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Venice Pier Group, doing the right thing for 31 years
Wed  Feb 21 2018 07:24PM
A woman of a certain age, dressed to the nines, appeared at the entrance to Sharky’s On the Pier one evening. It seemed that a Sharky’s employee’s paycheck had been … Find out how to read more online.
Referendum, budget colliding?
Wed  Feb 21 2018 07:34PM
SARASOTA — Ahead of next month’s referendum vote, the Sarasota County School Board met to discuss the tentative 2018-19 budget. It is set to be released the same week as … Find out how to read more online.
Symphony teams with dancers
Wed  Feb 21 2018 07:24PM
NORTH PORT — Dancers and the North Port Symphony will work together in the symphony’s next concert, “Invitation to the Dance.” The concert will feature award-winner dancers Kelle Chancellor and … Find out how to read more online.
Expo-goers learn about medical cannabis, acupuncture and more
Wed  Feb 21 2018 07:24PM
ROTONDA — One of the questions Bridget Robinson is asked repeatedly is if a person suffering from chronic pain will get high from taking a medical marijuana pill. “A big … Find out how to read more online.
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Band shell planned for Dearborn Street
Wed  Feb 21 2018 07:24PM
ENGLEWOOD — West Dearborn Street could see its own permanent band shell. Not all the revitalization projects planned by Englewood Community Redevelopment Agency for the revitalization effort along West Dearborn Street are large and impressive. Smaller projects, however, will make … Find out how to read more online.

Representatives expect bipartisan bill soon on guns, schools, mental health
Wed  Feb 21 2018 07:34PM
In the wake of last week’s shooting at a high school in Parkland that killed 17 people, local Republican leaders in the Florida House of Representatives believe the Legislature will address issues involving access to guns, hardening of schools and … Find out how to read more online.

Punta Gorda lifts medical cannabis ban
Wed  Feb 21 2018 07:34PM
PUNTA GORDA — Vice Mayor Gary Wein said Wednesday that Punta Gorda should have lifted its ban on medicinal marijuana treatment facilities sooner. “I wish I would have moved forward earlier. ... It’s time to move forward,” said Wein, who … Find out how to read more online.

Time travel is real ... through tribute bands
Tue  Feb 20 2018 08:30AM
Mackenzie Jackson is 30. While being a singer and songwriter in her own right, her main gig is playing Stevie Nicks in a Fleetwood Mac tribute band called Rumours. Rumours played five times in the Southwest Florida area this month … Find out how to read more online.

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Opioids dangers force police to abandon drug field tests
Wed  Feb 21 2018 09:08PM
ST. LOUIS — Police who find suspected drugs during a traffic stop or an arrest usually pause to perform a simple task: They place some of the material in a vial filled with liquid. If the liquid turns a certain … read more.

School shooting survivors are not ‘crisis actors’
Wed  Feb 21 2018 09:08PM
PARKLAND, Fla. — Two students who survived the Florida school shooting and spoke publicly about it are not “crisis actors,” despite the claims of several conspiracy-oriented sites and an aide to a Florida lawmaker. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School … read more.

Will and Jaden Smith create eco-friendly water company: “Just”
Wed  Feb 21 2018 09:08PM
LOS ANGELES — Jaden Smith’s environmental consciousness was born when he was out surfing at about age 10. He saw plastic water bottles bobbing in the ocean beside him, and he was so upset by it that he told his … read more.

Fed officials: Stronger economy boosts chance for rate hikes
Wed  Feb 21 2018 09:07PM
WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve officials at their January meeting believed that a brightening global economic picture and the effects of recently passed tax cuts had raised the prospect for solid growth and continued interest rate increases. The minutes of the … read more.

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