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Jury in child sex case deliberates late
Fri  Oct 31 2014 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The jury deliberated well past 7 p.m. Thursday in the child sexual abuse trial of HIV-positive North Port man Jose Rodriguez, after hearing several hours of closing … Find out how to read more online.
Freedom Boat Club docks at Skip’s Marina
Thu  Oct 30 2014 03:49PM
ENGLEWOOD — Skip’s Placida Marina is ready to serve boaters. “Customer service is what a number of people say about our marina,” Adam Hetherington said. “Our willingness to go out … Find out how to read more online.
Some cry fowl over free turkeys
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
Shelomie Francois waited in a line of about 110 people that snaked around the North Port Salvation Army building to get a voucher for a free turkey to feed her … Find out how to read more online.
Halloween portraits, with a heavy heart
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Tammy Grueber will carry through with her pledge to provide free photos of Halloween revelers Friday at Nickolson’s Portrait Studio, to support the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition. … Find out how to read more online.
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Walmart tests matching prices with online rivals
Fri  Oct 31 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart Stores Inc. is considering matching online prices from competitors such as Amazon.com, raising the stakes for the holiday shopping season. The world’s largest retailer, based in Bentonville, Arkansas, has matched prices of local store competitors … read more.

US turns up heat on Takata over air bag problem
Fri  Oct 31 2014 01:19AM
DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators are ordering Japanese auto supplier Takata Corp. to provide more information about air bags that can explode and shoot shrapnel toward drivers and passengers. The order sent Thursday makes 36 separate requests for information … read more.

Peshmerga troops start entering Syrian border town
Fri  Oct 31 2014 01:19AM
SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Ten Iraqi peshmerga fighters entered the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani via Turkey on Thursday, the first from among a group of 150 Kurdish troops headed there, activists said. The development followed heavy overnight clashes … read more.

Fearing uprising, Iraq militants hunt ex-police
Fri  Oct 31 2014 01:19AM
BAGHDAD (AP) — The Islamic State group wanted to send a warning against anyone who might plot against its rule. Back when the extremists took over the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in June, police Col. Mohammed Hassan was among … read more.

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Lawyers paint 2 pictures of defendant at trial
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Attorneys told two different stories about Jose Rodriguez, the HIV-positive North Port man accused of sexually abusing his two step-grandsons for a number of years. One was of a caring grand­father who worried that his grandson had … Find out how to read more online.

Extrication team learns from competition in England
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — They didn’t win first place. But the Englewood Fire Department Extrication Team did take away from their London experience a haul of new techniques to apply in local crisis situations. The Englewood team, made up of firefighters Joseph … Find out how to read more online.

Bondi and the beast
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — With her beloved Saint Bernard Luke in tow, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi hit the campaign trail Tuesday, making a stop in the city’s downtown where she was greeted by a throng of local Republican Party supporters … Find out how to read more online.


Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
Correction A column by Vic Poitras published in Saturday’s Sun was credited to a different writer. … Find out how to read more online.

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