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Rice guilty of murder in Osprey shooting
Wed  Apr 16 2014 09:10AM
It took a 12-member jury more than six hours of deliberations to find Michael W. Rice guilty of the first-degree murder of Philippe Nahon, 48, a decision that sent Nahon’s … Find out how to read more online.
PediCabs are here
Wed  Apr 16 2014 09:10AM
This weekend, yet another new form of transportation makes its debut, the Venice PediCabs, operating from the Venice Skin Studio at 125 West Miami Ave. “This is a pretty neat … Find out how to read more online.
Meet Mr. and Mrs. Canine
Wed  Apr 16 2014 09:10AM
Pelican Pointe Golf and Country Club members christened their community’s new park with a dog wedding last Sunday. At least 30 people, joined by about a dozen dogs, gathered to … Find out how to read more online.
It’s back: Warm Mineral Springs reopens
Wed  Apr 16 2014 09:10AM
Lawn chairs and beach towels dotted the shoreline and the smell of sunscreen was in the air as Warm Mineral Springs officially reopened Saturday. The 87-degree, mineral-rich water wasn’t filled … Find out how to read more online.
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Stocks close higher
Wed  Apr 16 2014 10:28PM
NEW YORK (AP) — Investors drove stock prices to their highest level in a week Wednesday, encouraged by a crop of corporate earnings and reassuring U.S. and Chinese economic data. Major U.S. stock indexes notched their third day of gains … read more.

Pro-Russian gunmen advance in Ukraine
Wed  Apr 16 2014 10:28PM
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — The well-armed, Moscow-backed insurgency sowing chaos in eastern Ukraine scored a new victory Wednesday, seizing armored vehicles and weapons from underequipped government forces, then rolling through two cities to a hero’s welcome. Responding to what it sees … read more.

Some exempted from minimum wage, increased or not
Wed  Apr 16 2014 10:26PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some low-paid workers won’t benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law. More than a dozen categories of jobs are exempt from the minimum, currently $7.25 an hour. Those exclusions, … read more.

Armed robber was never told to report to prison, so he didn’t
Wed  Apr 16 2014 10:28PM
ST. LOUIS — After he was convicted of armed robbery in 2000, Cornealious Anderson was sentenced to 13 years behind bars and was told to await instructions on when and where to report to prison. But those instructions never came. … read more.

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700-home project gets initial rezone
Wed  Apr 16 2014 10:36AM
A 700-home residential development in northern Venice received preliminary approval this week. Tentatively called the Villages of Milano, the Neal Communities development of 350 acres on both sides of the newly built Jacaranda Extension, between Laurel and Border roads, was … Find out how to read more online.

City testing water for redevelopment effort
Wed  Apr 16 2014 09:10AM
Another city board has signed on to study a downtown revitalization effort. Mayor John Holic and more recently Council Member Emilio Carlesimo want to explore alternative funding to revitalize the downtown area. Carlesimo is actively out testing community support for … Find out how to read more online.

Tuition bill a boost for Suncoast veterans
Wed  Apr 16 2014 09:10AM
State legislators want to make Florida the most military-friendly state in the country. On March 31, several lawmakers joined Governor Rick Scott to sign a bill that waives out-of-state tuition fees for veterans. Venice’s Justin Tobiasz, who spent four years … Find out how to read more online.

BBQ Bash lands state BBQ championship
Wed  Apr 16 2014 09:06AM
As the new home of the state barbecuing championship, Venice BBQ Bash has taken another step forward. Founder Don Fisher wants to make it the biggest and best BBQ and Bluegrass destination event in the country. Fisher and his dedicated … Find out how to read more online.

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