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Is this a Census scam?
Fri  Mar 27 2015 09:34AM
Frank Robinson thought it was a scam. So did Gene Broecker. Each just received letters from the U.S. Census Bureau in the mail addressed to “Resident.” Frank said the letter … Find out how to read more online.
Doctor left legacy as ‘pioneer’
Fri  Mar 27 2015 09:34AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Dr. Melvyn Katzen, a radiologist known for bringing major diagnostic technology to the area, died recently following a brief illness. He was 79. “He was very instrumental … Find out how to read more online.
Opus closes, Subway prepares to move out
Fri  Mar 27 2015 09:34AM
PUNTA GORDA — After nearly four years in business, the owner of Opus restaurant has closed the doors. Employees of the downtown eatery were notified via text Wednesday that they … Find out how to read more online.
The month’s ‘strongest cold front’ arriving
Fri  Mar 27 2015 09:34AM
PORT CHARLOTTE _ Stormy weather today likely will precede a cold front this weekend, said Rick Davis, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service. He urged locals and spring breakers … Find out how to read more online.
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Citrus growers want change in federal tax law for write-offs
Fri  Mar 27 2015 01:19AM
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Citrus growers are looking for a change in federal tax law that would allow them immediately to write off the cost of planting new citrus groves. Under a proposed change in the law, growers wouldn’t have … read more.

House bill would give tax break to gun buyers, club members
Fri  Mar 27 2015 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Guns, gun rights and gun owners are getting plenty of attention in the Florida Legislature this year, including what may be some nice tax breaks. A tax cut package proposed in the state House would exempt … read more.

Florida may promote 3rd graders who fail standardized tests
Fri  Mar 27 2015 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Amid continued backlash over Florida’s testing regimen, the state may stop holding back third grade students who fail the state’s standardized tests. If Florida lawmakers agree to the change, it would mark a major departure from … read more.

AP Exclusive: Iran may run centrifuges at fortified site
Fri  Mar 27 2015 01:19AM
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites, officials have told The Associated … read more.

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A full circle
Thu  Mar 26 2015 08:30AM
A hometown advantage means a lot in any sport. Just ask any professional ballplayer at the Charlotte Sports Park this spring. They’ll tell you it means a lot. The same goes for professional boxing, and Danny Lozano knows it. For … Find out how to read more online.

Officials: Parking lot not best use for waterfront property
Thu  Mar 26 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — City housing leaders have reached consensus on a minimum price they want for prime waterfront property on East Marion Avenue that county officials have been eying for a parking lot expansion. At a recent Punta Gorda Housing … Find out how to read more online.

Do-it-yourself project goes wrong
Thu  Mar 26 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Some jobs should be left to the experts. A 61-year-old woman was rushed to Fawcett Memorial Hospital after inhaling chemicals Tuesday afternoon because a man tried to fumigate the house they were in. “This was not a … Find out how to read more online.

Giving a voice to Holocaust victims
Thu  Mar 26 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Max Weisglass was 6 years old when he experienced the horrors of the Holocaust. He’s 78 now. He hasn’t forgotten. He sat in a conference room Tuesday at Florida SouthWestern State College Charlotte Campus. His wife of … Find out how to read more online.

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