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Jail gripes gobble staff time
Thu  Jul 31 2014 01:00AM
Inmates at the Charlotte County Jail file thousands of grievances each year. But while the facility’s population has risen to record numbers this month, the amount of complaints and lawsuits … Find out how to read more online.
North Port teen wins national digital arts festival
Thu  Jul 31 2014 01:00AM
Boys & Girls Clubs of America recently named Jasmine Levine of North Port a national winner in its 12th annual Digital Arts Festivals competition supported by Comcast and NBCUniversal, Sony … Find out how to read more online.
Springs raffle-rousers plan to sue city, county
Thu  Jul 31 2014 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — A Warm Mineral Springs activist organization announced in a City Commission meeting this week it would sue the city of North Port and Sarasota County if the … Find out how to read more online.
City dispatch consolidation over and out
Wed  Jul 30 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — City commissioners voted 4-1 Monday night for the city to retain its police dispatch rather than consolidate it with Sarasota County, with Cheryl Cook dissenting. Consolidating North … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Israeli strike hits school market area
Thu  Jul 31 2014 01:19AM
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli artillery shells tore through the walls of a U.N. school crowded with sleeping war refugees and back-to-back explosions rocked a market filled with shoppers Wednesday as Israel’s stepped up campaign against Gaza’s Hamas rulers … read more.

Clashes prevent experts from reaching bodies
Thu  Jul 31 2014 01:19AM
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Almost two weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was blown out of the sky, the remains of some passengers are feared rotting in the 90-degree midsummer heat, deepening the frustration of relatives desperate to recover the … read more.

Sanctions will damage Russia if not lifted
Thu  Jul 31 2014 01:19AM
MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. and European sanctions against Russia’s energy and finance sectors are strong enough to cause deep, long-lasting damage within months unless Moscow persuades the West to repeal them by withdrawing support for Ukrainian insurgents. The U.S. and … read more.

Dubai, European airlines divert flights over Iraq
Thu  Jul 31 2014 01:19AM
BAGHDAD (AP) — European airlines and a Dubai-based carrier are rerouting flights over Iraqi airspace as a security precaution amid fears that militants with the Islamic State group have weapons capable of shooting down planes, despite Iraq saying its skies … read more.

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Family’s grief deepens
Wed  Jul 30 2014 08:00AM
VENICE — The 9-year-old Georgia girl hit by a small plane Sunday on Caspersen Beach died from her injuries on Tuesday, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. Oceana Irizarry and her father, Ommy, 36, were walking along the shore … Find out how to read more online.

City issues Ukrainian Independence Day proclamation
Wed  Jul 30 2014 08:00AM
A proclamation to honor the 23rd anniversary of the re-establishment of Ukraine’s independence, Aug. 24, was issued by the North Port City Commission on Monday night. It was read by Mayor Jim Blucher during the commission’s regular meeting and delivered … Find out how to read more online.

School Board passes lower tentative millage, budget
Wed  Jul 30 2014 02:36PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — In a 10-minute meeting Tuesday evening, the Sarasota County School Board adopted its tentative millage and $704 million budget for the 2014-2015 school year — both lower than last fiscal year. The 5:15 p.m. meeting contained two … Find out how to read more online.

Program to provide free breakfast in 8 Sarasota County schools
Tue  Jul 29 2014 06:28PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County School Board wants to make sure students have a good breakfast to start their day, and a pilot program at eight district schools will begin making that more of a reality. The universal free … Find out how to read more online.

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