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Making the grade
Thu  Apr 24 2014 08:00AM
Two area high schools again received academic accolades from U.S. News & World Report, improving over last year’s rankings. The online magazine ranks public high schools in every state and … Find out how to read more online.
From last to top three: A-Team makes DeSoto proud
Thu  Apr 24 2014 08:00AM
DeSoto County High School’s A-Team (Academic Team) placed in the top three in a state academic competition held at Disney. Teacher Andrew Hagen told the School Board Tuesday the team … Find out how to read more online.
Bills to compensate Richardson for wrongful imprisonment advance
Thu  Apr 24 2014 08:00AM
James Joseph Richardson, who spent more than 20 years in a state prison before being freed in 1979, is closer to being compensated for his prison time. A Florida Senate … Find out how to read more online.
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Measles off to a fast start, as cases trend up
Fri  Apr 25 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials are worried about recent U.S. measles outbreaks that so far have caused more illnesses than at the same point of any year since 1996. Authorities say 129 cases in 13 states were reported by … read more.

Florida school stops serving soda before tests
Fri  Apr 25 2014 01:19AM
MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — A central Florida elementary school has stopped a long-standing practice of serving students Mountain Dew before standardized tests. Florida Today reports that a woman contacted local media outlets after learning that students were being served three … read more.

’Horror,’ UN Sec. Council says at S Sudan massacre
Thu  Apr 24 2014 09:34PM
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Thursday expressed “horror” at the recent massacre of several hundred civilians in South Sudan, while the U.S. ambassador to the world body said she fears a deepening human catastrophe. The strongly … read more.

Costa Rica is demanding US explain ‘Cuban Twitter’
Fri  Apr 25 2014 01:19AM
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — The Costa Rican government says it’s waiting for the Obama administration to explain why it improperly devised a secret “Cuban Twitter” network from inside the Central American nation’s borders despite warnings in 2009 that … read more.

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County receives $1.8 million windfall
Thu  Apr 24 2014 08:00AM
The DeSoto Board of County Commissioners learned Tuesday of nearly $2 million in additional funding made available through a previously restricted fund. Administrative Services Director Linda Nipper told the board the county’s auditing firm alerted staff to the additional funding, … Find out how to read more online.


The feathers of frustration
Thu  Apr 24 2014 08:00AM
A few weeks ago, Karen Smoke penned an insightful Over the Garden Gate column about wild turkey behavior. Reading her piece, one sentence in particular caught my eye: “Meleagris gallopavo is known for its crafty and secretive nature.” I couldn’t … Find out how to read more online.

Volunteers empower children through Guardian ad Litem
Thu  Apr 24 2014 08:00AM
The Guardian ad Litem Program began service to the children in DeSoto County during the 1980s with two volunteers. Originally, Guardian ad Litem was a county level entity that served the interests of children during a divorce. Early in this … Find out how to read more online.

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