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Art that twirls
Wed  May 25 2016 10:26AM
City leaders considered accepting an 11-foot tall aluminum kinetic art sculpture this week, but held off after concerns were raised about where to place the artwork. Artist and local Realtor … Find out how to read more online.
Think you are having a stroke? Think ‘brain attack.’ Act fast
Wed  May 25 2016 10:26AM
Dizziness. Headache. Slurred speech. Weakness. Blurred vision. Those are the major symptoms of a brain attack — the blockage of an artery that serves the brain. If that sounds like … Find out how to read more online.
Pierce named city’s next finance director
Wed  May 25 2016 10:24AM
The City of Venice has hired Walter H. Pierce III of Tampa as its new finance director. Pierce will start at the city Thursday, May 26. Pierce brings to the … Find out how to read more online.
Four wounded veterans spend weekend fishing
Wed  May 25 2016 10:24AM
Joe Deslauters caught a 70-pound tarpon while fishing the first weekend of May in the waters off Manasota Key. “He put up a pretty good fight,” said the 37-year-old Deslauters, … Find out how to read more online.
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Bedbugs in Tampa college classrooms
Sat  May 28 2016 01:19AM
TAMPA (AP) — The University of South Florida is dealing with an infestation of bedbugs. The Tampa Bay Times reports that instead of invading USF’s beds or dorms, the bugs have infested its classrooms. USF officials say six classrooms and … read more.

Obama uses Hiroshima visit as opportunity to urge no nukes
Fri  May 27 2016 09:04PM
HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — With an unflinching look back at a painful history, President Barack Obama stood on the hallowed ground of Hiroshima on Friday and declared it a fitting place to summon people everywhere to embrace the vision of … read more.

Rate hikes looming for Florida businesses after court ruling
Sat  May 28 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida regulators are being asked to approve a whopping 17.1 percent rate hike in insurance premiums paid by the state’s business owners to cover their employees. The agency that submits rate filings on behalf of insurance companies filed … read more.

Under new rules, an American couple finally has a word for Haitian child: daughter
Sat  May 28 2016 01:19AM
The first time Dan and Julie Cruz met the little girl with the wide eyes and the bright smile, she looked up, stretched out her arms and silently motioned to be picked up. “It was an awesome moment,” recalled Dan, … read more.

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Annual hurricane seminar today
Wed  May 25 2016 10:24AM
The area hasn’t seen a major hurricane in over a decade. But residents are warned not to get complacent just because one hasn’t hit. In an effort to provide information to citizens, the City of Venice will hold its Annual … Find out how to read more online.

Details of Salvation Army leader’s fraud charges
Wed  May 25 2016 10:24AM
The state’s Office of Financial Regulation released details of the investigation into a local Salvation Army leader and his co-defendant for fraud charges. David Sutton, 63, of Sarasota, and Michael D. Garrett, 69, of Nokomis, operated a business called Keys … Find out how to read more online.

USDA Food Distribution
Wed  May 25 2016 10:26AM
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services contracts with All Faiths Food Bank to distribute free U.S. Department of Agriculture commodities. Eligible residents will receive nine to 12 free commodities. Sarasota County distribution will be at these sites; schedules … Find out how to read more online.

Calmer, wiser, sexier: A senior love story
Wed  May 25 2016 10:26AM
In Silver Linings, a semimonthly column on the joys of aging, Mark Seiden explores inevitable reminders that our time on earth will not last forever — and the new depth of emotion that comes with such knowledge. These stories show … Find out how to read more online.

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