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Locals react to gay marriage ruling
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM
If someone had asked retired state attorney Erica Raffel a year ago if gay couples in Florida ever would enjoy the same right to marriage as straight couples in the … Find out how to read more online.
No recount in city race
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — There will be no recount for the North Port City Commission Seat 4 race, despite a 34-vote difference between two candidates, Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Kathy … Find out how to read more online.
Chico’s coming to Cocoplum
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Chico’s boutique is the latest store to find a new home in Cocoplum Village Shops, city of North Port Building officials confirmed Friday. Chico’s, a women’s apparel … Find out how to read more online.
Government offices to close for Labor Day
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM
City of North Port and Sarasota County government offices, including libraries, recreation centers and Historical Resources, will be closed Monday, Sept. 1 for the Labor Day holiday. Sarasota County Area … Find out how to read more online.
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S&P 500 edges up to new record
Fri  Aug 29 2014 10:42PM
NEW YORK (Reuters) — U.S. stocks closed out a strong month on a quiet note on Friday, with the S&P 500 posting a modest gain to close at a new record as the latest positive data helped extend a rally … read more.

UN urges US to stop police brutality
Fri  Aug 29 2014 10:42PM
GENEVA (Reuters) — The U.N. racism watchdog urged the United States on Friday to discontinue the excessive use of force by police after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman touched off riots in Ferguson, … read more.

Ukraine seeks to join NATO
Fri  Aug 29 2014 10:42PM
LAKE SELIGER, Russia — Ukraine called on Friday for full membership in NATO, its strongest plea yet for Western military help, after accusing Russia of sending in armored columns that have driven back its forces on behalf of pro-Moscow rebels. … read more.

ALS Association backs down on trademark attempt
Fri  Aug 29 2014 10:38PM
(Reuters) — In the wake of criticism over its attempt to trademark the words “ice bucket challenge,” the ALS Association said it is withdrawing its applications from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Following a blog post by a Virginia … read more.

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Local attorney disbarred
Fri  Aug 29 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — A Sarasota attorney with North Port ties was disbarred by the Florida Supreme Court in July, after an investigation revealed a host of violations, including taking money for legal service he never performed, among others. Virgil L. … Find out how to read more online.

Recount possible for Seat 4 city race
Fri  Aug 29 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — On election night, North Port City Commission candidate Lorenzo Whitehead posted on his Facebook page that he would ask for a recount for his Seat 4 race in the primary, after Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections results … Find out how to read more online.

Fears surround commercial growth in revitalization plan
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Parkside redevelopment plan met with some initial resistance at a public meeting this week, when several homeowners objected to bringing in more density and commercial activity to the community. With about 50 residents attending the forum … Find out how to read more online.

City to discuss Springs purchase Friday
Thu  Aug 28 2014 06:22PM
NORTH PORT — City commissioners will hold a special meeting today at 1 p.m. Friday to determine whether they should accept Sarasota County’s offer to sell its half of Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa to the city by Sept. 2. Doing … Find out how to read more online.

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