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Blood drive for ailing firefighter to continue Thursday
Wed  Apr 23 2014 07:18PM
NORTH PORT — North Port Fire Marshal Michael Frantz reported that a blood drive held today for local firefighter/EMT Christina Doyle was so successful that it will continue tomorrow (Thursday) … Find out how to read more online.
Making the grade
Thu  Apr 24 2014 01:15AM
Two area high schools again received academic accolades from U.S. News & World Report, improving over last year’s rankings. The online magazine ranks public high schools in every state and … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County OKs $769K to promote tourism
Thu  Apr 24 2014 01:15AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — County commissioners on Wednesday approved using unspent funds and extra bed tax dollars to promote sports and arts events throughout Sarasota County, a decision that will help, … Find out how to read more online.
Detert’s arts bill stalls in Legislature
Thu  Apr 24 2014 01:15AM
A bill proposed by state Sen. Nancy Detert that would put focus on students having access to fine arts programs in school has hit a snag. Detert, R-Venice, believes fine … Find out how to read more online.
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First lady touts one-stop job site for vets
Thu  Apr 24 2014 01:19AM
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — To help veterans leaving the military as it downsizes, the government on Wednesday started a one-stop job-shopping website for them to create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database for companies to … read more.

Amid Russian warning, Ukraine’s in a security bind
Thu  Apr 24 2014 01:19AM
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s highly publicized goal to recapture police stations and government buildings seized by pro-Russia forces in the east produced little action on the ground Wednesday but ignited foreboding words from Moscow. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov … read more.

New Syrian gas attacks?
Thu  Apr 24 2014 01:19AM
BEIRUT — Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath, according to Associated Press interviews with more than a dozen activists, … read more.

Teen ‘had no clue’ he was in Maui
Thu  Apr 24 2014 01:19AM
HONOLULU — Long flights can leave anyone a little unsteady, but a teenager who defied the odds, surviving a flight from California to Hawaii tucked in a jetliner’s wheel well, was disoriented, thirsty and could barely walk after the freezing, … read more.

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Sarasota Memorial Health CEO stepping down
Thu  Apr 24 2014 01:15AM
SARASOTA — After nearly 10 years, Gwen MacKenzie is stepping down as president and CEO of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System and returning to her home state to assume a position in the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health system. … Find out how to read more online.

Crime rate hits low
Thu  Apr 24 2014 01:15AM
The total number of serious crimes in Charlotte, DeSoto and Sarasota counties dropped from 2012 to 2013, and all three counties saw the lowest number of index crimes per 100,000 residents in more than two decades, according to the latest … Find out how to read more online.

Home sweet homes
Wed  Apr 23 2014 08:00AM
Residential real estate in Southwest Florida is heating up as more homes continue to sell faster and fetch strong prices, according to March real estate reports. Charlotte and Sarasota counties each saw an increase in the number of closed sales … Find out how to read more online.

Officials get closer to homeless facility decision
Wed  Apr 23 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota county and city leaders are roughly 60 days from choosing the location of an adult homeless shelter, following a joint meeting Tuesday. Unless they decide to scrap the entire process and start over, the decision will … Find out how to read more online.

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