Sarasota, Melbourne rank in US News’ ‘best places’
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Two Florida metro areas are in the top 25 of U.S. News & World Report's best places to live.
The publication on Tuesday ranked Sarasota as No. 18 and Melbourne as No....
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles put scheduled opening-day starter Alex Cobb on the 10-day injured list because of a strained right groin.
Orioles DH Trumbo to start season on injured list
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Mark Trumbo will start the season on the injured list.
The 33-year-old Trumbo, who led the major leagues with 47 home runs in 2016,...
Baltimore Orioles claim Pedro Severino off waivers
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have claimed catcher Pedro Severino off waivers from the Washington Nationals.
A 25-year-old right-handed hitter, Severino batted .187 with four...
Florida newspaper posts video of 2017 high-wire accident
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida newspaper has posted video of a 2017 high-wire accident that sent five performers in tightrope-walking star Nik Wallenda's troupe tumbling more than 30 feet to the...
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — A seafaring raccoon has been plucked off the Florida coast and safely released on dry land.
News outlets report Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium workers were helping...
2 killed in motorcycle crash
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say two people from Iowa were killed in a motorcycle crash on a Florida highway.
The Bradenton Herald reports that the crash occurred Friday morning on...
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Marcus Stroman has been picked to start the Toronto Blue Jays' opener against the visiting Detroit Tigers on March 28.
The 27-year-old struggled last season, going 4-9...
Alex Cobb to start Baltimore Orioles’ opener at Yankees
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Cobb has been picked by new Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde to start the Orioles' opener on March 28 at the New York Yankees.
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Masahiro Tanaka will be the New York Yankees' opening day starter March 28 against Baltimore, taking the spot left open by Luis Severino's shoulder trouble.
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. has been acquired by the Baltimore Orioles from the Toronto Blue Jays for international signing bonus pool allocation.
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Mike Yastrzemski finally made it to spring training with the Orioles after bouncing around the Baltimore organization since 2013.
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Brandon Hyde's style is totally different from his Baltimore Orioles' predecessor.
Under Buck Showalter, who had managed the Orioles for more than eight seasons until...
GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — A Florida man has pleaded guilty in connection to the deaths of a couple who were killed at a Kansas fair after one suspect posed as a carnival mafia boss and ordered the...
Attempted out-of-hospital birth takes tragic turn
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Paris Bean checked into Rosemary Birthing Home before the sun rose on the last Wednesday in January, excited to deliver her first child.
Orioles again claim INF Hanser Alberto on waivers
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles claimed infielder Hanser Alberto on waivers from San Francisco, a week after they lost him on a waiver claim to the Giants.
Experts: Red tide was among 5 worst in Florida’s history
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Experts say the red tide that plagued Florida's coastline for 15 months is one of the five worst toxic algae events in the state's recorded history.
Orioles veterans Cashner and Cobb looking to rebound
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — In the new world of the Baltimore Orioles where youth and inexperience are the rule, there are two veteran pitchers hoping to prove they still have some skills.
Toxic red tide appears to have faded from Florida’s waters
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Florida's coastal waters appear free from a devastating red tide bloom that began in October 2017.
A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report released...
Body of teen who disappeared after witnessing slaying found
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities have found the body of a 14-year-old boy who disappeared in 2017 days after he witnessed a man's slaying.
Orioles claim LHP Josh Osich from Giants off waivers
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles claimed left-handed pitcher Josh Osich on waivers from the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday.
In the last four seasons with San Francisco, the...
‘#MeToo’ painted on statue of WWII sailor kissing nurse
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida want to know who spray-painted "#MeToo" on the leg of a statue depicting a sailor and a dental assistant kissing at the end of World War II.
Orioles have many open infield jobs, and several candidates
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have many jobs up for grabs, and nowhere is the competition less defined than in the infield.
As the team held its first full-squad workout on Monday, only one infield position is secured — first base. Chris Davis is entering the fourth year of a seven-year, $161 million contract.
Besides Davis, there are 13 players on the roster competing for the three starting positions, and a utility job or two.
Orioles agree to terms with SS Alcides Escobar
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to terms with shortstop Alcides Escobar on a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.
Baltimore has been looking to increase its infield depth, and Escobar is expected to challenge for the starting shortstop spot.
