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‘Ukraine needs support of the world’
Wed  Jul 23 2014 01:00AM
When a Boeing 777 carrying nearly 300 people was shot down over Ukraine last week, local Ukrainians reacted with both horror and sympathy. A surface-to-air missile was fired at Malaysia … Find out how to read more online.
$704M school budget advances
Wed  Jul 23 2014 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County School Board unanimously approved a $704 million tentative budget — a reduction of $69 million from last fiscal year — and a lower millage for advertising purposes … Find out how to read more online.
Area home sales steady
Tue  Jul 22 2014 06:18PM
The local real estate market remains strong, with homes sold last month in the Charlotte County area fetching the highest median sales price of the year, according to data released … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Injured woodpecker caused collision
Wed  Jul 23 2014 01:00AM
An injured woodpecker is being blamed for a two-car collision Monday that sent an Englewood woman to the hospital. Jennifer Ellen Nemes, 48, of the 6200 block of Philco Street, … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
US flights dodge Tel Aviv
Wed  Jul 23 2014 01:19AM
JERUSALEM — A Hamas rocket exploded Tuesday near Israel’s main airport, prompting a ban on flights from the U.S. and many from Europe and Canada as aviation authorities responded to the shock of seeing a civilian jetliner shot down over … read more.

Stalemate at crash site
Wed  Jul 23 2014 01:19AM
KHARKIV, Ukraine — A train bearing the dead from the downed Malaysian airliner finally reached Ukrainian government-held territory Tuesday, but the pro-Russia separatists in control of the crash site showed little willingness to allow the full-scale investigation demanded by world … read more.

Obamacare hit by ruling, but subsidies to continue
Wed  Jul 23 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s health care law is enmeshed in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday. A divided court panel in … read more.

11 parents of Nigeria’s abducted girls die
Wed  Jul 23 2014 01:19AM
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — In the three months since Islamic extremists kidnapped more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, 11 of their parents have died, town residents say. The town where the girls were kidnapped, Chibok, is cut off by militants, who … read more.

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Agency to provide crossing guards
Tue  Jul 22 2014 07:35PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday that a private firm has been hired to perform crossing guard duties throughout unincorporated areas of the county. The SCSO selected Staffing Connection/Action Labor of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., which will … Find out how to read more online.

Working out the kinks
Tue  Jul 22 2014 08:00AM
When law enforcement turns to technology and social media to seek aid in solving cases, authorities run the risk of committing inadvertent errors or receiving unhelpful feedback. That’s what happened Friday afternoon when the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office was looking … Find out how to read more online.

State drops charge in Cheetah strangling case
Tue  Jul 22 2014 06:30PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The State Attorney’s Office declined to pursue a manslaughter charge against Brad Standford, the Bradenton man who strangled a Cheetah Lounge patron in February while working as a “floor host” at the Sarasota strip club. According to … Find out how to read more online.

City attorney candidates narrowed to 3
Tue  Jul 22 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The small group of contenders for the city’s in-house attorney post got even smaller after three lawyers withdrew their names from consideration over the weekend. North Port City Manager Jonathan Lewis sent a memo to commissioners over … Find out how to read more online.

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