Snooty, the world’s oldest manatee, dead, and not from old age

Snooty, the world’s oldest manatee, dead, and not from old age

  July was a tumultuous month for both Sarasota-Bradenton locals and Manatee lovers, alike. Just two days after Snooty the Manatee’s 69th birthday, he was found dead in what South Florida Museum officials called “a heartbreaking accident,” according to a...
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Awaiting Irma: How New College’s president and administration responded to the hurricane

Awaiting Irma: How New College’s president and administration responded to the hurricane

New College President Donal O’Shea was on campus during Hurricane Irma. (Photo courtesy of Mark Stier) Hurricane Irma was projected to hit the Tampa Bay area on the evening of Sunday, Sept. 9 before heading north Monday morning. Florida governor...
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Booker Middle launches hydroponics program

Booker Middle launches hydroponics program

Devin Slegeski held a packet of lettuce seeds up to his eighth grade science class at Booker Middle and asked, “What am I holding here?” The kids responded with conviction: seeds – duh. “Wrong,” Slegeski said. “I’m holding $15,000.” That’s...
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The Activist Newsletter: Where to make a difference for summer 2017

Fighting for a better world doesn’t stop just because its summer! If you’re staying the in Sarasota area over break, there’s still plenty of opportunities to participate in panel discussions, protests, movie screenings, meetings – you name it. Read on....
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The Empire Strikes Back: House repeals the Affordable Care Act in May 4 vote

The Empire Strikes Back: House repeals the Affordable Care Act in May 4 vote

  As the plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed by a vote of 217 to 213 in the House of Representatives on May 4, House Democrats began singing and waving their goodbyes to their fellow...
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Protestors “die-in” at Buchanan and AHCA protest in Sarasota

Protestors “die-in” at Buchanan and AHCA protest in Sarasota

Somber chants and the sound of “Taps” filled the air outside of the Federal Government Office in downtown Sarasota the evening of May 11, in protest of Rep. Vern Buchanan’s vote in favor of the American Health Care Act (AHCA)....
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Bradenton Donuts: “As you travel through life friend, no matter what your goal, keep your eye upon the donut and not upon the hole:”

Bradenton Donuts: “As you travel through life friend, no matter what your goal, keep your eye upon the donut and not upon the hole:”

Bradenton Donuts, right off of U.S. 41, feels like stepping back in time to 1950s Main Street America – in the best way possible. Proverbial sayings in wooden frames hang above the coffee machine including one that says: “Count your...
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5 Florida greyhounds test positive for cocaine

5 Florida greyhounds test positive for cocaine

A greyhound racing trainer named Malcolm McAllister permanently lost his training license on April 24 after five of his dogs tested positive for cocaine in their system back in January. State employees took urine samples of the dogs following a...
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Missing in Action: Recent string of bike thefts suggest alarming trend in campus behavior

Missing in Action: Recent string of bike thefts suggest alarming trend in campus behavior

Second-year Harrison Reid’s bike was left outside his dorm room on April 25. By the time he had woken up the next morning, his bike – and its cable lock with a plastic coating around it – was gone. As...
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Produce on wheels: GreenStream Mobile Market delivers fresh fruit and veggies to local food deserts

Produce on wheels: GreenStream Mobile Market delivers fresh fruit and veggies to local food deserts

The local Florida Department of Health (DOH) branch in Manatee County recently conducted a study that found that residents in Samoset, East Bradenton, Washington Gardens, Rubonia, Pride Park, Newtown and North Port neighborhoods all craved one thing: access to...
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