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Marijuana dispensaries move on to North Port commission
Thu  Aug 17 2017 07:02PM
NORTH PORT — A North Port board wants the city to move forward to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries the same as it would with pharmacies, in keeping with the latest … Find out how to read more online.
SCF Venice opens new Gator Den
Thu  Aug 17 2017 05:37PM
VENICE — When State College of Florida Venice students return on Monday, they’ll notice a new space within the Academic Services Building. The building now includes the new University of … Find out how to read more online.
Cats have football jamborees this weekend
Thu  Aug 17 2017 05:06PM
ENGLEWOOD — The Englewood Cats football teams will get their first taste of action today and Sunday at the annual Pop Warner jamboree in Sarasota. The Cats will compete along … Find out how to read more online.
Partly cloudy for eclipse; high humidity over weekend
Thu  Aug 17 2017 05:30PM
Southwest Florida sky watchers viewing the solar eclipse Monday may get a glimpse of it as the clouds move out of the way. “It will be in-and-out cloudiness, but we’re … Find out how to read more online.
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Report: For teachers, degrees pay off more than ‘highly effective’ rating
Thu  Aug 17 2017 07:02PM
In Charlotte and Sarasota counties, teachers get more money for having advanced degrees than for being rated as highly effective. A new report says this violates the spirit of the state’s 2011 performance pay law. The National Council on Teacher … Find out how to read more online.

Youth smoking less, vaping more
Thu  Aug 17 2017 08:30AM
Sarasota County School Board Chair Shirley Brown hopes a new ban on smoking outside all district property will continue to push down rates of tobacco use among youth. Brown confirmed she was surprised it took so long for the new … Find out how to read more online.

Pedestrian struck, killed in Sarasota
Thu  Aug 17 2017 04:58PM
SARASOTA — A man was struck and killed Wednesday night by a North Port driver, according to Florida Highway Patrol reports. North Port resident Paul Campoli, 55, was traveling on Clark Road in the center lane shortly before 9 p.m. … Find out how to read more online.

Sarasota County schools offer online ‘dashboard’
Thu  Aug 17 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — Members of the Sarasota County School Board and the public received Tuesday a glimpse of the new online dashboard. The dashboard, available at www. sarasotacountyschools.net, will allow the public to look at how the district as a whole … Find out how to read more online.

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Judge OKs Takata request to halt some lawsuits over air bags
Thu  Aug 17 2017 01:19AM
DOVER, Del. — A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Wednesday temporarily halted the prosecution of lawsuits filed by Hawaii, New Mexico and the U.S. Virgin Islands against Japanese auto-parts supplier Takata over its lethally defective air bag inflators. Judge Brendan Shannon … read more.

US stocks edge higher as retailers rally; oil companies fall
Thu  Aug 17 2017 01:19AM
NEW YORK — U.S. stocks rose slightly Wednesday as Urban Outfitters and Target helped retailers rally. That was enough to cancel out more losses for energy companies. Urban Outfitters and Target did better in the second quarter than analysts expected, … read more.

UN chief: It’s time for diplomacy on tense Korean peninsula
Thu  Aug 17 2017 01:19AM
UNITED NATIONS — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Wednesday that tensions on the Korean peninsula are at their highest level in decades and said it’s important “to dial down the rhetoric and to dial up diplomacy.” The U.N. chief told … read more.

Lebanon repeals ‘marry the rapist’ law
Thu  Aug 17 2017 01:19AM
BEIRUT — Lebanon’s parliament on Wednesday abolished a law that allowed rapists to avoid prison by marrying their victims. The repeal of the law, which had been in place since the 1940s, follows years of campaigning by women’s rights advocates. … read more.

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