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Art that twirls
Wed  May 25 2016 10:26AM
City leaders considered accepting an 11-foot tall aluminum kinetic art sculpture this week, but held off after concerns were raised about where to place the artwork. Artist and local Realtor … Find out how to read more online.
Think you are having a stroke? Think ‘brain attack.’ Act fast
Wed  May 25 2016 10:26AM
Dizziness. Headache. Slurred speech. Weakness. Blurred vision. Those are the major symptoms of a brain attack — the blockage of an artery that serves the brain. If that sounds like … Find out how to read more online.
Pierce named city’s next finance director
Wed  May 25 2016 10:24AM
The City of Venice has hired Walter H. Pierce III of Tampa as its new finance director. Pierce will start at the city Thursday, May 26. Pierce brings to the … Find out how to read more online.
Four wounded veterans spend weekend fishing
Wed  May 25 2016 10:24AM
Joe Deslauters caught a 70-pound tarpon while fishing the first weekend of May in the waters off Manasota Key. “He put up a pretty good fight,” said the 37-year-old Deslauters, … Find out how to read more online.
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Ex-husband charged with murder of missing Florida woman
Thu  May 26 2016 01:19AM
HOBE SOUND, Fla. (AP) — The ex-husband of a missing Florida woman has been arrested on second-degree murder and child neglect charges. During a news conference Wednesday morning, Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said 30-year-old Steven Williams confessed to killing … read more.

Gov. Scott wants more college students to graduate on time
Thu  May 26 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants the state’s colleges and universities to do more to help students graduate within four years. Scott on Wednesday called for several changes designed to help students to get out of school sooner. … read more.

Florida insurers request rate hikes under federal health law
Thu  May 26 2016 01:19AM
FORT LAUDERDALE (AP) — Nearly a dozen health insurers are proposing rate increases averaging 13 percent for 2017 Florida plans sold on the exchanges created under President Barack Obama’s health care law, but that won’t necessarily mean big consumer price … read more.

South Carolina Gov. signs 20-week abortion ban
Wed  May 25 2016 09:58PM
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has signed legislation outlawing most abortions at 20 weeks beyond fertilization. The law took effect Wednesday with the Republican governor’s signature. The only exceptions are if the mother’s life is in … read more.

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Annual hurricane seminar today
Wed  May 25 2016 10:24AM
The area hasn’t seen a major hurricane in over a decade. But residents are warned not to get complacent just because one hasn’t hit. In an effort to provide information to citizens, the City of Venice will hold its Annual … Find out how to read more online.

Details of Salvation Army leader’s fraud charges
Wed  May 25 2016 10:24AM
The state’s Office of Financial Regulation released details of the investigation into a local Salvation Army leader and his co-defendant for fraud charges. David Sutton, 63, of Sarasota, and Michael D. Garrett, 69, of Nokomis, operated a business called Keys … Find out how to read more online.

USDA Food Distribution
Wed  May 25 2016 10:26AM
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services contracts with All Faiths Food Bank to distribute free U.S. Department of Agriculture commodities. Eligible residents will receive nine to 12 free commodities. Sarasota County distribution will be at these sites; schedules … Find out how to read more online.

Calmer, wiser, sexier: A senior love story
Wed  May 25 2016 10:26AM
In Silver Linings, a semimonthly column on the joys of aging, Mark Seiden explores inevitable reminders that our time on earth will not last forever — and the new depth of emotion that comes with such knowledge. These stories show … Find out how to read more online.

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