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South Sarasota County projects get green light
Wed  Aug 20 2014 07:48PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Several decisions made by Sarasota County commissioners during a Wednesday budget workshop will have impacts on South County. They unanimously approved earmarking $3.8 million of sales-tax funding … Find out how to read more online.
Joint library project advances
Wed  Aug 20 2014 08:10PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarabeth Kalajian, county director of libraries and historic resources, gave an update Wednesday afternoon on a joint-use library on the planned North Port campus of Sarasota County … Find out how to read more online.
‘Gator’ show snags viewers
Wed  Aug 20 2014 08:10PM
LAKE SUZY — Arcadia resident Jayson Franklin knows a lot about hunting alligators. That is why when Eric Young, host of Animal Planet’s adventure fishing series “Off the Hook — … Find out how to read more online.
Tour de North Port ride offers food, costume fun
Wed  Aug 20 2014 07:48PM
NORTH PORT — People for Trees Inc., a nonprofit native tree advocacy group, will hold its annual Tour de North Port bicycle ride Sunday, Oct. 26. Themed “It’s the Green … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Beheading spurs attacks
Wed  Aug 20 2014 10:02PM
WASHINGTON — The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes against Islamic State extremists Wednesday and weighed sending more troops to Iraq as President Barack Obama vowed to be relentless in pursuit of the terrorist group that beheaded an … read more.

Stocks advance for third day, despite Fed minutes
Wed  Aug 20 2014 10:00PM
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market rose for a third straight day Wednesday despite a report from the Federal Reserve that showed a growing chorus of central bank officials willing to raise interest rates sooner rather than later. In … read more.

Holder says he understands mistrust of police
Wed  Aug 20 2014 10:02PM
ST. LOUIS — Attorney General Eric Holder sought Wednesday to reassure the people of Ferguson about the investigation into Michael Brown’s death and said he understands why many black Americans do not trust police, recalling how he was repeatedly stopped … read more.

Partisan clash over Florida map
Wed  Aug 20 2014 10:02PM
TALLAHASSEE — A Florida judge is once again considering what to do in the next round of a lengthy and partisan-tinged battle over Florida’s congressional districts. Circuit Judge Terry Lewis held a three-hour hearing Wednesday over whether to approve a … read more.

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More Local News
Breach hits practices, instead of hospitals
Wed  Aug 20 2014 08:00AM
Although personal information of 4.5 million people was stolen from Community Health Systems by Chinese hackers in July, the information was taken from patients of physicians whose practices are affiliated with the chain of hospitals, as opposed to the hospitals themselves. … Find out how to read more online.

Mall turns 25, with little fanfare
Wed  Aug 20 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — When the Port Charlotte Town Center debuted 25 years ago this month, with a festive gala, replete with pomp and circumstance, the grand opening of the first indoor mall in the area signaled more than just expanded shopping opportunities. … Find out how to read more online.

School psychologist at NPHS charged with molesting teen
Wed  Aug 20 2014 01:52PM
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office today arrested a Venice man for allegedly molesting a girl who previously lived in a therapeutic foster home in Nokomis that he ran with his then-wife. The girl, who was 14 when the crimes began, … Find out how to read more online.

Man charged with choking, urinating on woman
Wed  Aug 20 2014 08:00AM
VENICE — A registered sex offender was charged Monday with attacking and urinating on a woman after an argument about leaving his car at a nearby 7-Eleven gas station, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. Eric J. Moore, 29, … Find out how to read more online.

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