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Opposition surfaces to Cuba travel restrictions
Thu  Jun 29 2017 01:00AM
Cuba has not had a free election in almost 70 years, said Sen. Marco Rubio in a press release after the White House announced a tightening of policies on travel … Find out how to read more online.
Disconnected on the web
Wed  Jun 28 2017 08:30AM
New technologies of the last 20 years have connected millions of people. Turns out, a lot of people have used that technology to discover they don’t like one another. Social media, … Find out how to read more online.
Mark Spieldenner leaves local musical legacy
Thu  Jun 29 2017 01:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — For years, traveling musicians made Charlotte County a stopping point in their touring itinerary. And many say one man is responsible for molding a sleepy county into … Find out how to read more online.
Prosecution rests in Punta Gorda chief’s case
Thu  Jun 29 2017 01:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — The prosecution rested its case Wednesday in the trial of Police Chief Tom Lewis. One of the last pieces of evidence heard by the jury was Lewis’ … Find out how to read more online.
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Samsung investing $380M in South Carolina, creating 950 jobs
Thu  Jun 29 2017 01:19AM
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Samsung is investing $380 million in South Carolina to manufacture home appliances, creating an estimated 950 jobs over the next three years, state and company officials announced Wednesday. The South Korean-based company is opening a “state-of-the-art” facility … read more.

US stock market makes biggest gain in 2 months
Thu  Jun 29 2017 01:19AM
The U.S. stock market notched its biggest gain in two months Wednesday, bouncing back from losses a day earlier. Banks and other financial companies led the rally as investors bet on interest rates climbing further. Banks can make more money … read more.

Mattis says Syria’s government taking US threat seriously
Thu  Jun 29 2017 01:19AM
BRUSSELS — Syria’s government is taking seriously the U.S. warning against launching another chemical weapons attack, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday. Speaking to reporters traveling with him to Brussels, Mattis noted there has been no such attack since the … read more.

Michigan sues Flint after council refuses to OK water deal
Thu  Jun 29 2017 01:19AM
LANSING, Mich. — The state of Michigan sued Flint Wednesday, alleging that the City Council’s refusal to approve a broadly backed deal to buy water long term from a Detroit-area system is endangering public health in the wake of a … read more.

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Charlotte, Sarasota maintain school grades
Thu  Jun 29 2017 01:00AM
The Charlotte County school district maintained its B grade this year, while Sarasota got its 14th straight A, new state data shows. The Florida Department of Education released grades for school districts and individual elementary, middle and high schools on … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Jun 29 2017 01:00AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Kameron Jordan Lockett, 22, of Tampa. Charges: two counts of violation of probation (original charges: possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia). Bond: none. … Find out how to read more online.

Commission talks economic, sidewalk development
Thu  Jun 29 2017 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port City Commission managed to fit multiple changes in its last meeting without a time limit. The Tuesday evening meeting, which ended close to midnight, is the last night meeting that will not have an … Find out how to read more online.

North Port commissioners hold off on youth board
Thu  Jun 29 2017 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — Hours of discussion the past few months have ultimately led to no action by the City Commission. The North Port City Commission had previously discussed creating a Youth Advisory Board, which was up for a second reading … Find out how to read more online.

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