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Short term rental settlement to be discussed
Sun  Aug 24 2014 11:16AM
City leaders will convene next week in a private attorney-client shade meeting that will likely consider a settlement offer between residents and the city over its 2009 short-term rental law. … Find out how to read more online.
Guards possible at county elementaries
Sun  Aug 24 2014 11:16AM
Sarasota County School Board member Frank Kovach thinks not enough is being done about elementary school security. The topic was discussed briefly last month but, during a workshop this week, … Find out how to read more online.
MacPherson Local businessman succumbs to cancer
Sun  Aug 24 2014 11:16AM
Taylor MacPherson, a well-known local businessman and leader of the Venice Yacht Club, passed away Aug. 19 after a long battle with cancer. He was 71. Of Scottish descent, Mr. … Find out how to read more online.
World’s largest drawing a goal at Venice’s Chalk Festival
Sun  Aug 24 2014 11:16AM
If the organizers of the Sarasota Chalk Festival being held in Venice get their way, they will have a chalk drawing the size of three football fields. The drawing will … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Poll: Americans oppose paying ransom for hostages
Tue  Aug 26 2014 08:58PM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Nearly two out of three Americans say governments should not pay ransom to terrorists in exchange for hostages, despite the posting of an Islamic State video last week depicting the beheading of a U.S. journalist, a Reuters-IPSOS … read more.

S&P 500 closes above 2,000
Wed  Aug 27 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (Reuters) — It was a big round-number day for the stock market. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed a hair above 2,000 points Tuesday, 16 years after it closed above 1,000 points for the first time. The … read more.

Putin, Poroshenko extend talks
Tue  Aug 26 2014 08:58PM
MINSK — The leaders of Russia and Ukraine agreed on Tuesday on the need to “de-escalate” the conflict in eastern Ukraine but fundamental differences remain, the Belarussian president who hosted the talks said. After about six hours of negotiations with … read more.

UPDATE 1-Demonstrations resume in Missouri over shooting death of black teen
Tue  Aug 26 2014 08:57PM
ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - More than 100 demonstrators marched in St. Louis on Tuesday demanding the arrest of a white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo. The death of Michael Brown, 18, focused global … read more.

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Flood Maps Are Coming
Sun  Aug 24 2014 11:14AM
All of Florida is in a flood zone. Get over it. The growing anxiety is over how much it will cost residents to purchase flood insurance in Special Flood Hazard Areas — the new lexicon for flood-prone areas in a … Find out how to read more online.

Rag dolls relate African-American experience in new book by Nokomis writer
Sun  Aug 24 2014 11:14AM
Historical novels can be boring tomes or charming, educational and entertaining for children of all ages. The latter describes “The Yomy Tales, An American Experience,” written and illustrated by Nokomis resident Carol Marie Davis. Written specifically for younger children, “The … Find out how to read more online.

Lord-Higel House reaches fundraising milestone
Sun  Aug 24 2014 11:14AM
The final $13,000 needed to complete exterior work on the restoration of the Lord-Higel House is in the bank. Julia Cousins Laning, who contributed $1 million to the Venice Museum and Archives for its planned museum expansion, donated $10,000 that … Find out how to read more online.

Molestation charge for school psychologist
Sun  Aug 24 2014 11:14AM
A Sarasota County School District psychologist was charged Wednesday with molesting a young girl who was previously under his foster care, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. Harvey Dorey, 44, of the 500 block of Alligator Drive, Venice, faces … Find out how to read more online.

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