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Venice man dies in car wreck
Tue  Jul 26 2016 08:36AM
A Venice man was killed Monday morning after a single-vehicle crash. Robert Wesley Campbell Jr., 24, died on Burnt Store Road in Charlotte County after hitting a tree, authorities said. … Find out how to read more online.
School Board may OK tentative budget
Tue  Jul 26 2016 08:36AM
SARASOTA — The Sarasota County School Board may rubber-stamp moving forward with budget work Tuesday, marking the beginning of budget discussions for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. The school board’s Deputy … Find out how to read more online.
Officers take part in funeral
Tue  Jul 26 2016 08:36AM
NORTH PORT — Two honor guard officers were taking part Monday in the funeral for a police officer killed last week in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. North Port officers Billy Carter … Find out how to read more online.
Macy’s, nonprofit team up for charity
Tue  Jul 26 2016 08:36AM
NORTH PORT — North Port For The Children, a nonprofit organization that assists children in need in the community, is teaming up with Macy’s for its “Shop for a Cause” … Find out how to read more online.
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Brazil police arrest last suspect in Olympics terrorism case
Tue  Jul 26 2016 01:19AM
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Police arrested the last suspect wanted so far in a case of Brazilian sympathizers of the Islamic State who allegedly discussed attacking the Olympic Games next month in Rio de Janeiro. The Federal Police said … read more.

Florida mourns again
Tue  Jul 26 2016 08:30AM
Two people are dead, including a 14-year-old boy and a Lehigh Senior High School basketball star, and up to 16 are injured following a deadly shooting early Monday morning during a party at Club Blu in Fort Myers. The Fort … read more.

Surgeon general: Precaution best method to fight Zika
Tue  Jul 26 2016 01:19AM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy toured a mosquito control facility in Orlando on Monday and said now is the time to start taking precautions … read more.

Elderly veteran held as hostage in motel for years
Tue  Jul 26 2016 01:19AM
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Veterans’ organizations have reached out to help a Korean War-era veteran who authorities say was held hostage in a motel room for four years by a man who stole his benefit checks. Groups in New York, … read more.

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Sponsors, volunteers sought for Tour de North Port
Tue  Jul 26 2016 08:38AM
The seventh annual Tour de North Port bicycle ride is in need of sponsors and volunteers. Named “It’s the Green Pumpkin!” the ride takes place Sunday, Oct. 23. It is sponsored by People for Trees Inc., a nonprofit native tree … Find out how to read more online.

Common Grounds up for award
Tue  Jul 26 2016 08:38AM
NORTH PORT — Common Grounds Meeting Hall is a go-to for musicians in the area, and is now up for an award for best open mic night for music in the Tampa Bay region. Creative Loafing magazine, based out of … Find out how to read more online.

Delegates respond to Philly ‘boo birds’
Tue  Jul 26 2016 08:38AM
The “boo birds” landed in Philadelphia. That would be no great shakes if they had perched at any Philly sporting event, where they have a long, loud history. This time, though, feathers were ruffled Monday at a breakfast for Florida … Find out how to read more online.

Five mass shootings in 10 months
Tue  Jul 26 2016 08:36AM
PUNTA GORDA — Laishley Park is a symbolic landmark of Punta Gorda and its surrounding region. On Monday afternoon, children cooled off at the park’s splash pad, while parents watched them play. About a half-hour away, what should have been … Find out how to read more online.

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