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Flood of questions after new FEMA maps
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:24PM
Residents aren’t all that impressed with the low-tech roll-out of the latest high-tech FEMA floodplain maps. The inability to publish easily accessible maps may have contributed to the steady stream … Find out how to read more online.
Venice loses a passionate city booster
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:24PM
Andrea Cooper’s friends need a lot of adjectives to describe her: honest, loyal, warm, giving, generous. In short, she was the best kind of friend to have. Cooper, 69, passed … Find out how to read more online.
Vereen to direct Venice play
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:24PM
Climaxing Venice Theatre’s announcement of its 2015-2016 season was the news that Broadway star Ben Vereen will direct “Hair” on the theater’s main stage. “There is a synergy here,” Vereen … Find out how to read more online.
Mote going after biggest catch yet — $50 million
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:24PM
What could be the largest fundraising campaign for an area nonprofit was announced Thursday night at Mote Marine Laboratory’s 60th anniversary party. With pledges of $30 million already in hand, … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Northeast braces for massive snowstorm
Sun  Jan 25 2015 01:55PM
NEW YORK (AP) — A winter that has largely spared the Northeast thus far is about to arrive with gusto. Coastal regions from New York to Boston are bracing for a whopper of a snowstorm that could bring up to … read more.

Senators: More US special ops troops may be needed in Yemen
Sun  Jan 25 2015 01:55PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two influential senators are calling on President Barack Obama to send more U.S. ground troops to hotspots around the Middle East. The suggestion by Republican John McCain and Democrat Dianne Feinstein is a direct challenge to the … read more.

Greece: Govt official admits electoral defeat by Syriza
Sun  Jan 25 2015 01:54PM
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A senior official in Greece’s governing conservatives has conceded defeat to the radical left Syriza party in Sunday’s national elections. “We lost,” Health Minister Makis Voridis told private Mega TV. “The extent of that result is … read more.

Opening statements next in murder trial of ex-Pat Hernandez
Sun  Jan 25 2015 01:54PM
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Aaron Hernandez once seemed to be a man with a bright future. At age 23 he had a Super Bowl appearance under his belt and a $40 million contract as a tight end with the … read more.

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Debate on special event fees comes full circle
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:24PM
After several months of meetings, public input and discussion, the Venice Economic Development Advisory Board (EDAB) is basically back where it started on the issue of special event fee waivers. The board was directed by the City Council last year … Find out how to read more online.

VHS poster business seeks contest votes
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:24PM
A business startup by a group of nearly all seniors and their tech teacher at Venice High is gaining traction, and they’re looking for support to take it to the next level. Madeleine Zubyk, the Career & Technical Education instructor, … Find out how to read more online.

Epiphany celebrates LabLearner program
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:20PM
LabLearner, a hands-on and inquiry-based program, makes learning science fun for students and teachers at Epiphany Cathedral Catholic School. Epiphany Cathedral recently implemented LabLearner, which is an exciting new program in science education. LabLearner was originally established to increase science … Find out how to read more online.

One-woman play honors Black History Month
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:18PM
Sarasota County Library System welcomes a dramatic one-woman play to the North Port Library in February to celebrate Black History Month. Written and performed by Penny Musco, “Steal Away” tells the story of a white woman homesteading in the plains … Find out how to read more online.

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