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A mother to all children
Tue  Dec 1 2015 08:30AM
Adolphe Bernotas is a North Port snowbird who spent 39 years as a writer and editor for The Associated Press in New England. Now 74, he began life in Lithuania, … Find out how to read more online.
You two play on through
Tue  Dec 1 2015 08:30AM
These two alligators got into a brawl Saturday on hole 4 of the “Blue” course at Myakka Pines Golf Club in Englewood. Players witnessed the exchanged from a higher green … Find out how to read more online.
Search continues for missing Englewood boater
Mon  Nov 30 2015 05:36PM
The search for a missing boater out of Englewood continued Sunday with the help of family and friends. Jeff Reinhardt, 48, was reported missing by his son around 9:30 p.m. … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Man started fire to rid house of evil
Mon  Nov 30 2015 05:34PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The 20-year-old man responsible for a Sunday morning house fire on Hawthorne Avenue told deputies he was trying to clear the home of spirits, authorities said. Tieshawn … Find out how to read more online.
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1 of Jacksonville’s formerly conjoined twins leaves hospital
Wed  Dec 2 2015 01:19AM
JACKSONVILLE (AP) — One of the formerly conjoined twin boys born in Jacksonville last year has left the hospital. The Florida Times-Union reports Conner Mirabal was discharged from Wolfson Children’s Hospital Monday and transferred to Brooks Rehabilitation, where he’ll receive … read more.

Clinton marks anniversary of historic Montgomery bus boycott
Wed  Dec 2 2015 01:19AM
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will mark the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott as she speaks Tuesday at the historic Alabama church that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. pastored during the successful fight … read more.

Pipe bomb explodes in Istanbul, wounding 5 at rush hour
Wed  Dec 2 2015 01:19AM
ISTANBUL (AP) — A pipe bomb left on a highway overpass near an Istanbul subway station exploded Tuesday, wounding five people, a local official said. The blast caused some panic in the city, which is on edge following a spate … read more.

Lasers pointed at 2 aircraft; Florida officials investigate
Wed  Dec 2 2015 01:19AM
WEST PALM BEACH (AP) — Sheriff’s officials are investigating after green lasers were pointed at pilots of a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter and a Delta Air Lines plane in Palm Beach County. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Therese Barbera said in a news … read more.

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Local forecast: December to begin warmly
Mon  Nov 30 2015 05:34PM
With close to a foot of snow expected to fall in parts of the country today, it will remain around 80 degrees locally. “This year, it has been much warmer than normal in Southwest Florida,” said Rick Davis, a regional … Find out how to read more online.

Never too late to give thanks
Mon  Nov 30 2015 05:34PM
Thanksgiving just flew by without an opportunity to write my traditional column of thanks. Throughout the year there are always challenges, both personal and professional, and most often there are people who come through when you need them most. I … Find out how to read more online.

Some might say it’s truly muhly
Mon  Nov 30 2015 05:34PM
Fall and early winter bring their own colors here in the Southwest Florida landscape. One such eye-catching plant with fluffy, purple-pink flower heads is called muhly grass. A native plant with wonderful ornamental characteristics, muhly grass is now a standard … Find out how to read more online.

One-stop shopping on Herald Court
Tue  Dec 1 2015 08:30AM
Two businesses decided to form a partnership in downtown Punta Gorda — an Ebike store, where customers can purchase the new craze, an electric bike. When finished, they can enjoy an organic sandwich and smoothies all under the same roof. … Find out how to read more online.

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