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‘Ukraine needs support of the world’
Wed  Jul 23 2014 01:00AM
When a Boeing 777 carrying nearly 300 people was shot down over Ukraine last week, local Ukrainians reacted with both horror and sympathy. A surface-to-air missile was fired at Malaysia … Find out how to read more online.
Back to the books
Wed  Jul 23 2014 01:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Although many students still are sleeping in late, children at two elementary schools in the district are getting a jump-start on their education. School started at Sallie … Find out how to read more online.
Area home-sales outlook steady
Wed  Jul 23 2014 01:00AM
The local real estate market remains strong, with homes sold last month in the Charlotte County area fetching the highest median sales price of the year, according to data released … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte keeps its current tax rate
Tue  Jul 22 2014 08:00AM
An increase in Charlotte County property values influenced commissioners to freeze the tax rate on those properties in the 2014-15 fiscal year. Charlotte County commissioners voted unanimously Monday to set … Find out how to read more online.
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US flights dodge Tel Aviv
Wed  Jul 23 2014 01:19AM
JERUSALEM — A Hamas rocket exploded Tuesday near Israel’s main airport, prompting a ban on flights from the U.S. and many from Europe and Canada as aviation authorities responded to the shock of seeing a civilian jetliner shot down over … read more.

Stalemate at crash site
Wed  Jul 23 2014 01:19AM
KHARKIV, Ukraine — A train bearing the dead from the downed Malaysian airliner finally reached Ukrainian government-held territory Tuesday, but the pro-Russia separatists in control of the crash site showed little willingness to allow the full-scale investigation demanded by world … read more.

Obamacare hit by ruling, but subsidies to continue
Wed  Jul 23 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s health care law is enmeshed in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday. A divided court panel in … read more.

11 parents of Nigeria’s abducted girls die
Wed  Jul 23 2014 01:19AM
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — In the three months since Islamic extremists kidnapped more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, 11 of their parents have died, town residents say. The town where the girls were kidnapped, Chibok, is cut off by militants, who … read more.

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Celebrating Ramadan
Tue  Jul 22 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — The Muslim community in Charlotte County is small, but people should not judge it by its size alone, said Imam Azhar Subedar. The Islamic Community of Southwest Florida is actively involved throughout the area, Subedar said. The … Find out how to read more online.

Working out the kinks
Tue  Jul 22 2014 08:00AM
When law enforcement turns to technology and social media to seek aid in solving cases, authorities run the risk of committing inadvertent errors or receiving unhelpful feedback. That’s what happened Friday afternoon when the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office was looking … Find out how to read more online.

Men with beards sought for contest
Tue  Jul 22 2014 06:36PM
ENGLEWOOD — The boys from “Duck Dynasty” built an empire from duck calls and their signature long beards. The theme song to their wildly popular reality show is sung by the bearded southern rockers of ZZ Top. Beards are in. … Find out how to read more online.

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