A Ride to Ruin?

DUI manslaughter charge against multimillionaire polo magnate disrupts sport of kings

THE 2011 POLO SEASON BEGAN EARLIER THIS month in Palm Beach and its environs, and something’s amiss — terribly so, in fact — at the sport’s premier venue. To the casual observer, all seems to be going swimmingly at the International known Polo Club Palm Beach  (which actually is located in nearby Wellington, the equestrian epicenter of South Florida). The club […]

Charlotte Community Foundation announces building campaign

It’s been a long time coming. Though the Charlotte Community Foundation has been serving the county’s philanthropic needs for more than 20 years, the nonprofit organization hasn’t had a permanent home — until recently. At a Saturday night gathering of board members, past foundation leaders and people who care about seeing the community foundation advance, board chairman Brian Presley announced […]

The fact of the matter

Whoops. Every so often you make a mistake. While that’s not news to most people, in journalism we’re supposed to be perfect — we aren’t in the business of making mistakes. In journalism school they drill it into you: accuracy, accuracy, accuracy. Check everything, and then check it again. Every spelling, every fact, every outward appearance. When it happens in […]

China without illusions

Judging by the past three decades, there’s no worse fate than getting touted as the next global superpower. The Japan of the 1980s did not end up owning the United States; it wallows in a never-ending “lost decade.” The European Union of the 1990s didn’t end up becoming a significant, unified force on the world stage; it will be lucky […]

Tucson, Juarez, and an assault-weapons ban

The Glock 19 semiautomatic pistol that Jared Loughner is accused of using in his murderous rampage in Tucson, Ariz., is, according to Glock’s website, “ideal for versatile use through reduced dimensions” and “is suitable for concealed carry.” The site continues, “Compact and subcompact GLOCK pistol model magazines can be loaded with a convincing number of rounds,” from the standard 15 […]

Second annual conference draws the best and brightest

The second annual Imagine Solutions Conference set for March 21-22 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples will bring area residents together with more than 40 of the best and brightest thought leaders on some issues and challenges we face as a nation and as a world. In turn, the Conference provides Southwest Florida leaders with the insight, network and […]

Edison State College marks progress in Hendry/Glades

Just one year in operation and the new Edison State College center serving Hendry and Glades county students has seen big changes. This center now has its first college library and librarian, five student life clubs including a Student Government Association, a new computer lab, and a huge growth in student enrollment. “We are so thankful to our communities for […]

Coming up at the Renaissance Academy

The following courses are scheduled at the Renaissance Academy in Punta Gorda ¦ HC0139 Put a spark into your relationship Course fee: $15 Wednesday, Feb. 9, 10-11:30 a.m. Learn how to live together happily after the initial glow of a relationship fades. Learn how to handle the challenges of a relationship and how to take your relationship from the mundane […]

Sergeants graduate from leadership academy

Sgts. Melissa Reynolds and Jeffrey Woodard of the Punta Gorda Police Department recently graduated from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Florida Leadership Academy. The academy is designed so that firstline supervisors exemplify the character and integrity expected of criminal justice professionals. The Florida Leadership Academy is a major component of the Punta Gorda Police Department’s employee development and succession […]