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Marijuana dispensaries move on to North Port commission
Fri  Aug 18 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A North Port board wants the city to move forward to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries the same as it would with pharmacies, in keeping with the latest … Find out how to read more online.
SCF Venice opens new Gator Den
Fri  Aug 18 2017 08:30AM
VENICE — When State College of Florida Venice students return on Monday, they’ll notice a new space within the Academic Services Building. The building now includes the new University of … Find out how to read more online.
Cats have football jamborees this weekend
Thu  Aug 17 2017 05:06PM
ENGLEWOOD — The Englewood Cats football teams will get their first taste of action today and Sunday at the annual Pop Warner jamboree in Sarasota. The Cats will compete along … Find out how to read more online.
Partly cloudy for eclipse; high humidity over weekend
Fri  Aug 18 2017 08:30AM
Southwest Florida sky watchers viewing the solar eclipse Monday may get a glimpse of it as the clouds move out of the way. “It will be in-and-out cloudiness, but we’re … Find out how to read more online.
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Report: For teachers, degrees pay off more than ‘highly effective’ rating
Fri  Aug 18 2017 08:30AM
In Charlotte and Sarasota counties, teachers get more money for having advanced degrees than for being rated as highly effective. A new report says this violates the spirit of the state’s 2011 performance pay law. The National Council on Teacher … Find out how to read more online.

Youth smoking less, vaping more
Thu  Aug 17 2017 08:30AM
Sarasota County School Board Chair Shirley Brown hopes a new ban on smoking outside all district property will continue to push down rates of tobacco use among youth. Brown confirmed she was surprised it took so long for the new … Find out how to read more online.

Pedestrian struck, killed in Sarasota
Fri  Aug 18 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — A man was struck and killed Wednesday night by a North Port driver, according to Florida Highway Patrol reports. North Port resident Paul Campoli, 55, was traveling on Clark Road in the center lane shortly before 9 p.m. … Find out how to read more online.

Sarasota County schools offer online ‘dashboard’
Thu  Aug 17 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — Members of the Sarasota County School Board and the public received Tuesday a glimpse of the new online dashboard. The dashboard, available at www. sarasotacountyschools.net, will allow the public to look at how the district as a whole … Find out how to read more online.

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Spacewalking cosmonauts release 3-D-printed satellite
Fri  Aug 18 2017 01:19AM
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Spacewalking cosmonauts set free the world’s first satellite made almost entirely with a 3-D printer on Thursday. In total, Russians Fyodor Yurchikhin and Sergey Ryazanskiy ended up releasing five nanosatellites by hand. One by one, the … read more.

US announces deal to export pork
Fri  Aug 18 2017 01:19AM
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The United States said Thursday that it has agreed to terms on a deal to export pork to Argentina for the first time in 25 years. Argentina blocked imports of U.S. pork in 1992, saying it … read more.

US stocks tumble to worst loss in 3 months in broad selling
Fri  Aug 18 2017 01:19AM
NEW YORK — U.S. stocks plunged Thursday as losses for Cisco Systems hurt technology companies while Wal-Mart declined after its latest quarterly report. Banks also dropped as bond yields and interest rates sank for a second day. It was the … read more.

Attacker drives van into Barcelona crowd; 12 dead, 80 hurt
Fri  Aug 18 2017 01:19AM
BARCELONA, Spain — A white van jumped up onto a sidewalk and sped down a pedestrian zone Thursday in Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas district, swerving from side to side as it plowed into tourists and residents. Authorities said 12 people … read more.

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