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Local teacher unveils new invention for caps
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Raul Quinones, a science teacher at Heron Creek Middle School and baseball coach, has invented a device that flattens the brim of a baseball cap. Quinones’ invention, the … Find out how to read more online.
Interim North Port Utilities director gets permanent job
Wed  Oct 29 2014 05:40PM
NORTH PORT — Rick Newkirk has been named the new director of North Port Utilities. Newkirk, 58, the acting director of the department since March, was appointed to the new … Find out how to read more online.
New Dollar General open in North Port
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
The new Dollar General discount store at Cranberry and Price boulevards in North Port opened to customers at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to store employees. … Find out how to read more online.
Some cry fowl over free turkeys
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
Shelomie Francois waited in a line of about 110 people that snaked around the North Port Salvation Army building to get a voucher for a free turkey to feed her … Find out how to read more online.
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Stocks slip after Fed statement; dollar gains
Thu  Oct 30 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — An optimistic statement from the Federal Reserve sent the dollar up and gold prices down Wednesday as traders prepared for rising interest rates. Major U.S. stock indexes ended with a slight loss after the Fed confirmed … read more.

Florida ready for recount
Thu  Oct 30 2014 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE — There’s a chance that Florida’s bitter — and expensive — governor’s race between incumbent Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic challenger Charlie Crist could trigger a recount — a word that sends shudders through the state. Polls consistently show … read more.

Obamacare subsidies challenged
Thu  Oct 30 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Supreme Court justices have their first chance this week to decide whether they have the appetite for another major fight over President Barack Obama’s health care law. Some of the same players who mounted the first failed effort … read more.

Obama: US can’t seal itself off
Thu  Oct 30 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Pushing to confront Ebola at its West African source, President Barack Obama said Wednesday the United States was not immune to the disease but cautioned against discouraging American health care workers with restrictive measures that confine them upon … read more.

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Halloween portraits, with a heavy heart
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Tammy Grueber will carry through with her pledge to provide free photos of Halloween revelers Friday at Nickolson’s Portrait Studio, to support the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition. But she will do so with a heavy heart. Her … Find out how to read more online.

Lawyers paint 2 pictures of defendant at trial
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Attorneys told two different stories about Jose Rodriguez, the HIV-positive North Port man accused of sexually abusing his two step-grandsons for a number of years. One was of a caring grandfather who worried that his grandson had … Find out how to read more online.

Property to stay in city’s hands, for now
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Mayor Jim Blucher passed the gavel at Monday night’s City Commission meeting to make a motion that would ensure the city would maintain control of the Myakka River Island Conservation Corridor, part of the McCall Ranch property. … Find out how to read more online.

Park named for state legislator
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
SOUTH SARASOTA COUNTY — In the shade of tall trees along the bank of the Myakka River, about 40 gathered Tuesday morning to express their thanks to former state senator Bob Johnson by naming a new county park in his … Find out how to read more online.

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