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Thu  May 25 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Marissa Nash said working out the mystery plots in Nancy Drew books, as well as her family’s work in the medical field, inspired her. Nash, who ranked … Find out how to read more online.
Economic development discussion yields few results
Thu  May 25 2017 06:46PM
SARASOTA — The Sarasota County Board of Commissioners held its long-sought workshop on economic development — at least by one commissioner — with few results Wednesday afternoon. “It’s absolutely critical … Find out how to read more online.
North Port commissioners take on medical task force, delay other topics
Thu  May 25 2017 06:46PM
NORTH PORT — The North Port City Commissioner checked things off the agenda as its nighttime meeting ran past 1 a.m. on Wednesday. In addition to terminating the city attorney … Find out how to read more online.
Stump Pass nearing completion
Thu  May 25 2017 06:46PM
ENGLEWOOD — The Stump Pass dredging project should be completed in about a week. Due to the inclement weather Wednesday, Great Lakes Dredging and Docks Company postponed work on the … Find out how to read more online.
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Consultant charged in scheme to trade US secrets for profit
Thu  May 25 2017 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — A Washington consultant, three hedge fund workers and a government employee were blamed Wednesday by federal prosecutors for an insider trading scheme that converted government secrets into hedge fund profits. Four were arrested on conspiracy, securities … read more.

Unconscious man rode on car’s trunk for miles
Thu  May 25 2017 01:19AM
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — When police pulled over a Tennessee couple and told them a body was lying on the trunk of their car, they thought it was a joke — until they got out to look. They found an … read more.

Ford’s new CEO gets $1 million bonus, $1.8 million base pay
Thu  May 25 2017 01:19AM
DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co.’s new CEO got a $1 million bonus when he took on his new role this week. CEO Jim Hackett will have a base salary of $1.8 million per year. That’s the same base pay … read more.

Ex-officer who shot teen sentenced to 3 months in jail
Thu  May 25 2017 01:19AM
CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — A former Virginia police officer who fatally shot an 18-year-old man has been sentenced to three months in jail. News media outlets report that a judge imposed the sentence for former Richmond Police Officer David L. … read more.

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Woman pulled from Stump Pass current
Thu  May 25 2017 06:46PM
ENGLEWOOD — Emergency workers were sent to rescue a woman who was caught in the currents near Stump Pass on Thursday evening. A Charlotte County Fire Rescue boat was sent to the pass to rescue an 18-year-old woman fell from … Find out how to read more online.

Sunshine expected for Memorial Day weekend
Thu  May 25 2017 06:46PM
Southwest Floridians will see the rain clear out for Memorial Day weekend to make way for mostly sunny skies, according to the forecast. “It should be pretty nice,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Nicole Carlisle. “It will be dry through … Find out how to read more online.

Mixed emotions on last day of school
Thu  May 25 2017 06:46PM
Thursday was the last day of school for Charlotte County students. The last day for Sarasota students is June 6. … Find out how to read more online.

City Manager upholds PGPD officer Coel’s firing
Thu  May 25 2017 06:46PM
Lee Coel is officially fired from the Punta Gorda Police Department. City Manager Howard Kunik upheld the decision of Human Resources Manager Phil Wickstrom to terminate the former officer’s employment Thursday. Coel has been charged with negligent manslaughter after firing … Find out how to read more online.

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