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Body worn cameras for police

  The Sarasota Police Department bought 24 new Taser AXON Flex body-worn cameras (BWCs) last year with a $36,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. A one-year trial period will begin this month with the hopes of accurately documenting...
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Tree Beach under construction

Tree Beach under construction

    Tree Beach is the semi-secret haven where a few members of the Longboat Key community as well as New College students go to enjoy music, partying, swimming, tree climbing, photography and picnics on a small hook-shaped beach. Also...
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Baby fish make a big splash at Mote Marine Aquarium

  Mote’s new temporary exhibit “Oh Baby! Life Cycles of the Sea,” comes complete with a shark touch-tank, comic book theme and baby fish so small, a magnifying glass is needed to see them. The exhibit, which opened on Feb....
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Mote Marine celebrates its 60th Anniversary

In the midst of their 60th anniversary and the undertaking of a corresponding fundraiser called “Oceans of Opportunity,” Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium grieves for a special member of its family: the famous “Shark Lady” Eugenie Clark, founder of M...
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Homelessness Marathon: Giving microphones to marginalized voices

Homelessness Marathon: Giving microphones to marginalized voices

February 25, 2015 / Volume XXXVII / Issue 2 Despite a chilling rain, the Homelessness Marathon persevered through a 14-hour, live, outdoor broadcast that brought the voices of the homeless to airwaves across America. Marathon founder Jeremy Alderson was homele...
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Urine in the wrong room: Proposed law criminalizes trans rights to public facilities

A drawing depicts a conflict that many transgender individuals deal with on a daily basis. February 25, 2015 / Volume XXXVII / Issue 2 Shockwaves rippled through the transgender community this month when Florida representative Frank Artiles (R) filed a...
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MOTE Marine’s rescue dolphin Moonshine passes

Moonshine, the unique pantropical spotted dolphin is missed by his family at MOTE Marine Laboratory. February 25, 2015 / Volume XXXVII / Issue 2 MOTE Marine lost a cherished member of the aquarium family when Moonshine, a pantropical spotted male...
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Gearing up for Gasparilla Music Festival

February 25, 2015 / Volume XXXVII / Issue 2 Gasparilla Music Festival is part of Tampa Bay’s Mardi Gras celebration, which includes the Gasparilla Children’s Parade and “Piratechnic” Extravaganza, and Gasparilla Pirate Fest Street Festival. This year, ...
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Candidates vie for city commissioner seat

February 25, 2015 / Volume XXXVII / Issue 2 Sarasota is governed by five city commissioners, two are elected at-large and the remaining three are elected from single-member districts. On March 10, a local election will be held to appoint...
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After failed amendment, new medical marijuana bill emerges

February 18, 2015 / Volume XXXVII / Issue I The Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative seeks to change the legal standing of medical marijuana in the state. This proposed ballot comes on the heels of Amendment 2, a bill...
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