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Cardboard boats are race-worthy
Sun  Aug 31 2014 12:15AM
ENGLEWOOD — Krystal Pearl is a princess. Hugged by a bright pink Cinderella life vest, the 6-year-old boarded her boat the Princess Pearl in hopes of winning the Cardboard Boat … Find out how to read more online.
Clinic close to newborns’ hearts
Sun  Aug 31 2014 12:15AM
NORTH PORT — Visitors to the Hayner home are greeted by the announcement: “Welcome to Toys R Us.” And indeed, the floor is strewn with all manner of mayhem — … Find out how to read more online.
Fewer students seek careers in construction
Sun  Aug 31 2014 12:15AM
In “The Graduate,” Dustin Hoffman’s character, who just graduated from college, was told to shape his future around one word: “Plastics.” Barney Duffy has two words for high school graduates: … Find out how to read more online.
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Ukraine says Russian tanks flatten town
Sat  Aug 30 2014 09:00PM
KIEV/BRUSSELS — Ukraine said Russian tanks had flattened a small border town and pro-Russia rebels had made fresh gains in its east, as EU leaders signaled on Saturday they would threaten more sanctions against Moscow over the crisis. Ukrainian President … read more.

Pacino plays depressed men — twice — at Venice film fest
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:58PM
VENICE (Reuters) — Al Pacino fended off suggestions on Saturday that because he plays depressed characters in two movies shown at the Venice Film Festival he must have a special affinity for such roles. The “Godfather” star, who is 74, … read more.

Rouhani: Sanctions ‘unconstructive’
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:58PM
DUBAI/VIENNA, (Reuters) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday new U.S. sanctions were against the spirit of Tehran’s nuclear negotiations with world powers, but added he was not pessimistic about the talks continuing. The United States on Friday penalized … read more.

NYC choking death of man ruled homicide
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:58PM
NEW YORK — The death of a man who was restrained by police during a drug-fueled outburst was ruled a homicide by the city’s medical examiner, New York police said, as the department faces accusations of overly harsh arrest tactics. … read more.

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North Port OKs Springs contract
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — City commissioners unanimously approved Sarasota County’s contract offer to sell its half of the Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa for $2.75 million, plus closing costs, on Friday, a decision that ensures North Port eventually will retain sole … Find out how to read more online.

Sales tax would fund new library
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM


Officials propose a brand new 24,000-square-foot community library to be built on roughly 6 acres of city-owned land, across from the History Park near Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda. Total project costs would be about $7.5 million, officials said. …

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Governor visits Vineland Elementary
Fri  Aug 29 2014 08:00AM
ROTONDA WEST — “If you like lots of pizza and ice cream, and want to eat dinner with the President and First Lady once a year, you could be the governor of Florida,” Gov. Rick Scott told fifth-grade science students … Find out how to read more online.

Parkside residents wary
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM


The second meeting on the Parkside redevelopment plan, which will call for more citizen input on defining future planning policies, is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10, at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County, 2280 …

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