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Thrills, concerns linger over Braves decision
Wed  Jan 18 2017 07:32PM
NORTH PORT — While the region is buzzing with news that the Atlanta Braves has set its sights on Sarasota County, more specifically West Villages, as a future spring training … Find out how to read more online.
King waiting on death row
Wed  Jan 18 2017 07:36PM
Nearly a year ago, an attorney for Michael King argued the convicted killer shouldn’t be sentenced to death and instead spend his life in prison. Attorney Maria Perinetti told Florida … Find out how to read more online.
Grand Slam
Wed  Jan 18 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The region slugged a home run Tuesday, beating out Palm Beach and Collier counties as Sarasota County secured exclusive negotiation rights as the Atlanta Braves’ spring training … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Woman had meth in system as grandson drowned in bathtub
Wed  Jan 18 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A woman was charged with manslaughter in the death of her grandchild after he drowned while she had methamphetamines in her system, according to authorities. Robin Lee … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Cubans bemoan end of ‘wet foot, dry foot’ immigration policy
Tue  Jan 17 2017 10:14PM
MIAMI (AP) — In a hotel room in suburban Miami, Luis Alberto Rodriguez wept when he heard that a government policy granting residency to Cubans who arrive on U.S. soil was ending. That means it could take two years or … read more.

Health officials begin medical marijuana rules process
Tue  Jan 17 2017 10:12PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida health officials have begun the rules-making process that will expand those eligible to receive medical marijuana under Amendment 2, which took effect two weeks ago. The Department of Health published proposed rules Tuesday and announced … read more.

Wal-Mart to add about 10,000 retail jobs in the US
Tue  Jan 17 2017 10:12PM
NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart plans to add about 10,000 retail jobs in the U.S. as it opens new stores and expands existing locations. The world’s biggest retailer said Tuesday that its plans will also generate about 24,000 construction jobs. … read more.

Official: Nigeria mistakenly bombs camp, kills more than 100
Tue  Jan 17 2017 10:12PM
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian air force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists mistakenly bombed a refugee camp on Tuesday, killing more than 100 refugees and aid workers, a Borno state official said. Military commander Maj. … read more.

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final ride
Wed  Jan 18 2017 03:16PM
Everyone who knew Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy First Class Norman C. Lewis describes him the same way. They call him “Big Norm” — a gentle giant, always smiling, full of infectious laughter and plenty of bear hugs he gave away … Find out how to read more online.

Pursuing the ‘Dream’
Mon  Jan 16 2017 08:30AM
Margaret Spann remembers the dogs that attacked her, and the disrespect, as she marched for civil rights in Florida decades ago. Spann, 82, is the grand marshal of the Martin Luther King Jr. parade today in Punta Gorda, but other … Find out how to read more online.

No rain on MLK parade expected
Mon  Jan 16 2017 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents enjoying outdoor activities for Martin Luther King Jr. Day don’t have to worry about weather. “A few people might notice their cars are a little wet because of humidity and mugginess in the morning, but there won’t … Find out how to read more online.

Woman tells husband’s story of shooting at enemy; saving orphans
Mon  Jan 16 2017 08:30AM
Frank Riposta of Deep Creek, a Punta Gorda subdivision, was a loader in a 105 mm Howitzer artillery unit during the Korean War in 1952-53. When he wasn’t firing his 105 at advancing North Korean soldiers, he was working as … Find out how to read more online.

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