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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.
Detectives stop meth shipped via FedEx, find more
Sat  Dec 20 2014 08:30AM
VENICE — An undercover operation that included a Sarasota County Sheriff’s detective dressed as a delivery man helped to net nearly 2 pounds of meth, along with nearly a pound … Find out how to read more online.
Christmas party to benefit children of prisoners
Sat  Dec 20 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Members of Awaken Church are helping children who have a parent in prison have a happy Christmas. Church members Mark and Shelly Mousty are also area coordinators … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
AP sources: Cops’ killer angry over Garner death
Sun  Dec 21 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK — A gunman who announced online that he was planning to shoot two “pigs” in retaliation for the chokehold death of Eric Garner ambushed two police officers in a patrol car and shot them to death in broad … read more.

WHO: Recorded Ebola deaths top 7,000
Sun  Dec 21 2014 01:19AM
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — The worst Ebola outbreak on record has now killed more than 7,000 people, with many of the latest deaths reported in Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization said as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continued his … read more.

Raul Castro: Detente won’t change Cuban system
Sun  Dec 21 2014 01:19AM
HAVANA (AP) — Three men who served long U.S. prison terms for spying received a standing ovation in Cuba’s parliament Saturday, shaking their fists in victory as President Raul Castro declared that detente with Washington won’t change the communist system … read more.

Bill Cosby’s silence may be his best defense at this point
Sun  Dec 21 2014 01:19AM
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bill Cosby has the right to remain silent — and that may be his best strategy. With police urging any possible sex abuse victims to come forward, two lawsuits pending and more than 15 women making … read more.

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‘Shop with a Cop’ brings smiles to kids, police
Sat  Dec 20 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Karley Acker was on a mission. “I’m looking for an ‘Ever After High’ doll. I know it’s here. I’ve seen it,” the 6-year-old Glenallen Elementary first-grader said, navigating the toy section at Walmart Wednesday night, eyes scanning … Find out how to read more online.

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.

Regional park on commission’s radar
Sat  Dec 20 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — City commissioners gave themselves a pat on the back this week for items they’ve checked off the city’s Strategic Plan, and zeroed in on projects to take on in the near future. Several hours of discussion Tuesday … 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.

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