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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.
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Navy says submarine being built to be named USS New Jersey
Sun  May 24 2015 02:17PM
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A submarine will be the third U.S. Navy vessel named the USS New Jersey. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced Sunday that a submarine being built now will get that name when it’s completed and commissioned … read more.

Libya attacks ship near ISIS-controlled port, air force chief says
Sun  May 24 2015 02:16PM
(CNN) — A ship filled with “mercenaries, weapons and ammunition” was attacked by a Libyan air force plane Sunday morning, the chief of the air force told CNN. Saqr al-Joroushi, the head of the Libyan air force for the internationally-recognized … read more.

WWII vet to receive honorary diploma from Ohio high school
Sun  May 24 2015 02:16PM
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A 92-year-old World War II veteran is slated to receive an honorary diploma from his Ohio high school after he left early more than seven decades ago to fight in the war. The Dayton Daily News … read more.

Saved from Sandy: Shorebird efforts are declared a success
Sun  May 24 2015 02:16PM
MIDDLE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A crash program to restore New Jersey bay and ocean beaches wrecked by Superstorm Sandy appears to have succeeded in saving tens of thousands of shorebirds. Scientists fear the birds might have died after the … 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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