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City sidewalks soon for rent?
Sat  May 21 2016 11:52AM
Complaints from residents about restaurants and apparel boutiques serving meals and selling their goods on the sidewalk have drawn the attention of City Council. Some say it’s a welcome arrangement, … Find out how to read more online.
Gun range eyed
Sat  May 21 2016 11:50AM
Residents in North Venice are upset over semi-automatic gunfire and a stray bullet that hit a Willow Chase home this week. It’s not the first time a residence in the … Find out how to read more online.
Full city pension funding a matter of time
Sat  May 21 2016 11:50AM
Editor’s note: This is the last story in a series on the city of Venice’s police and firefighter pension funds. • • • “Pensions are one of the largest and … Find out how to read more online.
SCF provost retiring after 34 years
Sat  May 21 2016 11:48AM
Darlene Wedler-Johnson has spent more than half her life working for what is now State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. She’s seen five college presidents and the name of the institution … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Forensic expert suggests explosion downed EgyptAir jet
Tue  May 24 2016 11:16PM
CAIRO (AP) — Body parts recovered from the crash of EgyptAir Flight 804 showed signs of burns and were so small that they suggested the jet was brought down by an explosion, a member of the team examining the remains … read more.

Police find 5 hacked-up bodies in Mexican Gulf coast state
Tue  May 24 2016 11:14PM
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz found the hacked-up bodies of what appear to be five men along with a sign attributing the killings to a dispute between drug cartels, prosecutors said Tuesday. The … read more.

2 more journalists go missing in lawless area of Colombia
Tue  May 24 2016 11:12PM
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Two more journalists were reported missing Tuesday in a lawless region where Colombian security forces were already carrying out an extensive search for a prominent Spanish journalist who disappeared over the weekend. The two journalists from … read more.

Sailors’ nightmare in Rio Olympics: plastic bags, trash
Tue  May 24 2016 11:10PM
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — If you’re the head of world sailing, this is your worst Olympic nightmare. A sailor nears the finish line in Rio de Janeiro’s polluted Guanabara Bay, holding the lead with a coveted gold medal in … read more.

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SMH fights objections, says hospital needed
Wed  May 18 2016 02:12PM
Not surprisingly, Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s response to the objections to its proposed 80-bed facility on Laurel Road focuses on the ones raised by the closest competitor — Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH). Three other hospitals — Bayfront Health Port Charlotte, … Find out how to read more online.

Woman’s Club celebrates 90 years
Sat  May 21 2016 11:48AM
In 1927, Frank Parker Stockbridge addressed a newly formed group of 18 women in Venice calling themselves the Venice-Nokomis Woman’s Club on “What Makes A Community.” He suggested the women assist in schools, supervise recreation for children, keep a clean … Find out how to read more online.

New fines set for unlicensed contractors
Sat  May 21 2016 11:48AM
Sarasota County is cracking down on unlicensed contractors and trying to make the financial penalties high enough to deter unpermitted construction work. County commissioners unanimously adopted an amendment Tuesday creating a minimum fine of $1,000 per day per offense. The … Find out how to read more online.

The opportunity to return
Sat  May 21 2016 11:50AM
Grandma called him “Jeffy” — my little brother who got his finger stuck in one of her big iron frying pans. That’s right, it was a frying pan. The handle on that heavy black pan was rolled over on the … Find out how to read more online.

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