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North Port in mourning after teacher killed
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
Students, staff and residents gathered Sunday at North Port High School to remember Antoinette “Ann” Gordon, who was gunned down Friday in Port Charlotte in what police deemed a murder-suicide. … Find out how to read more online.
Players Theatre leaving Sarasota
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
The Players Theatre, Sarasota’s community theater and the county’s oldest arts organization, is rewriting its script. Step one was the immediate rebranding of the theatre, which is now known as … Find out how to read more online.
Evacuation ‘collars’ installed
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
Just hours after Venice Mayor John Holic and a band of volunteers began to attach evacuation “collars” to stop signs, designating evacuation zones in the event of a hurricane, Sarasota … Find out how to read more online.
Learning to fly
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
Have you always wanted to pilot an airplane but never had time to learn? A private-pilot ground school will be offered two evenings a week during May in Venice through … Find out how to read more online.
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Florida Supreme Court considers overturning death sentences
Fri  May 6 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s Supreme Court wrestled with whether an inmate sentenced to death under a system found to be unconstitutional should have his punishment reduced to life in prison, and the lives of nearly 400 other condemned prisoners … read more.

St. Pete delays simply ticketing pot possession violators
Thu  May 5 2016 09:28PM
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — St. Pete delays vote on ticketing pot possession violators The St. Petersburg City Council has a delayed a vote on decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana until a diversion program is created. The council voted 8-0 … read more.

Florida detective fired for sending explicit video to woman
Thu  May 5 2016 09:28PM
PLANTATION, Fla. (AP) — A Plantation police detective has been fired after an investigation found he took an explicit video of himself and sent it to a woman who had reported a crime he was investigating. Media outlets report that … read more.

Florida doctor convicted of 162 counts of health care fraud
Thu  May 5 2016 09:28PM
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a north Florida doctor of 162 counts of health care fraud. U.S. Attorney Christopher Canova said in a news release that 59-year-old Dr. Ona Colasante defrauded Medicare, Medicaid and Blue Cross … read more.

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Venice Regional recertified for stroke care
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
Venice Regional Bayfront Health has again earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The hospital has had the advanced certification since 2009. Recertification follows an on-site review in February during which Joint … Find out how to read more online.

Former mayor’s ashes found in a garage
Sat  Apr 30 2016 11:52AM
Paul Justice led a full and productive life. He was born in East Palestine, Ohio in 1927, owned a Wheel Horse tractor dealership in Beach City, Ohio and in the ‘60s, became the mayor of that small town, which is … Find out how to read more online.

Millner passes baton after amazing run
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
After 20 years at the helm of the Venice Concert Band, Bill Millner has passed the baton. Millner is the organization’s third conductor as well as the one who has been there the longest. He passed the baton to Bob … Find out how to read more online.

Blue dots rule at the library
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
Sarasota County library officials gave Venice residents a second chance to provide input on a new public library this week. In February, officials compiled a list of programs and services residents wanted to see incorporated into the new library. The … Find out how to read more online.

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