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Weatherman: nice shopping weather expected
Fri  Nov 28 2014 01:00AM
Black Friday (and weekend) shoppers in Charlotte County should be able to make their rounds in comfortable weather. “After some cold temperatures in the mornings, it will be a pleasant … Find out how to read more online.
Residents encouraged to donate to ‘12 Days of Giving’
Fri  Nov 28 2014 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — The city is sponsoring its eighth annual “12 Days of Giving,” which kicks off Monday and runs through Dec. 12. Residents, organizations and businesses are encouraged to join … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Drunken driver hits 13-year-old
Thu  Nov 27 2014 08:30AM
ROTONDA WEST — Anthony Eklund loves to run. But after Tuesday night, it might be a while before the local 13-year-old can even walk without any trouble. A suspected drunken … Find out how to read more online.
Feedback welcome for Walton Ranch plan
Thu  Nov 27 2014 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — County officials have drafted a plan of how to best use Walton Ranch, a 3,729-acre site just north of North Port, and residents are being asked to … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
US celebrates with parades, turkey
Fri  Nov 28 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK — Millions of Americans across the country are marking the holiday with lots of turkey, football, parades and early shopping, while many are overcoming some nasty weather and power outages. At the White House, President Barack Obama is … read more.

Retail onslaught begins
Fri  Nov 28 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK — Millions of Americans are expected to head to the stores for holiday gift shopping on Thanksgiving in what’s quickly becoming a new holiday tradition. Just a few years ago when a few stores started opening late on … read more.

OPEC keeps oil output changes on hold despite low prices
Fri  Nov 28 2014 01:19AM
VIENNA — Reflecting its lessening oil clout, OPEC decided Thursday to keep its output target on hold and sit out falling crude prices that will likely spiral even lower as a result. Oil prices fell sharply on the news. Even … read more.

Queen of crime writing PD James dies at 94
Fri  Nov 28 2014 01:19AM
LONDON (AP) — P.D. James took the classic British detective story into tough modern terrain, complete with troubled relationships and brutal violence, and never accepted that crime writing was second-class literature. James, who has died aged 94, is best known … read more.

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County widens utilities audit
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:31AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County is expanding the outside audit that will look into the operations of the utilities department. On Tuesday, commissioners unanimously agreed to add two risk areas to the review. The total of five areas to be assessed … Find out how to read more online.

Manatees moving into winter waters
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:31AM
With the onset of cold fronts, manatees are heading to their warm water havens. Manatees seek out creeks, canals and other warm waters in Lemon Bay, the Myakka River, Charlotte Harbor and the Caloosahatchee River, said Denise Boyd, a research … Find out how to read more online.

Sarasota Schools employee charged with computer crimes
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:31AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A Sarasota County School District employee has been charged with allegedly causing nearly three days of disruptions to district computer systems last month. Michael A. Levanti, 28, of the 5900 block of Guarino Drive, Sarasota, an IT … Find out how to read more online.

Retailers, shoppers prep for Thanksgiving sales
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:31AM
Getting in line at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day for a wristband for a $115 television or a $399 PlayStation at Walmart may be way too late. Although wristbands will be distributed for the doorbuster sale items beginning at 6 p.m., … Find out how to read more online.

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