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Kids triathlon added to REV3 weekend
Thu  Jul 24 2014 08:07PM
VENICE — When the REV3 Triathlon returns to Venice for its third running in November, it will feature a new twist aimed at young athletes. REV3 got the go-ahead from … Find out how to read more online.
Crane topples into power lines
Thu  Jul 24 2014 08:39PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — About 20,000 residents and businesses lost power Thursday afternoon when a crane toppled over onto some power lines. The incident happened in a construction zone for a … Find out how to read more online.
I-75 expansion on schedule
Thu  Jul 24 2014 08:31PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — An Interstate 75 expansion project in South Sarasota County is on time for its expected completion date of summer 2016. The project will expand I-75 from four … Find out how to read more online.
Drums make the library a hit
Thu  Jul 24 2014 08:39PM
Ron Collins pounded the sticks together, made a funny face and then played a beat on the drums. Some children held their ears while others played the air drums along … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Florida judge skeptical about fixing map now
Thu  Jul 24 2014 03:20PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge says he’s “extremely skeptical” about changing the state’s congressional districts before the 2014 elections. Circuit Judge Terry Lewis held a three-hour hearing Thursday to consider what to do after he ruled that current … read more.

Gov: Senator in plagiarism row deserves respect
Thu  Jul 24 2014 03:20PM
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says he didn’t know that Sen. John Walsh had plagiarized parts of his master’s thesis when he appointed the former National Guard general to the Senate earlier this year. The Democratic governor … read more.

Iraqis: Jihadis destroy ancient mosque in Mosul
Thu  Jul 24 2014 03:20PM
BAGHDAD (AP) — Residents of the Iraqi city of Mosul say Islamic extremist militants have blown up a revered Muslim shrine traditionally said to be the burial place of the Prophet Jonah. The residents say the Islamic State militants, who … read more.

Israeli fire hits UN facility in Gaza, killing 7
Thu  Jul 24 2014 03:20PM
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza health officials say at least seven people were killed when Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a U.N. school in the northern Gaza Strip during clashes with Palestinian militants. Gaza health official … read more.

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Hot, humid weather on tap for weekend
Thu  Jul 24 2014 07:32PM
Residents around Southwest Florida can expect hot, humid weather throughout the weekend as well as afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms. “We’re going to have temperatures in the 90s, and the heat index is going to make it feel more … Find out how to read more online.

Because it’s there
Thu  Jul 24 2014 09:40AM
ENGLEWOOD — Climbing the world’s highest free-standing mountain wasn’t initially on Bud Koranchan’s bucket list, but now he doesn’t stop thinking about it. The soon-to-be 73-year-old Englewood resident wants to see the dormant volcanic cones on a mountain in Tanzania. … Find out how to read more online.

Schmitt served in 47th Combat Engineers on Okinawa
Thu  Jul 24 2014 08:36PM
Don Schmitt of Port Charlotte was trained as a combat engineer and sent to Okinawa during the final days of World War II. He was a corporal who served with the Army’s 47th Engineers in the Pacific at the close … Find out how to read more online.

There’s an art to Saturday’s Family Fun Day
Thu  Jul 24 2014 08:28PM
Arts, crafts and hot dogs are on the menu at Venice Art Center for Saturday’s 10th annual Family Fun Day. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the center will hold a community open house for all ages from youngsters to parents and … Find out how to read more online.

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