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For now, library project on shelf
Mon  Jan 16 2017 08:30AM
Don’t misinterpret those really big shovels digging in the dirt at the site of a new county library proposed for Punta Gorda. The heavy equipment is doing remedial work — … Find out how to read more online.
Public budget meeting carries on without public
Mon  Jan 16 2017 08:30AM
MURDOCK — At a public meeting designed to explain the county’s budget process, no one attended. But officials gamely proceeded to offer insight into how the financial blueprint determines planning … Find out how to read more online.
No rain on MLK parade expected
Mon  Jan 16 2017 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents enjoying outdoor activities for Martin Luther King Jr. Day don’t have to worry about weather. “A few people might notice their cars are a little wet because … Find out how to read more online.
Woman tells husband’s story of shooting at enemy; saving orphans
Mon  Jan 16 2017 08:30AM
Frank Riposta of Deep Creek, a Punta Gorda subdivision, was a loader in a 105 mm Howitzer artillery unit during the Korean War in 1952-53. When he wasn’t firing his … Find out how to read more online.
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Boston’s archbishop joins Vatican office on clergy sex abuse
Mon  Jan 16 2017 01:19AM
BOSTON (AP) — Boston’s archbishop has been appointed to a top Vatican office that handles cases of clergy sex abuse. The Vatican’s press office announced Saturday that Pope Francis named Cardinal Sean O’Malley the newest member of the Congregation for … read more.

Philadelphia mayor on park wall-sitting ban: ‘Sit where you want’
Mon  Jan 16 2017 01:19AM
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The mayor of Philadelphia is taking issue with a new rule banning people from sitting on walls in a park in a posh section of the city, saying his attitude is: “Sit where you want.” The group … read more.

Facebook has measures to tackle fake news in Germany
Mon  Jan 16 2017 01:19AM
BERLIN (AP) — Facebook says it’s introducing measures to tackle the spread of fake news in Germany, months before the country holds a national election. The social network said Sunday the investigative media group Correctiv will be its first outside … read more.

Ringling Bros. circus to close after 146 years
Mon  Jan 16 2017 01:19AM
ELLENTON (AP) — After 146 years, the curtain is coming down on “The Greatest Show on Earth.” The owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus told The Associated Press that the show will close forever in May. … read more.

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Shark Tank event lures entrepreneurs
Sun  Jan 15 2017 08:30AM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — Budding entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to realize their dreams at a Shark Tank-style event sponsored by local investors. Three to five contestants will compete for $50,000 during a real-life tournament, based on the popular TV reality … Find out how to read more online.


Sun  Jan 15 2017 08:30AM

bridge winners

North Port Senior Center

Group A

North/South

1st: Diana Prince and Judy Foster; 2nd: Doree and Rik Jimison; 3rd: Helen Norris and Dave Johnson

East/West

1st: Ann Benmayor and Warren Prince; 2nd: Craig Cuyer and Pat Bamford; 3rd: …

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Motorist loses control, drives into pond
Sun  Jan 15 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A motorist lost control of a van while driving Friday, veering off Sumter Boulevard and into a retention pond. The driver, a male, ramped off a concrete barrier then hit a tree before landing in water while … Find out how to read more online.

New library construction on schedule
Sun  Jan 15 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Barring any potential hindrances, weather related or otherwise, North Port should see the opening of a second library on the city’s southern end this August. This past Tuesday, Sarasota County commissioners ensured the final piece of funding … Find out how to read more online.

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