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Register now for ‘Green Pumpkin’ Tour de North Port
Tue  Sep 2 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — People for Trees Inc., a nonprofit native tree advocacy group, will hold its annual Tour de North Port bicycle ride Sunday, Oct. 26. Themed “It’s the Green … Find out how to read more online.
Heron Creek Foundation seeks charities, benefactors
Mon  Sep 1 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The Heron Creek Community Foundation has announced it is looking to assist local charitable organizations and is searching for benefactors to help support them. The HCCF is a … Find out how to read more online.
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.
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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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Clinic close to newborns’ hearts
Sun  Aug 31 2014 10:06AM
NORTH PORT — Visitors to the Hayner home are greeted by the announcement: “Welcome to Toys R Us.” And indeed, the floor is strewn with all manner of mayhem — balls, games and tiny trucks. Included among the inanimate objects, … Find out how to read more online.

Lee vote heard ’round the state
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:00AM
A decision reached earlier this week by the Lee County School Board, in which three of its five members voted to opt out of all statewide standardized tests, elicited strong reactions from Charlotte and Sarasota county educators. That decision, which … Find out how to read more online.

Yates ready for next run
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Though she couldn’t avoid a run-off, North Port City Commission Seat 5 incumbent Linda Yates came away from Tuesday’s primary with 41.74 percent of the vote. “It’s phenomenal we were able to accomplish what we were in … Find out how to read more online.

Moore eyes collaborative victory
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Jacqueline Moore isn’t taking too much time to bask in her primary election lead. The contender knows the real work is still to come if she hopes to land a seat on the North Port City Commission … Find out how to read more online.

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