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City dispatch consolidation over and out
Wed  Jul 30 2014 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — City commissioners voted 4-1 Monday night for the city to retain its police dispatch rather than consolidate it with Sarasota County, with Cheryl Cook dissenting. Consolidating North … Find out how to read more online.
City issues Ukrainian Independence Day proclamation
Wed  Jul 30 2014 01:00AM
A proclamation to honor the 23rd anniversary of the re-establishment of Ukraine’s independence, Aug. 24, was issued by the North Port City Commission on Monday night. It was read by … Find out how to read more online.
School Board passes lower tentative millage, budget
Wed  Jul 30 2014 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — In a 10-minute meeting Tuesday evening, the Sarasota County School Board adopted its tentative millage and $704 million budget for the 2014-2015 school year — both lower … Find out how to read more online.
Program to provide free breakfast in 8 Sarasota County schools
Tue  Jul 29 2014 06:28PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County School Board wants to make sure students have a good breakfast to start their day, and a pilot program at eight district schools will … Find out how to read more online.
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Ooh la la! Rats at the Louvre in Paris
Wed  Jul 30 2014 01:19AM
PARIS — Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers and scaring tourists. The hot weather in Paris has … read more.

US, Europe impose tough sanctions on Russia
Wed  Jul 30 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Spurred to action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, including an arms embargo and restrictions on state-owned banks. President Barack Obama swiftly followed with an expansion … read more.

Medicaid expansion endorsed
Wed  Jul 30 2014 01:19AM
FORT LAUDERDALE — The powerful Florida Medical Association has come out in support of expanding Medicaid to roughly 1 million Floridians, choosing sides in a controversial political issue that has divided state lawmakers. The organization passed a resolution at its … read more.

Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule
Wed  Jul 30 2014 01:19AM
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel unleashed its heaviest air and artillery assault of the Gaza war on Tuesday, destroying key symbols of Hamas control, shutting down the territory’s only power plant and leaving at least 128 Palestinians dead on … read more.

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CHS grad on ‘Quest’ for success
Wed  Jul 30 2014 01:00AM
After Christian Sochor graduated from Charlotte High School in 2009, the drama student followed the advice of some friends and applied to an acting school in New York City. He was accepted into the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and … Find out how to read more online.

Commission on board with homeless portal
Wed  Jul 30 2014 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — An $800,000 intake portal that will provide assistance to homeless families is in the works, following the North Port City Commission’s unanimous approval Monday night of the Sarasota Office of Housing and Community Development’s proposal. Funding for … Find out how to read more online.

The Crepe Chef poised to open
Mon  Jul 28 2014 05:50PM
Jon Bierley and his wife, Kimberly Graber, are only about a month away from opening their new restaurant, The Crepe Chef, in north Port Charlotte, but are already drumming up business and hoping to persuade more to come visit them … Find out how to read more online.

Little Salt Spring transfer still in works
Tue  Jul 29 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — As North Port hastens to acquire Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa from Sarasota County, the county is working to acquire another North Port spring. Little Salt Spring, an ecologically and archaeologically significant, 112-acre property with a 220-foot-deep … Find out how to read more online.

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