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The cost of justice
Sat  Feb 13 2016 12:40PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The oft-criticized sheriff’s current budget is up about 3 percent from the last one and more than $60 million for the first time in years. But the … Find out how to read more online.
City votes to join U.S. Conference of Mayors
Sat  Feb 13 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The U.S. Conference of Mayors, based out of Washington, D.C., awarded over $2 million in grants to its members in 2015 — which the city of North … Find out how to read more online.
Chabad groundbreaking set for next month
Sat  Feb 13 2016 08:30AM
At 2 p.m. March 6, Chabad of Venice & North Port will officially break ground on its new 11,000-square-foot center at 1681 Jacaranda Blvd., Venice, which will serve the area’s … Find out how to read more online.
NPPD: Driver on the run after S. River Road crash
Sat  Feb 13 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Authorities are searching for a person who fled from a crash scene Wednesday evening on South River Road, with many questions still left unanswered due to the … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
’Finally’: Pope meets Russian Orthodox leader
Fri  Feb 12 2016 10:44PM
By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — With an exclamation of “Finally,” Pope Francis embraced Patriarch Kirill on Friday in the first meeting between a pontiff and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a brief but historic … read more.

Alabama woman convicted in girl’s running death dies
Fri  Feb 12 2016 10:44PM
By JAY REEVES Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama woman convicted of capital murder in the running death of her 9-year-old granddaughter died Friday less than a year into her life-without-parole sentence for the killing. Joyce Hardin Garrard, … read more.

Hammers and shivs used in Mexico prison riot that killed 49
Fri  Feb 12 2016 10:44PM
By MARK STEVENSON and PORFIRIO IBARRA Associated Press MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — Mexico’s deadliest prison brawl in many years was a bloodbath in which inmates attacked each other with hammers, cudgels and makeshift blades, authorities said Friday, underlining yet again … read more.

US deploys more Patriot missiles in South Korea
Fri  Feb 12 2016 10:43PM
By HYUNG-JIN KIM Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States temporarily deployed an additional Patriot missile battery in South Korea in response to North Korea’s nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch, ahead of talks next week … read more.

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Local man to be featured on World Fishing Network
Fri  Feb 12 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — While Captain Mike Myers was reeling in a tarpon, a 10-foot bull shark wanted it more. The massive shark ate the tarpon. Then it got hooked on Myers’ line. Some would say it’s just another “one that got … Find out how to read more online.

Resident helps locate missing North Port woman
Thu  Feb 11 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Even though Rod English isn’t necessarily an NFL fan — he’s dedicated to the University of West Virginia Mountaineers football team — he was watching pre-game coverage of Super Bowl 50 on Sunday when he saw a … Find out how to read more online.

Hunt for hospital could be costly
Thu  Feb 11 2016 09:35AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port City Commission is trying other avenues to procure a hospital in the area by agreeing to write a letter of intent to the Agency of Health Care Administration, citing the need for a hospital … Find out how to read more online.

County, Venice to negotiate Hamilton Building as library site
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
VENICE — Despite some impassioned pleas from a handful of opponents, Sarasota County commissioners voted Tuesday to keep the doors of the Venice Public Library closed due to health concerns over mold. “The disruption will affect every age group, from … Find out how to read more online.

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