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Fertilizer vs. environment
Sat  Sep 20 2014 07:01PM
As a man haphazardly sprinkles fertilizer on the lawn of his waterfront home, he’s tackled by a swamp monster. A clueless woman flinging chemicals on her flowers also is taken … Find out how to read more online.
Today is National Cheeseburger Day
Thu  Sep 18 2014 01:26PM
A teriyaki-glazed pineapple-mango combination dripped onto Ashley McCalley’s hand while attempting to bite into her Tiki burger at Flounders Restaurant and Tiki Bar. With a half pound of beef, salsa, … Find out how to read more online.
Barry Tarleton: On the sidelines of history
Thu  Sep 18 2014 08:00AM
Almost everyone has seen the video from September 11, 2001, showing the moment when White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer leans over to tell President George W. Bush that a … Find out how to read more online.
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Buffer zone agreed upon in Ukrainian peace talks
Sat  Sep 20 2014 08:20PM
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Sporadic artillery fire hit parts of eastern Ukraine on Saturday, hours after negotiators agreed to create a buffer zone between government troops and pro-Russia militants by halting their advances, pulling back heavy weapons and withdrawing foreign … read more.

Kurds race to Syria
Sat  Sep 20 2014 08:20PM
BEIRUT — Hundreds of Kurdish fighters raced from Turkey and Iraq into neighboring Syria on Saturday to defend a Kurdish area under attack by Islamic State militants. As the fighting raged, more than 60,000 mostly Kurdish refugees streamed across the … read more.

Tracing shift from everyday American to jihadis
Sat  Sep 20 2014 08:20PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — A college dropout from Florida. A nurse’s aide from Denver. The owner of a pizza-and-wings joint from upstate New York. Except for their embrace of Islam, there’s no common profile for the 100-plus Americans who have traveled … read more.

Potential push to expand US military effort
Sat  Sep 20 2014 08:20PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s military campaign against the Islamic State group already has extended beyond the limits he first outlined. But military experts inside and outside the administration argue that an even greater expansion may be needed for … read more.

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Flu shots available at Peace River Campground
Thu  Sep 18 2014 08:00AM
It’s that time of year. Flu vaccinations are again available. Here’s an easy and convenient way to get your annual flu vaccination, something federal health officials strongly advise for everyone over age 65. A state-certified pharmacist is giving flu shots … Find out how to read more online.


Thu  Sep 18 2014 01:26PM
PUNTA GORDA — Charlotte County school officials are investigating a security breach after a man reportedly accessed the cafeteria at Punta Gorda Middle School Tuesday and told an officer he thought he had a bomb under his truck. The employee … Find out how to read more online.

City adopts tentative budget, millage
Thu  Sep 18 2014 08:00AM
The Arcadia City Council took its first step toward officially setting the city’s 2014-15 millage and budget, approving both in separate 4-1 votes Tuesday night. The council adopted a tentative millage rate of 8.8195, a slight increase from the current … Find out how to read more online.

NAACP Youth Symposium delivers positive message
Thu  Sep 18 2014 08:00AM
The DeSoto County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People hosted a Youth and Young Adult Empowering Symposium on Sept. 6 at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. The symposium was organized by Rev. Wendell Campbell, Linda … Find out how to read more online.

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