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Ex-educator arrested for child porn
Wed  Mar 21 2018 11:38AM
A long-retired Venice educator and first leader of The Venice Symphony was arrested this week on charges of child porn possession. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested 74-year-old Hartley Wood … Find out how to read more online.
Voters OK tax for schools
Wed  Mar 21 2018 11:38AM
Sarasota County residents voted Tuesday to continue the school’s ad valorem millage rate. The continuation of the property tax was passed by 78.54 percent of voters in Sarasota County. Tuesday’s … Find out how to read more online.
Real? Or Fake?
Wed  Mar 21 2018 11:38AM
Every year or two, Pine View’s History Club sponsors a campus-wide re-enactment of a historical time period or event. This year, faculty sponsor Jym Froelich, club president Megan Lepak and … Find out how to read more online.
Woman found dead on Venice front lawn
Sat  Mar 17 2018 10:48AM
Police have released the name of the female found dead on the front lawn of a ranch home in the 200 block of Park Blvd. S. near Armada Road in … Find out how to read more online.
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Hospitals still waiting for judge to rule
Wed  Mar 21 2018 11:38AM
Nearly three months after putting their cases into the hands of an administrative law judge, Venice Regional Bayfront Health and Sarasota Memorial Hospital are still waiting to learn the fate of their proposed new hospitals. Each received preliminary state approval … Find out how to read more online.

Venice Rotarians launch first RotaKids Club
Wed  Mar 21 2018 11:36AM
RotaKids is one of the new programs being introduced to schools by Rotary Clubs, particularly in Florida where swimming pools, the Gulf and Atlantic oceans surround the coastline. The new program objective is to educate young children with the knowledge … Find out how to read more online.

There’s history to city/county parks debate
Wed  Mar 21 2018 11:36AM
It’s fitting that Wellfield Park is at the center of the current parks dispute between the city of Venice and Sarasota County, since its creation was the subject of their first parks agreement almost 50 years ago. On May 1, … Find out how to read more online.

Book fair is for writers, readers, illustrators
Wed  Mar 21 2018 11:36AM
The Venice Book Fair & Writers Festival is back in Centennial Park this year but for how much longer no one knows. Featuring programs for writers on Friday, March 23 and book sales on Saturday, March 24, the unique festival had sold all … Find out how to read more online.

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Israeli firm says it can turn garbage into bio-based plastic
Fri  Mar 23 2018 01:19AM
KIBBUTZ ZEELIM, Israel — Hawks, vultures and storks circle overhead as Christopher Sveen points at the heap of refuse rotting in the desert heat. “This is the mine of the future,” he beams. Sveen is chief sustainability officer at UBQ, … read more.

Protest planned after police shooting of unarmed man
Fri  Mar 23 2018 01:19AM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Community members and activists gathered at Sacramento City Hall on Thursday to protest the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by police. Black Lives Matter Sacramento organized the rally in honor of Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old … read more.

Hotel video shows Vegas gunman ‘normal’ before shooting
Fri  Mar 23 2018 01:19AM
LAS VEGAS — Hotel surveillance video from the days before the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, made public Thursday, shows the gunman as an unremarkable Las Vegas hotel guest and casino patron. Footage provided by MGM Resorts International … read more.

As US gets tough with China, Wall Street gets weak-kneed
Fri  Mar 23 2018 01:19AM
NEW YORK — The prospect of a full-blown trade war between the world’s two biggest economies rattled investors Thursday, sending stocks to their biggest loss in six weeks. The Dow Jones industrial average plunged more than 700 points, as President … read more.

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