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Student enrollment gap closing
Sat  Aug 23 2014 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Student numbers are climbing for Sarasota County schools, with many reporting higher enrollment as the first week of school came to an end Friday. Day five numbers … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Man has sex with boy while mom asleep
Sat  Aug 23 2014 01:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A 32-year-old North Port man has been accused of having sex with a boy half his age, while the boy’s mother was asleep in the same bedroom. … Find out how to read more online.
SCOPE asking residents to take survey
Sat  Aug 23 2014 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY— SCOPE, a community engagement organization in Sarasota County, is conducting a Human Services Needs Assessment throughout the month of August. Residents are encouraged to participate in a survey. … Find out how to read more online.
Early voting turnout lighter than expected
Fri  Aug 22 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — With two more days of early voting left for the Aug. 26 primary election, voters have shown a preference for absentee ballots over early voting. Early voting, … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Stocks go mostly lower
Sat  Aug 23 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market paused Friday, following four days of gains, after a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen left investors unsure about how the nation’s most important financial voice feels about raising interest rates in … read more.

West condemns Russia over convoy to Ukraine
Sat  Aug 23 2014 01:19AM
LUHANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated sharply on Friday as Moscow sent more than 130 trucks rolling across the border in what it said was a mission to deliver humanitarian aid. Ukraine called it a “direct … read more.

What happens in Ferguson if no charges?
Sat  Aug 23 2014 01:19AM
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Conditions calmed this week in Ferguson after nights of sometimes violent unrest stemming from the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer. But a delicate and crucial question lingers: What happens if … read more.

Hamas executes 18 suspected informers to deter leaks
Sat  Aug 23 2014 01:19AM
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Gaza militants Friday gunned down 18 alleged spies for Israel in an apparent attempt to plug security breaches and deter others, a day after Israel killed three top Hamas military commanders in an airstrike likely … read more.

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TRIM notices coming
Fri  Aug 22 2014 12:02PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Property owners should start receiving their 2014-2015 TRIM notices this week, as local governments finalize their tax rates for the next fiscal year. The “Truth in Millage” notices give homeowners the chance to see what their tax bill … Find out how to read more online.

Home prices climb
Fri  Aug 22 2014 08:00AM
Prices for single-family homes continue to climb, while a resurgent condo market also is seeing significant price gains. The median sale price for a single-family home rose in July to $141,300, representing a 6.4 percent increase from a year ago, according to … Find out how to read more online.

Heat continues, but more rain this weekend
Fri  Aug 22 2014 08:00AM
Typical Florida coastal temperatures will continue through most of the weekend for both Sarasota and Charlotte counties, according to National Weather Center meteorologist Robert Garcia. Garcia said that average temperatures this weekend, in the mid-90s, are not unusual for Southwest … Find out how to read more online.

New landscaping on tap for Biscayne Drive
Fri  Aug 22 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Biscayne Drive will be made over in the coming months, once a landscaping enhancement project takes off on a mission to revamp the area. A lush new landscape comes with a $260,000 price tag but will add … Find out how to read more online.

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