The 32-year-old Escobar has played 11 seasons with Milwaukee and Kansas City and has a .258 lifetime average. In 2018, he hit .231 with four homers and 31 RBIs.
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde says several positions open
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The sun wasn't shining on Brandon Hyde's first workout as Baltimore Orioles' manager.
Rain delayed the start of workouts Wednesday for about an hour. But eventually, 15 pitchers threw bullpens and the Orioles rolled out some new cameras to help the team evaluate them.
Eric Young Jr. agrees to minor league deal with Orioles
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Outfielder Eric Young Jr. has agreed to a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles and will report to major league spring training.
The 33-year-old hit .202 with one home run and eight RBIs in 41 games for the Los Angeles Angels last year.
Young has a .245 average in 10 big league seasons with Colorado, the New York Yankees, New York Mets, Atlanta and the Angels and Atlanta. He led the NL with 46 stolen bases in 2013.
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New Baltimore leadership hoping for better Orioles’ future
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — When pitchers and catchers reported to the Baltimore Orioles camp on Tuesday, they met a new administration.
There is a manager in the dugout other than Buck Showalter for the first time in nine years, and a new general manager replacing Dan Duquette, who spent seven years with the Orioles.
Roper Technologies: 4Q Earnings Snapshot
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) _ Roper Technologies Inc. (ROP) on Friday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $257.1 million.
The Sarasota, Florida-based company said it had net income of $2.46 per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to $3.22 per share.
The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $3.13 per share.
Sarasota artist paints with lipstick and kisses
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Alexis Fraser, known as Lipstick Lex, has been inspiring positivity through her unique medium.
Armed with tubes of lipstick and an assortment of makeup brushes, Sarasota resident Alexis Fraser, more popularly known as Lipstick Lex on social media, has been spreading positivity with her unconventional art since 2012.
Deputy disciplined after guns stolen from patrol vehicle
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida deputy has been suspended without pay for two days and removed from his agency's SWAT team after guns and other equipment were stolen from his unlocked patrol vehicle.
Sarasota County Sheriff's Office reports show that Detective Brian Keane was issued the 16-hour suspension on Monday.
Officials: Teacher vandalized park to ruin principal’s party
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida substitute teacher accused of spreading human feces on tables and grills at a park where a principal was set to host a birthday party told deputies she was "displeased" with how the principal was handling a professional issue.
Gunman fires shots at Florida ambulance responding to call
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Police are trying to determine whether an ambulance crew was targeted with gunshots during an early morning call.
Sarasota police spokeswoman Genevieve Judge said in an email that a crew from the Sarasota County Fire Department responded to a call around 4 a.m. Monday. A resident at the address told the crew they didn't call them. After the crew returned to the ambulance, someone fired a shot at the vehicle.
Pro wrestling interviewer ‘Mean Gene’ Okerlund dies
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eugene "Mean Gene" Okerlund, whose deadpan interviews of pro wrestling superstars like "Macho Man" Randy Savage, The Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan made him a ringside fixture in his own right, has died. He was 76.
Tale of reformed white supremacist, its survival in Sarasota
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — In 2010, one of the foremost young leaders of the white nationalist movement in the country walked onto the campus of New College of Florida as a student.
The tenets of white nationalism, which hold that white people are under siege in the United States by the country's increasing minority population, would seem counter to New College's free-thinking reputation, but the 21-year-old godson of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke was undeterred.
Man killed falling from moving truck onto Florida highway
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — A man has died after falling from a moving car onto a busy Florida interstate after attempting to shut a car door.
Florida Highway Patrol officials say Justin Hamilton was driving on Interstate 75 on Friday when his passenger moved from the front seat to the back of the truck to try to secure a side door. Authorities say 38-year-old Brandon Inman lost his balance and fell onto the road.
The fatal accident closed the interstate for several hours.
Turning Points help the homeless, others in need
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Andy Brady's windowless office is what you'd expect a case worker's to be. It contains a computer, some pens and paper, a bookshelf, the usual. But if you are there to cry, or to hug him for moving your life forward, don't expect a tissue. The boxes go fast.
"Oh my gosh, we go through a lot of tissues," Brady said.
Workers dies after being trapped under construction crane
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a construction worker was killed and another worker injured when a crane toppled at a marina on Florida's Gulf Coast.
