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Report: Drunken driver hits 13-year-old
Wed  Nov 26 2014 05:42PM
ROTONDA WEST — Anthony Eklund loves to run. But after Tuesday night, it might be a while before the local 13-year-old can even walk without any trouble. A suspected drunken … Find out how to read more online.
Second student arrested in prostitution ring
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:31AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Fifteen-year-old Julian Luis Mathena of Nokomis is the third person to be arrested in connection with a student-led prostitution “business” at local high schools, authorities say. Mathena, … Find out how to read more online.
County widens utilities audit
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:31AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County is expanding the outside audit that will look into the operations of the utilities department. On Tuesday, commissioners unanimously agreed to add two risk areas to … Find out how to read more online.
Manatees moving into winter waters
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:31AM
With the onset of cold fronts, manatees are heading to their warm water havens. Manatees seek out creeks, canals and other warm waters in Lemon Bay, the Myakka River, Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
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Grand jury focused on fatal ‘tussle’
Wed  Nov 26 2014 01:19AM
FERGUSON, Mo. — Some witnesses called it a tussle. Others described it as a tug-of-war. Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson testified that they were fighting over his handgun. None of the witnesses who testified, other than Wilson, could say exactly what … read more.

Ferguson simmers
Wed  Nov 26 2014 01:19AM
FERGUSON, Mo. — Attorneys for Michael Brown’s family vowed Tuesday to push for federal charges against the police officer who killed the unarmed 18-year-old, while the officer insisted in his first public statements that he could not have done anything … read more.

Emotion, evidence spur anger in Ferguson
Wed  Nov 26 2014 01:19AM
(AP) — Anger and despair swept through many parts of America after a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown. What was behind the wave of emotion? Why do so many refuse to accept … read more.

‘Wizard of Oz’ lion costume fetches $3M
Wed  Nov 26 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK — The Cowardly Lion costume from the classic film “The Wizard of Oz” and the piano from the movie “Casablanca” each sold for over $3 million at a New York City auction. They were among Hollywood memorabilia offered … read more.

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Sarasota Schools employee charged with computer crimes
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:31AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A Sarasota County School District employee has been charged with allegedly causing nearly three days of disruptions to district computer systems last month. Michael A. Levanti, 28, of the 5900 block of Guarino Drive, Sarasota, an IT … Find out how to read more online.

Retired educators sponsor Read Aloud Day
Wed  Nov 26 2014 05:58PM
Nineteen years ago this month, a yearly tradition was born. Joyce Barnes, a past president of the Charlotte County Retired Educators Association who now is deceased, started the Read Aloud Day in 1995. Members and local volunteers gather at a … Find out how to read more online.

Retailers, shoppers prep for holiday sales
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:31AM
Getting in line at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day for a wrist-band for a $115 television or a $399 PlayStation at Walmart may be way too late. Although wristbands will be distributed for the doorbuster sale items beginning at 6 p.m., local Walmart … Find out how to read more online.

Police: Teen organized prostitution ring
Tue  Nov 25 2014 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Two people were charged Friday, including a 17-year-old girl, in connection with a prostitution ring that used underage girls from area high schools, according to the Venice Police Department. Sarasota High School student Alexa Nicole De Armas, … Find out how to read more online.

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