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Unrelenting Rain (and tons more coming)
Sat  May 26 2018 02:02PM
It’s not your imagination. It has been raining — a lot. How much? Well Bob Harrigan, Chief Meteorologist for ABC-7 in Sarasota, said that the rain total so far this … Find out how to read more online.
Pine View principal speaks out
Sat  May 26 2018 02:02PM
Pine View School and the Sarasota County School District don’t see eye to eye with State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF), on the reason seven of nine dual enrollment classes … Find out how to read more online.
City wants out of street light biz
Sat  May 26 2018 02:00PM
The city of Venice owns more than 400 street lights. Assistant City Manager Len Bramble told the City Council Tuesday the goal is to reduce that number to zero. That … Find out how to read more online.
SCF wants own South County high school
Mon  May 21 2018 05:12PM
•See related editorial, Page B5 South County high school students have options that let them earn a free associate degree from a college along with their high school diploma. State … Find out how to read more online.
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School Board denies charter school
Sat  May 26 2018 01:58PM
Members of Protect Our Public Schools Manasota protested against a charter school that applied to Sarasota County Schools for a location near Palmer Ranch in southern Sarasota. The charter school would have been known as Pinecrest Academy Gulf Coast. The … Find out how to read more online.

Red Cross squeezed out of county shelter plan
Sat  May 26 2018 01:58PM
The American Red Cross, long known for its trained volunteers who man disaster shelters nationwide, will no longer man hurricane shelters in Sarasota County. Instead, the organization will play a secondary role under the new Sarasota County shelter plan, manning … Find out how to read more online.

VPAC is growing into its potential
Sat  May 26 2018 01:58PM
Thanks to funding by the Sarasota County School Board and the city of Venice, Venice High School and the community have a state-of-the-art, 1,090-seat facility with great acoustics for school productions as well as performances of the Venice Concert Band, … Find out how to read more online.

Agency: Cats from hoarding house up for adoption
Sat  May 26 2018 01:58PM
Thirty-three cats rescued from a hoarding situation in North Port are available for adoption, according to The Cat Depot. A total of 37 cats were taken from a home along Granada Drive by Sarasota County Animal Services in April. The … Find out how to read more online.

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Family: Virginia police shooting video raises more questions
Fri  May 25 2018 11:02PM
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The family of a young, black Virginia man who was fatally shot by police while naked and unarmed said the release of body-camera footage answered some of their questions about what happened but raised even more. … read more.

Alberto it is: First named tropical system chugs toward Gulf
Fri  May 25 2018 10:58PM
MIAMI (AP) — A storm moving slowly through the Caribbean Sea is threatening to bring heavy rainfall, mudslides, and flash floods to parts of Mexico, Cuba, Florida and the U.S. Gulf Coast this weekend. Subtropical Storm Alberto — the first … read more.

Florida ban on smokable medical pot ruled unconstitutional
Fri  May 25 2018 10:58PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s ban that prevents medical marijuana patients from smoking their cannabis has gone up in smoke. Leon County Circuit Court Judge Karen Gievers on Friday ruled that a state’s ban on smokable cannabis is unconstitutional. Florida’s … read more.

Publix suspends political giving amid anti-NRA protest
Fri  May 25 2018 10:58PM
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Survivors of the Parkland school shooting lay down in “die ins” at two Publix supermarkets Friday to protest the chain’s support for a gubernatorial candidate aligned with the National Rifle Association, as the company announced a … read more.

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