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North Port man acquitted in teen rape trial
Sat  Feb 28 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Twenty-one-year-old Anthony James Jacot quietly shed tears of relief as “not guilty” verdicts were read in court Friday for each of his five charges involving the alleged … Find out how to read more online.
Four charged in Springs drug bust
Sat  Feb 28 2015 08:30AM
WARM MINERAL SPRINGS — The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested four people this week on drug charges following the execution of a search warrant at a home in the 200 … Find out how to read more online.
Legislature proposes $16M in county water projects
Sat  Feb 28 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Members of the Florida House of Representatives have filed budgetary requests for 13 water projects in Sarasota County, totaling $15.8 million. Approximately 475 projects have been proposed around … Find out how to read more online.
SCAT rolls on
Sat  Feb 28 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — New Sarasota County Transit Authority Director Rocky Burke says the future looks bright for the county’s public transportation system. Burke took over the post in December after … Find out how to read more online.
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Antarctica’s retreating ice may reshape Earth
Sat  Feb 28 2015 01:19AM
CAPE LEGOUPIL, Antarctica (AP) — From the ground in this extreme northern part of Antarctica, spectacularly white and blinding ice seems to extend forever. What can’t be seen is the battle raging thousands of feet below to reshape Earth. Water … read more.

Stocks slip after weaker growth
Sat  Feb 28 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — February proved to be a strong month for U.S. stocks, even though it ended in downbeat fashion. Major stock indexes closed lower on Friday, capping a week of subdued trading that still delivered a couple of … read more.

Sat  Feb 28 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Bordering on dysfunction, Congress passed a one-week bill late Friday night to avert a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department, as leaders in both political parties quelled a revolt by House conservatives furious that the measure left … read more.

Leonard Nimoy dies at 83
Sat  Feb 28 2015 01:19AM
LOS ANGELES — In 1975, Leonard Nimoy published an autobiography with the defiant title, “I Am Not Spock” — an attempt to show the world he had many more facets than the pointy-eared character that had come to define him. … read more.

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Injured baseball player begins road to recovery
Sat  Feb 28 2015 08:30AM
There may be six weeks left in the local high school baseball season, but the Port Charlotte Pirates already have suffered its worst loss of the year. Senior outfielder Brad Baker remained in intensive care Friday at Lee Memorial Hospital … Find out how to read more online.

County considers paratransit privatization
Sat  Feb 28 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County is moving forward with plans to privatize the county’s public transportation service for persons with disabilities, according to Sarasota County Area Transit Director Rocky Burke. Last year, the Sarasota County commissioners directed county administration to … Find out how to read more online.

Teen testifies about alleged sexual abuse
Fri  Feb 27 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A 16-year-old girl took the stand Thursday in the sexual battery trial of Anthony James Jacot, revealing three incidents in which he allegedly raped the teen, once in a hotel room bathroom the night of her birthday. … Find out how to read more online.

Detert to champion bill for elder guardianship
Sat  Feb 28 2015 08:30AM
State Sen. Nancy Detert plans to push for a bill in the next legislative session — which gets underway next week — that will reform Florida’s elder guardianship system. Detert’s bill, SB 1226, would create an Office of Public and … Find out how to read more online.

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