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Music fest doesn’t get too rowdy
Mon  Apr 27 2015 08:44PM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — CountryLife Music Festival’s first event in Punta Gorda was not without some issues, but that didn’t stop local fans from enjoying it. Two-time Grammy-award winner … Find out how to read more online.
Kidneys, all in the family
Mon  Apr 27 2015 08:44PM
Don Lutz has always been a healthy guy. But in 2004, after changing jobs, he decided life insurance would be a smart way to protect his family. So he signed … Find out how to read more online.
With tears of joy, she said yes
Mon  Apr 27 2015 08:44PM
During a 15-month storybook romance that began with a power outage, Dan Poitras and Stephanie Rioux had often talked of becoming engaged, but the Port Charlotte couple agreed to wait … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte debates state lobbyist contract
Mon  Apr 27 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners will consider extending the contract of their state lobbyist for another year Tuesday. But one commissioner is against the move, saying the county is not … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Mustafa Akinci elected leader of breakaway Turkish Cypriots
Sun  Apr 26 2015 01:59PM
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Mustafa Akinci, a veteran politician with a strong track record of reaching out to rival Greek Cypriots, has been elected as leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots in ethnically divided Cyprus. Akinci handily defeated hard-line encumbent … read more.

3 young women jailed in Russia for twerking
Sun  Apr 26 2015 01:59PM
MOSCOW (AP) — A court in southern Russia has sentenced one teenager to 15 days in jail and two young women to 10 days for twerking next to a World War II memorial. Russia celebrates the 70th anniversary of the … read more.

More than 2,500 confirmed dead in Nepal earthquake
Sun  Apr 26 2015 01:58PM
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The official number of dead from Saturday’s Himalayan earthquake has topped 2,500 and may continue to rise as remote areas near the epicenter are searched. Nepal authorities said Sunday that at least 2,430 people in that … read more.

’Batman’ killer studied brain disorders before mass murder
Sun  Apr 26 2015 01:58PM
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — James Holmes was becoming unhinged in the months before he dressed in a gas mask and body armor and began shooting at a packed midnight “Batman” premiere. Prosecutors say the 24-year-old neuroscience graduate student told a … read more.

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Soldier fought Germans during WWII
Mon  Apr 27 2015 08:30AM
Tony Di Gregorio spent the cold, rainy winter of 1944 fighting Germans in the Appian Mountains of Italy during World War II. “We’d go out every night looking for them,” the Rotonda resident, now 93, said, adding the Germans put … Find out how to read more online.

Disabled man seeks aid to fence back yard for service dog
Mon  Apr 27 2015 03:46PM
A Port Charlotte man confined to an electric wheelchair is hoping the community will help him pay for a backyard fence so his service dog-in-training has a place to run safely. Dean Collier has cerebral palsy — a neurological disorder … Find out how to read more online.

Firefight gets a little too close for CCSO
Sun  Apr 26 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — A small electrical fire forced a Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office helicopter to land while fighting a Gulf Cove brush fire Friday, Sheriff Bill Prummell confirmed Saturday morning. The incident occurred late Friday afternoon while the helicopter was … Find out how to read more online.

Fire grounds sheriff’s chopper
Sat  Apr 25 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A fire on the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office helicopter forced the aircraft to land at the Punta Gorda Airport late Friday afternoon. The chopper landed safely, and two passengers on board were not hurt, Charlotte County Fire/EMS … Find out how to read more online.

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