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School psychologist resigns after child sex conviction
Mon  Mar 2 2015 03:12PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A Sarasota County School District psychologist, who was convicted in January for molesting a young girl who was previously under his foster care, has officially resigned from … Find out how to read more online.
Gulf Coast Community Foundation head to step down
Mon  Mar 2 2015 11:02AM
Gulf Coast Community Foundation has announced that Teri A. Hansen will resign from her position as president/CEO, effective June 30,to head up the operations of the Charles and Margery Barancik … Find out how to read more online.
‘Tropical air mass’ causes warmer weather this week
Mon  Mar 2 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents can expect warmer weather all week, even with a weak front coming through toward the end of it. After the last cool front came through a few … Find out how to read more online.
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Syria agrees to UN fact-finding mission in Aleppo
Mon  Mar 2 2015 01:19AM
BEIRUT (AP) — The United Nations envoy to Syria is sending a mission to the contested city of Aleppo to determine the situation on the ground and help ensure that humanitarian aid can reach civilians in need if a local … read more.

World strawberry capital sours a bit on its trademark fruit
Mon  Mar 2 2015 01:19AM
PLANT CITY, Fla. (AP) — Some farmers in the strawberry capital of the world are souring on the fruits of their labor. Cold snaps, falling prices and worker shortages have combined to convince some farmers to scale back on strawberries, … read more.

Lady Gaga, Vince Vaughn take charity polar plunge in Chicago
Mon  Mar 2 2015 01:19AM
CHICAGO (AP) — Lady Gaga and Vince Vaughn made plunges into the icy waters of Chicago’s Lake Michigan at a fundraiser for Special Olympics. Special Olympics Chicago President Casey Hogan said Sunday that Gaga did the plunge with more than … read more.

In Russia, dwindling opposition mourns Putin foe Nemtsov
Mon  Mar 2 2015 01:19AM
MOSCOW (AP) — For the tens of thousands bearing flowers and tying black ribbons to railings in honor of slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, the solemn march through the Moscow drizzle on Sunday was a time for silence, not … read more.

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Jim Julian launched first wave of Navy drones
Mon  Mar 2 2015 08:30AM
When Jim Julian flipped the switch, cranking up a small remote-controlled helicopter on the deck of a Navy destroyer, he became a part of history that stretches to the increasing use of drones in today’s military. Shortly after graduating in … Find out how to read more online.

Sarasota, Charlotte counties seek input on comp plan revisions
Mon  Mar 2 2015 08:30AM
Sarasota and Charlotte counties have begun revamping their comprehensive plans, and there is still plenty of time to have your say. A county’s comp plan is a general policy guidebook for the development and growth of the county. Any proposed … Find out how to read more online.

Historical plaque pays homage to Bailey Cemetery
Sun  Mar 1 2015 08:30AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — At a historical marker dedication for Lt. Carl Bailey Cemetery on Friday, re-enactors of the 2nd Infantry, United States Colored Troops, also paid tribute to two Civil War veterans buried there. Owen B. “OB” Armstrong … Find out how to read more online.

River Road expansion awaits funding
Sun  Mar 1 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Only two obstacles are standing in the way of widening River Road to four lanes from the Tamiami Trail intersection to the interstate — the land to build it on and the money to pay for it. … Find out how to read more online.

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