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Kids triathlon added to REV3 weekend
Fri  Jul 25 2014 01:00AM
VENICE — When the REV3 Triathlon returns to Venice for its third running in November, it will feature a new twist aimed at young athletes. REV3 got the go-ahead from … Find out how to read more online.
Crane topples into power lines
Fri  Jul 25 2014 01:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — About 20,000 residents and businesses lost power Thursday afternoon when a crane toppled over onto some power lines. The incident happened in a construction zone for a … Find out how to read more online.
I-75 expansion on schedule
Fri  Jul 25 2014 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — An Interstate 75 expansion project in South Sarasota County is on time for its expected completion date of summer 2016. The project will expand I-75 from four … Find out how to read more online.
Drums make the library a hit
Fri  Jul 25 2014 01:00AM
Ron Collins pounded the sticks together, made a funny face and then played a beat on the drums. Some children held their ears while others played the air drums along … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Net worth up for majority of lawmakers
Thu  Jul 24 2014 09:38PM
TALLAHASSEE (News Service of Florida) — For most state lawmakers, 2013 was another good year financially, regardless of party. Still, those with an “R” affixed to their names are doing better, in general, when it comes to the bottom line … read more.

Boss of company in China meat scandal apologizes
Fri  Jul 25 2014 01:19AM
BEIJING (AP) — The chairman of an American meat supplier apologized Thursday for a Chinese subsidiary that is accused of selling expired beef and chicken to restaurants including McDonald’s and KFC. Fast food chains in China suspended use of products … read more.

Gold drops to five-week low
Fri  Jul 25 2014 01:19AM
(Bloomberg) — Gold futures fell to the lowest in five weeks in New York Thursday as the outlook for an improving global economy reduced demand for a haven. A preliminary China Purchasing Managers’ Index from HSBC Holdings and Markit Economics … read more.

Jobless claims unexpectedly drop to eight-year low
Fri  Jul 25 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (Bloomberg) — The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits dropped last week to the lowest level in more than eight years, reflecting what could be a pickup in auto making during a typically slow time of year. … read more.

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Hot, humid weather on tap for weekend
Fri  Jul 25 2014 01:00AM
Residents around Southwest Florida can expect hot, humid weather throughout the weekend as well as afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms. “We’re going to have temperatures in the 90s, and the heat index is going to make it feel more … Find out how to read more online.

Because it’s there
Thu  Jul 24 2014 09:40AM
ENGLEWOOD — Climbing the world’s highest free-standing mountain wasn’t initially on Bud Koranchan’s bucket list, but now he doesn’t stop thinking about it. The soon-to-be 73-year-old Englewood resident wants to see the dormant volcanic cones on a mountain in Tanzania. … Find out how to read more online.

Schmitt served in 47th Combat Engineers on Okinawa
Fri  Jul 25 2014 01:00AM
Don Schmitt of Port Charlotte was trained as a combat engineer and sent to Okinawa during the final days of World War II. He was a corporal who served with the Army’s 47th Engineers in the Pacific at the close … Find out how to read more online.

There’s an art to Saturday’s Family Fun Day
Fri  Jul 25 2014 01:00AM
Arts, crafts and hot dogs are on the menu at Venice Art Center for Saturday’s 10th annual Family Fun Day. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the center will hold a community open house for all ages from youngsters to parents and … Find out how to read more online.

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