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PGT acquires Miami window manufacturer
Sat  Aug 2 2014 01:00AM
VENICE — North Venice-based PGT Windows has agreed to spend $111 million to buy a rival competitor, Miami-based CGI Windows & Doors Holdings Inc. Established in 1992, CGI, with its 200 … Find out how to read more online.
Spa soaked for $178K
Sat  Aug 2 2014 01:00AM
The former office manager of Spago Day Spa & Salon has been accused of making more than $175,000 in fraudulent purchases on the company’s business card between 2010 and 2012, … Find out how to read more online.
Online fundraiser to help Oasis pastor
Sat  Aug 2 2014 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — The Rev. Aaron Imel, pastor of Oasis Church — located off North Toledo Blade Boulevard — is recovering from a heart attack he suffered recently. Although the … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County seeks public input on stand-up paddleboards
Fri  Aug 1 2014 01:40PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County Parks and Recreation officials are seeking community input on a proposal to allow the rental and use of stand-up paddleboards at county-owned beaches. Residents and … Find out how to read more online.
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Israel pushes deeper into Gaza
Sat  Aug 2 2014 01:19AM
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Backed by tank fire and airstrikes, Israeli forces pushed deep into southern Gaza on Friday, searching for an Israeli army officer believed to be captured by Hamas fighters during deadly clashes that shattered an internationally … read more.

S&P 500 has worst week in 2 years
Sat  Aug 2 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks fell for a second day Friday, adding to the massive sell-off the day before and giving the market its worst week in two years. Investors found little reason to move money into stocks, faced … read more.

Ukraine: Body parts retrieved at crash site
Sat  Aug 2 2014 01:19AM
HRABOVE, Ukraine — Wearing gloves and carrying blue plastic buckets, international investigators finally began gathering up body parts and victims’ belongings Friday in the fields where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 came down. Artillery boomed in the distance as the 70-member … read more.

Judge: Draw new map
Sat  Aug 2 2014 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE — A Florida judge on Friday ordered legislators to draw up a new congressional map for the state after the old one was ruled to be illegal. Circuit Judge Terry Lewis wants the new map by Aug. 15, meaning … read more.

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Sample ballots to go out next week
Sat  Aug 2 2014 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sample ballots for the Aug. 26 primary will be mailed to registered voters in Sarasota County on Monday, according to Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent. A personalized sample ballot is being mailed to each of the 236,888 … Find out how to read more online.

Crash claims roadside worker
Fri  Aug 1 2014 08:00AM
A Port Charlotte man has been charged with DUI manslaughter after striking and killing a roadside worker Wednesday night on northbound U.S. 41, just north of the Barron Collier Bridge, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. Christopher Allen Best, … Find out how to read more online.

City’s influence grows
Fri  Aug 1 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The city of North Port will get another vote on the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization board, tasked with planning regional transportation infrastructure. The extra vote is “very significant,” said City Commissioner Rhonda DiFranco, who’s poised to become … Find out how to read more online.

North Port man charged with battering woman
Fri  Aug 1 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — A North Port man was charged with battery early Thursday morning after allegedly attacking a 33-year-old woman, according to the North Port Police Department. Robert Parolisi, 43, of the 2300 block of Halblum St., was with the … Find out how to read more online.

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