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Second student arrested in prostitution ring
Tue  Nov 25 2014 09:08PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Fifteen-year-old Julian Luis Mathena of Nokomis is the third person to be arrested in connection with a student-led prostitution “business” at local high schools, authorities say. Mathena, … Find out how to read more online.
County widens utilities audit
Tue  Nov 25 2014 09:08PM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County is expanding the outside audit that will look into the operations of the utilities department. On Tuesday, commissioners unanimously agreed to add two risk areas to … Find out how to read more online.
Manatees moving into winter waters
Tue  Nov 25 2014 08:56PM
With the onset of cold fronts, manatees are heading to their warm water havens. Manatees seek out creeks, canals and other warm waters in Lemon Bay, the Myakka River, Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota Schools employee charged with computer crimes
Tue  Nov 25 2014 08:37PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A Sarasota County School District employee has been charged with allegedly causing nearly three days of disruptions to district computer systems last month. Michael A. Levanti, 28, … Find out how to read more online.
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Grand jury focused on fatal ‘tussle’
Tue  Nov 25 2014 11:10PM
FERGUSON, Mo. — Some witnesses called it a tussle. Others described it as a tug-of-war. Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson testified that they were fighting over his handgun. None of the witnesses who testified, other than Wilson, could say exactly what … read more.

Ferguson simmers
Tue  Nov 25 2014 11:08PM
FERGUSON, Mo. — Attorneys for Michael Brown’s family vowed Tuesday to push for federal charges against the police officer who killed the unarmed 18-year-old, while the officer insisted in his first public statements that he could not have done anything … read more.

Emotion, evidence spur anger in Ferguson
Tue  Nov 25 2014 11:08PM
(AP) — Anger and despair swept through many parts of America after a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown. What was behind the wave of emotion? Why do so many refuse to accept … read more.

‘Wizard of Oz’ lion costume fetches $3M
Tue  Nov 25 2014 11:08PM
NEW YORK — The Cowardly Lion costume from the classic film “The Wizard of Oz” and the piano from the movie “Casablanca” each sold for over $3 million at a New York City auction. They were among Hollywood memorabilia offered … read more.

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Retailers, shoppers prep for holiday sales
Tue  Nov 25 2014 09:08PM
Getting in line at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day for a wrist-band for a $115 television or a $399 PlayStation at Walmart may be way too late. Although wristbands will be distributed for the doorbuster sale items beginning at 6 p.m., local Walmart … Find out how to read more online.

Police: Teen organized prostitution ring
Tue  Nov 25 2014 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Two people were charged Friday, including a 17-year-old girl, in connection with a prostitution ring that used underage girls from area high schools, according to the Venice Police Department. Sarasota High School student Alexa Nicole De Armas, … Find out how to read more online.

Turkey day weather dries out
Mon  Nov 24 2014 08:30AM
The sun should come out on Thanksgiving Day after being wet and soggy earlier in the week. Today, the forecast is partly sunny skies with highs in the mid 80s and lows in the upper 60s. There is a slight … Find out how to read more online.

Officials offer holiday safety tips
Mon  Nov 24 2014 08:30AM
Flames shot through the rooftops of two Los Angeles homes last Thanksgiving as firefighters arrived. Cooking the turkey had gone terribly wrong, sending an elderly woman to the hospital. Witnesses said a relative was cooking a turkey in a deep-fat … Find out how to read more online.

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