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Home sales, prices maintain strong showing
Fri  May 22 2015 01:00AM
The Southwest Florida real estate market had another stellar month in April, making it the second highest month for sales in the last 12. According to the Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North … Find out how to read more online.
Motorists must be vigilant on air bag recall
Fri  May 22 2015 01:00AM
Limited updates are prompting panicked calls to local car dealerships from motorists seeking information about the massive air bag recall impacting perhaps 34 million drivers. The recall has Bill Nelson, Florida’s … Find out how to read more online.
Scrub jay plan draws legal protest
Wed  May 20 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — A legal challenge has been mounted against the county, charging that the newly adopted Habitat Conservation Plan for scrub jays “unfairly burdens” a large-property owner with high development … Find out how to read more online.
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Study: Severe vision loss is most common in the South
Fri  May 22 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say bad eyesight in the U.S. is most common in the South. A new report found the South was home to three-quarters of the U.S. counties with the highest prevalence of severe vision loss. … read more.

US presses Israel on talks for Middle East nuclear-free zone
Fri  May 22 2015 01:19AM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States has sent a top official to Israel in an effort to revive talks on a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons, a central issue of a nuclear treaty review conference that some … read more.

States move to reduce time spent on Common Core-based exam
Fri  May 22 2015 01:19AM
DENVER (AP) — Students in 11 states and the District of Columbia will spend less time next year taking tests based on the Common Core standards, a decision made in response to widespread opposition to testing requirements. The decision to … read more.

UN looks into aid possibly diverted to Syrian military
Fri  May 22 2015 01:19AM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. children’s agency says it is looking into reports that aid to Syrian civilians may have been diverted to Syria’s military. UNICEF is “extremely concerned at reports that some of its humanitarian supplies in Syria … read more.

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Pedaling with a purpose
Tue  May 19 2015 10:13AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — On a recent afternoon, Shane Greenwood of Meadow Park Elementary pedaled a desk cycle while working on the computer in class. The 10-year-old said the desk cycles in his classroom “help you get moving and be more … Find out how to read more online.

Authorities target elder fraud
Tue  May 19 2015 08:30AM
Senior citizens have long been targets of fraud and theft, especially in Florida, where about one in five residents is over the age of 65, according to U.S. Census data. To show how serious it is about prosecuting such crimes … Find out how to read more online.

Summerlike weather continues
Mon  May 18 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents can expect some temperatures in the 90s and rainy afternoons this week, making it feel like summertime. Temperatures are “a little bit above normal” Monday through Friday because of “an upper level ridge which tends to make … Find out how to read more online.

Rising fast in a fast-rising sport
Mon  May 18 2015 08:30AM
Scott Tingley had just finished giving a free pickleball clinic to members of the YMCA in Punta Gorda on a recent Tuesday and was headed down to Gilchrist Park. Workers were putting the finishing touches on the two tennis courts … Find out how to read more online.

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