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Former Englewood man’s novel to become movie
Fri  Jul 31 2015 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — When Ransom Riggs learned Samuel L. Jackson is playing a character in his young-adult novel turned movie, he freaked out. Novelist Riggs, who grew up in a little … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood man charged with attempted murder
Fri  Jul 31 2015 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — A local man is facing a slew of charges — including attempted murder — after what the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office describes as a “vicious attack on two … Find out how to read more online.
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Nigeria rescues 71, mostly women and girls, from Boko Haram
Thu  Jul 30 2015 09:54PM
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian soldiers rescued 71 people, almost all girls and women, in firefights that killed many Boko Haram militants in villages near the northeastern city of Maiduguri, the military said Thursday. Some captives told The Associated Press … read more.

Confederate flags found at MLK’s church
Thu  Jul 30 2015 09:54PM
(CNN) — Confederate battle flags were found Thursday morning on the grounds of Ebenezer Baptist Church and the King Center in Atlanta, police and church officials said. Ebenezer Baptist Church is best known as the church where the Rev. Dr. … read more.

Philae probe finds evidence that comets can be cosmic labs
Thu  Jul 30 2015 09:54PM
BERLIN (AP) — Scientists say the Philae space probe has gathered data supporting the theory that comets can serve as cosmic laboratories in which some of the essential elements for life are assembled. Philae, which is part of the European … read more.

Facebook ready to test giant drone for Internet service
Thu  Jul 30 2015 09:54PM
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook says it will begin test flights later this year of a solar-powered drone with the wingspan of a Boeing 737, the next stage of its campaign to deliver Internet service to remote parts of … read more.

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Officials: Sticker could help save pets’ lives
Wed  Jul 29 2015 10:49AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Pet owners can help potentially save their furry friend’s lives just by obtaining a sticker. County safety officials on Tuesday announced the launch of their latest sticker program, aimed at informing rescue personnel that animals are inside … Find out how to read more online.

Low-income housing for seniors rebuilt
Wed  Jul 29 2015 10:49AM
PUNTA GORDA — Some senior residents may have moved on, and others may have died since their homes were destroyed by Hurricane Charley in 2004. Still, some never gave up on the hope that their housing would be rebuilt. Eleven years … Find out how to read more online.

Getting out the word on the arts
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
Tish Sheesley sees herself as sort of a town crier for the arts community. “Our mission is to promote and advocate,” the new executive director of the Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County said. “My job is to shout … Find out how to read more online.

Bike Boca’s beautiful path
Wed  Jul 29 2015 10:49AM

Bicycle safety tips

• Wear a properly fitted helmet

• Adjust your bicycle to fit

• Check your equipment. Before riding, inflate tires properly and check that your brakes work.

• Try to always wear neon, fluorescent or other bright …

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