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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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New Media buys Halifax Media

New Media Investment Group bought Halifax Media Group, owner of the Sarasota Herald Tribune, for $280 million late last month. New Media is one of the largest powerhouses of locally-based print and online media in the U.S. Its database includes...
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The Asolo starts new season

The Asolo Repertory Theatre season has begun and is entering its third year saluting America. “The American Character” project is a five-year-long endeavor seeking to showcase productions that “explore, embody, and attempt to define what it truly means t...
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Ferguson Protest held in Sarasota

Immediately after the controversial verdict where police officer, Darren Wilson, was not convicted for the shooting of Michael Brown, the internet blew up. In mere seconds, statuses were updated, messages were sent and event invites were accepted for the next....
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Alum is first undocumented immigrant admitted to Bar

Alum is first undocumented immigrant admitted to Bar

New College alum Jose Godinez-Samperio (‘04) made waves in the Florida Legislature after he pushed a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants – like himself – to acquire law licenses last May. After a long struggle to become a lawyer,...
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Gardening tutorial experiences ECHO’s farm

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Help wanted for NCF holiday giving

Of Sarasota County’s 390,429 residents 11.6 percent fell below the poverty level from 2008 to 2012, and the number of children living in poverty nearly doubled from 2000 to 2010, rising from 12.9 to 21.5 percent. More than ever, Sarasota...
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FSU alum injures 3 in library shooting

By Leigh Barber The students studying in Florida State University’s Strozier Library felt a fear many people will never have to experience during their lifetimes. At around 1 a.m., their late-night work was disrupted when a shooter opened fire in...
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Arrested for feeding homeless

Arnold Abbott came to Stranahan Park to feed the homeless and left in the back of a police car.  The Fort Lauderdale resident was in violation of a controversial ordinance, officially passed Oct 22, which is one of several pieces...
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Sand sculpting competition raises money for Mote

This year’s Crystal Classics sand sculpting competition was held at Siesta Key with Mote Marine as the event’s beneficiary. Hundreds of people enjoyed the velvety sand and the plethora of tents selling beer and crafts while the smooth, white sculptures...
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