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City sidewalks soon for rent?
Sat  May 21 2016 11:52AM
Complaints from residents about restaurants and apparel boutiques serving meals and selling their goods on the sidewalk have drawn the attention of City Council. Some say it’s a welcome arrangement, … Find out how to read more online.
Gun range eyed
Sat  May 21 2016 11:50AM
Residents in North Venice are upset over semi-automatic gunfire and a stray bullet that hit a Willow Chase home this week. It’s not the first time a residence in the … Find out how to read more online.
Full city pension funding a matter of time
Sat  May 21 2016 11:50AM
Editor’s note: This is the last story in a series on the city of Venice’s police and firefighter pension funds. • • • “Pensions are one of the largest and … Find out how to read more online.
SCF provost retiring after 34 years
Sat  May 21 2016 11:48AM
Darlene Wedler-Johnson has spent more than half her life working for what is now State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. She’s seen five college presidents and the name of the institution … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Death toll from weeklong storms in Sri Lanka rises
Mon  May 23 2016 01:19AM
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The death toll from landslides and floods in Sri Lanka as a result of weeklong heavy storms has risen to 92, officials said Sunday. Soldiers searching for victims of landslides that buried three villages in … read more.

El-Sissi says Egypt submarine headed to plane crash site
Sun  May 22 2016 08:06PM
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s president said on Sunday a submarine belonging to his country’s Oil Ministry was headed to the site of the crash of EgyptAir Flight-804 in the eastern Mediterranean to join the search for the cockpit voice and … read more.

Iraq launches operation to retake IS-held city of Fallujah
Mon  May 23 2016 08:30AM
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the beginning of military operations to retake the Islamic State-held city of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, in a televised address late Sunday night. Iraqi forces are “approaching a moment of great … read more.

Police fatally shoot alleged Florida car burglar
Sun  May 22 2016 08:04PM
HALLANDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Hallandale Beach police officer has fatally shot a man they say tried to flee from authorities while they were investigating reports of car burglaries. Police were called early Sunday after reports of car break-ins and … read more.

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SMH fights objections, says hospital needed
Wed  May 18 2016 02:12PM
Not surprisingly, Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s response to the objections to its proposed 80-bed facility on Laurel Road focuses on the ones raised by the closest competitor — Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH). Three other hospitals — Bayfront Health Port Charlotte, … Find out how to read more online.

Woman’s Club celebrates 90 years
Sat  May 21 2016 11:48AM
In 1927, Frank Parker Stockbridge addressed a newly formed group of 18 women in Venice calling themselves the Venice-Nokomis Woman’s Club on “What Makes A Community.” He suggested the women assist in schools, supervise recreation for children, keep a clean … Find out how to read more online.

New fines set for unlicensed contractors
Sat  May 21 2016 11:48AM
Sarasota County is cracking down on unlicensed contractors and trying to make the financial penalties high enough to deter unpermitted construction work. County commissioners unanimously adopted an amendment Tuesday creating a minimum fine of $1,000 per day per offense. The … Find out how to read more online.

The opportunity to return
Sat  May 21 2016 11:50AM
Grandma called him “Jeffy” — my little brother who got his finger stuck in one of her big iron frying pans. That’s right, it was a frying pan. The handle on that heavy black pan was rolled over on the … Find out how to read more online.

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