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‘Meatless Mondays’
Thu  Oct 2 2014 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — To try and encourage healthy eating habits, the Sarasota County School District announced this week that, beginning next week, it will institute “Meatless Mondays” at all district … Find out how to read more online.
Murdock Baptist ‘adopts’ Pines residents
Thu  Oct 2 2014 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — When Pat Stanley used to visit her mother at North Port Pines, she noticed many residents who had no one to come and see them. So about … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Fireman accused of molesting relative
Thu  Oct 2 2014 01:00AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — A local man who works for the Boca Grande Fire Department has been accused of having an inappropriate relationship with an underage relative, according to … Find out how to read more online.
Concert Band opens season with patriotic show
Thu  Oct 2 2014 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Concert Band opens its new season with “America the Beautiful” — the first of the group’s six concert series for the 2014-2015 season. At … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Fla. officer on leave after using stun gun on woman
Thu  Oct 2 2014 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE — A Florida police officer has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal affairs investigation after he fired a stun gun into a 61-year-old woman’s back during an arrest in a Tallahassee neighborhood. Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo … read more.

Secret Service chief quits due to security lapses
Thu  Oct 2 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson abruptly resigned Wednesday in the face of multiple revelations of security breaches, bumbling in her agency and rapidly eroding confidence that the president and his family were being kept safe. President Barack Obama … read more.

Ebola patient sent home at first
Thu  Oct 2 2014 01:19AM
DALLAS — The airline passenger who brought Ebola into the U.S. initially went to a Dallas emergency room last week but was sent home, despite telling a nurse that he had been in disease-ravaged West Africa, the hospital said Wednesday … read more.

US stocks drop sharply
Thu  Oct 2 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — It was a rough start to October for financial markets Wednesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average dropping more than 200 points as investors reacted to a round of negative economic news in the U.S. and … read more.

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Police: 2 dead in shooting
Wed  Oct 1 2014 04:29PM
NORTH PORT — A fatal shooting Wednesday morning ended with the death of two people in what police said appeared to be a possible murder/suicide. Police responded to a domestic disturbance call at 2447 Florida Terrace at 9:06 a.m. and … Find out how to read more online.

Swiftmud board approves lower tax rate, budget
Thu  Oct 2 2014 01:00AM
The Governing Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District this week adopted a fiscal year 2014-2015 millage rate of 0.3658 mill, 4 percent lower than the current fiscal year. The water district, commonly known as Swiftmud, includes Charlotte, Sarasota … Find out how to read more online.

All Faiths: Campaign provided millions of meals
Wed  Oct 1 2014 01:47PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — All Faiths Food Bank announced Tuesday that its Campaign Against Summer Hunger saw 1.5 million meals served to area residents. Setting a goal of feeding 15,000 children during the summer when they may otherwise go without, All … Find out how to read more online.

Menchie’s offers yogurt with a smile
Wed  Oct 1 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Cookie dough, peanut butter, pistachio, pumpkin — the many flavors of Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt are sure to give customers at least one reason to smile. Cocoplum Village Shops’ newest eatery opened its doors this week to offer … Find out how to read more online.

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