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Venice Regional safety grade rises to a ‘B’
Wed  Apr 25 2018 02:14PM
Editor’s note: We’ll have an in-depth look at the latest safety report in Saturday’s paper. • • • Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH) has finally seen its efforts to improve … Find out how to read more online.
Great season overall for businesses, say owners
Wed  Apr 25 2018 02:14PM
In a random selection of Venice area businesses, the general consensus is the 2018 season was better than previous years despite the warmer January, unusually hot February followed by the … Find out how to read more online.
City accepts offer for more beach parking financing
Wed  Apr 25 2018 02:14PM
The Venice Pier Group, owners of Sharky’s and Fins Restaurants next to the Venice Fishing Pier, are offering the city a deal not too dissimilar to the one they offered … Find out how to read more online.
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Sarasota County OKs new sandbag procedure
Wed  Apr 25 2018 02:12PM
When the next tropical event flares up in the Gulf of Mexico threatening properties along Manasota Key, homeowners there will find new procedures in place regarding the placement of sandbags. The Sarasota County Commission approved changes last week to the … Find out how to read more online.

Eric Robinson: ‘I regret my actions’
Wed  Apr 25 2018 02:12PM
Following Tuesday’s Sarasota County School Board meeting, board member Eric Robinson took a moment to apologize. Robinson came under fire due to some text messages he exchanged with Sarasota Sheriff Tom Knight, expressing anger at the board in late March. … Find out how to read more online.

City-county park issue now has a counteroffer
Wed  Apr 25 2018 02:12PM
After about two months, the city is ready to respond to Sarasota County’s proposed terms for a new interlocal parks agreement. At least, it will be once City Manager Ed Lavallee puts the counteroffer the Council approved Tuesday into agreement … Find out how to read more online.

Alligators are on the move
Wed  Apr 25 2018 02:12PM
In the spring of 2017, a 9-foot male alligator climbed a 15-foot staircase and surprised a South Carolina family by crawling around on their porch. Officials surmised the 60-year-old gator was trying to locate a breeding pond after a recent … Find out how to read more online.

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Trump’s VA choice bows out in latest Cabinet flame-out
Fri  Apr 27 2018 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s White House doctor reluctantly withdrew his nomination to be Veterans Affairs secretary Thursday in the face of accusations of misconduct, the latest embarrassing episode highlighting Trump’s struggles to fill key jobs and the perils … read more.

Pentagon chief calls sexual assault a cancer in military
Fri  Apr 27 2018 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has ordered all members of the Defense Department to re-double their efforts to aggressively work to prevent and respond to sexual assaults across the military. In a memo released Thursday, Mattis said that … read more.

Michigan board agrees to put marijuana question on ballot
Fri  Apr 27 2018 01:19AM
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan voters will decide in November whether to allow recreational marijuana, after officials certified Thursday that there were enough signatures to put the measure on the ballot. The proposal, which the bipartisan state elections board allowed … read more.

At hearings, EPA chief seeks to divert blame for ethics woes
Fri  Apr 27 2018 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, yet another Trump administration official with his job on the line over ethical concerns, took heat from lawmakers Thursday over his profligate spending and lobbyist ties and tried to divert responsibility … read more.

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