Sarasota Herald Tribune

Articles from March 14, 2012

Arrest for Recording Police Seems Wrong
It started as a routine traffic stop in North Port. It ended with the harassment and arrest of a bystander whose only "crime" was to record the police activity on his cellphone.For refusing to stop recording, he was handcuffed, thrown in jail and accused...
As Housing Recovers, Lennar Exits Locally
SARASOTALennar Corp., one of the most dominant and active home builders in Southwest Florida for the past decade, has vacated its Sarasota offices.The Miami-based builder, which was also one of the largest publicly-held companies with a regional presence,...
Baseball Is a Sport for Foodies
I am not what you would call an avid baseball fan, although I have enjoyed some spring training games, and thanks to a former editor, had the good fortune to see Wade Boggs hit a home run at a Devil Rays game. Nor could I be considered a devoted fan...
Beach Bacteria Source Is Found
VENICE: Outfall spews untreated storm water into Gulf, officials sayVENICEAn outfall that spews untreated storm water into the Gulf is the likely source of pollution that prompted a swim advisory at Venice Beach this year, the city engineer said Tuesday.It...
College Students Teaching for Free
A group of New College of Florida students recently started exploring their own new independent educational system.The Sarasota Free Skool is a free, nonaccredited educational program helping people of all ages learn a subject or skill.The courses are...
Fifth-Graders' Garden Features Native Plants
Fifth-graders at Garden Elementary planted coral honeysuckle, twinflower and beautyberry and other plants in the Florida native plant garden on the school grounds.As part of activities March 7, they created a weed barrier using newspaper, mulch and plants...
Fruitville Celebrates Dr. Seuss
Students and staff at Fruitville Elementary School celebrated two national events March 2 -- Dr. Seuss' birthday and the National Education Association's annual Read Across America campaign.This year, the campaign created the goal that every elementary...
Goodbye, Winter; Hello, Barbecue
Normally, at this time of year happy eaters will still be harboring fantasies of meals involving hearty soups and stews, but this "winter" has been so over-the-top warm that even the most stubborn will have abandoned any hope of fulfilling that fantasy. What...
Herald Tribune Obituaries
Bonanno, JosephJan. 20, 1925 - March 11, 2012Joseph Bonanno, 87, of Sarasota, formerly of Philadelphia, Pa. died March 11, 2012.Visitation will be held will be held from 12-2 p.m. Wednesday at Palms-Robarts Funeral Home with Funeral services to follow...
In Blow to Airport, Carrier Curtails Flights
PUNTA GORDA: DirectAir announces a cutback over fuel supply issuesPUNTA GORDAIn a major blow to Charlotte County air travel, the Punta Gorda Airport has lost -- at least temporarily -- its largest passenger carrier.DirectAir, which flew roughly two...
Library Bookstore Will Fund Services
The Manatee County Central Library, suffering from a series of budget cuts, needs some more Friends in its corner.Money earned from a new bookstore opening this spring will help fund services, such as youth programs, guest speakers and performances."It's...
Lightning Beat Up Bruins, 5-1
TAMPAROUNDUP: Tampa Bay nets four first-period goals in lopsided winThere have not been a lot of laughers for the Tampa Bay Lightning this season.Tuesday night the Bolts got one against, of all teams, the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins.But...
Longhi, Venice Cruise to Win
SARASOTA CLASSIC: Indians beat Flanagan, stay unbeaten in Elite BracketSARASOTA -- The Venice Indians took a major step toward defending their title in the Elite Division of the 26th annual Sarasota Baseball Classic on Tuesday night at the Buck O'Neil Baseball...
North Port Squeaks by Braden River
SARASOTAPREMIER: Bobcats use two late rallies and win game in eighthA balk by Braden River reliever Tyler Pogue forced in the winning run to end a wild game in which North Port forced extra innings with two runs in the bottom of the seventh and then...
Not Yet Spring, but It's Feeling a Bit like Summer
TEMPERATURES: Four days' highs have met or broken records this yearAn unusually warm winter is wrapping up with record heat as high pressure continues to push over the eastern U.S. and Florida.Thermometers climbed to 86 degrees on Monday at Sarasota- Bradenton...
Rays' Moore, Orioles' Hammel Are Impressive
ED SMITH SELLOUT: AL East rivals play to a 7-7- tieSARASOTA -- The cars traveling up and down Euclid Avenue at 12:50 p.m., in search of parking for Tuesday's game between the Rays and Orioles, portended a good turnout at Ed Smith Stadium.And it was.A...
Redrawing the Senate Districts
Legislators should keep gerrymandering out of the court-imposed processThe proposed new districts for the Florida Senate were hit or miss, we said in a Feb. 8 editorial. The Florida Supreme Court, in a 5-2 ruling last week, found enough misses in those...
Seafood and More at This Bistro
Seafood is the name of the game at the Lucky Pelican (there's a fish market under the same roof as the restaurant) in case the nautically themed geegaws on the walls didn't immediately give it away.Located near the tail end of the serpentine Lake Osprey...
Stepping Lightly on Beach Alcohol
DRINKING BAN? County Commission hands hot potato to Sheriff's OfficeIn their first, highly anticipated discussion of an alcohol ban on area beaches, Sarasota County commissioners kept to the tightrope.Gaping beneath them on Tuesday were the political consequences.A...
Stop the Madness? USF Hopes Not
USF: Like them or not, the Bulls could be this year's CinderellaTAMPAThe chair of the NCAA Tournament selection committee pointed to the usual factors: road wins, who a team beat, its RPI, record against top-50 teams and its overall "body of work."But...
Suggested Cuts Are Tough Sell
SCHOOLS: Sarasota board lukewarm to consultants' cost-cutting proposalsSARASOTA COUNTYSarasota County School Board members were delighted when the district got a rave review from a recent four- month independent study of efficiency and spending.But...
Surprising Gain in Employment
KEYWORD: Drophead for the story that goes in this position hereJanuary has long been a cruel month on the jobs front in Southwest Florida, with employers shedding thousands of seasonal jobs.Until now.In a surprise, Southwest Florida's economy added nearly...
Who Said It Was Easy to Flip?
TRIAL: Title agent has more to say on the challenges of such property transfersTAMPAWorking as the clearinghouse for a huge flipping fraud conspiracy is hard work.Lisa Rotolo, the title agent who closed tens of millions of dollars in fraudulent real...
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