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Under consideration are a number of intersection improvements and pedestrian crossing projects that will make Fruitville Road a friendlier place for pedestrians and bicyclists.
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KEYSTONE, S.D. — President Donald Trump planned a fiery Mount Rushmore speech Friday night including denunciations of protesters he says are trying to "tear down" the nation's history. He's adding condemnation of those who pull down statues to a big fireworks show and his more traditional July Fourth praise of America's past and values.Trump, who has spoken forcefully against protesters who have tried to topple Confederate monuments and statues honoring those who have [...]
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Move to rename 'Bloody Sunday' bridge has critics in SelmaBy JAY REEVES Associated PressSELMA, Ala. (AP) — Thousands gathered in this river city in 1940 to dedicate a new bridge in honor of white supremacist Edmund Pettus, a Confederate general and reputed Ku Klux Klan leader. Just 25 years later, the bridge became a global landmark when civil rights marchers were beaten at its base.Today, with thousands protesting nationwide against racial injustice, a [...]
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WASHINGTON — Jordan Simmons noticed the young Black woman next to him had stopped chanting, breaking down in tears. She had been leading fellow protesters outside the White House to repeat the names of Black Americans killed by police. Simmons, a usually quiet 18-year-old from Laurel, Maryland, turned to his mother."I want to do a chant, but I’m nervous," he said.He was in the crush of the crowd surrounded by people -- [...]
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The U.S. headed into the Fourth of July weekend with many parades and fireworks displays canceled, beaches and bars closed, and health authorities warning that this will be a crucial test of Americans' self-control that could determine the trajectory of the surging coronavirus outbreak.With confirmed cases climbing in 40 states, governors have ordered the wearing of masks in public, and families were urged to celebrate their independence at home. Even then, they were told to keep [...]
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Sarasota County reported 107 new coronavirus cases, the third day in a row with over 100 new cases.
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NORTH PORT — A group of North Port residents are planning "NPHS Alternate Graduation 2020" as a way to honor North Port High School’s Class of 2020 on July 16 at the City Center Green.While all five school board members are being invited, Board Member Eric Robinson has stepped in to pay for the permit fees for the green and would speak during at least one of the six ceremonies.Robinson said Thursday he is still hoping to have the school district host [...]
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A video with objectionable song lyrics made by a fan of Democrat Margaret Good, and retweeted by a member of her staff, has created a furor in the race for the 16th Congressional District seat long held by Rep. Vern Buchanan.
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For some Sarasota restaurants, a mask requirement isn’t much of a change.
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They have made their version of the historic liberty tree where Sam Adams and the Sons of Liberty would meet in Boston.
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Mike Pence added that there are "sophisticated plans" for a "safe, healthy environment" for the Republican National Convention gathering in Northeast Florida. But he did not elaborate on those plans.
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The decision will come July 14, but expect expanded remote learning options and possibly a delayed return to school buildings.
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Residents voice concern about potential school site transaction but that did not factor into the board’s decision.
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Catch up on today’s latest news in Sarasota-Manatee and across the state.
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Elk Ridge Custom Homes owner accused of defrauding people out of 0,000.
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You’ll be required to wear masks inside and outside on Longboat Key starting on Friday
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