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County widens utilities audit
Tue  Nov 25 2014 06:18PM
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
Tue  Nov 25 2014 06:18PM
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.
Sarasota Schools employee charged with computer crimes
Tue  Nov 25 2014 06:18PM
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, … Find out how to read more online.
Retailers, shoppers prep for Thanksgiving sales
Tue  Nov 25 2014 06:08PM
Editor’s note: Elaine Allen-Emrich, aka the Shopping Diva, wants to hear your tips as we jump into holiday shopping. Found any cool deals? Good times to shop? What’s in your … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Grand jury won’t indict Ferguson cop in shooting
Tue  Nov 25 2014 01:19AM
FERGUSON, Mo. — A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked weeks of sometimes-violent protests and exposed deep racial tension between … read more.

Pentagon chief Hagel resigns
Tue  Nov 25 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Under pressure from President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel submitted his resignation Monday amid White House concerns about his effectiveness and broader criticism from outside about the administration’s Middle East crisis management. The president said he and … read more.

Fears of major flooding in Buffalo ease
Tue  Nov 25 2014 01:19AM
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Fears of disastrous flooding from a rapid meltdown of the Buffalo area’s 7 feet of snow eased on Monday, but high winds became a menace, threatening to knock down trees and power lines. Forecasters, meanwhile, defended … read more.

US stocks inch further into record territory
Tue  Nov 25 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market stayed at record levels on Monday as investors remained confident that stimulus measures from the world’s central banks would help revive global economic growth. Stocks have surged since bottoming out in a slump … read more.

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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.

Turkey day weather dries out
Mon  Nov 24 2014 08:30AM
The sun should come out on Thanksgiving Day after being wet and soggy earlier in the week. Today, the forecast is partly sunny skies with highs in the mid 80s and lows in the upper 60s. There is a slight … Find out how to read more online.

Officials offer holiday safety tips
Mon  Nov 24 2014 08:30AM
Flames shot through the rooftops of two Los Angeles homes last Thanksgiving as firefighters arrived. Cooking the turkey had gone terribly wrong, sending an elderly woman to the hospital. Witnesses said a relative was cooking a turkey in a deep-fat … Find out how to read more online.

Local man served with 104th Timberwolf Division during WWII
Mon  Nov 24 2014 12:47PM
Ralph Cook of Venice ended up a chaplain’s assistant serving with the 104th “Timberwolf Division” in Europe during World War II after flunking an eye exam to enter pilot training in the Army Air Corps. “We landed at Cherbourg, France, … Find out how to read more online.

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