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Fewer students seek careers in construction
Sat  Aug 30 2014 06:09PM
In “The Graduate,” Dustin Hoffman’s character, who just graduated from college, was told to shape his future around one word: “Plastics.” Barney Duffy has two words for high school graduates: … Find out how to read more online.
Some hope for short Springs outage
Fri  Aug 29 2014 02:16PM
NORTH PORT — Although the Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa will close at 5 p.m. Sunday, staff said the city’s plan to obtain full ownership of the Springs could allow … Find out how to read more online.
Nevins, first bishop of Venice diocese, dies
Thu  Aug 28 2014 08:00AM
VENICE — The Most Rev. John Nevins, founding bishop of the Diocese of Venice in Florida, died Tuesday. He was 82. The death was announced in a press statement from … Find out how to read more online.
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S&P 500 edges up to new record
Fri  Aug 29 2014 10:42PM
NEW YORK (Reuters) — U.S. stocks closed out a strong month on a quiet note on Friday, with the S&P 500 posting a modest gain to close at a new record as the latest positive data helped extend a rally … read more.

UN urges US to stop police brutality
Fri  Aug 29 2014 10:42PM
GENEVA (Reuters) — The U.N. racism watchdog urged the United States on Friday to discontinue the excessive use of force by police after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman touched off riots in Ferguson, … read more.

Ukraine seeks to join NATO
Fri  Aug 29 2014 10:42PM
LAKE SELIGER, Russia — Ukraine called on Friday for full membership in NATO, its strongest plea yet for Western military help, after accusing Russia of sending in armored columns that have driven back its forces on behalf of pro-Moscow rebels. … read more.

ALS Association backs down on trademark attempt
Fri  Aug 29 2014 10:38PM
(Reuters) — In the wake of criticism over its attempt to trademark the words “ice bucket challenge,” the ALS Association said it is withdrawing its applications from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Following a blog post by a Virginia … read more.

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School Board clarifies policy on district transfers
Thu  Aug 28 2014 08:00AM
The DeSoto County School Board approved one request for a student to transfer out of the district, and disapproved another, giving some insight to its position on out-of-district transfers. Board Chair Deborah Snyder opened the discussion over two students seeking … Find out how to read more online.

Newcomer, incumbent win DeSoto School Board races
Wed  Aug 27 2014 11:59AM
DeSoto voters elected newcomer Daniel Via to the county’s School Board Tuesday, while incumbent Ronny Allen was awarded another term in office. Via, who has no political experience, narrowly edged out Dr. Roosevelt Johnson by 41 votes in the District … Find out how to read more online.

Wyld served 41 years in Navy Reserve aboard 21 ships
Mon  Aug 25 2014 08:00AM
During his 41 years in the Naval Reserve, Chief Warrant Officer-4 Bill Wyld Jr. may have served on more ships than just about anyone in the service. From 1948 until he retired from the Navy in 1985, the Port Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.

‘Gator’ show snags viewers
Thu  Aug 21 2014 08:00AM
LAKE SUZY — Arcadia resident Jayson Franklin knows a lot about hunting alligators. That is why when Eric Young, host of Animal Planet’s adventure fishing series “Off the Hook — Extreme Catches,” traveled to Arcadia to catch an alligator, he … Find out how to read more online.

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