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Residents organize over Plantation cell tower
Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:44AM
Representative for Florida Tower Partners, based in Bradenton, got another earful from residents of the Plantation Golf & Country Club and Lake of the Woods at Jacaranda subdivisions who oppose … Find out how to read more online.
Bad golf swing gives thief away
Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:44AM
Some men have complained that golf, a favorite Florida pastime, ultimately ruined their life. Here’s an different take on that lament. John Carey Jeffery, Jr., 38, was arrested this week … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:44AM
The Venice City Council took two major steps this week to begin enforcing a ban against short-term rentals in single-family neighborhoods — albeit beginning in 2016. First, they settled a … Find out how to read more online.
The Secret to Pine View’s Success
Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:44AM
Stephen Covert and his wife conducted a nationwide search for the best school for their fifth-grade son when tests showed two years ago that he is gifted. Like many parents, … Find out how to read more online.
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NASA remembering 17 astronauts killed in the line of duty
Thu  Jan 29 2015 10:19PM
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Each year around this time, NASA honors fallen astronauts, including the 17 men and women killed in three separate wintertime accidents in the sky and on the earth. For Robert “Hoot” Gibson, it’s a time to … read more.

A sneaky snake: Teams hunt for rock pythons in Everglades
Thu  Jan 29 2015 10:19PM
MIAMI (AP) — For all the danger posed to Florida’s Everglades by invasive Burmese pythons, there’s one thing researchers don’t want to know: how they would interact with another python species that threatens to move into the same territory. The … read more.

Decision looms over captive orca, but fate of Lolita unclear
Thu  Jan 29 2015 10:19PM
SEATTLE (AP) — For years, animal activists have campaigned to free a killer whale that was captured from Puget Sound waters in 1970 and has been performing at Miami Seaquarium in Florida for over four decades. They say the orca … read more.

Survivalist pleads not guilty in ambush killing
Thu  Jan 29 2015 10:19PM
MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — A survivalist who spent more than a month on the run after authorities say he killed one Pennsylvania State Police trooper and wounded another in a late-night ambush pleaded not guilty Thursday, setting the stage for … read more.

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Fellowship will send Pine View student to college
Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:42AM
Alexis Smith was a little miffed that she had to go back to school Thursday and leave her babysitting job. She got over it quickly when she found out what the “meeting” she was allegedly needed at was really about. … Find out how to read more online.

Englewood, Venice street resurfacing to begin in March
Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:40AM
Sarasota County commissioners signed off on a $4.7 million street repaving project for Englewood and Venice Tuesday. The resurfacing project is expected to begin in March and should be completed within five months. In south Venice, Jacaranda Boulevard from South … Find out how to read more online.

Students keep circus history alive
Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:40AM
Historic markers and “The Greatest Little Show on Earth” are all that remain of “The Greatest Show on Earth’s” 1927-1992 winter quarters residency in Sarasota and Venice. The Sarasota site is today a housing subdivision known as Bay Oaks. A … Find out how to read more online.

School choice starts Feb. 2
Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:40AM
School choice applications can be sent in from Monday, Feb. 2 to Friday, Feb. 20 for children to attend a Sarasota County public school in 2015-16 other than their districted school. The application forms will be available beginning Feb. 2 at all public … Find out how to read more online.

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