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Venice Pier closed
Sat  Sep 16 2017 08:30AM
The Venice Municipal Fishing Pier, a popular destination for locals and tourists, remains closed. The Pier, closed prior to the arrival of Hurricane Irma, is showing signs of possible structural … Find out how to read more online.
Braves stadium 1 vote away
Sat  Sep 16 2017 08:30AM
The West Villages Improvement District and Sarasota County are ready to play ball with the Braves. Now it is up to the North Port City Commission to seal the deal … Find out how to read more online.
Agape flight brings relief home
Sat  Sep 16 2017 08:30AM
Usually, Agape Flights is delivering disaster relief or simply needed supplies from religious organizations to other countries like Haiti and Cuba. This week, it brought supplies home. Churches in Kentucky … Find out how to read more online.
Citywide boil water advisory lifted
Sat  Sep 16 2017 08:30AM
Venice water is safe to drink. A citywide boil water advisory was rescinded on Wednesday (Sept. 13), although several isolated pockets remained under a boil water notice for several more … Find out how to read more online.
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Against advice, city opens shelter
Wed  Sep 13 2017 09:56AM
“System failure.” That’s how Venice Mayor John Holic characterized Sarasota County’s decision not to open any hurricane shelters in the Venice area. He sent a satirical email blast to county commissioners on Sunday afternoon, just as Hurricane Irma was approaching. … Find out how to read more online.

School shelters to be re-evaluated
Sat  Sep 16 2017 08:30AM
The Venice area, with a reputation for being spared by hurricanes, learned a number of important lessons when Hurricane Irma came to visit a week ago. Among them: • It’s not immune from hurricanes. • There is no Emergency Management-approved … Find out how to read more online.

Hospitals carry on through hurricane
Sat  Sep 16 2017 08:30AM
Both Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH) and Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH), the county’s public hospital, appear to have come through Hurricane Irma in good shape. VRBH was operating on generators for a time but was back on commercial power by … Find out how to read more online.

Religion Briefs
Sat  Sep 16 2017 08:30AM
• First Baptist Church, 312 W. Miami Ave., will offer special components in its Sunday services to lift and inspire members and residents following Hurricane Irma. A special prayer for those impacted by Irma will be held and information about … Find out how to read more online.

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State, National and World News
Why some hurricanes linger while other storms die quickly
Tue  Sep 19 2017 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — This hurricane season is showing how wild and varied storms’ life cycles can be. Most storms seem to be tracked for days while others appear to pop out of nowhere. And some just linger around. Hurricane Jose is … read more.

Trump is riding ‘dead horse’ on climate issue, Gov. Brown says
Tue  Sep 19 2017 01:19AM
NEW YORK — California Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday touted steps the state has taken toward a healthier climate, but warned that powerful forces he called “climate deniers” are resisting technologies and policies designed to improve conditions. “I like all … read more.

Christie: Drugmakers to work on nonaddictive pain medication
Tue  Sep 19 2017 01:19AM
TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday that pharmaceutical companies agreed to work on nonaddictive pain medications and additional treatments to deal with opioid addiction. The Republican governor made the announcement in Trenton, shortly after he convened … read more.

Banks lead US stocks modestly higher
Tue  Sep 19 2017 01:19AM
Banks and other financial companies led U.S. stocks modestly higher Monday, nudging the stock market to another record high. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index and Dow Jones industrial average closed at new highs as the market extended its gains … read more.

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