Sarasota Herald Tribune

Articles from March 7, 2014

County Seeks Look into 'Incompetence'
Staff WritersMANATEE -- Manatee School District Superintendent Rick Mills is asking the state to investigate the "incompetence, malfeasance and misfeasance" of the previous administration, which led to a nearly $40 million shortfall that school officials...
Day Care Death Is Attributed to SIDS
BRADENTONA 4-month-old child who was allegedly improperly cared for at a Bradenton day care center died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, the Sarasota County Medical Examiner's Office ruled Thursday.Karissa Sanchez died Jan. 7 after she was...
Dredging Plan Digs Up Dissension
SARASOTAThe Army Corps of Engineers' 50-year plan to dredge Big Sarasota Pass: Boon or boondoggle?To hear the panelists at the Tiger Bay Club meeting on Thursday, it could go either way.Mining 1.1 million cubic yards of sand from the pass and depositing...
Emotions High on Voucher Bill
TALLAHASSEELegislation that would dramatically expand a state program that helps low-income children attend private schools in Florida moved ahead Thursday during an emotional and crowded hearing that pitted supporters of public education against advocates...
FST Improv Trying New Approaches
The FST Improv Troupe is trying something different and potentially exciting with the addition of "52 Card Pickup," one of two shows it has added to its new rotating repertory of productions.The troupe is taking its comedic twists on audience suggestions beyond...
Herald Tribune Obituaries
Baker, Bobbie RheaNov. 25, 1936 - Feb. 28, 2014Bobbie Rhea Baker, 77, of Englewood, FL, formerly of Farmington, MI, died on Feb. 28, 2014. Services will be held at 2:30 pm on Sun., at Englewood Moose Lodge, 55 West Dearborn St in Englewood, FL. Funeral...
Interchange Upgrade
Effort's afoot to fast-track a novel fix for a traffic hot spot - a spot that's also key to the area's hosting of a major regattaA remedy to one of the region's biggest traffic headaches is on the verge of fast-track approval by the state, even though...
Juvenile Murder Case Is Debated
TALLAHASSEEThe question of whether a Panama City woman who was 15 when she murdered a cab driver should remain in prison for the rest of her life was argued before the Florida Supreme Court Thursday.Rebecca Lee Falcon, now 32, represents a group of more...
Letters Follow Some North Trail Stops
PROSTITUTION: Police are sending out notices to vehicles' ownersSARASOTAIf you've pulled your vehicle over to the shoulder along North Tamiami Trail and spoken with a person standing on the corner, don't be surprised to find an unusual letter in your...
Millions to Shore Up This Shore
VENICEFor the third time in 20 years, Venice Beach is getting a multimillion-dollar restoration.The last and the largest missing piece in moving the project forward came Thursday when the Army Corps of Engineers said it had secured $9.6 million in federal...
Questions Follow a Shooting Death
NORTH PORT: Benefit set for family with details of investigation still elusiveVENICE -- As friends and family gather tonight to celebrate the life of Chris Lee Hays, some close to the 27-year-old are questioning the circumstances surrounding his death.Police...
Riverview Fined, Placed on Probation
SARASOTABOYS BASKETBALL: A student living in Manatee played for the RamsRiverview High School was fined $4,300 and the boys basketball team was placed on administrative probation for one year for using an ineligible basketball player this past season,...
Sand & Surgery
SPONSORED BILL LOOKS TO GIVE MEDICAL TOURISM ANOTHER SHOT N THE ARMThe slow-cooking idea to supplement Florida's healthy flow of vacation travelers by promoting "medical tourism" could get some extra heat from a bill Florida lawmakers are considering.Sponsored...
Schedule Lets Pirates Sidestep Rain Drops
BRADENTONSPRING SHOWERS: Canceled game a setback for players trying to earn roster spot, but everyone will get their work inAs rain relentlessly splashed the concrete outside the Pirates' clubhouse Thursday morning, the card games dragged on among players waiting...
Schools Chief Is Seeking Inquiry
MANATEE: Rick Mills wants state to look into previous leaders' 'incompetence'Staff WritersMANATEE -- Manatee School District Superintendent Rick Mills is asking the state to investigate the "incompetence, malfeasance and misfeasance" of the previous...
Season of Sharing Tops $2 Million Mark CHARITY MILESTONE: Gifts Small to Large, and Key Donation Matches
(Season of Sharing)SARASOTAEven to the woman who started it all, the news that more than $2 million had been raised in this year's Season of Sharing campaign was stunning."I have always known that generosity is Sarasota's core competency, but this exceeds...
See Famous Lipizzans and Help Restore School
Throughout March in Manatee County, historic sites and organizations are celebrating Manatee Heritage Days.In Myakka City, a dress performance by Herrmanns' Royal Lipizzan Stallions will raise money to help the Myakka City Historical Society restore...
Something to Shout About
Mickey Pandorf -- Mickey the Heckler -- follows a long (and loud) baseball traditionPORT CHARLOTTEMickey the Heckler can still jack up the volume -- his voice carries across Charlotte Sports Park -- but there's a scratch in his throat.He needs spring...
Stamkos Back in Loss
NHL: He is named captain after Martin St. Louis' departure, but Bolts fallTAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning lost one star by trade and gained another when he got healthy.The next era of the Lightning began Thursday at the Times Forum with new captain...
The Same Name, but Paths Diverged
AUTHOR: Wes Moore talks about his book and its lessons about upbringingWhile Wes Moore was being awarded a Rhodes scholarship to study in England, another Wes Moore, who had grown up under the same circumstances in Baltimore, was being sentenced to life...
Two-Day Tour of Venice Gardens
NOKOMIS, TOO: Six homes showcased; proceeds go to club's charitable fundVENICE -- Mary Lou Levy remembers volunteering at the first Venice Area Garden Club Home Tour in 1989.Back then, Levy said, five homes were showcased to fewer than 300 people.Today...
Vote Early and 'Yes'
Strong support for local school tax is warrantedBeginning Monday, registered voters in Sarasota County can cast ballots in a referendum on the proposed extension of a local tax for public education.Voters have approved the 1-mill property tax three times...
With the Host's Single Word, Woolf Advances
BRADENTONIt didn't take long for Sam Woolf to make an appearance. During Thursday's live broadcast of "American Idol," the Bradenton student helped kick off the opening montage that featured all 12 finalists.Woolf's face filled the screen as he sang,...
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