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Sarasota County schools offer online ‘dashboard’
Thu  Aug 17 2017 01:00AM
SARASOTA — Members of the Sarasota County School Board and the public received Tuesday a glimpse of the new online dashboard. The dashboard, available at www., will allow the … Find out how to read more online.
Will schools offer tax-free child care to teachers?
Thu  Aug 17 2017 01:00AM
SARASOTA — Sarasota County teachers may get tax-free child care for Sarasota County educators. A motion was made to research the idea at Tuesday’s Sarasota County School Board meeting. The … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Woman faces neglect charge in 2016 death
Thu  Aug 17 2017 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — A North Port woman was charged a year after her actions left another North Port woman dead, according to North Port Police Department reports. Tandra Knoepke, 42, … Find out how to read more online.
North Port sees spec-tacular turnout for eclipse glasses
Thu  Aug 17 2017 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — Hundreds of people who stood in the heat Wednesday morning at the North Port Library can now look directly at the sun come Monday. The library passed … Find out how to read more online.
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Cops: North Port man chased man with knife
Thu  Aug 17 2017 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — A North Port man was arrested after chasing a man with a knife and attempting to choke him, according to North Port Police Department reports. Gene Taylor, 58, was arrested Tuesday after allegedly threatening his relative to … Find out how to read more online.

Charlotte begins repaving Winchester Boulevard
Thu  Aug 17 2017 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Winchester Boulevard North is getting a much-needed face-lift — at least from State Road 776 to the Sarasota County line. Ajax repaving crews began early Wednesday stripping away the old asphalt and repaving the 4,010-foot portion of the … Find out how to read more online.

Little Miss Pioneer Days pageant open to ‘Little Misters,’ too
Thu  Aug 17 2017 01:00AM
The Englewood Pioneer Days Committee continues the tradition as we celebrate 61 years of Pioneer Days. The Miss Pioneer Days competition has been going on for years, and we have decided to bring back the competition for boys. On Saturday, … Find out how to read more online.

Shoplifting suspect resists arrest, jumps into canal
Thu  Aug 17 2017 01:00AM
A homeless man was arrested Tuesday after a failed shoplifting attempt at the Murdock Circle Walmart, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported. Dylan Sage Leslie, 23, was reportedly observed by loss- prevention staff concealing electronic items and watches within his … Find out how to read more online.

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Judge OKs Takata request to halt some lawsuits over air bags
Thu  Aug 17 2017 01:19AM
DOVER, Del. — A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Wednesday temporarily halted the prosecution of lawsuits filed by Hawaii, New Mexico and the U.S. Virgin Islands against Japanese auto-parts supplier Takata over its lethally defective air bag inflators. Judge Brendan Shannon … read more.

US stocks edge higher as retailers rally; oil companies fall
Thu  Aug 17 2017 01:19AM
NEW YORK — U.S. stocks rose slightly Wednesday as Urban Outfitters and Target helped retailers rally. That was enough to cancel out more losses for energy companies. Urban Outfitters and Target did better in the second quarter than analysts expected, … read more.

UN chief: It’s time for diplomacy on tense Korean peninsula
Thu  Aug 17 2017 01:19AM
UNITED NATIONS — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Wednesday that tensions on the Korean peninsula are at their highest level in decades and said it’s important “to dial down the rhetoric and to dial up diplomacy.” The U.N. chief told … read more.

Lebanon repeals ‘marry the rapist’ law
Thu  Aug 17 2017 01:19AM
BEIRUT — Lebanon’s parliament on Wednesday abolished a law that allowed rapists to avoid prison by marrying their victims. The repeal of the law, which had been in place since the 1940s, follows years of campaigning by women’s rights advocates. … read more.

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