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Some hope for short Springs outage
Thu  Aug 28 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Although the Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa will close at 5 p.m. Sunday, staff said the city’s plan to obtain full ownership of the Springs could allow … Find out how to read more online.
Woman’s belongings stuck in legal limbo
Thu  Aug 28 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — A 59-year-old woman will continue living out of her pickup after a court hearing at the Charlotte County Justice Center on Wednesday didn’t go her way. Lorraine … Find out how to read more online.
Nevins, first bishop of Venice diocese, dies
Thu  Aug 28 2014 08:00AM
VENICE — The Most Rev. John Nevins, founding bishop of the Diocese of Venice in Florida, died Tuesday. He was 82. The death was announced in a press statement from … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Police confirm quota at Waldo speed trap
Wed  Aug 27 2014 11:12PM
ORLANDO (Reuters) — Police officers who run a notorious speed trap in north central Florida have confirmed what frustrated motorists have suspected for more than 50 years. Five police told a Waldo city council meeting late on Tuesday that officers … read more.

Breakthrough hopes dented as Ukraine accuses Russia of incursion
Wed  Aug 27 2014 11:10PM
KIEV/DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) — Ukraine accused Russia of launching a new military incursion across its eastern border on Wednesday, as hopes quickly faded that Tuesday’s talks between their two presidents might mark a turning point in a 5-month-old crisis. Accusations … read more.

Writer held hostage goes home
Thu  Aug 28 2014 08:00AM
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A U.S. writer freed this week after being held captive for two years by Syrian insurgents on Wednesday thanked those who had worked for his release and said he was emotionally overwhelmed by his welcome home. Peter … read more.

Tricking memory in lab animals stokes hope for PTSD
Wed  Aug 27 2014 11:10PM
NEW YORK (Reuters) — The frailty of remembrance might have an upside: When a memory is recalled, two research teams reported on Wednesday, it can be erased or rewired so that a painful recollection is physically linked in the brain … read more.

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Benacquisto is heading back to Tallahassee
Tue  Aug 26 2014 10:58PM
State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto is heading back to Tallahassee for four more years. Benacquisto, a Fort Myers Republican, defeated Bokeelia Republican Michael Dreikorn in the state Senate District 30 election. Benacquisto received 43,741 votes, or 59.44 percent, according to unofficial … Find out how to read more online.

Commissioners conquer
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Despite several controversial votes in the months leading up to Tuesday’s primary election, both Charlotte County Commission incumbents were victorious Tuesday in their respective Republican races. District 4 Commissioner Stephen R. Deutsch easily won over challengers David … Find out how to read more online.

Hancik soars past Lee
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
After nearly 16 years on the Charlotte County Airport Authority, Don Lee lost the District 2 Seat to an experienced challenger in Tuesday’s Republican primary. Robert Hancik, who was a longtime aviation director at an airport in Missouri, edged out … Find out how to read more online.

Charlotte cat program gets $15K grant
Thu  Aug 28 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Community Cats of Charlotte received a $15,000 grant from Florida Animal Friend to continue an unowned cat trap, neuter and return program in selected ZIP codes in Charlotte. Florida Animal Friend is a nonprofit organization devoted to … Find out how to read more online.

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