Other construction workers attempted to free the trapped employee Thursday when he became caught under the construction crane at the Twin Dolphin Marina in Bradenton, Florida.
Rescue workers freed him but he died a short time later.
Florida felon gets 5 years for having 4 tons of explosives
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida felon has been sentenced to five years in prison for possessing nearly four tons of explosive fuses.
Court records say 57-year-old Marc Jason Levene, of Sarasota, was sentenced Wednesday in Tampa federal court. He pleaded guilty in September to two counts of possession of explosives by a convicted felon. He has had prior felony drug convictions that prohibited him from possessing or selling explosive materials.
Kids weren’t vaccinated in 4 measles cases in Florida
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Department of Health says four children who were diagnosed with measles were never vaccinated.
The health agency says the children in Sarasota County on Florida's Gulf Coast had close contact with each other but didn't elaborate further.
The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that health officials are trying to notify others who may have been exposed.
3 carnival workers charged in killings of Kansas couple
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Three carnival workers have been charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of a couple at a Kansas fair whose bodies were found days later in shallow graves in a national forest in Arkansas.
The Kansas Attorney General said 52-year-old Kimberly Younger, of McIntosh, Florida; 54-year-old Michael Fowler Jr., of Sarasota, Florida; and 35-year-old Rusty Frasier, of Aransas Pass, Texas, are jailed on $1 million bond in Arkansas, where they also face charges.
Prosecutor fired after campaign ‘likes’ insulting comment
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — A prosecutor in Florida has been fired after his campaign's Facebook page "liked" a social media comment that made derogatory statements about Hispanics.
Assistant State Attorney Joshua Schueneman on Friday lost his job in the State Attorney's Office that covers Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties.
He had run unsuccessfully to be a DeSoto County judge last August.
Guns stolen from SWAT deputy’s unlocked car
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff's SWAT team member had firearms and other equipment stolen from his unlocked car.
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that a detective discovered Tuesday morning that a handgun, rifle and several pieces of specialized equipment were stolen from his car, which was parked in his driveway.
The detective is an 18-year member of the sheriff's office. An internal affairs investigation has been launched.
Police say DNA evidence solves 1988 slaying
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Florida police investigators say DNA evidence allowed them to tie a convicted sex offender to a 1988 slaying.
The Sarasota Police Department announced Tuesday that it has charged 62-year-old David L. Stephens with homicide and sexual assault for the suffocation death of 23-year-old Judith Doherty.
Stephens was convicted in 1989 of armed sexual battery and burglary for another attack and was scheduled to be released from prison in 2021.
Elections officials: tweaks needed, but no major overhaul
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — As Florida's elections supervisors meet for the first time since the Nov. 6 election, they say that despite some recent problems, the majority of the counties handled things smoothly.
The Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections is meeting in Sarasota this week.
In their estimation, the November election went as it should have.
New momentum in veterans’ fight for medical marijuana
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Military veterans lobbying for an end to federal classification of marijuana as a lethal substance with no redeeming medicinal value may be closer to that goal than ever before, given the midterm election results.
Between the Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives, the forced resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and a federal lawsuit led by a 12-year-old girl with epilepsy, the cannabis prohibition drama is set to unfold on multiple fronts.
A day in the life of a trans student in Sarasota County
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — In life, seemingly inconsequential moments can often go on to hold great importance.
For Vanessa Nichols, one of those fleeting moments came in an unlikely venue: the checkout line of a grocery store.
It was July 2015 and Caitlyn Jenner's face was everywhere. Jenner had transitioned to a woman after years of fame as an Olympic athlete and husband to Kris Jenner.
Soda cans, swarming bees litter Florida road after 2 crashes
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Two crashes left Florida roadways littered with thousands of soda cans and swarming bees.
The Florida Highway Patrol said in a news release that at least one person was killed in the Tuesday morning crashing involving three tractor-trailers in Charlotte County, south of Sarasota.
Sarasota Architectural Salvage opens second location
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Nearly everything Jesse White sells has had a past life.
There are the roof tiles with pop art images superimposed on them that have a new life as wall decorations. There's the turquoise former conference room table that's been laminated and skimmed with reclaimed wood to give it an updated look. And there's the white and faded-gold side table that has definitely been gently loved but still has plenty of soul.