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For your garbage, ‘claw’ is possible
Tue  Aug 23 2016 04:02PM
A city advisory group is pitching a pilot program for automated waste collection that envisions using a mechanical claw to lift and empty city-provided garbage cans. Lee Lichtle, chair of … Find out how to read more online.
Check out these dream homes
Sat  Aug 20 2016 12:30PM
If you’re thinking about playing the Powerball anytime soon, now is the time to do it. The real estate market is flush with beautiful, high-end homes that will satisfy any … Find out how to read more online.
Library-museum idea raises concerns
Sat  Aug 20 2016 12:30PM
It took a while for Venice officials to cozy up to the idea of creating a combined new public library, archives and museum. City Manager Ed Lavallee made the city’s … Find out how to read more online.
Gondolier Sun owner purchases a daily newspaper
Sat  Aug 20 2016 12:30PM
Sun Coast Media Group, which owns the Venice Gondolier Sun, continues to expand throughout central Florida as it becomes the new owner of the daily newspaper in Highlands County. Sun … Find out how to read more online.
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Iraq hangs 36 men convicted in Islamic State massacre
Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:49PM
BAGHDAD -- Iraqi Sunday executed 36 men convicted of involvement in the massacre of hundreds of soldiers by Islamic State two years ago, state television al-Iraqiya reported. The executions were carried out in the presence of government officials and relatives … read more.

Brother of Syrian boy wounded in Aleppo dies
Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:48PM
BEIRUT (AP) — The brother of a wounded Syrian boy who gained international attention has died three days after suffering serious injuries in an air raid on the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, opposition activists said Sunday. The Britain-based Syrian … read more.

Zimbabwe: Supporters fume after protest pastor leaves for US
Mon  Aug 22 2016 01:19AM
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — From a symbol of resistance and hope, a pastor who galvanized thousands of Zimbabweans into anti-government action has become a subject of derision, fighting accusations of being a coward. Evan Mawarire became an instant hero after … read more.

Suspect’s ex-girlfriend lived in Alabama home where five were slain
Mon  Aug 22 2016 01:19AM
CITRONELLE, Ala. (AP) — The suspect in the killing of five people at a home in Alabama attacked them while they slept and then abducted his estranged girlfriend and an infant — both of whom were found alive, authorities said … read more.

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Experts: Zika is here but don’t panic
Wed  Aug 17 2016 09:42AM
Although the Zika virus has appeared in Sarasota County, for several reasons health officials say it’s not yet a significant concern here, even among the area’s older residents. First, as of Monday just one case had been confirmed in the … Find out how to read more online.

Southern Living says retire in Venice
Sat  Aug 20 2016 12:28PM
The city of Venice makes so many “Best Places” lists that Public Information Officer Lorraine Anderson probably expects to put out a press release every day. The latest is Southern Living Magazine’s list of the South’s Best Places to Retire. … Find out how to read more online.

Venice woman is runner up Queen
Tue  Aug 23 2016 10:35AM
Venice resident Cecelia Patterson (CeCe) is this year’s runner up to Florida’s Queen of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly). This is the first time anyone from Venice has made the finals, Venice resident Janice Totten said. The TOPS king for … Find out how to read more online.

A peek into Coel’s career
Sat  Aug 20 2016 12:28PM
Lee Coel — the Punta Gorda police officer placed on paid administrative leave after he fired a revolver with a live round that killed a civilian — apparently did not learn from previous mistakes, according to his personnel records. Although … Find out how to read more online.

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