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Housing continues momentum
Tue  Sep 23 2014 08:00AM
Real estate across Southwest Florida continues to boom. According to the latest local housing reports, prices and closed sales for existing single-family homes in Charlotte and Sarasota counties continue to … Find out how to read more online.
Dick Trott worked with ‘Navajo code talkers’ during Battle of Iwo Jima
Mon  Sep 22 2014 08:00AM
Dick Trott, who lives at Jacaranda Trace in Venice, came ashore on Feb. 19, 1945, in the second wave with the 5th Marine Division during the Battle of Iwo Jima. … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte chamber lauds commitment
Mon  Sep 22 2014 08:00AM
The Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce recognized W. Kevin Russell with the Pacesetter Award Saturday evening at its 89th annual banquet, held at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center. … Find out how to read more online.
Is that fall in the air?
Mon  Sep 22 2014 08:00AM
Pumpkin ale is on tap, college football match-ups are getting more intriguing, and it’s almost time to buy Halloween costumes. Today is, indeed, the first day of fall. However, as … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
US stocks drop as China, oil weigh on markets
Tue  Sep 23 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Worries about the outlook for growth in China and a slide in the price of oil pushed the stock market to its biggest loss in almost seven weeks Monday. Investors are nervous about China following a … read more.

Refugees storm Turkey
Tue  Sep 23 2014 01:19AM
SURUC, Turkey — Fierce fighting Monday between the Islamic State militant group and Kurdish forces just over the border in Syria brought the battle closer to Turkey, triggering a surge of tens of thousands of refugees and raising pressure for … read more.

3 missing Afghan soldiers in custody
Tue  Sep 23 2014 01:19AM
BOSTON — Three Afghanistan National Army officers who went missing during a training exercise at a Cape Cod military base were detained Monday at the U.S.-Canadian border, Massachusetts law enforcement officials said. Massachusetts state police were notified that the three … read more.

US spacecraft enters Mars orbit
Tue  Sep 23 2014 01:19AM
CAPE CANAVERAL — Next up, India. With NASA’s Maven spacecraft safely in orbit around Mars, the spotlight shifts to India’s first mission to the red planet. The Indian spacecraft is due to slip into Martian orbit Tuesday night (Wednesday morning … read more.

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Cops: Homicide witness hid in back seat
Tue  Sep 23 2014 08:00AM
Charlotte County Sheriff’s investigators were able to identify a pair of homicide suspects shortly after the recent killing of Kello Bonhomme, thanks to a witness who had been hiding in the murder victim’s SUV at the time of the fatal … Find out how to read more online.

Cops: Witness hid in seat
Tue  Sep 23 2014 08:00AM
“This is life in the big city — drugs and murders, anything can happen.” — Capt. Les Partington, Criminal Investigations Commander … Find out how to read more online.

Shelter on shaky ground
Mon  Sep 22 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — In 1987, the city agreed to lease land to the Peace River Wildlife Center to run a rescue shelter and animal hospital that grew into a successful attraction now visited by tens of thousands of residents, school … Find out how to read more online.

‘Never Forgotten’: POW/MIA ceremony remembers those missing from America’s wars
Mon  Sep 22 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — When U.S. Army Capt. Luis Chirichigno was held captive by the North Vietnamese at Plantation Gardens, a prison camp just outside of Hanoi, he was approached one day and told he would speak with Jane Fonda, the … Find out how to read more online.

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