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Historical plaque pays homage to Bailey Cemetery
Sat  Feb 28 2015 06:49PM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — At a historical marker dedication for Lt. Carl Bailey Cemetery on Friday, re-enactors of the 2nd Infantry, United States Colored Troops, also paid tribute to … Find out how to read more online.
River Road expansion awaits funding
Sat  Feb 28 2015 06:40PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Only two obstacles are standing in the way of widening River Road to four lanes from the Tamiami Trail intersection to the interstate — the land to … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Heart Walk: exercise in self-help
Sat  Feb 28 2015 07:09PM
PUNTA GORDA — Gary Barker had all the warning signs of heart disease before undergoing a bypass in September. And the precautions he took as a result of this forewarning … Find out how to read more online.
North Port man acquitted in teen rape trial
Sat  Feb 28 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Twenty-one-year-old Anthony James Jacot quietly shed tears of relief as “not guilty” verdicts were read in court Friday for each of his five charges involving the alleged … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Florida may lose $1B
Sat  Feb 28 2015 07:06PM
MIAMI — Florida is scheduled to lose $1 billion in federal health funds at the end of June, a hole in the state budget the Legislature must fill in its upcoming session if a settlement isn’t reached between the administrations … read more.

Egyptian court declares Hamas a ‘terrorist organization’
Sat  Feb 28 2015 07:06PM
CAIRO — An Egyptian court declared Hamas a “terrorist organization” on Saturday, further isolating the blockaded rulers of the Gaza Strip once openly welcomed by the country’s toppled Islamist-dominated government. The ruling is unlikely to have any immediate effect on … read more.

Obama, Netanyahu on collision course
Sat  Feb 28 2015 07:06PM
WASHINGTON — For six years, President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been on a collision course over how to halt Iran’s nuclear ambitions, a high-stakes endeavor both men see as a centerpiece of their legacies. The … read more.

Investigators: Nemtsov killing may be provocation
Sat  Feb 28 2015 07:06PM
MOSCOW — Russia’s top investigative body said Saturday it is looking into several possible motives for the killing of prominent opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, including an attempt to destabilize the state, Islamic extremism, the Ukraine conflict and his personal life. … read more.

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Four charged in Springs drug bust
Sat  Feb 28 2015 08:30AM
WARM MINERAL SPRINGS — The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested four people this week on drug charges following the execution of a search warrant at a home in the 200 block of Granada Blvd., in the Warm Mineral Springs community … Find out how to read more online.

Legislature proposes $16M in county water projects
Sat  Feb 28 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Members of the Florida House of Representatives have filed budgetary requests for 13 water projects in Sarasota County, totaling $15.8 million. Approximately 475 projects have been proposed around the state, totaling about $1.2 billion in funding. The Sarasota … Find out how to read more online.

SCAT rolls on
Sat  Feb 28 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — New Sarasota County Transit Authority Director Rocky Burke says the future looks bright for the county’s public transportation system. Burke took over the post in December after serving as general manager of Lextran, in Lexington, Ky., for … Find out how to read more online.

Injured baseball player begins road to recovery
Sat  Feb 28 2015 08:30AM
There may be six weeks left in the local high school baseball season, but the Port Charlotte Pirates already have suffered its worst loss of the year. Senior outfielder Brad Baker remained in intensive care Friday at Lee Memorial Hospital … Find out how to read more online.

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