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Death at sea still a mystery
Wed  May 16 2018 11:32AM
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a suspicious death off the coast of Venice. A Sheriff’s Office forensics team responded to the Crow’s Nest marina on Saturday, May … Find out how to read more online.
Report: State near the bottom in healthcare
Wed  May 16 2018 11:32AM
Only Louisiana, Oklahoma and Mississippi kept Florida out of the basement in the 2018 Commonwealth Fund Scorecard on State Health System Performance, issued earlier this month. The state’s ranking dropped … Find out how to read more online.
County Commission gets idea of cannabis options
Wed  May 16 2018 11:30AM
When Sarasota County commissioners approved the first two medical marijuana dispensaries for the county in April, they expressed varying degrees of concern about the future. Specifically, commissioners worried about the … Find out how to read more online.
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Hiring process to change after child porn arrest
Wed  May 16 2018 11:30AM
Following the recent arrest of a Booker High School teacher on child porn charges, Superintendent Todd Bowden addressed Sarasota County Schools hiring policy. Quentin Peterson was arrested April 24 by Palmetto Police Department for possession of child pornography. Peterson had … Find out how to read more online.

No storm shelters on island — ever
Sun  May 13 2018 11:32AM
If a strong hurricane and storm surge truly hit Venice, the three bridges would likely be destroyed and anybody on the island would be trapped — or underwater and dead. This was the stark reality told to the Sarasota County … Find out how to read more online.

Venice Gardens celebrates 60 years
Wed  May 16 2018 11:30AM
Venice Garden residents are celebrating the community’s 60th anniversary. The official celebration began at last Tuesday’s City Council meeting when City Council member Chuck Newsom presented a proclamation recognizing the 60th anniversary of the Venice Gardens Civic Association to association … Find out how to read more online.

Aria’s big lakes plat gets thumbs up
Wed  May 16 2018 11:30AM
Demand continues to remain strong for homes in Neal Communities’ The Milano in northeast Venice. On Tuesday, the Venice Planning Commission recommended approval of a preliminary plat that calls for construction of 180 new homes. The 176-acre subsection will be … Find out how to read more online.

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Pregnant woman says man punched her and service dog on plane
Sun  May 20 2018 01:19AM
ORLANDO (AP) — A deaf woman who is 5 months pregnant says a man punched her in the stomach and hit her service dog during a confrontation on an airplane as it arrived at a Florida airport. Hazel Ramirez says … read more.

Cuba: 3 survivors ‘critical’ after plane crash
Sun  May 20 2018 01:19AM
HAVANA — The only three survivors of Cuba’s worst aviation disaster in three decades were clinging to life Saturday, a day after their passenger jet carrying 110 people crashed in a fireball in Havana’s rural outskirts. Carlos Alberto Martinez, director … read more.

1 dead, 1 injured in cougar attack in Washington state
Sun  May 20 2018 01:19AM
NORTH BEND, Wash. (AP) — One man was killed and another was seriously injured when they encountered a cougar Saturday while mountain biking in Washington state. Authorities said the two men were on a morning bike ride in the foothills … read more.

Chief: 2 shot after Georgia high school graduation ceremony
Fri  May 18 2018 11:42PM
JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Police say one person was killed and another wounded in a shooting between people leaving a high school graduation ceremony in Georgia. A Clayton County Police statement said “one person is now confirmed deceased” after the … read more.

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