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County schools to get Surface 3 tablets
Tue  Apr 28 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County School District has been selected with several other schools around the world to receive Microsoft’s Surface 3 tablets before they will be made available to … Find out how to read more online.
Sumter completion pushed to June
Tue  Apr 28 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Residents and city drivers may have noticed the Sumter Boulevard expansion is still ongoing, and a new completion date of early June has been set, according to … Find out how to read more online.
Birding talk at library
Mon  Apr 27 2015 10:12AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Friends of Wildlife group will sponsor a presentation by Rick Greenspun, a local birding guide and photographer, at 6 p.m. May 13 at the … Find out how to read more online.
Soldier fought Germans during WWII
Mon  Apr 27 2015 08:30AM
Tony Di Gregorio spent the cold, rainy winter of 1944 fighting Germans in the Appian Mountains of Italy during World War II. “We’d go out every night looking for them,” … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
US stocks drop at start of busy week for earnings
Tue  Apr 28 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks slumped on Monday as investors looked ahead to a flood of earnings reports this week. Stocks appeared headed for new highs in the morning, but drifted lower in afternoon as health care companies dropped … read more.

Baltimore erupts
Tue  Apr 28 2015 01:19AM
BALTIMORE — Rioters plunged part of Baltimore into chaos Monday, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers hours after thousands mourned the man who died from a severe spinal injury he suffered in police custody. … read more.

Loretta Lynch sworn in as AG
Tue  Apr 28 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Loretta Lynch was sworn in Monday as the 83rd U.S. attorney general, the first African-American woman to serve as the nation’s top law enforcement official. Speaking before an audience of family members, Justice Department lawyers and supporters, Lynch … read more.

‘Good kid’: Lawyer pleads for Boston Marathon bomber’s life
Tue  Apr 28 2015 01:19AM
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers pleaded with a jury Monday to spare his life, portraying him as “a good kid” who was led down the path to terrorism by his increasingly fanatical older brother. David Bruck … read more.

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Disabled man seeks aid to fence back yard for service dog
Mon  Apr 27 2015 03:46PM
A Port Charlotte man confined to an electric wheelchair is hoping the community will help him pay for a backyard fence so his service dog-in-training has a place to run safely. Dean Collier has cerebral palsy — a neurological disorder … Find out how to read more online.

Sarasota County seeks advisory board volunteers
Sun  Apr 26 2015 11:56AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County Government invites the public to volunteer for one of its many advisory board opportunities, including the General Contractors Licensing and Examining Board and Mechanical Contractors Licensing and Examining Board. Each of these technical boards is … Find out how to read more online.

A step toward unity
Sun  Apr 26 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Waving an American flag, and boasting a huge smile and youthful exuberance, 11-year-old Amy Washington led the way during Saturday’s Peace March across the Barron Collier Bridge (northbound U.S. 41), far outpacing the procession. Joined by other … Find out how to read more online.

Former medical assistant accused of prescription fraud
Sat  Apr 25 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A 38-year-old woman was arrested Friday for allegedly filling fake prescriptions using the names of two physicians at the Sarasota medical office where she was working, a Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office report states. Heather D. Zawacki, of … Find out how to read more online.

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