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Bill Willis had extensive Army career before heading to Vietnam
Mon  Sep 1 2014 08:00AM
Editor’s note: This story is the first of two parts. Billy Willis was a command sergeant major, a 30-year man in the U.S. Army — a lifer. The 84-year-old retired … Find out how to read more online.
Beach it early to avoid holiday rain
Mon  Sep 1 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE— Beachgoers and grill masters should get the holiday fun started early Labor Day if they want to avoid those pesky afternoon Florida showers and downpours throughout the area … Find out how to read more online.
Fewer students seek careers in construction
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:00AM
In “The Graduate,” Dustin Hoffman’s character, who just graduated from college, was told to shape his future around one word: “Plastics.” Barney Duffy has two words for high school graduates: … Find out how to read more online.
Some hope for short Springs outage
Sun  Aug 31 2014 03:09PM
NORTH PORT — Although the Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa will close at 5 p.m. Sunday, staff said the city’s plan to obtain full ownership of the Springs could allow … Find out how to read more online.
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Nasty, brutish and artsy? Neanderthal hashtag engraving found
Mon  Sep 1 2014 08:21PM
NEW YORK (Reuters) — Belying their reputation as the dumb cousins of early modern humans, Neanderthals created cave art, an activity regarded as a major cognitive step in the evolution of humankind, scientists reported on Monday in a paper describing … read more.

NATO to create new ‘spearhead’ force to respond to crises
Mon  Sep 1 2014 08:21PM
BRUSSELS (Reuters) — NATO leaders will respond to the Ukraine crisis by agreeing this week to create a “spearhead” rapid reaction force, potentially including several thousand troops, that could be sent to a hotspot in as little as two days, … read more.

Syrian army, rebels fight on Golan where peacekeepers held
Mon  Sep 1 2014 08:20PM
EIN ZIVAN, Golan Heights/MANILA (Reuters) — Heavy fighting erupted on Monday between the Syrian army and Islamist rebels on the Golan Heights, where 44 peacekeepers from Fiji are being held by militants and scores of their fellow blue helmets from … read more.

Britain unveils powers to strip suspected Islamist fighters of passports
Mon  Sep 1 2014 08:20PM
LONDON (Reuters) — Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday announced plans to strip suspected Islamist militants of their passports temporarily, to combat the threat posed by radicalized Britons returning from Syria and Iraq. The proposals come days after Cameron raised … read more.

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Nevins, first bishop of Venice diocese, dies
Sun  Aug 31 2014 03:09PM
VENICE — The Most Rev. John Nevins, founding bishop of the Diocese of Venice in Florida, died Tuesday. He was 82. The death was announced in a press statement from his successor, Bishop Frank Dewane. “It is with heartfelt sorrow … Find out how to read more online.


School Board clarifies policy on district transfers
Thu  Aug 28 2014 08:00AM
The DeSoto County School Board approved one request for a student to transfer out of the district, and disapproved another, giving some insight to its position on out-of-district transfers. Board Chair Deborah Snyder opened the discussion over two students seeking … Find out how to read more online.

Newcomer, incumbent win DeSoto School Board races
Wed  Aug 27 2014 11:59AM
DeSoto voters elected newcomer Daniel Via to the county’s School Board Tuesday, while incumbent Ronny Allen was awarded another term in office. Via, who has no political experience, narrowly edged out Dr. Roosevelt Johnson by 41 votes in the District … Find out how to read more online.

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