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Manes ’n Reins means fun ’n prizes ’n ribbons
Tue  Sep 16 2014 01:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Jocelyn Jennings, 19, sat up on her horse, Tiny Dancer, and beamed with pride. She was showing off her prize ribbon. Jennings, a Florida Atlantic University senior … Find out how to read more online.
CERT-ified citizens wanted
Tue  Sep 16 2014 01:00AM
When the James River overflowed near Chesterfield, Va., about eight years ago, Rick Mathis was ready to help. “For two days, we passed out blankets and gave people hot beverages,” … Find out how to read more online.
Environmental center gets new CEO
Mon  Sep 15 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Thomas Hecker is a self-described nature nerd. As one of seven children — the son of a hunter/fisherman — the Naples man and newly appointed CEO of … Find out how to read more online.
All Faiths vegetables coming to Englewood
Mon  Sep 15 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA — More than 30 people stood in line Wednesday morning in the parking lot of the Sarasota Hope Center waiting for fresh vegetables from All Faiths’ Sprout program. “It’s … Find out how to read more online.
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Stocks mixed ahead of Fed; small firms slump
Tue  Sep 16 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Investors played it safe on Monday ahead of a potentially pivotal Federal Reserve meeting. While large company stocks ended the day little changed, smaller, riskier stocks slumped. Fed policymakers start a two-day meeting on Tuesday and … read more.

Hurricane Odile slams Mexico’s Baja
Tue  Sep 16 2014 01:19AM
CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico — Hurricane Odile blazed a trail of destruction through Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula on Monday that leveled everything from ramshackle homes to luxury hotels and big box stores, leaving entire neighborhoods as disaster zones. About 30,000 … read more.

Generation gap: Young Scots favor independence
Tue  Sep 16 2014 01:19AM
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Across Scotland, dinner table talk is getting heated as families fight over how to vote in Scotland’s independence referendum. A generation gap has opened up, with younger voters more inclined to back independence and their elders … read more.

Medals of Honor
Tue  Sep 16 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Two Vietnam War soldiers — one still living, one killed in action — received the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony on Monday, nearly 50 years after they threw themselves into harm’s way to protect their … read more.

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Bud Gerow served with ‘Merrill’s Marauders’ in Burma during WWII
Mon  Sep 15 2014 08:00AM
“Merrill’s Marauders” is what newspaper reporters who covered their exploits a lifetime ago during World War II called them. Officially they were the “5307th Composite Unit Provisional,” a long-range penetration special operations jungle warfare unit that fought the Japanese in … Find out how to read more online.

Voice of the voiceless
Mon  Sep 15 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — When Tibetan monk Geshe-La Thupton Phelgye saw animals being slaughtered for market in India, he was horrified. “My immediate thought was, how can I help these defenseless animals?” he said. “I must do something. I must be … Find out how to read more online.

Sun wins top award
Mon  Sep 15 2014 08:00AM
The Charlotte Sun won the top award — the Pinnacle Business of the Year Award — at a spirited Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce awards banquet Saturday evening at the Isles Yacht Club. As a lively audience of some 160 … Find out how to read more online.

Museum evokes memories of ’Nam heroes
Sun  Sep 14 2014 08:00AM
TRIANGLE, Va. — The first time I stepped out the back of the Boeing CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter at the National Museum of the Marine Corps some years ago, I was shocked. Oh, I had been forewarned by a former … Find out how to read more online.

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