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Cardboard boats are race-worthy
Sat  Aug 30 2014 06:38PM
ENGLEWOOD — Krystal Pearl is a princess. Hugged by a bright pink Cinderella life vest, the 6-year-old boarded her boat the Princess Pearl in hopes of winning the Cardboard Boat … Find out how to read more online.
Clinic close to newborns’ hearts
Sat  Aug 30 2014 07:05PM
NORTH PORT — Visitors to the Hayner home are greeted by the announcement: “Welcome to Toys R Us.” And indeed, the floor is strewn with all manner of mayhem — … Find out how to read more online.
Fewer students seek careers in construction
Sat  Aug 30 2014 07:05PM
In “The Graduate,” Dustin Hoffman’s character, who just graduated from college, was told to shape his future around one word: “Plastics.” Barney Duffy has two words for high school graduates: … Find out how to read more online.
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S&P 500 edges up to new record
Fri  Aug 29 2014 10:42PM
NEW YORK (Reuters) — U.S. stocks closed out a strong month on a quiet note on Friday, with the S&P 500 posting a modest gain to close at a new record as the latest positive data helped extend a rally … read more.

UN urges US to stop police brutality
Fri  Aug 29 2014 10:42PM
GENEVA (Reuters) — The U.N. racism watchdog urged the United States on Friday to discontinue the excessive use of force by police after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman touched off riots in Ferguson, … read more.

Ukraine seeks to join NATO
Fri  Aug 29 2014 10:42PM
LAKE SELIGER, Russia — Ukraine called on Friday for full membership in NATO, its strongest plea yet for Western military help, after accusing Russia of sending in armored columns that have driven back its forces on behalf of pro-Moscow rebels. … read more.

ALS Association backs down on trademark attempt
Fri  Aug 29 2014 10:38PM
(Reuters) — In the wake of criticism over its attempt to trademark the words “ice bucket challenge,” the ALS Association said it is withdrawing its applications from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Following a blog post by a Virginia … read more.

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North Port OKs Springs contract
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — City commissioners unanimously approved Sarasota County’s contract offer to sell its half of the Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa for $2.75 million, plus closing costs, on Friday, a decision that ensures North Port eventually will retain sole … Find out how to read more online.

Sales tax would fund new library
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM

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Officials propose a brand new 24,000-square-foot community library to be built on roughly 6 acres of city-owned land, across from the History Park near Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda. Total project costs would be about $7.5 million, officials said. …

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Governor visits Vineland Elementary
Fri  Aug 29 2014 08:00AM
ROTONDA WEST — “If you like lots of pizza and ice cream, and want to eat dinner with the President and First Lady once a year, you could be the governor of Florida,” Gov. Rick Scott told fifth-grade science students … Find out how to read more online.

Parkside residents wary
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM

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The second meeting on the Parkside redevelopment plan, which will call for more citizen input on defining future planning policies, is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10, at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County, 2280 …

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