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One dead after plane crashes at beach
Mon  Jul 28 2014 08:00AM
A plane making an emergency landing crashed at Caspersen Beach in Venice Sunday, killing a man on the beach and critically injuring his daughter. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office was … Find out how to read more online.
Keith Jones fought in ‘Battle of the Bulge’
Mon  Jul 28 2014 08:00AM
Keith Jones was too skinny to get in the Navy in 1942, but the Army took him anyway despite his lack of weight. He became a member of the 87th … Find out how to read more online.
Standing for something special
Mon  Jul 28 2014 08:00AM

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Englewood’s Special Olympics stand-up paddleboard team is in need of community support and volunteers. To learn more about how you can help, call SUP Englewood at 941-234-4311.

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PGPD: Armed robber strikes local bank
Sat  Jul 26 2014 11:18AM
PUNTA GORDA — Authorities were investigating a suspected armed robbery at a local bank late Friday afternoon. Around 4:30 p.m., a white man wearing a baseball hat and sunglasses walked … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Trial in salmonella outbreak to start in Georgia
Mon  Jul 28 2014 01:19AM
ATLANTA (AP) — Three people accused of scheming to manufacture and ship salmonella-tainted peanuts that killed nine people, sickened more than 700 and prompted one of the largest food recalls in history are set to go to trial this week … read more.

Lofty goals for new Florida Polytechnic University
Mon  Jul 28 2014 01:19AM
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — The curiously oval-shaped structure at the new Florida Polytechnic University, designed by noted Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, is a symbol of the state’s latest higher-education experiment. It is the centerpiece of what will soon-be Florida’s 12th … read more.

Hospital shooting suspect charged with murder
Mon  Jul 28 2014 01:19AM
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man accused of fatally shooting his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist at a suburban Philadelphia hospital complex before the doctor returned fire has been charged with murder. Richard Plotts was arraigned late Saturday at his hospital … read more.

Costa Concordia wreck reaches final destination
Sun  Jul 27 2014 10:01PM
GENOA, Italy (AP) — The shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner completed its final journey, reaching Genoa on Sunday where it will be scrapped. Pulled by tugboats and nudged by winds, the ship was eased into the port in this northwestern … read more.

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Because it’s there
Thu  Jul 24 2014 09:40AM
ENGLEWOOD — Climbing the world’s highest free-standing mountain wasn’t initially on Bud Koranchan’s bucket list, but now he doesn’t stop thinking about it. The soon-to-be 73-year-old Englewood resident wants to see the dormant volcanic cones on a mountain in Tanzania. … Find out how to read more online.

Swiftmud agrees to partial funding — with caveat
Thu  Jul 24 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Southwest Florida Water Management District has agreed to earmark roughly $1.5 million in funding for preliminary water testing in connection with Punta Gorda’s proposed reverse-osmosis plant, provided Charlotte County commits to a multimillion-dollar pipeline expansion with the … Find out how to read more online.

City reviews initial budget
Thu  Jul 24 2014 08:00AM
The Arcadia City Council got its first look at the 2014-15 budget during a workshop Tuesday, and expressed hope they would not have to raise the millage higher than the current rate of 8.669. One mill equals $1 of tax … Find out how to read more online.

Hot, hot, hot
Sun  Jul 27 2014 08:00AM
The recovery of the area’s real estate market is best illustrated by the shortages it’s created. “We’re having trouble getting listings, because everybody knows (values are rising). Some of the sellers think, ‘Well, I don’t have to sell right now. … Find out how to read more online.

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