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Authorities investigating possible high school prostitution ring
Mon  Nov 24 2014 03:08PM
VENICE — A homeless man was charged Friday with sexual battery for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl who was forced into the act as part of a prostitution ring involving … Find out how to read more online.
North Port accepting entries for Poinsettia Parade
Mon  Nov 24 2014 02:26PM
NORTH PORT — This year’s North Port Poinsettia Parade, themed “A Holiday Night of Lights,” will take place at 5 p.m. Dec. 13, stepping off from the corner of Greenwood … Find out how to read more online.
Entries sought for gingerbread house contest
Mon  Nov 24 2014 02:26PM
NORTH PORT — No confection symbolizes the holidays quite like gingerbread in its many forms, from edible houses to candy-studded gingerbread men to spiced loaves of cake-like bread. This year, … Find out how to read more online.
Turkey day weather dries out
Mon  Nov 24 2014 08:30AM
The sun should come out on Thanksgiving Day after being wet and soggy earlier in the week. Today, the forecast is partly sunny skies with highs in the mid 80s … Find out how to read more online.
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Former DC Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78
Mon  Nov 24 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — A controversial and tireless advocate for the nation’s capital who created jobs for generations of black families, Marion Barry was the ultimate District of Columbia politician, though his arrest for drug use in the midst of a … read more.

Putin says he won’t be Russia’s president for life
Mon  Nov 24 2014 01:19AM
MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin has said he won’t remain Russia’s president for life and will step down in line with the constitution no later than 2024, according to an interview with a Russian news agency released Sunday. Staying in … read more.

Kohler introduces odor-eating toilet seat
Mon  Nov 24 2014 01:19AM
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Blow out the candle and ditch the aerosol can. Kohler Co. has introduced a deodorizing toilet seat that it says eliminates embarrassing bathroom odors and the need for candles and sprays to cover them up. A fan … read more.

Evacuation plans readied as Buffalo flooding looms
Mon  Nov 24 2014 01:19AM
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — First came the big storm, then the big dig. Now comes the big melt. Residents of flood-prone areas around Buffalo should move valuables up from the basement, pack a bag and prepare to for the possibility … read more.

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Officials offer holiday safety tips
Mon  Nov 24 2014 08:30AM
Flames shot through the rooftops of two Los Angeles homes last Thanksgiving as firefighters arrived. Cooking the turkey had gone terribly wrong, sending an elderly woman to the hospital. Witnesses said a relative was cooking a turkey in a deep-fat … Find out how to read more online.

County hires new bike and pedestrian coordinator
Mon  Nov 24 2014 03:17PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — County officials announced last week the hiring of Patrick Lui as their new bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, a newly created role that’s tasked with encouraging and improving safety for pedestrians and helping to develop alternative transportation in … Find out how to read more online.

Local man served with 104th Timberwolf Division during WWII
Mon  Nov 24 2014 12:47PM
Ralph Cook of Venice ended up a chaplain’s assistant serving with the 104th “Timberwolf Division” in Europe during World War II after flunking an eye exam to enter pilot training in the Army Air Corps. “We landed at Cherbourg, France, … Find out how to read more online.

Mud run, festival get folks back to ‘Nature’
Sun  Nov 23 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — At a recent get-together in Englewood, Ann Gillis resolved that it was time to try her first long-distance run ever. But, like many post-cocktail decisions, it was a bold departure for the 65-year-old grandmother. “I’ve never done … Find out how to read more online.

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