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Mon  Oct 24 2016 01:00AM
“All my reporting life I have thrown small pebbles into a very large pond, and I have no way of knowing whether any pebble caused the slightest ripple. I don’t … Find out how to read more online.
Solar energy battle heats up
Sun  Oct 23 2016 08:30AM
On a hot day earlier this month, Gerry Swormstedt — the impassioned leader of Manatee-Sarasota’s Sierra Club — sat in a tiny booth at Phillippi Farmhouse Market, appealing to passersby … Find out how to read more online.
Thousands enjoy air show acrobatics
Mon  Oct 24 2016 01:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — A child looked up in amazement as a plane let off plumes of smoke that formed a smiley face in the clear blue sky on Sunday. The … Find out how to read more online.
Port Charlotte man served in five European campaigns
Mon  Oct 24 2016 01:00AM
The European Theater Ribbon on Pfc. Lavern Hampton’s chest had five bronze battle stars for five major campaigns he fought in during the Second World War — Normandy, Northern France, … Find out how to read more online.
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Man charged with stabbing person during church service
Mon  Oct 24 2016 01:19AM
WEDGEFIELD, S.C. (AP) — A 65-year-old South Carolina man is charged with stabbing the person sitting in front of him in church. Local media outlets report Billy Lewis of Wedgefield, about 35 miles east of Columbia, is charged with attempted … read more.

Tour bus slams into truck on slowed-down highway, killing 13
Sun  Oct 23 2016 08:21PM
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — A tour bus returning home to Los Angeles from a casino trip plowed into the back of a semi-truck on a California highway early Sunday, killing 13 people and injuring 31 others, authorities said. A … read more.

Poles stage new protests over proposed abortion restrictions
Mon  Oct 24 2016 01:19AM
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish women put black clothes back on and returned to the streets Sunday, launching another round of protests against efforts by the nation’s conservative leaders to tighten Poland’s already restrictive abortion law. A large group gathered … read more.

Officers: 83 Nigerian soldiers missing in Boko Haram attack
Mon  Oct 24 2016 01:19AM
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Some 83 Nigerian soldiers are missing in action since Boko Haram Islamic extremists attacked a remote military base in the northeast, senior army officers said Sunday. The soldiers were unable to fight back and fled because … read more.

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Mail ballots signal record election turnout
Fri  Oct 21 2016 08:30AM
If the request for absentee ballots is an indication, the spirited Nov. 8 presidential election could see a record voter turnout in Charlotte and Sarasota counties. According to the Supervisor of Elections office in Sarasota, 56,000 mail ballots initially were … Find out how to read more online.

Commission makes headway on Warm Mineral Springs renovations
Sun  Oct 23 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The city commission has taken one further step on addressing renovating — or replacing — the buildings at Warm Mineral Springs. The City Commission met for a workshop at City Hall Friday morning at which Carl Kokomoore, … Find out how to read more online.

Schools seek substitutes, support staff
Sun  Oct 23 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The Sarasota County Schools is holding a job fair for substitute teachers and non- instructional support staff from noon-5 p.m., Monday in the North Port High School Career Center. “We need substitute teachers and non-instructional substitutes throughout … Find out how to read more online.

Amendment 3 supports emergency workers hurt on job
Sun  Oct 23 2016 08:30AM
While voters will have many important decisions to make on the ballot Nov. 8, one of them is certainly Amendment 3, which supports tax amendments for first responders permanently disabled in the line of duty. A yes on 3 would … Find out how to read more online.

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