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City: Pot dispensary a go; growing a no
Wed  Oct 22 2014 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — If Amendment 2 passes in November, medical marijuana will be regulated thoroughly in North Port, and commissioners are looking for ways to keep the drug restricted to … Find out how to read more online.
2 die in trailer park shooting
Wed  Oct 22 2014 01:00AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — Authorities have been dispatched to a small trailer park off Tamiami Trail more than two dozen times since the beginning of the year. But none of the … Find out how to read more online.
Area home sales remain solid
Wed  Oct 22 2014 01:00AM
Southwest Florida’s housing market closed September strong with year-over-year gains in virtually every category, the latest housing reports showed. In Charlotte County, there were 374 single- family home sales last … Find out how to read more online.
Tour de North Port is Sunday
Tue  Oct 21 2014 07:29PM
NORTH PORT — People for Trees Inc., a nonprofit native tree advocacy group, will hold its annual Tour de North Port this Sunday. This year’s event is themed “It’s the … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Crist, Scott do Debate 3
Wed  Oct 22 2014 01:19AM
JACKSONVILLE — Florida’s leading candidates for governor clashed fiercely during their final debate on Tuesday night, sniping at each over everything from the economy and the minimum wage to the death penalty. Both Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist and Republican Gov. Rick … read more.

Rally cry heard on Wall Street
Wed  Oct 22 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market marched higher Tuesday, giving the Standard & Poor’s 500 index its best day of the year. Investors rallied behind an encouraging report on the Chinese economy as well as strong quarterly results … read more.

Militants seize weapons cache meant for Kurds
Wed  Oct 22 2014 01:19AM
BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State group fighters seized at least one cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces that were meant to supply Kurdish militiamen battling the extremist group in a border town, activists said Tuesday. The cache of … read more.

Unaffiliated voters in Florida say no to political parties
Wed  Oct 22 2014 01:19AM
ORLANDO — Signing up new voters at high schools and job fairs, Carol Davis has noticed that the registrants, especially younger ones, are increasingly choosing neither the Democratic or Republican parties. They instead are picking “No Party Affiliation,” and they … read more.

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SKY Academy of Englewood approved
Wed  Oct 22 2014 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County School Board approved the charter application of SKY Academy of Englewood Tuesday afternoon — the vote was 4-1, with member Shirley Brown dissenting — although board members warned they will be keeping an eye … Find out how to read more online.

City truck search complaint deemed inconclusive
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — A city employee’s August complaint that two of his department supervisors rummaged through his personal vehicle during the workday was deemed inconclusive, according to an investigation report completed earlier this month. North Port Public Works employee Samuel … Find out how to read more online.

Residential, office development gets planning nod
Tue  Oct 21 2014 06:28PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County planning commissioners unanimously approved a new 11.5-acre development that’s eyed for the corner of State Road 776 and Old Englewood Road. As planned, the triangular lot will feature 32 condo-style homes spread across 16 villas, … Find out how to read more online.

Murder charge reduced
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
Prosecutors have reduced the murder charge against one of the men arrested last month in relation to the shooting death of a 40-year-old Port Charlotte man. Freddie Campbell, 27, of North Port, is now facing a count of third-degree felony … Find out how to read more online.

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