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LATEST LOCAL NEWS
Forecast calls for sunny skies
Sun  Apr 20 2014 04:05PM
Southwest Florida residents should see sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80s for the majority of the week. “We’re going to have really nice weather all week,” said Andrew … Find out how to read more online.
Man struck, killed on I-75
Sun  Apr 20 2014 04:08PM
A St. Petersburg man was killed late Saturday night when he was struck by a vehicle on Interstate 75 near North Port. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, around … Find out how to read more online.
High cost of living
Sun  Apr 20 2014 04:08PM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — Eye doctors account for nearly half of the 100 physicians nationwide who receive the largest reimbursements from Medicare, newly released data show. And, not surprisingly, a significant … Find out how to read more online.
Recycling efforts working in Charlotte and Sarasota
Sun  Apr 20 2014 04:43PM
Recycling in Charlotte County has improved since new recycle carts were introduced to residents late last year, officials say. Unlike Sarasota County, where recycling is mandatory, Charlotte County doesn’t make … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Part of Fla. history to step back into spotlight
Sun  Apr 20 2014 01:54PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The public will soon get a look inside an historic house hidden in trees near the Florida Governor’s Mansion. The state will open the Grove, once the residence of former Gov. LeRoy Collins, later this year … read more.

Polish man crosses Atlantic Ocean in kayak
Sun  Apr 20 2014 01:54PM
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A 67-year-old Polish adventurer has paddled his kayak into New Smyrna Beach to mark the end of a 6,000-mile, trans-Atlantic journey. They Daytona Beach News-Journal reported that Aleksander “Olek” Doba kissed the ground after … read more.

Boxer Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter dies at 76
Sun  Apr 20 2014 01:54PM
TORONTO (AP) — Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, has died at 76. His death was confirmed Sunday by John Artis, a caregiver and associate. Carter spent 19 years in … read more.

Florida man examines oil spill dolphin deaths
Sun  Apr 20 2014 01:54PM
MANATEE, Fla. (AP) — A south Florida man’s work is helping researchers better understand long-term damage to dolphins from the massive 2010 BP oil spill. The Bradenton Herald reported on Sunday that Randall S. Wells is helping federal researchers asses … read more.

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‘Spring’ into family fun
Sun  Apr 20 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — With arts and crafts, bounce houses and all-day Easter egg hunts, the annual Spring Spectacular is a haven for young tots. But it’s not for kids only. After putting in extra hours during a long week of … Find out how to read more online.

Family traditions
Sun  Apr 20 2014 08:00AM
Brenda Reyes remembers fondly the Easter traditions she celebrated as a child growing up in the Philippines. Good Friday, Christianity’s most solemn day of observance, was always a time for reflection, when family members talked in whispers or barely talked … Find out how to read more online.

Statute offers differing views on transparency
Sun  Apr 20 2014 08:00AM
Florida Statute 112.533 governs the way law enforcement agencies receive and process complaints against their own officers. The statute allows for agencies like the North Port Police Department to withhold the names of officers under investigation, which they’ve done repeatedly in … Find out how to read more online.

Businesses want changes for next Grand Prix
Sun  Apr 20 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — If things don’t change for next year’s boat race, one local business owner is going to rally others and complain to Charlotte County commissioners. Jill Hemmes, owner of Beach Boutique in Englewood, said not only did she lose … Find out how to read more online.

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