May 8, 2014 RSS feed / Top News

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV

¦ THURSDAY, MAY 8, 9 P.M. Doc Martin Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? Martin and Louisa host a disastrous dinner party, the new nanny walks out and Morwenna advertises for a lodger.   More...

Clerk of court Barbara Scott to be honored at dinner

“A Tribute to Barbara,” honoring Barbara T. Scott, the long-serving clerk of the circuit court and county comptroller for Charlotte County, will be held on Wednesday, June 4, at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County. More...

Antiques to be appraised at FGCU

WGCU Public Media will hold an Antiques Appraisal Fair on June 7 on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers.  More...

Ford leads 2014 Most Popular on Edmunds.com Awards

Ford, Chevrolet and Toyota are the most decorated brands among a diverse selection of new cars and trucks that earned the 2014 Most Popular on Edmunds.com Awards. More...

Chevy on Trax for more small-vehicle success

Demand for the flexibility of an SUV in a small package could grow by 2 million units in the next few years. Chevrolet is getting ready by introducing the Trax small SUV next year in its two largest markets — the U.S. and China.  More...

I’m a life jacket, but many boaters don’t know me

I’m your life jacket, but you don’t know me. I’m here to help you, maybe even save your life — but only if you’re willing to take the help. More...

Special Sections

Business News

Breaking ‘curses’

Entrepreneurs pursue success where others have failed

Nils Richter, a commercial Realtor for Market America Group and an investor and restaurateur in his own right, specializes in curse breaking.  Mr. More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

New high-tech company offers super-fast computing without a computer

Imagine being able to access your computer’s desktop without the computer. No hard drive to crash. Unlimited space. If your home or office loses power, you don’t lose any information, even if you haven’t backed it up. More...

MONEY & INVESTING

Financial planning problems elicit diverse solutions

Pose a medical problem to various health-care professionals, each having diverse areas of medical specialization, and you will probably get a series of diverse answers.  More...

Arts & Entertainment News

THE MOVIES ARE FULL OF DYSFUNCTIONAL MOTHERS WE LOVE TO HATE... MOMS from hell

MOTHERS ARE WARM, LOVING, nurturing and self-sacrificial. Unless, of course, they’re Moms from Hell. Then all bets are off. More...

ARTS COMMENTARY

Diary of a play festival: Doing PlayLab

What a weekend!  Florida Repertory Theatre’s inaugural new play festival, PlayLab, presented readings of five new plays May 1-4.  Readings are plays at their most strippeddown: no sets, no special lighting, no costumes. More...

KOVEL: ANTIQUES

Faux finishes meant to fool can fetch a price in their own right

Expensive woods like teak or mahogany, marble, stone and other materials used to make expensive furniture are often imitated by a painted surface. Faux finishes have been used since the days of ancient Egypt. More...

GIVING

Estate planning and charitable giving

Most people are familiar with the benefits of making lifetime donations to charitable causes and organizations. More...

BEACH READING ‘Ramshackle Glam: The New Mom’s Haphazard Guide to (Almost) Having It All’

By Jordan Reid (Running Press, $19)   One of the biggest changes that can happen to family is the arrival of a child. More...

COMING UP AT THE RENAISSANCE ACADEMY

The Renaissance Academy of FGCU offers lifelong learning classes to enrich life experiences at any age. The following sessions will be held at Herald Court Centre in downtown Punta Gorda. More...

PEEPLES SPEAKS

What happened to the Burnt Store?

Sometimes you accept the printed word without question if the statement is reasonable and comes from someone you respect as an authority. More...

New program makes learning to ride a Harley academic

Harley-Davidson has announced the launching of the all-new Harley- Davidson Riding Academy — the only national rider training program hosted by Harley-Davidson dealerships and conducted on an all-new Harley motorcycle. More...

Land Rover’s LR4 gets a supercharged V-6

It seems as if most auto manufacturers are in a rush to downsize engines in an effort to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy. More...

Real Estate News

What $500,000 will buy in SWFL

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Coastal hues lend relaxed feel to Medina model at Sarasota National

Painted furniture, a fresh palette of blues and pinks, and walls accented with painted millwork convey an ambience of coastal elegance in the Medina model home, recently completed and open for viewing at Sarasota National.  More...

Area rugs: Comfort under foot the finishing touch to decor

What an amazing difference a simple area rug can make to your home. If your house has areas of hard surface such as tile, hardwood, stone or laminate, an area rug is a wonderful finishing touch.  More...