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Fewer students seek careers in construction
Sun  Aug 31 2014 01:00AM
In “The Graduate,” Dustin Hoffman’s character, who just graduated from college, was told to shape his future around one word: “Plastics.” Barney Duffy has two words for high school graduates: … Find out how to read more online.
Some hope for short Springs outage
Fri  Aug 29 2014 02:16PM
NORTH PORT — Although the Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa will close at 5 p.m. Sunday, staff said the city’s plan to obtain full ownership of the Springs could allow … Find out how to read more online.
Nevins, first bishop of Venice diocese, dies
Thu  Aug 28 2014 08:00AM
VENICE — The Most Rev. John Nevins, founding bishop of the Diocese of Venice in Florida, died Tuesday. He was 82. The death was announced in a press statement from … Find out how to read more online.
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Ukraine says Russian tanks flatten town
Sat  Aug 30 2014 09:00PM
KIEV/BRUSSELS — Ukraine said Russian tanks had flattened a small border town and pro-Russia rebels had made fresh gains in its east, as EU leaders signaled on Saturday they would threaten more sanctions against Moscow over the crisis. Ukrainian President … read more.

Pacino plays depressed men — twice — at Venice film fest
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:58PM
VENICE (Reuters) — Al Pacino fended off suggestions on Saturday that because he plays depressed characters in two movies shown at the Venice Film Festival he must have a special affinity for such roles. The “Godfather” star, who is 74, … read more.

Rouhani: Sanctions ‘unconstructive’
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:58PM
DUBAI/VIENNA, (Reuters) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday new U.S. sanctions were against the spirit of Tehran’s nuclear negotiations with world powers, but added he was not pessimistic about the talks continuing. The United States on Friday penalized … read more.

NYC choking death of man ruled homicide
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:58PM
NEW YORK — The death of a man who was restrained by police during a drug-fueled outburst was ruled a homicide by the city’s medical examiner, New York police said, as the department faces accusations of overly harsh arrest tactics. … read more.

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School Board clarifies policy on district transfers
Thu  Aug 28 2014 08:00AM
The DeSoto County School Board approved one request for a student to transfer out of the district, and disapproved another, giving some insight to its position on out-of-district transfers. Board Chair Deborah Snyder opened the discussion over two students seeking … Find out how to read more online.

Newcomer, incumbent win DeSoto School Board races
Wed  Aug 27 2014 11:59AM
DeSoto voters elected newcomer Daniel Via to the county’s School Board Tuesday, while incumbent Ronny Allen was awarded another term in office. Via, who has no political experience, narrowly edged out Dr. Roosevelt Johnson by 41 votes in the District … Find out how to read more online.

Wyld served 41 years in Navy Reserve aboard 21 ships
Mon  Aug 25 2014 08:00AM
During his 41 years in the Naval Reserve, Chief Warrant Officer-4 Bill Wyld Jr. may have served on more ships than just about anyone in the service. From 1948 until he retired from the Navy in 1985, the Port Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.

‘Gator’ show snags viewers
Thu  Aug 21 2014 08:00AM
LAKE SUZY — Arcadia resident Jayson Franklin knows a lot about hunting alligators. That is why when Eric Young, host of Animal Planet’s adventure fishing series “Off the Hook — Extreme Catches,” traveled to Arcadia to catch an alligator, he … Find out how to read more online.

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