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Goodwill hunting
Wed  Feb 21 2018 02:22PM
As Trey Burton’s trick pass in Super Bowl 52 put Venice on the national map, a find at the Venice Goodwill store on the Rialto evoked thoughts of Super Bowl … Find out how to read more online.
First Baptist readying for 2nd campus
Wed  Feb 21 2018 02:22PM
First Baptist Church, located on the island, will be opening a large, second lakefront campus at Executive Drive, directly off Jacaranda Blvd., according to Senior Pastor Tom Hodge. He said … Find out how to read more online.
School safety ideas sought
Wed  Feb 21 2018 02:22PM
Sarasota County Schools is asking the community for comments and feedback regarding school safety and security. This comes as the district was preparing for a school safety task force meeting … Find out how to read more online.
Plan board OKs preliminary Woods plat
Wed  Feb 21 2018 02:22PM
Development of the controversial Woods of Venice project took a step forward Tuesday with the approval of its preliminary plat by the Venice Planning Commission. It now goes on to … Find out how to read more online.
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The tough life of winter in Venice
Wed  Feb 21 2018 02:20PM
Those who live here know how tough the winter can be in Venice. Sometimes we have to put on two coats of sunscreen. And then there are the choices — Sailing? Parasailing? Swimming? Finding a spot on the beach? So … Find out how to read more online.

Security at schools enhanced
Sat  Feb 17 2018 08:30AM
Additional police vehicles were stationed outside and on local school campuses this week after a deadly rampage on Wednesday by a former student in Parkland, Fla., who was expelled from a Broward County school. Seventeen people were shot and killed … Find out how to read more online.

Time for the 30th annual Feast
Wed  Feb 21 2018 02:20PM
Time flies. Founded in Venice in 1979, the local Italian American Club will present its 30th annual Italian Feast & Carnival this weekend. The fun begins at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Venice Municipal Airport’s Festival grounds. Entertainment begins at … Find out how to read more online.

North Port reworks Warm Mineral Springs plan
Wed  Feb 21 2018 02:18PM
While North Port’s city commissioners are eager to move forward on development for Warm Mineral Springs, they want to make sure all their previous work isn’t wasted. The commissioners spent a few hours this discussing a potential contract with Kimley-Horn … Find out how to read more online.

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Florida eye doctor gets 17 years for Medicare fraud
Fri  Feb 23 2018 01:19AM
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A prominent Florida eye doctor once accused of bribing Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey received a 17-year sentence Thursday for stealing $73 million from Medicare by persuading elderly patients to undergo excruciating tests … read more.

Nelson: Gun debate helps Democrats on 2018 Florida ballot
Fri  Feb 23 2018 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — The debate over guns, the “me too” movement against sexual misconduct and the federal government’s handling of hurricane recovery in Puerto Rico will give Florida Democrats victories up and down the November ballot, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson … read more.

Texas’ vow to streamline Harvey recovery backfires
Fri  Feb 23 2018 01:19AM
BEAUMONT, Texas — After Hurricane Harvey hammered Texas, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott pledged that the country’s largest conservative state would lead its own recovery, streamlining federal aid to storm victims while avoiding the staggering inefficiencies of earlier Washington-controlled disaster responses. … read more.

Airbnb unveils new category of rentals rated by inspectors
Fri  Feb 23 2018 01:19AM
SAN FRANCISCO — Airbnb is dispatching inspectors to rate some of the properties listed on its home-rental service in an effort to reassure travelers they’re booking nice places to stay. The Plus program, unveiled Thursday, is aimed at winning over … read more.

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