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Mote among Gulf Coast Innovation Challenge finalists
Sat  Aug 1 2015 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — With ongoing projects on cancer therapy, antibiotics, sustainable seafood and water purification, Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota is poised to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in … Find out how to read more online.
City moves to self-insurance
Sat  Aug 1 2015 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — The city of North Port is implementing risk management self-insurance that will save the city money in a few years’ time, officials say. At this week’s City … Find out how to read more online.
Farley to host exhibit honoring fallen in War on Terror
Sat  Aug 1 2015 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — “Remembering Our Fallen,” a special traveling exhibit that is a stark reminder of the ultimate sacrifice made by 304 Floridians killed in the War on Terror, will … Find out how to read more online.
Kid DJ drops the beat in North Port
Sat  Aug 1 2015 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — DJ V Boy is a veteran when it comes to the trade — he’s been at it for roughly two and a half years. What sets him … Find out how to read more online.
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US stocks lower; energy stocks slump
Sat  Aug 1 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks closed modestly lower Friday as oil titans Exxon Mobil and Chevron led a slump in energy stocks. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 56.12 points, or 0.3 percent, to 17,689.86. The Standard & Poor’s 500 … read more.

US wage growth falls to slow pace in 2nd quarter
Sat  Aug 1 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wages and benefits grew in the spring at the slowest pace in 33 years, stark evidence that stronger hiring isn’t lifting paychecks much for most Americans. The slowdown also likely reflects a sharp drop-off in bonus … read more.

’Gut-wrenching’ decision: Search for teens suspended
Sat  Aug 1 2015 01:19AM
OPA-LOCKA, Fla. — After hundreds of rescue workers fanned out across a massive swath of the Atlantic for a full week, the Coast Guard’s search for two teenage fishermen ended Friday, a heart-rending decision for families so convinced the boys … read more.

2nd Australian surfer fights off shark attack
Fri  Jul 31 2015 11:48PM
(CNN) — A second Australian surfer has warded off a shark attack by punching the predator after it bit his leg, police in New South Wales said Friday. The 52-year-old man — named in local media as Craig Ison — … read more.

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Beauty and the (U.S. 41) beast
Sat  Aug 1 2015 01:00AM
MURDOCK — In North Port, motorists drive along the beautifully landscaped corridors of Sumter and Toledo Blade boulevards, where lush greenery eases the daily commute. To the south, in Punta Gorda, lies the generally pristine streetscape of U.S. 41, camouflaging … Find out how to read more online.

Former Englewood man’s novel to become movie
Fri  Jul 31 2015 04:22PM
ENGLEWOOD — When Ransom Riggs learned Samuel L. Jackson is playing a character in his young-adult novel turned movie, he freaked out. Novelist Riggs, who grew up in a little house near Englewood Beach, wrote “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar … Find out how to read more online.

Englewood man charged with attempted murder
Fri  Jul 31 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — A local man is facing a slew of charges — including attempted murder — after what the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office describes as a “vicious attack on two people at his Mango Avenue home early (Thursday) morning.” Charles … Find out how to read more online.

North Port Chamber members eye new city budget
Fri  Jul 31 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Local business leaders and community front-runners had a chance Thursday morning to see financially where the city of North Port has been and where it is going for the upcoming 2015-2016 fiscal year. North Port City Manager Jonathan … Find out how to read more online.

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