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Lee vote heard ’round the state
Sun  Aug 31 2014 01:00AM
A decision reached earlier this week by the Lee County School Board, in which three of its five members voted to opt out of all statewide standardized tests, elicited strong … Find out how to read more online.
Moore eyes collaborative victory
Sun  Aug 31 2014 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — Jacqueline Moore isn’t taking too much time to bask in her primary election lead. The contender knows the real work is still to come if she hopes … Find out how to read more online.
Fewer students seek careers in construction
Sun  Aug 31 2014 01:00AM
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.
Government offices to close for Labor Day
Sun  Aug 31 2014 01:00AM
City of North Port and Sarasota County government offices, including libraries, recreation centers and Historical Resources, will be closed Monday, Sept. 1 for the Labor Day holiday. Sarasota County Area … 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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Locals react to gay marriage ruling
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM
If someone had asked retired state attorney Erica Raffel a year ago if gay couples in Florida ever would enjoy the same right to marriage as straight couples in the state, her answer would have been a resounding no — … Find out how to read more online.

Skilled construction tradesmen
Sun  Aug 31 2014 01:00AM
Finding construction work is no longer a problem — the industry is on the mend after the long recession. But finding skilled and experienced tradesmen is a different story. Marcos Carvalho and his MPH Flooring partner, Mike Halunen, specialize in … Find out how to read more online.

No recount in city race
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — There will be no recount for the North Port City Commission Seat 4 race, despite a 34-vote difference between two candidates, Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent said Friday. Lorenzo Whitehead, who came in third in … Find out how to read more online.

Chico’s coming to Cocoplum
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Chico’s boutique is the latest store to find a new home in Cocoplum Village Shops, city of North Port Building officials confirmed Friday. Chico’s, a women’s apparel shop with roots beginning in Sanibel Island more than 30 … Find out how to read more online.

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