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Attack #5
Wed  Jul 26 2017 09:04AM
A 68-year-old homeless man was bitten by a 9-foot alligator while bathing in a retention pond in Port Charlotte Monday. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said Fredric Iman … Find out how to read more online.
Transformed from ‘brown’ to living center
Wed  Jul 26 2017 09:04AM
A property owner has received approval of three development petition approvals, paving the way to turn a former brown site in Osprey, where hydraulic oil was processed and stored, into … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood says no to name change
Wed  Jul 26 2017 09:04AM
Just a rumor that Englewood could be renamed Englewood Beach sparked outrage on Facebook from some locals. “Englewood was found and born on some great historical families. Why would we … Find out how to read more online.
Is historic challenge worth saving?
Sun  Jul 23 2017 09:54AM
The city’s Historic Preservation Board made a plea this week to save one of the original downtown Venice structures headed for demolition. David and Martha Hanneman, who own a commercial … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
New deal reached to fix VA budget crisis after vets protest
Thu  Jul 27 2017 09:54PM
WASHINGTON — House Republicans and Democrats reached agreement Thursday on a $3.9 billion emergency spending package to fill a shortfall in the Department of Veterans Affairs’ program of private-sector care, seeking to avert a disruption to medical care for thousands … read more.

Falling tech stocks pull US indexes off their record highs
Thu  Jul 27 2017 09:54PM
NEW YORK — U.S. stock indexes pulled back from their record highs Thursday after an afternoon swoon for technology companies helped overshadow another big day for telecoms. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 2.41 points, or 0.1 percent, from … read more.

Iran claims it launched rocket carrying satellite into space
Thu  Jul 27 2017 09:54PM
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran successfully launched its most advanced satellite-carrying rocket into space, the country’s state media reported on Thursday, in what is likely the most significant step yet for the launch vehicle. A confirmed launch of the “Simorgh” rocket … read more.

Thrill ride OK’d hours before deadly state fair accident
Thu  Jul 27 2017 09:54PM
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Inspectors repeatedly looked over a thrill ride while it was assembled at the Ohio State Fair and signed off on it hours before it flew apart in a deadly accident that flung passengers through the air, according … read more.

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Navigation board to debate millage rate
Wed  Jul 26 2017 09:04AM
In June, the West Coast Inland Navigation District (WCIND) board didn’t think it needed a budget workshop before its millage rate was submitted to the property appraisers in Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee counties. That meant sticking with the current … Find out how to read more online.

Spanish Lakes retail center rezone approved
Wed  Jul 26 2017 09:02AM
The owner of the Spanish Lakes Mobile Home Park in Nokomis has plans to create a Spanish Lakes Retail Center next door fronting Tamiami Trail. The 16,000-square-foot center on 6.9 acres of prime real estate on the east side of … Find out how to read more online.

Sarasota commissioners skeptical of energy program
Wed  Jul 26 2017 09:02AM
When the Sarasota County Commission returns to business in late August after its annual break, they will face a decision over which it expressed skepticism in July. On July 11, when commissioners unanimously gave staff authority to advertise a public … Find out how to read more online.

County may owe a ton to area hospitals
Wed  Jul 26 2017 09:02AM
With a public hospital in Sarasota County, funded by tax dollars from property owners, why would the county owe three private hospitals more than $3 million for indigent care? Legitimate question with the answer mired in arcane legislative history. The … Find out how to read more online.

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