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Flood of questions after new FEMA maps
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:24PM
Residents aren’t all that impressed with the low-tech roll-out of the latest high-tech FEMA floodplain maps. The inability to publish easily accessible maps may have contributed to the steady stream … Find out how to read more online.
Venice loses a passionate city booster
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:24PM
Andrea Cooper’s friends need a lot of adjectives to describe her: honest, loyal, warm, giving, generous. In short, she was the best kind of friend to have. Cooper, 69, passed … Find out how to read more online.
Vereen to direct Venice play
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:24PM
Climaxing Venice Theatre’s announcement of its 2015-2016 season was the news that Broadway star Ben Vereen will direct “Hair” on the theater’s main stage. “There is a synergy here,” Vereen … Find out how to read more online.
Mote going after biggest catch yet — $50 million
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:24PM
What could be the largest fundraising campaign for an area nonprofit was announced Thursday night at Mote Marine Laboratory’s 60th anniversary party. With pledges of $30 million already in hand, … Find out how to read more online.
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Storm socks Boston
Wed  Jan 28 2015 01:19AM
BOSTON — Its winds howling at more than 70 mph, the Blizzard of 2015 slammed Boston and surrounding parts of New England on Tuesday with none of the mercy it unexpectedly showed New York City, piling up more than 2 … read more.

Ukraine moves to shut rebels out of peace talks
Wed  Jan 28 2015 01:19AM
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday declared the Russia-backed separatist republics in the east to be terrorist organizations, formally eliminating the possibility of holding peace talks with their representatives, as fighting escalated. The move came after Russian … read more.

What credit downgrade means for Russia
Wed  Jan 28 2015 01:19AM
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has seen its credit grade cut to “junk” status for the first time in over a decade, a big blow for a country that wants to be a world economic power. The downgrade by Standard & … read more.

Obama pays respects to Saudis, defends ties to kingdom
Wed  Jan 28 2015 01:19AM
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — In a show of solidarity with Saudi Arabia, President Barack Obama led a parade of American dignitaries to the ultraconservative desert kingdom Tuesday to pay respects after King Abdullah’s death and take measure of the … read more.

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Debate on special event fees comes full circle
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:24PM
After several months of meetings, public input and discussion, the Venice Economic Development Advisory Board (EDAB) is basically back where it started on the issue of special event fee waivers. The board was directed by the City Council last year … Find out how to read more online.

VHS poster business seeks contest votes
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:24PM
A business startup by a group of nearly all seniors and their tech teacher at Venice High is gaining traction, and they’re looking for support to take it to the next level. Madeleine Zubyk, the Career & Technical Education instructor, … Find out how to read more online.

Epiphany celebrates LabLearner program
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:20PM
LabLearner, a hands-on and inquiry-based program, makes learning science fun for students and teachers at Epiphany Cathedral Catholic School. Epiphany Cathedral recently implemented LabLearner, which is an exciting new program in science education. LabLearner was originally established to increase science … Find out how to read more online.

One-woman play honors Black History Month
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:18PM
Sarasota County Library System welcomes a dramatic one-woman play to the North Port Library in February to celebrate Black History Month. Written and performed by Penny Musco, “Steal Away” tells the story of a white woman homesteading in the plains … Find out how to read more online.

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