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Good Samaritans pull woman from canal
Thu  Apr 24 2014 08:28PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — When Daron Woods was driving on Rampart Boulevard on Thursday morning, he was shocked to see a motorist ahead of him crash into a canal. “I was … Find out how to read more online.
False robbery report leads to arrest
Thu  Apr 24 2014 02:14PM
PUNTA GORDA — A 16 year-old female on Tuesday reported to the Punta Gorda Police Department that her backpack had been snatched as she walked through Punta Gorda. After being … Find out how to read more online.
Area technical college changes name
Thu  Apr 24 2014 07:49PM
Southern Technical College in Port Charlotte, formerly Southwest Florida College, an accredited private institution offering career education through bachelor, associate and diploma programs since 1974, has been acquired by Southern … Find out how to read more online.
Country Fest to take over Fairgrounds
Thu  Apr 24 2014 05:00PM
Don your favorite hat and pull on your boots — Country Fest is back in town. Only a few VIP tickets remain for Sunday’s Country Fest 2014 at the Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Measles off to a fast start, as cases trend up
Thu  Apr 24 2014 09:34PM
NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials are worried about recent U.S. measles outbreaks that so far have caused more illnesses than at the same point of any year since 1996. Authorities say 129 cases in 13 states were reported by … read more.

Florida school stops serving soda before tests
Thu  Apr 24 2014 09:34PM
MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — A central Florida elementary school has stopped a long-standing practice of serving students Mountain Dew before standardized tests. Florida Today reports that a woman contacted local media outlets after learning that students were being served three … read more.

’Horror,’ UN Sec. Council says at S Sudan massacre
Thu  Apr 24 2014 09:34PM
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Thursday expressed “horror” at the recent massacre of several hundred civilians in South Sudan, while the U.S. ambassador to the world body said she fears a deepening human catastrophe. The strongly … read more.

Costa Rica is demanding US explain ‘Cuban Twitter’
Thu  Apr 24 2014 09:34PM
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — The Costa Rican government says it’s waiting for the Obama administration to explain why it improperly devised a secret “Cuban Twitter” network from inside the Central American nation’s borders despite warnings in 2009 that … read more.

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Dealer angry at man who fired at repo workers
Thu  Apr 24 2014 08:13PM
ENGLEWOOD — Rita Lee is terminally ill and has cirrhosis of the liver. She uses her 1997 Isuzu Rodeo to drive to weekly treatments in Tampa. On disability and with limited resources, Lee rents-to-own her vehicle from a buy-here-pay-here dealership, … Find out how to read more online.

Crime rate hits low
Thu  Apr 24 2014 08:00AM
The total number of serious crimes in Charlotte, DeSoto and Sarasota counties dropped from 2012 to 2013, and all three counties saw the lowest number of index crimes per 100,000 residents in more than two decades, according to the latest … Find out how to read more online.

Technical college changes name
Thu  Apr 24 2014 07:27PM
Southern Technical College in Port Charlotte, formerly Southwest Florida College, an accredited private institution offering career education through bachelor, associate and diploma programs since 1974, has been acquired by Southern Technical Holdings. In celebration of its transition to Southern Technical … Find out how to read more online.

‘Postcard weather’ over weekend
Thu  Apr 24 2014 07:43PM
Patchy and possibly dense fog should give way to sunny skies and almost perfect beach weather well before the morning commute hours, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Tampa office said. The fog should dissipate before 5 a.m. today … Find out how to read more online.

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