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More doctors for hospital, new CEO says
Sat  Apr 30 2016 11:56AM
Venice Regional Bayfront Health CEO John McLain, who arrived in the city five weeks ago, recently outlined his plans for the hospital to Venice-Nokomis Rotarians at their weekly meeting. Since … Find out how to read more online.
Pension chair: Council was warned about increases
Sat  Apr 30 2016 11:56AM
Editor’s note: This is part three of a series on the city of Venice’s continuing police and firefighter pension issues. Next: What more can be done? • • • When … Find out how to read more online.
On hunger strike
Sat  Apr 30 2016 11:54AM
A week into her hunger strike, Yvonne May said she’s suffered from headaches and feels weak, but remains determined. “There is no misunderstanding ... in my heart and soul I … Find out how to read more online.
City could give up Wellfield complex
Sat  Apr 30 2016 11:54AM
Faced with an Interlocal Agreement that provides the city with only $5,000 annually for improvements at Wellfield Sports Complex, city leaders this week began to ask a drastic question: Should … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Jesuit priest, peace activist Daniel Berrigan dies at 94
Sat  Apr 30 2016 10:06PM
By MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Daniel Berrigan, a Roman Catholic priest and peace activist who was imprisoned for burning draft files in a protest against the Vietnam War, died Saturday. He was 94. Berrigan … read more.

Iraqi protesters pour into Green Zone, storm parliament
Sat  Apr 30 2016 10:06PM
By SUSANNAH GEORGE Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Anti-government protesters tore down walls and poured into the Iraqi capital’s heavily fortified Green Zone on Saturday, where they stormed parliament in a major escalation of a political crisis that has simmered … read more.

Kentucky Confederate monument to be removed after 120 years
Sat  Apr 30 2016 10:04PM
By DYLAN LOVAN Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Confederate monument will be removed from a spot near the University of Louisville campus where it has stood since 1895. The stone monument honoring Kentuckians who died for the Confederacy … read more.

Rowdy Trump protests portend explosive California primary
Sat  Apr 30 2016 10:04PM
By MICHAEL R. BLOOD and GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated Press BURLINGAME, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of rowdy protesters broke through barricades and threw eggs at police outside a hotel where Donald Trump addressed the state’s Republican convention. Several Trump supporters said … read more.

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More Local News
City to push conservation, Adopt-A-Park
Sat  Apr 30 2016 11:54AM
A new conservation zoning designation and copying Sarasota County’s Adopt-A-Park program, and creating a new one called Adopt-A-Gateway, are just a few of the new initiatives identified this week by the Venice City Council in a planning session. The board … Find out how to read more online.

New MainStreet sign not very popular
Sat  Apr 30 2016 11:54AM
Public reaction to Venice MainStreet’s new electronic sign is mostly negative, if comments on a story posted to the Gondolier Sun’s Facebook page are any indication. In January, the City Council approved putting an LED sign over the old reader … Find out how to read more online.

Snowbirds depart as turtles arrive
Sat  Apr 30 2016 11:54AM
As the last of the winter visitors heads north, the first nesting sea turtles head for shore along Florida beaches. With more miles of beach than any other state frequented by those large but gentle sea creatures, Florida has been … Find out how to read more online.

City to finish Legacy Park
Sat  Apr 30 2016 11:54AM
Weeks ago the Sarasota County Parks Director, Carolyn Brown, clarified the $400,000 programmed in a 2017 budget document for Legacy Park improvements wasn’t actually committed, and was being redirected. This week the Venice City Council agreed to augment the Legacy … Find out how to read more online.

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