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Military museum fires executive director
Fri  Nov 17 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — During a closed-door board meeting Monday, the Military Heritage Museum terminated its executive director. After less than a year, Lori Howard was dismissed from her duties at … Find out how to read more online.
Consultant scraps Manasota sand plan
Fri  Nov 17 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Peter Ravella was ready to present Charlotte County commissioners with his funding strategy for Manasota Key beach renourishment. That’s not going to happen. “We are not going back … Find out how to read more online.
Bounty hunter holds burglary suspect at gunpoint — again
Fri  Nov 17 2017 08:30AM
For the second time in four years, Dalton Cage Emory held a burglary suspect at gunpoint on Saturday. A professional bounty hunter, Emory is not one to let criminals get … Find out how to read more online.
FHP: 13-year-old bicyclist struck by motorist
Fri  Nov 17 2017 08:30AM
A 13-year-old bicyclist is in critical condition after a Charlotte County crash, the Florida Highway Patrol reported. Around 6:20 p.m. Wednesday, Dylan Rose, 13, of Port Charlotte, was riding his … Find out how to read more online.
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School officials, cops talk teen pot use
Fri  Nov 17 2017 08:30AM
While the nation focuses on the opioid crisis, Drug Free Punta Gorda held a panel this week to discuss teen marijuana abuse. For John Macy, the issue is personal. “I have a grandson who is in rehab,” said Macy, 72, … Find out how to read more online.

Sarasota County addresses chronic homelessness
Fri  Nov 17 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — Four years after they began discussing the problem of chronic homelessness, particularly in county parks, Sarasota County commissioners now have a plan in place. A new quality of life ordinance, along with a pair of contracts, are designed … Find out how to read more online.

Learning about paddle craft
Fri  Nov 17 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Area residents have a chance to learn about safety when it comes to paddle craft in a course in North Port. The monthly paddle craft class takes place from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. It is hosted by … Find out how to read more online.

Jail deaths raise questions
Fri  Nov 17 2017 08:30AM
Gregg Ireland’s death at the Charlotte County Jail isn’t the only one that has raised questions over the years. In 2013, Thomas Andreasen, a 48-year-old homeless man, also died while detoxing from alcohol at the jail. Andreasen was arrested on … Find out how to read more online.

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Goods worth $400K stolen from Venus Williams’ Florida home
Fri  Nov 17 2017 01:19AM
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Burglars hit tennis star Venus Williams’ Florida home, stealing $400,000 worth of goods while she was at the U.S. Open, police said Thursday. The burglary happened between Sept. 1 and 5 at Williams’ 10,000-square-foot home, which … read more.

Iowa elementary school uses therapy pig to improve learning
Fri  Nov 17 2017 01:19AM
MUSCATINE, Iowa — An elementary school in eastern Iowa has found a new way to help special education students manage emotions and focus on learning: a therapy pig. A small pig named Frankie serves as a calming mechanism for students … read more.

Strong earnings from Walmart, Cisco drive US stocks higher
Fri  Nov 17 2017 01:19AM
U.S. stocks closed sharply higher Thursday, snapping a two-day losing streak. Investors cheered strong quarterly earnings from Walmart Stores, Cisco Systems and other companies. Technology stocks accounted for much of the market’s gains, which helped lift the Nasdaq composite to … read more.

Regional summit expected to formalize terms of Mugabe exit
Fri  Nov 17 2017 01:19AM
HARARE, Zimbabwe — In the first round of negotiations over how President Robert Mugabe will leave power, the Zimbabwean leader met Thursday with the army commander who put him under house arrest and mediators, including South African Cabinet ministers and … read more.

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