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Goodwill hunting
Wed  Feb 21 2018 02:22PM
As Trey Burton’s trick pass in Super Bowl 52 put Venice on the national map, a find at the Venice Goodwill store on the Rialto evoked thoughts of Super Bowl … Find out how to read more online.
First Baptist readying for 2nd campus
Wed  Feb 21 2018 02:22PM
First Baptist Church, located on the island, will be opening a large, second lakefront campus at Executive Drive, directly off Jacaranda Blvd., according to Senior Pastor Tom Hodge. He said … Find out how to read more online.
School safety ideas sought
Wed  Feb 21 2018 02:22PM
Sarasota County Schools is asking the community for comments and feedback regarding school safety and security. This comes as the district was preparing for a school safety task force meeting … Find out how to read more online.
Plan board OKs preliminary Woods plat
Wed  Feb 21 2018 02:22PM
Development of the controversial Woods of Venice project took a step forward Tuesday with the approval of its preliminary plat by the Venice Planning Commission. It now goes on to … Find out how to read more online.
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The tough life of winter in Venice
Wed  Feb 21 2018 02:20PM
Those who live here know how tough the winter can be in Venice. Sometimes we have to put on two coats of sunscreen. And then there are the choices — Sailing? Parasailing? Swimming? Finding a spot on the beach? So … Find out how to read more online.

Security at schools enhanced
Sat  Feb 17 2018 08:30AM
Additional police vehicles were stationed outside and on local school campuses this week after a deadly rampage on Wednesday by a former student in Parkland, Fla., who was expelled from a Broward County school. Seventeen people were shot and killed … Find out how to read more online.

Time for the 30th annual Feast
Wed  Feb 21 2018 02:20PM
Time flies. Founded in Venice in 1979, the local Italian American Club will present its 30th annual Italian Feast & Carnival this weekend. The fun begins at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Venice Municipal Airport’s Festival grounds. Entertainment begins at … Find out how to read more online.

North Port reworks Warm Mineral Springs plan
Wed  Feb 21 2018 02:18PM
While North Port’s city commissioners are eager to move forward on development for Warm Mineral Springs, they want to make sure all their previous work isn’t wasted. The commissioners spent a few hours this discussing a potential contract with Kimley-Horn … Find out how to read more online.

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Opioids dangers force police to abandon drug field tests
Thu  Feb 22 2018 01:19AM
ST. LOUIS — Police who find suspected drugs during a traffic stop or an arrest usually pause to perform a simple task: They place some of the material in a vial filled with liquid. If the liquid turns a certain … read more.

School shooting survivors are not ‘crisis actors’
Thu  Feb 22 2018 01:19AM
PARKLAND, Fla. — Two students who survived the Florida school shooting and spoke publicly about it are not “crisis actors,” despite the claims of several conspiracy-oriented sites and an aide to a Florida lawmaker. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School … read more.

Will and Jaden Smith create eco-friendly water company: “Just”
Thu  Feb 22 2018 01:19AM
LOS ANGELES — Jaden Smith’s environmental consciousness was born when he was out surfing at about age 10. He saw plastic water bottles bobbing in the ocean beside him, and he was so upset by it that he told his … read more.

Fed officials: Stronger economy boosts chance for rate hikes
Thu  Feb 22 2018 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve officials at their January meeting believed that a brightening global economic picture and the effects of recently passed tax cuts had raised the prospect for solid growth and continued interest rate increases. The minutes of the … read more.

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