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Glitches delay new test
Mon  Mar 2 2015 07:31PM
The first day of new standardized testing got off to a rocky start in Southwest Florida. School districts across the state were forced to delay or suspend the test, and … Find out how to read more online.
Flag day is every day for one veteran
Mon  Mar 2 2015 07:31PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — George Combs, 84, is very proud of his military service. The Kentucky native enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1949 and attended airborne school in Fort Benning, … Find out how to read more online.
Lawyer for injured teen has questions
Mon  Mar 2 2015 07:31PM
The family of the local prep baseball standout who was seriously injured in a crash last week on his way to a game has retained a prominent area civil attorney, … Find out how to read more online.
Edgewater Drive to close for two years
Mon  Mar 2 2015 03:10PM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — Ken McDonald wasn’t having much luck on Friday, fishing off the pier at Sunrise Park. First, he wasn’t getting any nibbles. And then he learned that Edgewater … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Syria agrees to UN fact-finding mission in Aleppo
Mon  Mar 2 2015 01:19AM
BEIRUT (AP) — The United Nations envoy to Syria is sending a mission to the contested city of Aleppo to determine the situation on the ground and help ensure that humanitarian aid can reach civilians in need if a local … read more.

World strawberry capital sours a bit on its trademark fruit
Mon  Mar 2 2015 01:19AM
PLANT CITY, Fla. (AP) — Some farmers in the strawberry capital of the world are souring on the fruits of their labor. Cold snaps, falling prices and worker shortages have combined to convince some farmers to scale back on strawberries, … read more.

Lady Gaga, Vince Vaughn take charity polar plunge in Chicago
Mon  Mar 2 2015 01:19AM
CHICAGO (AP) — Lady Gaga and Vince Vaughn made plunges into the icy waters of Chicago’s Lake Michigan at a fundraiser for Special Olympics. Special Olympics Chicago President Casey Hogan said Sunday that Gaga did the plunge with more than … read more.

In Russia, dwindling opposition mourns Putin foe Nemtsov
Mon  Mar 2 2015 01:19AM
MOSCOW (AP) — For the tens of thousands bearing flowers and tying black ribbons to railings in honor of slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, the solemn march through the Moscow drizzle on Sunday was a time for silence, not … read more.

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‘Tropical air mass’ causes warmer weather this week
Mon  Mar 2 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents can expect warmer weather all week, even with a weak front coming through toward the end of it. After the last cool front came through a few days ago, Tyler Fleming, a meteorologist for the National Weather … Find out how to read more online.


Jim Julian launched first wave of Navy drones
Mon  Mar 2 2015 08:30AM
When Jim Julian flipped the switch, cranking up a small remote-controlled helicopter on the deck of a Navy destroyer, he became a part of history that stretches to the increasing use of drones in today’s military. Shortly after graduating in … Find out how to read more online.

Sarasota, Charlotte counties seek input on comp plan revisions
Mon  Mar 2 2015 08:30AM
Sarasota and Charlotte counties have begun revamping their comprehensive plans, and there is still plenty of time to have your say. A county’s comp plan is a general policy guidebook for the development and growth of the county. Any proposed … Find out how to read more online.

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