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You Auto Know: Gift cars from caring husbands
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
When those of you who follow this column read today’s article about two very different ladies with very different cars, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. The oldest automobile is a 1995 … Find out how to read more online.
A soggy weekend awaits; Alberto forms
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
Residents of Southwest Florida might want to consider hosting Memorial Day festivities indoors this weekend. The National Weather Service is expecting anywhere from three to six inches of rain between … Find out how to read more online.
Medical marijuana dispensary eyes Charlotte County
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
Charlotte County could get its first medical marijuana dispensary within the next few months. VidaCann Vice President of Product Development Peyton Moseley confirmed Friday the company is finalizing a lease … Find out how to read more online.
Businesses collect retired American flags
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
With Memorial Day approaching, local businesses want to remind residents of the proper way to dispose of their American flags. Flags that have been worn down or desecrated — by … Find out how to read more online.
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Memorial service honors fallen officers
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
A memorial service Tuesday evening, hosted by the Fraternal Order of Police, honored law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. A Port Charlotte native, Orange County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Norman Lewis, was one of the officers honored. Lewis … Find out how to read more online.

Workforce ready
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
More than 200 students graduated from a variety of programs at the Charlotte Technical College earlier this week. The college offers courses in everything from Computer Systems and Information Technology to Cosmetology, allowing students to study subjects that offer an … Find out how to read more online.


Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, all Charlotte and Sarasota County government business offices along with North Port and Punta Gorda city offices will be closed May 28. All post offices will be closed as well, along with the … Find out how to read more online.

‘Backpage’ website is back with local listings
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
Despite a federal shutdown of the website backpage.com over accusations it facilitated prostitution and sex trafficking, another site with a similar name is operating internationally with some local listings. Backpage.com was seized in April after an “enforcement action” by federal … Find out how to read more online.

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Family: Virginia police shooting video raises more questions
Fri  May 25 2018 11:02PM
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The family of a young, black Virginia man who was fatally shot by police while naked and unarmed said the release of body-camera footage answered some of their questions about what happened but raised even more. … read more.

Alberto it is: First named tropical system chugs toward Gulf
Fri  May 25 2018 10:58PM
MIAMI (AP) — A storm moving slowly through the Caribbean Sea is threatening to bring heavy rainfall, mudslides, and flash floods to parts of Mexico, Cuba, Florida and the U.S. Gulf Coast this weekend. Subtropical Storm Alberto — the first … read more.

Florida ban on smokable medical pot ruled unconstitutional
Fri  May 25 2018 10:58PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s ban that prevents medical marijuana patients from smoking their cannabis has gone up in smoke. Leon County Circuit Court Judge Karen Gievers on Friday ruled that a state’s ban on smokable cannabis is unconstitutional. Florida’s … read more.

Publix suspends political giving amid anti-NRA protest
Fri  May 25 2018 10:58PM
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Survivors of the Parkland school shooting lay down in “die ins” at two Publix supermarkets Friday to protest the chain’s support for a gubernatorial candidate aligned with the National Rifle Association, as the company announced a … read more.

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