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Blucher drops out of county race
Sat  Aug 29 2015 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Former city of North Port mayor Jim Blucher has withdrawn from the race for the Sarasota County Commission District 3 seat. He could not be reached for … Find out how to read more online.
Splash pad opening delayed
Sat  Aug 29 2015 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — The opening of the splash pad being constructed at Atwater Community Park in eastern North Port has been pushed back to early October due to a manufacturing … Find out how to read more online.
Bobcat freshmen lose season opener
Sat  Aug 29 2015 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — When the North Port High School freshman football team opened its season Thursday night against visiting Venice High School, the difference in numbers of players on both … Find out how to read more online.
NPPD: Woman charged for having sex outside 7-Eleven
Thu  Aug 27 2015 05:28PM
NORTH PORT — A woman was charged Wednesday in connection with an incident at a North Port gas station in which a father and son witnessed an amorous couple having … Find out how to read more online.
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Wall Street ends week peacefully
Sat  Aug 29 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Well, that was exciting. Days after China threw the biggest scare into Wall Street in years, U.S. stocks have come surging back and ended the week Friday on a placid note that suggested the worst may … read more.

Dominica prime minister says 20 dead following ‘Erika’
Sat  Aug 29 2015 01:19AM
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Tropical Storm Erika began to lose steam Friday over Haiti and the Dominican Republic, but it left behind a trail of destruction that killed at least 20 people on the small eastern Caribbean island of … read more.

Attack draws scrutiny to European railways
Sat  Aug 29 2015 01:19AM
PARIS (AP) — Europe’s rail system is at the heart of its open borders, a way for passengers to travel on some of the world’s fastest and most sophisticated mass transit with no need for passports or even ID. The … read more.

Ex-student acquitted of felony rape
Fri  Aug 28 2015 10:20PM
CONCORD, N.H. — A New Hampshire jury on Friday convicted Owen Labrie of five counts — including statutory rape — in connection with the sexual assault of another student at a prestigious boarding school, but it acquitted him of more … read more.

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Area schools get $200K for reading program
Fri  Aug 28 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Three elementary schools, including two in North Port, have received $200,000 in grants to support a Reading Recovery program directed toward struggling first-graders, according to the Sarasota County School District. Atwater and Cranberry elementaries, both in North … Find out how to read more online.

SCSO: Davie man arrested for beach car burglaries
Wed  Aug 26 2015 05:23PM
MANASOTA KEY — After a nearly 10-month investigation, a 53-year-old man from Davie, Fla., was arrested Tuesday for allegedly stealing items from cars at beaches along Manasota Key Road in Englewood, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities said … Find out how to read more online.

Former commissioner seeking state Senate seat
Thu  Aug 27 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY –– Former Sarasota County commissioner Nora Patterson announced this week she is running for the state Senate District 28 seat. She’s the third to declare candidacy for the post, although the election is three years away. The district … Find out how to read more online.

Remote park to see improvements
Wed  Aug 26 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A hidden neighborhood park dense with trees and foliage, which has not received much attention in past years, will be getting needed improvements to accommodate city residents. Oaks Park, located off Sumter Boulevard at 5430 Mandrake Terrace, … Find out how to read more online.

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