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Community pushes back on proposed Human Rights Ordinance changes
Wed  May 24 2017 07:38PM
NORTH PORT — While inclusion was at the forefront of changing the city’s Human Rights Ordinance, officials and residents said that goal was not accomplished. The ordinance was created for … Find out how to read more online.
Deputy fired in connection with attempted murder cover-up
Wed  May 24 2017 07:08PM
A Sarasota County deputy was fired Wednesday following a monthslong investigation regarding an attempted murder. Carson Plank was placed on leave Feb. 9 after being charged with giving false information … Find out how to read more online.
North Port fires city attorney
Wed  May 24 2017 07:24PM
NORTH PORT — Three years after a city attorney left with a cloud of unethical behavior looming over him, his replacement was fired. Mark Moriarty, who came to North Port … Find out how to read more online.
Injured horse heals on Crestwood Road
Wed  May 24 2017 07:08PM
ENGLEWOOD — Two weeks ago, Skye Grissinger went about her morning routine, feeding horses at her Crestwood Road home. Then, “my heart skipped two beats,” she recalled. Grissinger, a riding … Find out how to read more online.
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Consultant charged in scheme to trade US secrets for profit
Wed  May 24 2017 05:48PM
NEW YORK (AP) — A Washington consultant, three hedge fund workers and a government employee were blamed Wednesday by federal prosecutors for an insider trading scheme that converted government secrets into hedge fund profits. Four were arrested on conspiracy, securities … read more.

Unconscious man rode on car’s trunk for miles
Wed  May 24 2017 05:44PM
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — When police pulled over a Tennessee couple and told them a body was lying on the trunk of their car, they thought it was a joke — until they got out to look. They found an … read more.

Ford’s new CEO gets $1 million bonus, $1.8 million base pay
Wed  May 24 2017 05:44PM
DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co.’s new CEO got a $1 million bonus when he took on his new role this week. CEO Jim Hackett will have a base salary of $1.8 million per year. That’s the same base pay … read more.

Ex-officer who shot teen sentenced to 3 months in jail
Wed  May 24 2017 05:44PM
CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — A former Virginia police officer who fatally shot an 18-year-old man has been sentenced to three months in jail. News media outlets report that a judge imposed the sentence for former Richmond Police Officer David L. … read more.

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Student video shows bus driver texting at the wheel
Wed  May 24 2017 07:08PM
SARASOTA — A group of Sarasota County students and their parents are concerned about the actions of a school bus driver. The students shot video of what appears to be their driver texting while driving a bus full of children. … Find out how to read more online.

City explores medical marijuana rules
Wed  May 24 2017 03:04PM
City officials are roaming new pastures since the 2014 passing of the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act and the 2016-2017 Florida Medical Marijuana Legalizations Initiative amendment. To better understand what lies ahead, Arcadia City Council held a workshop Tuesday evening to … Find out how to read more online.

Initiative targets safer roads for bicyclists, pedestrians
Wed  May 24 2017 07:24PM
PUNTA GORDA — An official from the Florida Department of Transportation will speak tonight at a meeting on transportation safety and the agency’s Complete Streets initiative. The meeting is slated for 7 p.m. at the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association, … Find out how to read more online.

Crossroads Hope Academy celebrates first graduate
Wed  May 24 2017 07:06PM
The world revolved around a beaming Felix Valdez last week at the First United Methodist Church in Punta Gorda. It had been just a year since his mother died and he was placed in foster care. Yet here he was, … Find out how to read more online.

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