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Sarasota County schools offer online ‘dashboard’
Wed  Aug 16 2017 09:06PM
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. sarasotacountyschools.net, will allow the … Find out how to read more online.
Will schools offer tax-free child care to teachers?
Wed  Aug 16 2017 09:06PM
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
Wed  Aug 16 2017 09:06PM
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
Wed  Aug 16 2017 09:06PM
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
Wed  Aug 16 2017 09:06PM
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
Wed  Aug 16 2017 09:04PM
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
Wed  Aug 16 2017 09:04PM
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
Wed  Aug 16 2017 09:02PM
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
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:36PM
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
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:36PM
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
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:34PM
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
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:34PM
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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