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Sheriff sues boat-race organizer
Thu  May 28 2015 08:16PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office still has not been paid for three days of traffic control and security it provided for the Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte casts critical eye at mishmash of U.S. 41 signs
Thu  May 28 2015 02:08PM
MURDOCK — At a recent Charlotte County Commission workshop, a wide-ranging discussion of signs covered current standards, as well as possible changes, for advertising displays that some see as distracting … Find out how to read more online.
Wall donation honors fallen ‘brother’
Thu  May 28 2015 08:30AM
GULF COVE — Art and Maureen Cronk donated $5,000 to see the construction of a permanent Vietnam Wall of Southwest Florida in Punta Gorda. But the Gulf Cove couple didn’t … Find out how to read more online.
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Russia classifies military casualties in peacetime
Thu  May 28 2015 01:57PM
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to make losses of Russian troops in peacetime a secret. The decree published on the official government website and signed by Putin on Wednesday makes it a state secret … read more.

Man suing his ex for half of $1M prize gets a win in court
Thu  May 28 2015 01:57PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court answered a potential $1 million question in favor of a man who says his girlfriend broke an agreement to share lottery winnings after she hit it big. Howard Browning says he and … read more.

Washington Post hits back against Iran court claims
Thu  May 28 2015 01:57PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Post is hitting back at Iran’s allegation that a jailed journalist wrote a letter to President Barack Obama. Executive editor Martin Baron says in a statement that Post reporter Jason Rezaian actually filled out an … read more.

Obama meets with family of reporter killed by Islamic State
Thu  May 28 2015 01:57PM
MIAMI (AP) — President Barack Obama has met with the family of an American journalist who was killed last year by the Islamic State group. Steven Sotloff was a 31-year-old Miami-area native who freelanced for Time and Foreign Policy magazines. … read more.

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Program teaches teens to sail
Thu  May 28 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Demetrius Brown, 15, slides into a blue life jacket and snaps shut the black buckles along the front, just before gliding his small sailboat into the tranquil waters of Charlotte Harbor; a slight breeze strokes the water. … Find out how to read more online.

Tarpon commencement will be ‘dignified’
Wed  May 27 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Senior Jonathon Skavroneck isn’t expecting anything over the top for Charlotte High School’s graduation ceremony, but he said that is what will make it special. “Our graduation is kept dignified, with no decorated caps or silly things … Find out how to read more online.

Weekend 911 calls run the gamut
Wed  May 27 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — While many residents were enjoying time off for the long Memorial Day weekend, local first responders were kept plenty busy around the community. The average number of 911 calls handled by officials with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s … Find out how to read more online.

Island grieves over fire victims
Tue  May 26 2015 08:30AM
KNIGHT ISLAND — Tyler and Peggy Erickson brought flowers Monday to pay their respects for the two Knight Island residents who lost their lives in a fire Sunday. A dozen or more islanders gathered on the property Monday morning to … Find out how to read more online.

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