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Coming back snowbirds? Better have a reservation
Sat  Apr 25 2015 07:26PM
Local rental specialists agree this season was a winner and next season will present a challenge to snowbirds without reservations. Venice’s small-town charm, combined with the warm, sunny winter weather … Find out how to read more online.
Gated communities are making a comeback
Sat  Apr 25 2015 07:26PM
Building luxury homes in a gated community in 2006 seemed like the right idea. But for developers Sam Rodgers and Lee Wetherington, it quickly became a nightmare. In 2004, after … Find out how to read more online.
Shorebirds face difficult dog days of nesting
Sat  Apr 25 2015 07:24PM
The telltale signs of nesting sea turtles dragging themselves onto local Gulf beaches are generally hard to miss. But signs of nesting shorebirds — whether it’s Wilson’s and snowy plovers, … Find out how to read more online.
County: Fire dept. consolidation doable
Sat  Apr 25 2015 07:24PM
The first hurdle for proponents of consolidating city and county fire departments was overcome this week when Sarasota County Administrator Thomas A. Harmer issued a letter to the city of … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
US stocks drop at start of busy week for earnings
Tue  Apr 28 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks slumped on Monday as investors looked ahead to a flood of earnings reports this week. Stocks appeared headed for new highs in the morning, but drifted lower in afternoon as health care companies dropped … read more.

Baltimore erupts
Tue  Apr 28 2015 01:19AM
BALTIMORE — Rioters plunged part of Baltimore into chaos Monday, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers hours after thousands mourned the man who died from a severe spinal injury he suffered in police custody. … read more.

Loretta Lynch sworn in as AG
Tue  Apr 28 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Loretta Lynch was sworn in Monday as the 83rd U.S. attorney general, the first African-American woman to serve as the nation’s top law enforcement official. Speaking before an audience of family members, Justice Department lawyers and supporters, Lynch … read more.

‘Good kid’: Lawyer pleads for Boston Marathon bomber’s life
Tue  Apr 28 2015 01:19AM
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers pleaded with a jury Monday to spare his life, portraying him as “a good kid” who was led down the path to terrorism by his increasingly fanatical older brother. David Bruck … read more.

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Realtor looking for hotel builder
Sat  Apr 25 2015 07:24PM
Venice has always been an area primarily known for retirees, but in the past five years, a systematic shift has occurred, said Stan Rutstein a commercial Realtor for RE/Max Alliance Group in Bradenton. The model citizen is younger, more affluent … Find out how to read more online.

Singapore a global shopping Mecca: Part VI of a series on travel in Asia
Sat  Apr 25 2015 07:24PM
Editor’s note: This is the final installment of a series of stories written by Businews columnist Roger Button about his travels in Asia at the end of the year. Button and his wife Valerie bill themselves as “unconventional travelers” who … Find out how to read more online.

STEMsmart transforms learning via a vision
Sat  Apr 25 2015 07:24PM
Page Dettmann, who heads middle-school education for Sarasota County, is what you might call a visionary. The high-tech science and math classrooms that have been installed throughout the district’s middle schools were her brainchild. But even Dettmann admits, “We couldn’t … Find out how to read more online.

Venice student among top four most improved
Sat  Apr 25 2015 07:22PM
Chase Thomas, a Venice High School student, got an extra kudo Wednesday, April 22. He initially was one of 40 Sarasota County high school students honored for having overcome challenges to make positive changes to their lives at the 17th annual … Find out how to read more online.

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