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Homelessness expert praises Sarasota County efforts
Fri  May 29 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY –– No one is doing a better job putting roofs over the heads of homeless families than Sarasota County, according to an expert on the issue. “Nobody in … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff sues boat-race organizer
Fri  May 29 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office still has not been paid for three days of traffic control and security it provided for the Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand … Find out how to read more online.
Benderson Park named ‘Venue of the Year’
Fri  May 29 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Florida Sports Commission selected Nathan Benderson Park as the “Venue of the Year” during an awards ceremony last week in Fort Lauderdale. The Sarasota County park, … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte casts critical eye at mishmash of U.S. 41 signs
Thu  May 28 2015 02:08PM
MURDOCK — At a recent Charlotte County Commission workshop, a wide-ranging discussion of signs covered current standards, as well as possible changes, for advertising displays that some see as distracting … Find out how to read more online.
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Census: No. of Americans on assistance may be leveling off
Fri  May 29 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The once-increasing number of Americans getting some kind of public assistance from the U.S. government may be slowing down, according to new information from the U.S. Census Bureau. Approximately 52.2 million Americans — or 21.3 percent — … read more.

Russia classifies military casualties in peacetime
Fri  May 29 2015 01:19AM
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to make losses of Russian troops in peacetime a secret. The decree published on the official government website and signed by Putin on Wednesday makes it a state secret … read more.

Israeli Burning Man festival torches ancient remains
Fri  May 29 2015 01:19AM
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli Antiquities Authority says revelers at a Burning Man festival famous for its pyrotechnic spectacles have accidentally torched some remnants of prehistoric man. Archaeologist Yoram Haimi says organizers of Midburn, an Israeli affiliate of the Nevada … read more.

Google offers unlimited free storage of photos, videos
Fri  May 29 2015 01:19AM
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is willing to store and organize all of the world’s digital photos and videos for free. The online photo service announced Thursday is the latest example of Google’s desire to wrap its tentacles around virtually … read more.

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Regnier named new Sarasota County fire chief
Thu  May 28 2015 10:30PM
SARASOTA COUNTY –– The Sarasota County Fire Department has a new leader, as Michael Regnier has received a conditional offer to become its new fire chief, following a nationwide search. Regnier has served as the interim chief since May 2014, … Find out how to read more online.

North Port nod pushes Thomas Ranch project forward
Thu  May 28 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Unanimous “yes” votes at Tuesday’s North Port City Commission meeting led to more annexation and rezoning approvals for the planned Thomas Ranch housing and commercial development. The massive 9,600-acre property, purchased in May 2014 for nearly $100 … Find out how to read more online.

Wrongful death suit filed over inmate’s suicide
Thu  May 28 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The family of a mentally ill man who killed himself while incarcerated in the local jail has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. Friday will mark two years to the day since Victor … Find out how to read more online.

Report: Convicted felon trips, loses gun
Wed  May 27 2015 04:14PM
SOUTH VENICE — A 24-year-old convicted felon was arrested by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday night after he tripped, fell and lost the gun he was carrying while running away from officers who were trying to conduct a traffic … Find out how to read more online.

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