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SCATPlus riders give service high marks
Sat  Feb 25 2017 08:30AM
Having privatized its paratransit services last March, Sarasota County Area Transit — SCAT — conducted a rider satisfaction survey in September. The results: 94 percent of respondents said their overall … Find out how to read more online.
Council may seek more local authority
Sat  Feb 25 2017 08:30AM
The Venice City Council faces a light agenda Tuesday — as light as a plastic bag, which is one of the things up for discussion. More specifically, the Council will … Find out how to read more online.
Top cops talk guns, cameras
Sat  Feb 25 2017 08:30AM
Open-carry laws and body cameras were just some of the issues discussed in Venice Friday by a panel of top cops from the area. Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight, Venice … Find out how to read more online.
$25M payday seen in rowing event
Sat  Feb 25 2017 08:30AM
The estimated 40,000 fans and spectators, 2,000 volunteers and 1,700 world-class athletes who are expected to visit the area for the 2017 World Rowing Championships could generate an economic impact … Find out how to read more online.
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White House defends contacts with FBI over Russia reports
Sat  Feb 25 2017 02:07AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Friday defended chief of staff Reince Priebus against accusations he breached a government firewall when he asked FBI Director James Comey to publicly dispute media reports that Trump campaign advisers had been frequently … read more.

Syrian who worked on nominated film can’t attend Oscars
Sat  Feb 25 2017 02:07AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. immigration authorities are barring entry to a 21-year-old Syrian cinematographer who worked on a harrowing film about his nation’s civil war, “The White Helmets,” that has been nominated for an Academy Award. According to internal Trump … read more.

Agency plans to award Mexico border wall contracts by April
Sat  Feb 25 2017 02:06AM
SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Friday that it plans to start awarding contracts by mid-April for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico, signaling that he is aggressively pursuing plans to erect “a great … read more.

6 charged in death of UConn student run over after party
Sat  Feb 25 2017 02:06AM
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Six University of Connecticut students were charged Friday with alcohol-related offenses connected to the death of a student who was run over by a fire department vehicle after leaving a party last fall. The students had … read more.

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Early review: SeeClickFix is working well
Sat  Feb 25 2017 08:30AM
A program the city of Venice put into place about five months ago to help residents report potential code violations and other problems — and to help staff keep track of them — is performing as expected, according to the … Find out how to read more online.

Valentine’s Day: Time for candy and generous hearts
Sat  Feb 25 2017 08:30AM
What do the newly opened Caliber Collision Centers at 1550 South Tamiami Trail, Venice, and Family Promise of South Sarasota County on Shamrock Boulevard have in common? They each have a big heart, which inspired them to combine their efforts … Find out how to read more online.

New charges in teacher sex case
Sat  Feb 25 2017 08:30AM
A former charter school teacher in Venice — arrested last month for allegedly having sex with a student — is facing new charges. Matthew Minton, 24, was arrested on Jan 20. He was assigned a public defender and pleaded not … Find out how to read more online.

Get to know Exmouth
Sat  Feb 25 2017 08:30AM
The city of Venice is going to look into a “twinning” — sister city — relationship with a town in England with which it has quite a bit in common. Mayor John Holic got the Council’s OK to write to … Find out how to read more online.

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