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Shelter seeks homes for pets
Sun  Dec 21 2014 06:30PM
He was either hit with a bat or used as bait to taunt another dog — either way, Mojo’s jaw was dislocated and he would die without medical treatment. Seeing … Find out how to read more online.
‘Unsettled weather pattern’ clears out by Christmas
Sun  Dec 21 2014 04:23PM
A White Christmas is unlikely, but Southwest Florida weather should be chillier Christmas Day. Andrew McKaughan of the National Weather Service said residents will see warmer weather earlier this week … Find out how to read more online.
Complaint filed against Positive Bounds
Sun  Dec 21 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Four local business members have filed a complaint through the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce and the state’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services against the … Find out how to read more online.
App targets Brazilian tourists
Sun  Dec 21 2014 08:30AM
Chip Futch, marketing director for the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau, said a future iPhone and Android application may bring millions more tourists to Southwest Florida. The app, currently … Find out how to read more online.
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‘Hobbit’ goes out on top with $90.6 million 5-day debut
Sun  Dec 21 2014 02:12PM
NEW YORK (AP) — Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” finale went out on top at the box office, debuting with $56.2 million over the weekend and taking in $90.6 million since opening Wednesday, according to studio estimates Sunday. “The Hobbit: The Battle … read more.

Florida authorities say 1 police officer shot and killed
Sun  Dec 21 2014 02:12PM
TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities say a police officer was shot and killed in Tarpon Springs early Sunday. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that the shooting occurred at around 3 a.m. in the Tampa … read more.

Sharpton denounces violence against police
Sun  Dec 21 2014 02:12PM
NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton is denouncing any violence against police in the name of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. He also says angry rhetoric that somehow blames protesters or Mayor Bill de Blasio for creating the … read more.

Pakistan says arrests made in Taliban school carnage
Sun  Dec 21 2014 02:12PM
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s interior minister says authorities have made arrests in the case of the Taliban school attack that killed 148 in the northwestern city of Peshawar. Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan says Sunday the authorities have picked up several … read more.

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Area high school grades news mixed
Fri  Dec 19 2014 08:30AM
Grades for Charlotte County Public Schools’ three major high schools dipped, while two in Sarasota County leaped from a B to an A, according to a state report released Thursday. Charlotte, Lemon Bay and Port Charlotte high schools received a … 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 Englewood Beach from Nov. 18-22. Unlike the Charlotte Harbor Super Boat … Find out how to read more online.

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.

Fishermen’s Village looking to expand
Thu  Dec 18 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — In the 36 years since Fishermen’s Village entered into a land lease with the city, the visitor outpost has grown from a sleepy spot on the harbor to a thriving waterfront attraction that draws an estimated 1 … Find out how to read more online.

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