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Twister rips Manasota Key
Sun  Mar 19 2017 11:54AM
Toni and Tom Orr settled in Monday for a quiet evening at their Manasota Key home. Tom sat in a rocker watching David Feherty’s interview of Phil Mickelson on the … Find out how to read more online.
At 90, nat’l jazz legend keeps on performing
Sun  Mar 19 2017 11:54AM
These days, many people consider 90 the new 70. Venice resident Dick Hyman entered his 10th decade this month by performing multiple jazz concerts. Next month, he will pick up … Find out how to read more online.
Commission responds to concerns, rebuts councilwoman
Sun  Mar 19 2017 11:54AM
The Venice Planning Commission addressed a number of issues raised by the public at a workshop this week on a draft Comprehensive Plan. It included the rebuttal of a sitting … Find out how to read more online.
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Florida investigating whether grad rates were manipulated
Wed  Mar 22 2017 07:06PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s education commissioner announced Wednesday that the state has launched an investigation into whether school districts are moving students around as part of an effort to manipulate graduation rates. Commissioner Pam Stewart said that late last … read more.

Nightclub shooting victims sue gunman’s employer, wife
Wed  Mar 22 2017 07:06PM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Dozens of survivors and victims’ relatives from the Orlando nightclub massacre are suing the gunman’s employer and wife, claiming they could have stopped Omar Mateen before the attack but didn’t. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in … read more.

Beyond spring cleaning: Tapestries get 16 years of grooming
Wed  Mar 22 2017 07:06PM
NEW YORK (AP) — Think your home furnishings are a dust magnet? New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine just spent 16 years cleaning and conserving its rare, supersize wall hangings. Now the historic house of worship is inviting … read more.

1 altered Facebook news headline jolts Virginia gov’s race
Tue  Mar 21 2017 08:26PM
Facebook headline on a news story involving a statue of Robert E. Lee has blown up into a major sore point in the Virginia GOP primary for governor. And it’s not the first time politicians or their allies have changed … read more.

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Quest for River Road funding begins
Sun  Mar 19 2017 11:52AM
And the search for elusive state dollars begins. A subcommittee of the Florida House gave the first hearing Wednesday to a funding request for River Road, and advanced the bill forward, although not in the amount originally requested. Introduced by … Find out how to read more online.

Honk for ‘Honk Jr.’ at Venice Theatre
Sun  Mar 19 2017 11:52AM
Students from Epiphany Cathedral School (ECS) in Venice will perform the Disney musical, “Honk Jr.,” on Venice Theatre’s MainStage March 24-26. Venice Theatre’s popular actor, director, choreographer and teacher in the theater’s education department is the show’s director, Brad Wages. … Find out how to read more online.

Venice woman leads Florida Yacht Club council
Sun  Mar 19 2017 11:52AM
Venice Yacht Club’s first female commodore (2007), Audrey Rice, earned more gold bars Saturday night, March 11, with her induction as the first female commodore of the Florida Council of Yacht Clubs. This was simply another first for a woman … Find out how to read more online.

‘Footloose’ readies to take the stage
Sun  Mar 19 2017 11:50AM
The Players Centre for Performing Arts presents the high-energy dance musical “Footloose,” playing from March 22 to April 9. With music by Tom Snow and lyrics by Dean Pitchford with additional music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and … Find out how to read more online.

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