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POLICE AND OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS IN FLORIDA RUN more face recognition searches than nearly anywhere else in the country with almost no regulation or oversight, using technology that disproportionately affects African Americans, researchers at Georgetown Law Center on Privacy & Technology found during a year-long investigation. Their report, The Perpetual Line-Up, says that photos of 117 million people, almost […]

Founders’ Day Week celebrates Punta Gorda’s history and spirit

The land surrounding Charlotte Harbor was inherited by its current residents. But it was forged by a few hardy souls, some of whom came to seek their fortune, others who sought to escape the cold climes of the North. For a week in Punta Gorda, the public’s thoughts turn to those who originally wrestled with the land, as well as […]

The new Winner of PEE (and other changes)

From behind the lovely expanse of dark polished wood where the president now sits to gaze across the Oval Office, a few details jump immediately to the eye. I’ve been in the Oval Office, part of the West Wing in the White House, so I know what I’m talking about. Tall ceiling-to-floor windows treated with lush sour-cherry draperies just behind […]


Patti Allen

The fast-paced carnival and retail worlds prepared Patti Allen well for overseeing the day-to-day operations and development of one of Southwest Florida’s largest tourist attractions — a multidimensional shopping, resort, marina and dining complex called Fishermen’s Village. Passionate about Punta Gorda and proud of the role that “Fishville” (as it is sometimes affectionately called) has played as a catalyst in […]

The unarmed truth

Several weeks ago, the Smithsonian’s newest museum opened in Washington, D.C. It sits on a five-acre plot on the National Mall just a short stroll from the National Monument. It took a century to incubate the National Museum of African American History and Culture before it became a reality. Its powerful presence in the nation’s capital speaks volumes about the […]

America is not a safe space

Pity the anti-Trump protesters thronging the streets of American cities. Apparently, no one ever told them that they live in a geographically, economically and ideologically varied nation, and that about half of its inhabitants might support a Republican candidate for president. They mistook the country for the campus of Oberlin College. The news that it actually isn’t arrived with the […]

The gift that keeps on … eating

Black Friday is, in my opinion, madness. There are other ways to obtain Christmas gifts for your loved ones that don’t require that level of crazy. Allow me to present the traditional Florida solution. I’m talking about mail-order citrus and other stuff (I’ll get to the “stuff” later). What could be more appealing to your out-of-state friends than some fresh-squeezed […]

Pets in paintings

A portrait of a beloved pet can bring you happiness every day

Have you ever admired the portraits of dogs and cats that you see in museums? Immortalizing a pet on canvas isn’t just a thing of the past or something for the wealthy. You can commission one yourself to commemorate a special event, such as a dog earning a championship or a sport title, or simply to capture the likeness of […]

Pets of the Week

These animals are available for adoption at the Animal Welfare League, 3519 Drance St., Port Charlotte. All animals are microchipped, neutered and current with their shots. The shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. To view adoptable pets, visit www.awlshelter.org. To learn more, visit EARS at 145 W. Dearborn St., Englewood, visit www.earsanimalrescue.com or call 681-3877. […]


Drug Free meeting reviews surveys There will be a Drug Free Charlotte County December coalition meeting from 8:30-10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, in the School Board meeting room, 1445 Education Way, Port Charlotte. The latest data from the Teen Norms survey and Florida Youth Substance Abuse survey will be discussed. For more information, call Diane at 777-3945. ¦ Church holds […]