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Homeless fight spurs city hall debate
Sun  Aug 31 2014 10:42AM
The timing couldn’t have been worse. Just as the city is about to spend $16,000 on a water fountain to beautify the new Ruscelletto Park, complaints are coming in about … Find out how to read more online.
Two arrested for gambling operation
Sun  Aug 31 2014 10:42AM
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men this week who operate the Players Club 777 in Osprey for illegal gambling and other charges. The investigation began in January of … Find out how to read more online.
Man charged with beating, killing dog
Sun  Aug 31 2014 10:40AM
A Nokomis man who was arrested in January on charges of domestic battery by strangulation was arrested this week for strangling a dog. The man faces four counts of aggravated … Find out how to read more online.
First bishop of Venice diocese passes away
Sun  Aug 31 2014 10:40AM
The Most Rev. John Nevins, the founding bishop of the Diocese of Venice, died Tuesday. He was 82. The death was announced in a press statement from his successor, the … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Nasty, brutish and artsy? Neanderthal hashtag engraving found
Mon  Sep 1 2014 08:21PM
NEW YORK (Reuters) — Belying their reputation as the dumb cousins of early modern humans, Neanderthals created cave art, an activity regarded as a major cognitive step in the evolution of humankind, scientists reported on Monday in a paper describing … read more.

NATO to create new ‘spearhead’ force to respond to crises
Mon  Sep 1 2014 08:21PM
BRUSSELS (Reuters) — NATO leaders will respond to the Ukraine crisis by agreeing this week to create a “spearhead” rapid reaction force, potentially including several thousand troops, that could be sent to a hotspot in as little as two days, … read more.

Syrian army, rebels fight on Golan where peacekeepers held
Mon  Sep 1 2014 08:20PM
EIN ZIVAN, Golan Heights/MANILA (Reuters) — Heavy fighting erupted on Monday between the Syrian army and Islamist rebels on the Golan Heights, where 44 peacekeepers from Fiji are being held by militants and scores of their fellow blue helmets from … read more.

Britain unveils powers to strip suspected Islamist fighters of passports
Mon  Sep 1 2014 08:20PM
LONDON (Reuters) — Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday announced plans to strip suspected Islamist militants of their passports temporarily, to combat the threat posed by radicalized Britons returning from Syria and Iraq. The proposals come days after Cameron raised … read more.

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Years of environmental work get financial help
Sun  Aug 31 2014 10:40AM
Volunteers have cleared hundreds of feet of the Siesta Waterway in South Venice by hand. Thanks to a grant jointly funded by Sarasota County and the Southwest Florida Water Management District (Swiftmud), the rest of the job will be much … Find out how to read more online.

So you want to be a smuggler?
Sun  Aug 31 2014 10:40AM
Now that the kids are back in school, parents and grandparents may be inspired to do the same. With all the colleges in the area plus art centers and the world-famous Ringling School of Design, there are plenty of options, … Find out how to read more online.

Memorial concern abated
Sun  Aug 31 2014 10:40AM
Venice Mayor John Holic’s question about where a donor gets the authority to make changes to a public monument — in this case, the 9/11 Memorial in Patriots Park — has been answered. In fact, it was answered a few … Find out how to read more online.

Summer heat slows hiring
Sun  Aug 31 2014 10:40AM
The typically slow summer season has caused hiring to drag across Southwest Florida, but an increase in construction activity holds promise for the future. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity reported Friday that the jobless rate in Charlotte County climbed … Find out how to read more online.

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