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Homeless fight spurs city hall debate
Sun  Aug 31 2014 10:42AM
The timing couldn’t have been worse. Just as the city is about to spend $16,000 on a water fountain to beautify the new Ruscelletto Park, complaints are coming in about … Find out how to read more online.
Two arrested for gambling operation
Sun  Aug 31 2014 10:42AM
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men this week who operate the Players Club 777 in Osprey for illegal gambling and other charges. The investigation began in January of … Find out how to read more online.
Man charged with beating, killing dog
Sun  Aug 31 2014 10:40AM
A Nokomis man who was arrested in January on charges of domestic battery by strangulation was arrested this week for strangling a dog. The man faces four counts of aggravated … Find out how to read more online.
First bishop of Venice diocese passes away
Sun  Aug 31 2014 10:40AM
The Most Rev. John Nevins, the founding bishop of the Diocese of Venice, died Tuesday. He was 82. The death was announced in a press statement from his successor, the … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
F-16s dispatched for unresponsive pilot of small plane near D.C.
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:42PM
(Reuters) — Two F-16 fighter jets were dispatched to check on a small plane that entered restricted airspace around Washington, D.C., on Saturday, and the fighter pilots observed the person at the controls to be unconscious before the plane ran … read more.

Sinkhole that proved popular at Corvette Museum will be filled
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:42PM
(Reuters) — A sinkhole that swallowed eight cars inside the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky will be filled even though it has become a tourist attraction that sharply increased attendance and revenue, the museum’s board decided on Saturday. The board … read more.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ tops this year’s box office universe
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:42PM
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) — The “Guardians of the Galaxy” misfits reached a new box office stratosphere over the U.S. Labor Day weekend, soaring past fellow Marvel hero “Captain America” to become the highest-grossing domestic movie of 2014. “Guardians” rang … read more.

Obama faces bipartisan criticism over his foreign policy
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:42PM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Barack Obama faced criticism over his foreign policy from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Sunday as he wrestled with crises in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Ukraine. Republican lawmakers seized on Obama’s comment on Thursday when … read more.

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Years of environmental work get financial help
Sun  Aug 31 2014 10:40AM
Volunteers have cleared hundreds of feet of the Siesta Waterway in South Venice by hand. Thanks to a grant jointly funded by Sarasota County and the Southwest Florida Water Management District (Swiftmud), the rest of the job will be much … Find out how to read more online.

So you want to be a smuggler?
Sun  Aug 31 2014 10:40AM
Now that the kids are back in school, parents and grandparents may be inspired to do the same. With all the colleges in the area plus art centers and the world-famous Ringling School of Design, there are plenty of options, … Find out how to read more online.

Memorial concern abated
Sun  Aug 31 2014 10:40AM
Venice Mayor John Holic’s question about where a donor gets the authority to make changes to a public monument — in this case, the 9/11 Memorial in Patriots Park — has been answered. In fact, it was answered a few … Find out how to read more online.

Summer heat slows hiring
Sun  Aug 31 2014 10:40AM
The typically slow summer season has caused hiring to drag across Southwest Florida, but an increase in construction activity holds promise for the future. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity reported Friday that the jobless rate in Charlotte County climbed … Find out how to read more online.

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