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Urban forest?
Sun  Apr 22 2018 04:46PM
Venice Area Beautification Inc. (VABI) is going to create a forest. But not just any forest — an urban forest. If that sounds like an oxymoron, it’s not. According to … Find out how to read more online.
Child-sex trips get Venice man 330 years in prison
Sun  Apr 22 2018 04:46PM
Editor’s Note: Some people might think that what they do overseas can stay overseas, according to the FBI, but child sex tourism — when people travel to another country specifically … Find out how to read more online.
Many crashes after I-75 is shut down
Sun  Apr 22 2018 04:46PM
Multiple crashes piled up in Venice and beyond after heavy smoke caused visibility issues for drivers. Around 4:30 a.m. the Florida Highway Patrol closed down I-75 between mile marker 195 … Find out how to read more online.
City needs to hire more ... but how many?
Sun  Apr 22 2018 04:44PM
City leaders have some tough decisions to make this coming budget session about just how many new employees it will take to maintain the city. City Manager Ed Lavallee already … Find out how to read more online.
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Festival’s early closure costs Special Olympics
Sun  Apr 22 2018 04:44PM
Severe weather forced last Sunday’s Venice Shark’s Tooth Festival to close. The festival was open Saturday but did not reopen on Sunday. The closure didn’t just affect those wanting to see sharks teeth. The biggest impact was felt by the … Find out how to read more online.

Gun range in park is safe, chief says
Wed  Apr 18 2018 01:30PM
Police Chief Tom Mattmuller this week addressed a number of recent complaints about gunfire at the department’s outdoor gun range. The range is located behind the police station within Wellfield Sports Complex. Speaking before the Venice Parks and Recreation Advisory … Find out how to read more online.

Sarasota Film Festival matures at 20
Sun  Apr 22 2018 04:44PM
At the ripe old age of 20, the Sarasota Film Festival has much of which to be proud. While developing a solid educational program for area students, especially student filmmakers, honoring women filmmakers, and providing an increasing variety of work … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Apr 22 2018 04:46PM
• “The Story of Jesus” passion play’s last run is Saturday, April 21, 7:30 p.m., at Cattlemen’s Arena, Wauchula, Florida. Call 863-375-4031; see trailer on YouTube or Facebook. • Christian Riders On a Mission for Englewood invites all bikers to join a … Find out how to read more online.

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It’s true! Broadway is traffic-free for 2 Manhattan miles
Sun  Apr 22 2018 11:36AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway is closed to traffic for two Manhattan miles. On Saturday, 30 blocks of the Great White Way was open only to pedestrians and bicycles from Times Square down to Union Square. From 9 a.m. to … read more.

Actor Verne Troyer from ‘Austin Powers’ films dead at 49
Sun  Apr 22 2018 11:34AM
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Verne Troyer from the “Austin Powers” movie franchise has died. A statement provided by Troyer’s spokesperson that was also posted to his Instagram and Facebook accounts says the 49-year-old actor died Saturday. No cause or … read more.

Trump considering pardon for late boxer Jack Johnson
Sun  Apr 22 2018 11:34AM
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump says he’s considering a posthumous pardon for boxing’s first black heavyweight champion more than 100 years after the late Jack Johnson was convicted by all-white jury of accompanying a white woman … read more.

‘I had nightmares’: Nanny slay trial took toll on jurors
Sun  Apr 22 2018 11:34AM
NEW YORK (AP) — One has recurring nightmares. Another can’t take a bath anymore. Still another can’t sleep. Jurors in the murder trial of a nanny who stabbed two small children to death in the bathtub of their Manhattan apartment … read more.

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