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New park near Myakka River honors retired Sen. Bob Johnson
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
The Sarasota County Commission has honored a lifelong Sarasota County resident and community advocate by naming its newest county park for a man responsible for helping to preserve the area’s … Find out how to read more online.
Report: woman in cast raped, imprisoned
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
A Venice man was arrested on four felony charges Sunday, including the sexual battery of a Nokomis woman handicapped by a broken foot that left her unable to flee her … Find out how to read more online.
Where cats write letters
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
Most people understand the sadness of losing a pet cat or dog — none more so than the volunteer team at St Francis Animal Rescue, which provides comfort to those … Find out how to read more online.
Survey says raise your family here
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
The city of Venice has made yet another “best place to live” list, but this one has nothing to do with retirement. According to, Venice is the 13th best … Find out how to read more online.
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Walmart tests matching prices with online rivals
Fri  Oct 31 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart Stores Inc. is considering matching online prices from competitors such as, raising the stakes for the holiday shopping season. The world’s largest retailer, based in Bentonville, Arkansas, has matched prices of local store competitors … read more.

US turns up heat on Takata over air bag problem
Fri  Oct 31 2014 01:19AM
DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators are ordering Japanese auto supplier Takata Corp. to provide more information about air bags that can explode and shoot shrapnel toward drivers and passengers. The order sent Thursday makes 36 separate requests for information … read more.

Peshmerga troops start entering Syrian border town
Fri  Oct 31 2014 01:19AM
SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Ten Iraqi peshmerga fighters entered the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani via Turkey on Thursday, the first from among a group of 150 Kurdish troops headed there, activists said. The development followed heavy overnight clashes … read more.

Fearing uprising, Iraq militants hunt ex-police
Fri  Oct 31 2014 01:19AM
BAGHDAD (AP) — The Islamic State group wanted to send a warning against anyone who might plot against its rule. Back when the extremists took over the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in June, police Col. Mohammed Hassan was among … read more.

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Venice, Sarasota Veterans Day observances set
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
The Venice Area Veterans Council and the Sarasota Patriotic Observance Committee, in coordination with Sarasota County’s Veterans Benefits Unit, have announced plans for this year’s Veterans Day ceremonies in Venice and Sarasota. The Venice ceremony, hosted by Disabled American Veterans … Find out how to read more online.

City recognized Rotary ‘World Polio Day’
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
Members of the Venice-Nokomis Rotary Club received an extra bonus this year in celebration of Rotary International Global Polio Eradication Day. At their meeting last week, Venice Mayor John Holic read a proclamation announcing on behalf of the city of … Find out how to read more online.

Walk with spirits of West Tampa Avenue on Halloween
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
In the scheme of things, Venice is a young city. So are many of its ghosts, especially the ones said to dwell along West Tampa Avenue. Whether one chooses to believe in spirits or not is a personal decision. For … Find out how to read more online.

Foster care driver’s license program opens
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
For children in foster care in Florida, getting a driver’s license can pose a nearly impossible task. That is about to change, due to a new program funded by the Florida Department of Children and Families and managed by Community … Find out how to read more online.

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