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Emancipation Day frees the spirit
Sun  May 24 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — At the Blanchard House Museum’s annual Emancipation Day celebration Saturday, folks donned Civil War-era garb and real-life roles to tell the human story behind the abolishment of … Find out how to read more online.
1 dead, 1 injured in ‘Yacht Club’ ATV crash
Sun  May 24 2015 08:30AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — One young man is dead, and his young female companion seriously injured, after an ATV crash midday Saturday on Redneck Yacht Club property. The approximately … Find out how to read more online.
Marbut to garner public input on homeless
Sun  May 24 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY —The community will have two opportunities this week to join in on the conversation about homelessness in Sarasota County. Last year, Texas-based consultant Dr. Robert Marbut recommended a … Find out how to read more online.
FHP searches for hit-and-run suspect
Sat  May 23 2015 12:13PM
VENICE — Authorities are searching for an SUV driver who struck a car Friday night on Center Road, then fled the scene. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, shortly … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
New Orleans police officer fatally shot while in car
Sun  May 24 2015 09:57PM
(CNN) — A police officer for New Orleans’ housing authority was fatally shot while inside his car Sunday morning, police said. The officer, who has not been identified pending notification of his family, was working overtime at a construction site … read more.

Hezbollah vows to expand involvement in Syria’s civil war
Mon  May 25 2015 01:19AM
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of the militant Hezbollah group said Sunday that the region is facing “unprecedented danger” from extremist groups and vowed his militants will expand their involvement in Syria’s civil war in support of government forces. Sheik … read more.

Florida woman released in jailing over son’s circumcision
Mon  May 25 2015 01:19AM
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman jailed in a long-running dispute over her son’s circumcision has been released after nine nights behind bars. Heather Hironimus, 31, posted bond and was released at 10:18 p.m. Saturday, jail records … read more.

Exit poll: New Spain parties get big support in local vote
Mon  May 25 2015 01:19AM
MADRID (AP) — New parties won strong support in Spain’s local elections Sunday as voters turned their back on the country’s traditional political heavyweights, an exit poll indicated. The governing conservative Popular Party won the most votes in 11 of … read more.

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Jobless figures point to summer ‘season’
Sat  May 23 2015 08:30AM
Imagine, if you will, a season that never ends, when visitors and spending abound year-round. It may sound like wishful thinking, but as the area jobless rate continues to fall, even after the traditional end of season, optimism is taking … Find out how to read more online.

Dad seeks help for son’s surgery recovery
Sat  May 23 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Corey Brandeberry, 23 months, was born without a left hip socket and struggled to learn to walk. It didn’t stop him, though. “How that boy was running around the house ... I don’t know how he did … Find out how to read more online.

Authorities seek suspect in Bealls armed robbery
Sat  May 23 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH VENICE — Sarasota County Sheriff’s officials said they need the public’s help in finding a suspect who robbed a woman in the parking lot of the Bealls department store in South Venice on Thursday night. According to Lt. Vincent … Find out how to read more online.

NPPD assistant chief retiring
Sat  May 23 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — After 24 years with the North Port Police Department, Assistant Chief Anthony Sirianni is retiring from his position, to turn the page on his long career with law enforcement. June 13, Sirianni, 46, will have his last … Find out how to read more online.

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