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Soggy weather forecast to kick off the week
Mon  Apr 23 2018 01:00AM
Break out the umbrellas, because it’s going to be a soggy start to the week in Southwest Florida. According to the National Weather Service, scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected … Find out how to read more online.
Venice man survived Leopoldville sinking
Mon  Apr 23 2018 01:00AM
Merrill Dayton was one of the lucky ones who escaped the SS Leopoldville disaster off the coast of France on Christmas Eve 1944. The Leopoldvile was a Belgium troop transport … Find out how to read more online.
Military museum headed to IMPAC University
Mon  Apr 23 2018 01:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Military Heritage Museum intends to expand and relocate this summer from Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda to the IMPAC University building on West Marion Avenue. The … Find out how to read more online.
Hurricane Irma boats still languishing off I-75
Mon  Apr 23 2018 01:00AM
With the next hurricane season just over a month away, casualties of Hurricane Irma last year continue to languish just off I-75 near the Tuckers Grade exit in Charlotte County. … Find out how to read more online.
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Victim wages war on human trafficking
Sun  Apr 22 2018 08:30AM
When Jamie Walton was a 14-year-old living in Venice, she spent every other weekend flying from Florida to Atlanta to see the 46-year-old man she’d met and started a romantic relationship with online. During her visits, he told people she … Find out how to read more online.

South County courthouse contracts to be considered
Sun  Apr 22 2018 08:30AM
SARASOTA — Progress toward a new courthouse for South County will take a step forward if Sarasota County commissioners approve a pair of contracts during its meeting Tuesday. As part of their consent agenda, commissioners are being asked to approve … Find out how to read more online.

North Port to review new apartment plan
Sun  Apr 22 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The city may be getting more housing options as its population ticks toward 70,000 people. The City Commission will meet for its 6 p.m. regular meeting Tuesday and review a land rezone and apartment master plan that … Find out how to read more online.

Peter Bartolotta runs for North Port commission
Sun  Apr 22 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port City Commission election is in full swing, despite being months away. The race for District 5 officially has two candidates: current Commissioner Jill Luke and as of Friday, Peter Bartolotta. “That’s what I’m known … Find out how to read more online.

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It’s true! Broadway is traffic-free for 2 Manhattan miles
Sun  Apr 22 2018 11:36AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway is closed to traffic for two Manhattan miles. On Saturday, 30 blocks of the Great White Way was open only to pedestrians and bicycles from Times Square down to Union Square. From 9 a.m. to … read more.

Actor Verne Troyer from ‘Austin Powers’ films dead at 49
Sun  Apr 22 2018 11:34AM
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Verne Troyer from the “Austin Powers” movie franchise has died. A statement provided by Troyer’s spokesperson that was also posted to his Instagram and Facebook accounts says the 49-year-old actor died Saturday. No cause or … read more.

Trump considering pardon for late boxer Jack Johnson
Sun  Apr 22 2018 11:34AM
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump says he’s considering a posthumous pardon for boxing’s first black heavyweight champion more than 100 years after the late Jack Johnson was convicted by all-white jury of accompanying a white woman … read more.

‘I had nightmares’: Nanny slay trial took toll on jurors
Sun  Apr 22 2018 11:34AM
NEW YORK (AP) — One has recurring nightmares. Another can’t take a bath anymore. Still another can’t sleep. Jurors in the murder trial of a nanny who stabbed two small children to death in the bathtub of their Manhattan apartment … read more.

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