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North Port ranks 8th in US for low obesity
Fri  May 29 2015 07:11PM
NORTH PORT — A report released this week from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index revealed an increase in the overall obesity rate in the U.S. — however, the North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton metropolitan … Find out how to read more online.
Homelessness expert praises Sarasota County efforts
Fri  May 29 2015 02:38PM
SARASOTA COUNTY –– No one is doing a better job putting roofs over the heads of homeless families than Sarasota County, according to an expert on the issue. “Nobody in … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff sues boat-race organizer
Fri  May 29 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office still has not been paid for three days of traffic control and security it provided for the Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand … Find out how to read more online.
Benderson Park named ‘Venue of the Year’
Fri  May 29 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Florida Sports Commission selected Nathan Benderson Park as the “Venue of the Year” during an awards ceremony last week in Fort Lauderdale. The Sarasota County park, … Find out how to read more online.
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Cuba off US terror list
Fri  May 29 2015 09:46PM
HAVANA — The Obama administration on Friday formally removed Cuba from a U.S. terrorism blacklist, a decision hailed in Cuba as the healing of a decades-old wound and an important step toward normalizing relations between the Cold War foes.  Secretary … read more.

Economic news drives stocks lower
Fri  May 29 2015 09:46PM
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks sank Friday following news that the U.S. economy shrank in the first three months of the year. The revised data showed that gross domestic product contracted 0.7 percent in the first quarter. That was worse … read more.

More rain brings more serious flooding in Texas
Fri  May 29 2015 09:46PM
HOUSTON (AP) — Floodwaters submerged Texas highways and threatened more homes Friday after another round of heavy rain added to the damage inflicted by storms that have killed at least 20 people and left 14 missing. The line of thunderstorms … read more.

Suspected Nazi war criminal dies in Quebec
Fri  May 29 2015 09:46PM
MONTREAL (AP) — The second most wanted man on the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s list of Nazi war criminals — charged earlier this month by Russia with genocide — has died at age 93, his lawyer said. Vladimir Katriuk passed away … read more.

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North Port pushes for joint cities meeting
Fri  May 29 2015 07:11PM
NORTH PORT — A tentative meeting date is in place for officials from all the cities in Sarasota County to get together and discuss shared and specific issues within their respective areas. The cities of North Port, Sarasota and Venice, … Find out how to read more online.

Remembering Cheryl, Jake Stevens
Fri  May 29 2015 06:40PM
ENGLEWOOD — Friends and family want to remember the lives of Cheryl and Jake Stevens, not their deaths. The Charlotte County Medical Examiner, State Fire Marshal and other authorities have not released the names of the mother and son who … Find out how to read more online.

Scott to choose new circuit court judge
Fri  May 29 2015 05:05PM
Four candidates have been chosen as nominees to replace retired Judge Lee E. Haworth on the 12th Judicial Circuit Court bench. The names of Hunter W. Carroll, Teresa Kaklis Dees, Magistrate Renee L. Inman and Arthur E. Jackman Jr. have … Find out how to read more online.

Critical eye cast at US 41 sign mishmash
Fri  May 29 2015 08:30PM
MURDOCK — At a recent Charlotte County Commission workshop, a wide-ranging discussion of signs covered current standards, as well as possible changes, for advertising displays that some see as distracting and ugly, while others view them as a commercial necessity. … Find out how to read more online.

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