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Filmmakers return to SWFL with second full-length feature
Thu  Mar 22 2018 07:22PM
When an older man saw Tim Ritter’s film “Testament” at a film festival in Orlando, he came up during the Q&A and said, “Human frailty. This just captures human frailty.” … Find out how to read more online.
Coast Guard searching for missing boater
Thu  Mar 22 2018 06:57PM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a North Port man who went missing last month after setting sail from Charlotte County. Benjamin Hartman, 41, left the area sometime … Find out how to read more online.
A growing shadow over Southwest Florida
Thu  Mar 22 2018 09:52AM
Whether in baseball or the airport business, it’s good to be hitting high in the lineup. Among ultra-low-cost carrier Allegiant Air’s lineup of 120 airports, Punta Gorda Airport began 2018 … Find out how to read more online.
Analyst calls provide Sunseeker insight
Thu  Mar 22 2018 09:52AM
Allegiant Travel has told financial analysts it would walk away from its Sunseeker Resort project if an in-depth look at costs showed an insufficient return from the project. But the … Find out how to read more online.
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A Boy’s World
Mon  Mar 19 2018 05:46PM
Kaleb names all the drills, saws, and other hand tools used by his group at Gator Wilderness Camp School. They use the tools to build tents where they live in the woods east of Punta Gorda. Aidan calls out the … Find out how to read more online.

Shelters, River Road highlight cooperative efforts
Thu  Mar 22 2018 10:17AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — While the Charlotte County commissioners could not take any official action Wednesday in a joint meeting with the Sarasota County commissioners, their heads were nodding on more cooperation on hurricane sheltering. Specifically, Sarasota County is asking for … Find out how to read more online.

Trabue Woods one step away from name change
Thu  Mar 22 2018 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — District 5 Councilwoman Nancy Prafke said Wednesday the renaming of a downtown Punta Gorda neighborhood would help unite the city. A group launched a campaign earlier this year to rebrand Trabue Woods — a historically black neighborhood … Find out how to read more online.

Still no answers for parking at Gilchrist
Thu  Mar 22 2018 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — It’s structure versus spirit in the ongoing debate to let musicians and fans park on the grass at Gilchrist Park in Punta Gorda. At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Guitar Army representatives addressed the city, leaving some council … Find out how to read more online.

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Fed raises key rate and foresees 2 more hikes this year
Thu  Mar 22 2018 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve is raising its key interest rate and signaling confidence in the U.S. economy’s durability but plans to continue a gradual approach to rate hikes for 2018 under its new chairman, Jerome Powell. The Fed said … read more.

Tempest over Trump-Putin call turns into uproar over leaks
Thu  Mar 22 2018 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — The tempest over President Donald Trump’s congratulatory phone call to Vladimir Putin quickly grew on Wednesday into an uproar over White House leaks, sparking an internal investigation and speculation over who might be the next person Trump forces … read more.

Trump swings behind massive budget; big military increase
Thu  Mar 22 2018 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders all but finalized a sweeping $1.3 trillion budget bill Wednesday that substantially boosts military and domestic spending but leaves behind young immigrant “Dreamers,” deprives President Donald Trump some of his border wall money and takes only … read more.

Thu  Mar 22 2018 01:19AM
PFLUGERVILLE, Texas — As a SWAT team closed in, the suspected bomber whose deadly explosives terrorized Austin for three weeks used one of his own devices to blow himself up. But police warned that he could have planted more bombs … read more.

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