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Report: Drunken driver hits 13-year-old
Thu  Nov 27 2014 01:00AM
ROTONDA WEST — Anthony Eklund loves to run. But after Tuesday night, it might be a while before the local 13-year-old can even walk without any trouble. A suspected drunken … Find out how to read more online.
Second student arrested in prostitution ring
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:31AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Fifteen-year-old Julian Luis Mathena of Nokomis is the third person to be arrested in connection with a student-led prostitution “business” at local high schools, authorities say. Mathena, … Find out how to read more online.
County widens utilities audit
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:31AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County is expanding the outside audit that will look into the operations of the utilities department. On Tuesday, commissioners unanimously agreed to add two risk areas to … Find out how to read more online.
Manatees moving into winter waters
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:31AM
With the onset of cold fronts, manatees are heading to their warm water havens. Manatees seek out creeks, canals and other warm waters in Lemon Bay, the Myakka River, Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
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US stock market inches to record
Thu  Nov 27 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market eked out another record close on Wednesday ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday as investors assessed the latest reports on the economy and some corporate earnings. Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rose in … read more.

Obama pardons Mac and Cheese
Thu  Nov 27 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has issued an executive action that some of his Republican opponents may be hard-pressed to disagree with — sparing Thanksgiving turkeys from the dinner table. In the spirit of the holiday, Obama on Wednesday took … read more.

Snowstorm hampers travel
Thu  Nov 27 2014 01:19AM
MINEOLA, N.Y. — A sloppy mix of rain and snow rolled into the Northeast on Wednesday just as millions of Americans began the big Thanksgiving getaway, grounding hundreds of flights and turning highways hazardous along the congested Washington-to-Boston corridor. By … read more.

Applications for US jobless aid jump to 313,000
Thu  Nov 27 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week, pushing total applications above 300,000 for the first time in nearly three months. Weekly applications rose 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 313,000, the Labor Department said … read more.

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Sarasota Schools employee charged with computer crimes
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:31AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A Sarasota County School District employee has been charged with allegedly causing nearly three days of disruptions to district computer systems last month. Michael A. Levanti, 28, of the 5900 block of Guarino Drive, Sarasota, an IT … Find out how to read more online.

Retired educators sponsor Read Aloud Day
Thu  Nov 27 2014 01:00AM
Nineteen years ago this month, a yearly tradition was born. Joyce Barnes, a past president of the Charlotte County Retired Educators Association who now is deceased, started the Read Aloud Day in 1995. Members and local volunteers gather at a … Find out how to read more online.

Retailers, shoppers prep for holiday sales
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:31AM
Getting in line at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day for a wrist-band for a $115 television or a $399 PlayStation at Walmart may be way too late. Although wristbands will be distributed for the doorbuster sale items beginning at 6 p.m., local Walmart … Find out how to read more online.

Police: Teen organized prostitution ring
Tue  Nov 25 2014 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Two people were charged Friday, including a 17-year-old girl, in connection with a prostitution ring that used underage girls from area high schools, according to the Venice Police Department. Sarasota High School student Alexa Nicole De Armas, … Find out how to read more online.

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