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Cops: 17-year-old beats puppy to death
Fri  Feb 16 2018 08:30AM
A Port Charlotte 17-year-old was charged with animal cruelty Wednesday after allegedly beating a puppy to death. Noah Ranninger, of the 21000 block of Nowell Ave., was home alone when … Find out how to read more online.
Former Punta Gorda police chief talks school shooting
Fri  Feb 16 2018 04:57PM
Albert “Butch” Arenal’s 13-year-old son attends middle school right next to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, where an active shooter opened fire Wednesday afternoon, killing at least 17 … Find out how to read more online.
Police increase presence in schools after shooting
Fri  Feb 16 2018 04:57PM
While the latest school shooting was nearly 200 miles away, local officials are working to ensure that students here feel safe. “The safety and security of our students is of … Find out how to read more online.
Mosquito alert: They’re back!
Fri  Feb 16 2018 08:30AM
MURDOCK — A couple of heavy rains have triggered an early flare-up of mosquito activity, along with resident complaints. “The public is not shy when mosquitoes tend to have an … Find out how to read more online.
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Rays to give free caps to kids
Fri  Feb 16 2018 08:30AM
MURDOCK — The Tampa Bay Rays, Charlotte’s home team for spring training, will distribute team hats to local students to mark a decade in Port Charlotte. Starting next week, the Rays will provide baseball caps to all 7,000 elementary schoolchildren … Find out how to read more online.

AR-15 targeted again after latest school shooting
Fri  Feb 16 2018 04:57PM
About once a week at J & J One Stop Gun Shop in Port Charlotte, salespeople get a bad feeling about a customer wanting to buy a gun. Customers have smelled like pot or have alcohol on their breath, for … Find out how to read more online.

Play Ball!
Thu  Feb 15 2018 08:30AM
Tampa Bay Rays opened their tenth spring training in Port Charlotte with pitchers and catchers holding their first workout Wednesday at Charlotte Sports Park. Wednesday may have been Valentine’s Day, but it was also special for something else baseball fans … Find out how to read more online.

Final round for Port Charlotte mini-golf course
Thu  Feb 15 2018 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — For three decades, locals have been bringing their children, grandchildren and winter visitors to Fish Cove Adventure Golf, nestled in the shadow of the U.S. 41 bridge in Port Charlotte. But for friends Gem Crilly, Denise Costa … Find out how to read more online.

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Under fire, Kelly overhauls White House clearance procedure
Sat  Feb 17 2018 01:19AM
NEW YORK — Under pressure over his handling of abuse allegations against a top aide, White House chief of staff John Kelly on Friday ordered sweeping changes in how the White House clears staff members to gain access to classified … read more.

Indictment: Social media firms got played by Russian agents
Sat  Feb 17 2018 01:19AM
Friday’s election- interference indictment brought by Robert Mueller, the U.S. special counsel, underscores how thoroughly social-media companies like Facebook and Twitter were played by Russian propagandists. And it’s not clear if the companies have taken sufficient action to prevent something … read more.

Sat  Feb 17 2018 01:19AM
PARKLAND, Fla. — The FBI received a tip last month that the suspect in the Florida school shooting had a “desire to kill” and access to guns and could be plotting an attack, but agents failed to investigate, the agency … read more.

Romney makes it official: He’s running for Utah Senate seat
Sat  Feb 17 2018 01:19AM
SALT LAKE CITY — Former presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is running for a Utah Senate seat, officially launching his political comeback attempt Friday by praising his adopted home state as a model for an acrimonious national government in Washington. Having … read more.

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