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LATEST LOCAL NEWS
Forecast calls for sunny skies
Mon  Apr 21 2014 01:20AM
Southwest Florida residents should see sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80s for the majority of the week. “We’re going to have really nice weather all week,” said Andrew … Find out how to read more online.
Man struck, killed on I-75
Mon  Apr 21 2014 01:15AM
A St. Petersburg man was killed late Saturday night when he was struck by a vehicle on Interstate 75 near North Port. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, around … Find out how to read more online.
High cost of living
Mon  Apr 21 2014 01:15AM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — Eye doctors account for nearly half of the 100 physicians nationwide who receive the largest reimbursements from Medicare, newly released data show. And, not surprisingly, a significant … Find out how to read more online.
Recycling efforts working in Charlotte and Sarasota
Mon  Apr 21 2014 01:20AM
Recycling in Charlotte County has improved since new recycle carts were introduced to residents late last year, officials say. Unlike Sarasota County, where recycling is mandatory, Charlotte County doesn’t make … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Palestinian rock throwers arrested at holy site
Mon  Apr 21 2014 01:19AM
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police entered the compound of Jerusalem’s holiest site to disperse Palestinians who were throwing rocks at them on Sunday, as thousands of tourists packed the Old City for the Easter and Passover holidays. The compound, known … read more.

4 French journalists home after long Syrian ordeal
Mon  Apr 21 2014 01:19AM
PARIS (AP) — Four French journalists kidnapped and held for 10 months in Syria returned home Sunday to joyful families, a presidential welcome and questions about how France managed to obtain their freedom from Islamic extremists. Edouard Elias, Didier Francois, … read more.

Insurgents kill at least 11 Algerian soldiers
Mon  Apr 21 2014 01:19AM
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Islamist insurgents ambushed an Algerian military convoy in a mountainous region, killing 11 soldiers and wounding five others, the Defense Ministry said Sunday. But five other deaths from injuries reported by a hospital official could raise … read more.

Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation
Mon  Apr 21 2014 01:19AM
JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean ferry that sank was crippled by confusion and indecision well after it began listing, a radio transcript released Sunday showed, suggesting the chaotic situation may have added to a death toll that … read more.

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‘Spring’ into family fun
Sun  Apr 20 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — With arts and crafts, bounce houses and all-day Easter egg hunts, the annual Spring Spectacular is a haven for young tots. But it’s not for kids only. After putting in extra hours during a long week of … Find out how to read more online.

Family traditions
Sun  Apr 20 2014 08:00AM
Brenda Reyes remembers fondly the Easter traditions she celebrated as a child growing up in the Philippines. Good Friday, Christianity’s most solemn day of observance, was always a time for reflection, when family members talked in whispers or barely talked … Find out how to read more online.

Statute offers differing views on transparency
Sun  Apr 20 2014 08:00AM
Florida Statute 112.533 governs the way law enforcement agencies receive and process complaints against their own officers. The statute allows for agencies like the North Port Police Department to withhold the names of officers under investigation, which they’ve done repeatedly in … Find out how to read more online.

Businesses want changes for next Grand Prix
Sun  Apr 20 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — If things don’t change for next year’s boat race, one local business owner is going to rally others and complain to Charlotte County commissioners. Jill Hemmes, owner of Beach Boutique in Englewood, said not only did she lose … Find out how to read more online.

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