of the Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and active duty U.S. Air Force. She retired from the service in 2003 as … Find out how to read more online.
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Forecast: rainy Tuesday, week otherwise dry
Mon  Mar 19 2018 08:30AM
Southwest Florida’s risk of fire is over going into the week. While the weekend’s sunny weather conditions are forecast to continue, the National Weather Service reports a chance of showers and thunderstorms to move through Charlotte County on Tuesday. A … Find out how to read more online.

VenturePitch, Babcock a good team
Sun  Mar 18 2018 08:30AM
Eight-year-old VenutrePitch-SWFL — one of the region’s premier annual venture pitch showcases — has found a home in Charlotte County for years to come. VenturePitch-SWFL’s will take the stage at 5:30 p.m. April 12 at Babcock Ranch’s Lee Health Wellness … Find out how to read more online.

The death of John Ludwick
Fri  Mar 16 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Authorities are piecing together details into the life — and death — of John Ludwick, who was killed in self-defense by a North Port woman early Wednesday. After apparently attempting to kidnap a woman while she was … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Mar 18 2018 08:30AM
Bridge Winners — March 12 North Port Senior Center North/South 1st: Tom O’Connell and Glen McGeady; 2nd: Marcia Lanphear and John Herrmann; 3rd: Helen Norris and Dave Johnson; 4th: Ruth Colman and Pat Lawler; 5th: Donna and George Przybylek. East/West … Find out how to read more online.

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Trump elevates simmering Mueller, McCabe grievances to boil
Mon  Mar 19 2018 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is questioning the impartiality of Robert Mueller’s investigation and says the probe is groundless, while raising doubts about whether a fired top FBI official kept personal memos outlining his interactions with Trump. Trump on Sunday … read more.

Saudi crown prince heads to White House and Silicon Valley
Mon  Mar 19 2018 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Promoting the image of a new Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives Monday in Washington on a cross-country trip to court government officials, Silicon Valley technology companies, investors and one of his biggest fans: President Donald … read more.

Lawmakers say UK should consider postponing Brexit
Mon  Mar 19 2018 01:19AM
LONDON — Britain should consider postponing Brexit because there may not be enough time to strike a deal with the European Union before the U.K. leaves the bloc a year from now, a key committee of British lawmakers said Sunday. … read more.

’Black Panther’ tops box office for 5th straight weekend
Mon  Mar 19 2018 01:19AM
NEW YORK — Not since “Avatar” has a box-office hit had the kind of staying power of “Black Panther.” Ryan Coogler’s comic-book sensation on Sunday became the first film since James Cameron’s 2009 smash to top the weekend box office … read more.

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