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Coming back snowbirds? Better have a reservation
Sat  Apr 25 2015 07:26PM
Local rental specialists agree this season was a winner and next season will present a challenge to snowbirds without reservations. Venice’s small-town charm, combined with the warm, sunny winter weather … Find out how to read more online.
Gated communities are making a comeback
Sat  Apr 25 2015 07:26PM
Building luxury homes in a gated community in 2006 seemed like the right idea. But for developers Sam Rodgers and Lee Wetherington, it quickly became a nightmare. In 2004, after … Find out how to read more online.
Shorebirds face difficult dog days of nesting
Sat  Apr 25 2015 07:24PM
The telltale signs of nesting sea turtles dragging themselves onto local Gulf beaches are generally hard to miss. But signs of nesting shorebirds — whether it’s Wilson’s and snowy plovers, … Find out how to read more online.
County: Fire dept. consolidation doable
Sat  Apr 25 2015 07:24PM
The first hurdle for proponents of consolidating city and county fire departments was overcome this week when Sarasota County Administrator Thomas A. Harmer issued a letter to the city of … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Mustafa Akinci elected leader of breakaway Turkish Cypriots
Sun  Apr 26 2015 01:59PM
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Mustafa Akinci, a veteran politician with a strong track record of reaching out to rival Greek Cypriots, has been elected as leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots in ethnically divided Cyprus. Akinci handily defeated hard-line encumbent … read more.

3 young women jailed in Russia for twerking
Sun  Apr 26 2015 01:59PM
MOSCOW (AP) — A court in southern Russia has sentenced one teenager to 15 days in jail and two young women to 10 days for twerking next to a World War II memorial. Russia celebrates the 70th anniversary of the … read more.

More than 2,500 confirmed dead in Nepal earthquake
Sun  Apr 26 2015 01:58PM
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The official number of dead from Saturday’s Himalayan earthquake has topped 2,500 and may continue to rise as remote areas near the epicenter are searched. Nepal authorities said Sunday that at least 2,430 people in that … read more.

’Batman’ killer studied brain disorders before mass murder
Sun  Apr 26 2015 01:58PM
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — James Holmes was becoming unhinged in the months before he dressed in a gas mask and body armor and began shooting at a packed midnight “Batman” premiere. Prosecutors say the 24-year-old neuroscience graduate student told a … read more.

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Realtor looking for hotel builder
Sat  Apr 25 2015 07:24PM
Venice has always been an area primarily known for retirees, but in the past five years, a systematic shift has occurred, said Stan Rutstein a commercial Realtor for RE/Max Alliance Group in Bradenton. The model citizen is younger, more affluent … Find out how to read more online.

Singapore a global shopping Mecca: Part VI of a series on travel in Asia
Sat  Apr 25 2015 07:24PM
Editor’s note: This is the final installment of a series of stories written by Businews columnist Roger Button about his travels in Asia at the end of the year. Button and his wife Valerie bill themselves as “unconventional travelers” who … Find out how to read more online.

STEMsmart transforms learning via a vision
Sat  Apr 25 2015 07:24PM
Page Dettmann, who heads middle-school education for Sarasota County, is what you might call a visionary. The high-tech science and math classrooms that have been installed throughout the district’s middle schools were her brainchild. But even Dettmann admits, “We couldn’t … Find out how to read more online.

Venice student among top four most improved
Sat  Apr 25 2015 07:22PM
Chase Thomas, a Venice High School student, got an extra kudo Wednesday, April 22. He initially was one of 40 Sarasota County high school students honored for having overcome challenges to make positive changes to their lives at the 17th annual … Find out how to read more online.

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