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Soldier fought Germans during WWII
Mon  Apr 27 2015 08:30AM
Tony Di Gregorio spent the cold, rainy winter of 1944 fighting Germans in the Appian Mountains of Italy during World War II. “We’d go out every night looking for them,” … Find out how to read more online.
Disabled man seeks aid to fence back yard for service dog
Mon  Apr 27 2015 08:30AM
A Port Charlotte man confined to an electric wheelchair is hoping the community will help him pay for a backyard fence so his service dog-in-training has a place to run … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County seeks advisory board volunteers
Sun  Apr 26 2015 11:56AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County Government invites the public to volunteer for one of its many advisory board opportunities, including the General Contractors Licensing and Examining Board and Mechanical Contractors … Find out how to read more online.
A step toward unity
Sun  Apr 26 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Waving an American flag, and boasting a huge smile and youthful exuberance, 11-year-old Amy Washington led the way during Saturday’s Peace March across the Barron Collier Bridge … Find out how to read more online.
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Mustafa Akinci elected leader of breakaway Turkish Cypriots
Sun  Apr 26 2015 01:59PM
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Mustafa Akinci, a veteran politician with a strong track record of reaching out to rival Greek Cypriots, has been elected as leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots in ethnically divided Cyprus. Akinci handily defeated hard-line encumbent … read more.

3 young women jailed in Russia for twerking
Sun  Apr 26 2015 01:59PM
MOSCOW (AP) — A court in southern Russia has sentenced one teenager to 15 days in jail and two young women to 10 days for twerking next to a World War II memorial. Russia celebrates the 70th anniversary of the … read more.

More than 2,500 confirmed dead in Nepal earthquake
Sun  Apr 26 2015 01:58PM
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The official number of dead from Saturday’s Himalayan earthquake has topped 2,500 and may continue to rise as remote areas near the epicenter are searched. Nepal authorities said Sunday that at least 2,430 people in that … read more.

’Batman’ killer studied brain disorders before mass murder
Sun  Apr 26 2015 01:58PM
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — James Holmes was becoming unhinged in the months before he dressed in a gas mask and body armor and began shooting at a packed midnight “Batman” premiere. Prosecutors say the 24-year-old neuroscience graduate student told a … read more.

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Former medical assistant accused of prescription fraud
Sat  Apr 25 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A 38-year-old woman was arrested Friday for allegedly filling fake prescriptions using the names of two physicians at the Sarasota medical office where she was working, a Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office report states. Heather D. Zawacki, of … Find out how to read more online.

Crash drives wedge between victim’s family, boyfriend
Sat  Apr 25 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A 20-year-old woman who was trapped in a car after a power pole fell on top of it last month has filed a restraining order against her boyfriend who caused the crash. Marisa L. Krieger, 20, of … Find out how to read more online.

Meeting emphasizes parents’ role in tempering underage drinking
Sun  Apr 26 2015 11:56AM
NORTH PORT — A number of lessons were offered during a town hall meeting at the Morgan Family Community Center on underage drinking. Kameroon Boykins presented some sobering statistics Thursday evening on how many Sarasota County teens have had at … Find out how to read more online.

SCSO: Osprey man had 1,200 images of child porn
Sat  Apr 25 2015 08:30AM
OSPREY — A 53-year-old Osprey man had a team of detectives waiting for him as he returned home from a trip to New Orleans Thursday, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. John Vincent LeBlanc, of the 200 block of … Find out how to read more online.

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