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Airbags save lives in multi-car crash
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:30AM
Venice Police suspect alcohol may have been the catalyst for a multi-vehicle crash at U.S. 41 Bypass at Venetia Bay Boulevard in Venice on Valentine’s Day. Police and Fire Departments … Find out how to read more online.
Tourism is up here; Braves looming
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:28AM
Tourism set records in Sarasota County and the state of Florida last year as the rebound from the recession continues. Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that 112.8 million people visited … Find out how to read more online.
Jews, Muslims, Christians pray together in synagogue
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:28AM
In a show of solidarity, friendship and kindness, Rabbi Harold Caminker invited Imam Mohamed Benkhaled, with the Islamic Society of Sarasota-Bradenton, to participate in the Shabbat (worship service) Friday night, … Find out how to read more online.
Bypass traffic shifts, roundabout work set
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:28AM
The new traffic lanes of the U.S. 41 Bypass are scheduled to be put to use beginning Sunday and Monday nights. According to a press statement from the Florida Department … Find out how to read more online.
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Florida looks to expand gun rights in wake of Pulse shooting
Tue  Feb 21 2017 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Republicans are more determined than ever to pass bills expanding gun rights in the wake of the deadly Pulse nightclub and Fort Lauderdale airport shootings. They say law-abiding gun owners should be allowed to take … read more.

Tue  Feb 21 2017 01:19AM
State prosecutors can seek death penalty despite questions TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida prosecutors can seek the death penalty in ongoing cases despite a state Supreme Court ruling that found a new death penalty law unconstitutional. The court ruled Monday that … read more.

A month of Trump: Tweets and turmoil for the 45th president
Sat  Feb 18 2017 04:20PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — One month after the inauguration, the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of Donald Trump’s White House still is a hard-hat zone. Skeletal remains of the inaugural reviewing stands poke skyward. Random piles of plywood and cables … read more.

Pence says US to hold Russia accountable, stand with NATO
Sat  Feb 18 2017 04:19PM
MUNICH (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday conveyed a message to jittery partners that the Trump administration will “hold Russia accountable” and maintain steadfast support for NATO, a military alliance the American commander in chief once dismissed … read more.

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Downtown bank drive-in closes for good
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:28AM
Drivers stopping on Tuesday at the Bank of America drive-up window at 304 West Venice Ave., used the facility for the final time. It closed permanently after business that afternoon as part of the bank’s strategy around the country to … Find out how to read more online.

County looking to land New Jersey company
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:26AM
In hopes of landing the headquarters of a company currently based in New Jersey, the Sarasota County Commission will consider incentives to influence the company’s decision during its meeting Wednesday morning. Code-named Project Panther — the county never releases the … Find out how to read more online.

Boone and Boone named Mayor’s Pillars
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:26AM
Two longtime Venice attorneys received the Mayor’s Pillar of the Community Award this week for their community service. Steve and brother Jeff Boone were cited for decades of hands-on involvement in service organizations, coaching various Venice sports programs, and serving … Find out how to read more online.

Archives kicks off city’s 90th anniversary
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:26AM
“Venice at 90: A Retrospective” is the new show at the Venice Museum and Archives in the historic Triangle Inn. It will remain open through July 31. Although Venice could celebrate multiple anniversaries, the 90th honors the year in which … Find out how to read more online.

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