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Cops: Homeless man charged with attempted murder
Fri  Dec 9 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A man has been arrested after allegedly attempting to kill his brother. Accord-ing to the North Port Police Depart-ment, Brian Little, 57, was arrested in the 4900 … Find out how to read more online.
Ex-employee sued after leaving day care
Fri  Dec 9 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Olivia Broderick was in charge of taking care of five 2-year-olds and made $10.25 an hour at Achievements Learning Center. And now the 22-year-old is being summoned … Find out how to read more online.
Company ‘pays it forward,’ overhauls AMVETS plumbing
Fri  Dec 9 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — As Rex Stovall walked into the AMVETS Post 2000 building, water pooled beneath his feet with every step. The leaking had become somewhat of a routine — … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County teaching sand basics
Fri  Dec 9 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Charles Miller has real reason to support Sarasota County joining Charlotte County in its plans for beach renourishment on Manasota Key. Summer storms ate away the Gulf beach … Find out how to read more online.
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Record number of manatees killed in 2016 by boats
Fri  Dec 9 2016 01:19AM
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A record number of manatees were killed in 2016 by boat strikes, according to state wildlife data, but overall the number of the beloved sea cows increased in Florida this year. Data posted by the Florida Fish … read more.

Florida lost construction, gained health care jobs in recovery
Fri  Dec 9 2016 01:19AM
ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida gained more wealthy residents but also more families living below the poverty line between 2010 and 2015 when the Sunshine State participated in an economic recovery from a devastating housing crash and the worst recession in … read more.

US life expectancy falls, as many kinds of death increase
Thu  Dec 8 2016 08:48PM
NEW YORK — A decades-long trend of rising life expectancy in the U.S. could be ending: It declined last year and it is no better than it was four years ago. In most of the years since World War II, … read more.

Florida to state workers: You can’t give at the office now
Fri  Dec 9 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Following negative publicity about administrative costs, as well as a critical audit, the administration of Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that it had suspended a program that allowed state workers to make charitable donations through their paychecks. … read more.

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Knight at the Races canceled
Fri  Dec 9 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — An evening hosted by the North Port Knights of Columbus has been canceled, officials said. The Knight at the Races, which has been slated to take place Saturday, Dec. 17 at the North Port Jockey Club, has … Find out how to read more online.

Area growing grayer
Thu  Dec 8 2016 08:30AM
The graying population in Charlotte County continues to outpace most of the nation, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Census. Whether they’ve been here for some time or have recently sought out the area to live out their … Find out how to read more online.

Punta Gorda approves special assessments
Thu  Dec 8 2016 08:30AM
The Punta Gorda City Council unanimously approved resolutions for special assessments on the Punta Gorda Isles Bird Section canal cut-through and the Burnt Store Isles electric undergrounding study — both controversial issues in their day. However, it turned down a … Find out how to read more online.

Man sentenced to life for Bonhomme murder
Thu  Dec 8 2016 08:30AM
Dwayne Johnson insisted on his innocence during his sentencing for the murder of Kello Bon-homme during a drug deal two years ago, even when faced by Bon-homme’s family asking how he could have shot and killed a man he once … Find out how to read more online.

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