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Jobs Up

Construction jobs are up 7.2 percent; even government jobs are up 1.1 percent

With a minimum wage at $8.05 per hour and a June unemployment rate of 5.5 percent in Florida, it’s no surprise that the job market appears robust in numbers released by the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity.  More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

Charlotte Chamber helps member restaurants with summer promotion

It’s no secret that revenues take a dip for most businesses during the summer. One of the hardest hit industries is restaurants. More...

MONEY & INVESTING

Welcome to the world of securitization

As I was dropping my twins off at their elementary school yesterday, I noticed another father dropping off his son wearing a T-shirt that said “PETA - People Eating Tasty Animals.” While I will not comment on the appropriateness of said T More...

Harlem Book Fair has room for a rainbow of literary works

For Naomi Pringle, the Harlem Book Fair of July 15-18 was a homecoming: both a return to her roots and to the home of the eponymous heroine of her latest book, “Lily: Riding the Color Line.”  More...

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV

Thursday, July 23, 10 P.M. Father Brown, Season 3 The Invisible Man The circus brings death in Kembleford when a clown is murdered. Father Brown must determine who the killer is. FRIDAY, JULY 24, 9 P.M. More...

Real Estate News

House Hunting:

54 Triangle St., Port Charlotte

Enter the front door to a huge great room and view of the pool in this custom-built home, which sits on two lots and has more than 2,000 square feet of living area.  More...

Sarasota National in Venice showcases model coach homes

WCI Communities has completed construction on two Coach home models at Sarasota National, its 2,400-acre master-planned community in Venice.  More...

Gardening expert has tips for those with limited planting pace

Brighten up your patio, deck or front entrance with containers. They’re an excellent way to add color, fragrance and beauty where planting space is limited.  More...

Arts & Entertainment News

images of time

Reality and strangeness collide in Bill McDowell’s photographs

INITIALLY, THE PHOTO LOOKS LIKE A TYPICAL small-town scene: a public clock on a street, at 10:10 in the morning. Then you notice the big white wall behind it, and the watchtower at the top, and you realize it’s a prison. More...

Area vocalists invited to compete in Charlotte Idol

The Charlotte Idol vocal competition is returning to the community.  A signature benefit for the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition, the competition gives singers in the community an opportunity to display their vocal prowess before a crowd at More...

FLORIDA WRITERS

A novel full of laughs carries a theme that’s no joke

¦ “Fly Unzipped” by Mike Hirsh. Vigstein Books. 252 pages. Paperback, $12.99; Kindle e-book, $4.99.   The boys are back.  More...