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Baseball & the region:
Thu  Feb 22 2018 08:30AM
No question, baseball is good for Charlotte and Sarasota counties. But it also should go without question that Charlotte and Sarasota are good for baseball. Of course, the marquee draw … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Pier Group, doing the right thing for 31 years
Thu  Feb 22 2018 08:30AM
A woman of a certain age, dressed to the nines, appeared at the entrance to Sharky’s On the Pier one evening. It seemed that a Sharky’s employee’s paycheck had been … Find out how to read more online.
Referendum, budget colliding?
Thu  Feb 22 2018 10:51PM
SARASOTA — Ahead of next month’s referendum vote, the Sarasota County School Board met to discuss the tentative 2018-19 budget. It is set to be released the same week as … Find out how to read more online.
Symphony teams with dancers
Thu  Feb 22 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Dancers and the North Port Symphony will work together in the symphony’s next concert, “Invitation to the Dance.” The concert will feature award-winner dancers Kelle Chancellor and … Find out how to read more online.
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Expo-goers learn about medical cannabis, acupuncture and more
Thu  Feb 22 2018 08:30AM
ROTONDA — One of the questions Bridget Robinson is asked repeatedly is if a person suffering from chronic pain will get high from taking a medical marijuana pill. “A big misconception people have about medical marijuana is that they will … Find out how to read more online.

Band shell planned for Dearborn Street
Thu  Feb 22 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — West Dearborn Street could see its own permanent band shell. Not all the revitalization projects planned by Englewood Community Redevelopment Agency for the revitalization effort along West Dearborn Street are large and impressive. Smaller projects, however, will make … Find out how to read more online.

Representatives expect bipartisan bill soon on guns, schools, mental health
Thu  Feb 22 2018 08:30AM
In the wake of last week’s shooting at a high school in Parkland that killed 17 people, local Republican leaders in the Florida House of Representatives believe the Legislature will address issues involving access to guns, hardening of schools and … Find out how to read more online.

Punta Gorda lifts medical cannabis ban
Thu  Feb 22 2018 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Vice Mayor Gary Wein said Wednesday that Punta Gorda should have lifted its ban on medicinal marijuana treatment facilities sooner. “I wish I would have moved forward earlier. ... It’s time to move forward,” said Wein, who … Find out how to read more online.

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State, National and World News
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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