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Two cold fronts expected this week
Sun  Feb 1 2015 06:26PM
Southwest Florida residents can expect mostly cloudy weather this week with “a pair of cold fronts coming through,” said Robert Garcia, meteorologist for the National Weather Service. Today’s cold front … Find out how to read more online.
Festival draws artists from afar
Sun  Feb 1 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The 29th annual Englewood Bank & Trust Invitational Arts Festival was a first-day hit. “There are so many vendors showing such good art in many different forms,” exclaimed … Find out how to read more online.
Hands up, smiles on!
Sun  Feb 1 2015 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Fair got off to a fun, frenzied start Friday night. … Find out how to read more online.
Land-acquisition process in place
Sun  Feb 1 2015 08:30AM
Both Charlotte and Sarasota counties employ citizen advisory boards to evaluate properties for sensitive lands acquisition. Those committees were formed to provide a safeguard, and to thwart any potential for … Find out how to read more online.
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Marathon bombing defense likely to focus on dead brother
Sun  Feb 1 2015 02:10PM
BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are pinning their best hopes for saving his life on his dead older brother. The defense is expected to portray Tamerlan Tsarnaev as the mastermind behind the twin explosions … read more.

University of Florida reports big drop in black enrollment
Sun  Feb 1 2015 02:10PM
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The University of Florida saw a more than 50 percent drop in enrollment of black freshmen from 2007 to 2013 and a nearly 30 percent drop in overall enrollment of black students. The Gainesville Sun reports … read more.

Hungarians protest against premier’s dealings with Putin
Sun  Feb 1 2015 02:10PM
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Thousands of protesters in Budapest are demanding the ouster of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government a day before a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Around 3,000 people attended the rally Sunday, which organizer Balazs … read more.

Former Florida prisons chief criticizes Gov. Scott
Sun  Feb 1 2015 02:10PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The former head of Florida’s prisons is blasting Gov. Rick Scott and his administration, saying they put politics ahead of guard and prisoner safety. Mike Crews, who resigned November as Department of Corrections head, told the … read more.

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Punta Gorda air show canceled
Sat  Jan 31 2015 08:30AM
This year would have marked the 35th year for the Florida International Air Show, but after losing its presenting sponsor and failing to get on a jet team’s schedule in 2015, the popular attraction has been canceled, event organizers announced … Find out how to read more online.

Founding city resident dies
Sat  Jan 31 2015 08:30AM
Renata Robbins Dewitt, 87, widow of David M. Robbins, one of North Port’s first city commissioners, and a member of one of the 10 founding families in the city, passed away last weekend. According to her daughter, Ronni Strejcek, Dewitt, … Find out how to read more online.

FHP seeks info on vehicle that struck man
Sat  Jan 31 2015 08:30AM
WARM MINERAL SPRINGS — A 73-year-old New York man is in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle that then fled the area Thursday night, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. The report states Mosshekhay Koyenov of Queens, … Find out how to read more online.

Arts are big business in Sarasota County
Sat  Jan 31 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — More people attended arts and cultural events in Sarasota County in 2013-2014 than any other year on record, pumping millions of dollars into the county’s economy. Last fiscal year, more than 1.4 million people attended exhibits, concerts … Find out how to read more online.

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