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Thursday, June 4, 2015


Published Thursday, June 4, 2015
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For weeks, rumors have swirled that in the wake of former Manatee School Superintendent Rick Mills' abrupt retirement, certain forces were working to install former assistant superintendent Robert Gagnon as his replacement. When the board instead, and somewhat reluctantly, voted to give Deputy Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene a one-year contract at last Tuesday's meeting, it raised an immediate question: Who would take her spot as the head of curriculum, where Gagnon had once served? Had that already been decided ahead of the vote?

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Sunday, May 31, 2015


Published Sunday, May 31, 2015
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Graduates of Manatee County's old Bayshore High School seem to get a lot of rare diseases, particularly cancers. There are an alarming amount of autoimmune disorders, as well as birth defects among their offspring. Some think they were exposed to chemicals from improperly maintained underground tanks that contaminated the groundwater and soil. Others think that the former building's history of mold is to blame. They've spent years looking for answers but have only found more questions and a lot of suspicious behavior, reinforcing their belief that the truth is being kept out of sight.

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Saturday, May 30, 2015


Published Saturday, May 30, 2015

In the year of 2014, a record number of inmates died in Florida prisons. A troubling amount of them didn't die from natural causes or other inmates. Instead, they lost their lives at the hands of the guards who were paid to protect them. Governor Scott was accused of ignoring the problem by the very corrections secretary chief he appointed.

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Friday, May 29, 2015


Published Friday, May 29, 2015

At a luncheon last Wednesday, former MCSD Superintendent Rick Mills felt compelled to ask the question everyone else seems to avoid: Why did Bob Gause and two other board members fail to terminate any employee who was convicted criminally of failure to report suspected child abuse?

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Published Friday, May 29, 2015

May is a very important month for our community, as it is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. Why should citizens of Manatee County care?

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Thursday, May 28, 2015


Published Thursday, May 28, 2015
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At Tuesday's school board meeting, a sizable group of Manatee County citizens showed that no matter how obstinate a government board may seem, the power always ultimately lies with the people—provided they are willing to do the legwork. Nonetheless, their work is far from over ...

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Monday, May 25, 2015


Published Monday, May 25, 2015

Earlier this month, I visited the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France as part of a national security mission to Europe and the Middle East. The memorial honors the American soldiers who gave their lives in the European theatre during World War II.

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Sunday, May 24, 2015


Published Sunday, May 24, 2015

The current Manatee County School Board has not done much to earn trust within this community. This could prove pivotal as the board and district prepare to ask taxpayers for more than half a billion dollars in additional debt, taxes and fees in a planned 2016 referendum. Selecting a replacement Superintendent is without question the most important action it will take in the interim and presents an opportunity to inspire much-needed confidence in its stewardship of our education system.

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Friday, May 22, 2015


Published Friday, May 22, 2015

Former Local ARTery reporter Ringo Khan returns from his prolonged sabbatical for another installment of Letters From The Wasteland. This time, Ringo vents his frustrations regarding Goodwill Industries' new boutique concept after he can't scrape together enough scratch to buy the vintage sport coat his heart desires.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015


Published Thursday, May 21, 2015
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As lawmakers get ready to head into a special session on the budget, all eyes are on the issue of health care. I refer to health care and not Medicaid expansion as most media outlets call it, because that option isn't being meaningfully considered. Instead, Florida Republicans continue to bicker over how to solve a very real problem with everything other than the most obvious solution, par for the course here in the land of the weird.

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Obituaries

Name Date
Edith Deacy August 1, 2015
Richard Shore, III July 29, 2015
Lisa Casper July 30, 2015
Nancy Rowe July 25, 2015
Irene Brothers July 24, 2015
Allene O'Brien June 23, 2015
Dorothy Hill July 28 2015
David Maberry July 24, 2015
Juanita Floyd June 26, 2015
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