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Florida high school graduate uses ‘curly hair’ as code for ‘gay’ after being censored in commencement speech

Zander Moricz was the first openly gay student body president at Pine View School in Osprey, Florida, and when he stepped to the microphone at his school’s graduation on Sunday, he was determined to speak truthfully about his experiences — one way or another. Earlier in May, Mr Moricz — the youngest public plantiff in the lawsuit over Florida’s so-called “Don’t Say Gill” law — tweeted that his school’s principal had called him into his office to tell Mr Moricz that his microphone would be cut off at graduation if he referenced his activism in his speech. “I am the...
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Gator shuts down Warm Mineral Springs Park

NORTH PORT, Fla. – North Port’s Parks & Rec Department has reported that Warm Mineral Springs Park was temporarily closed Thursday morning due to an alligator being in the area. According to officials, low water levels in the area have caused wildlife to search for new bodies of...
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Florida High School Class President Gets Around Being Told Not to Say ‘Gay’ During Speech in Genius Way: WATCH

A high school teen is going viral for the way he was able to get around being explicitly told not to say “gay” during his graduation speech. Pine View High School president Zander Moricz gave a speech at his graduation ceremony in Osprey, Fla., where he used a unique phrase to get around his school's requirement that he could not say or refer to himself as “gay” in his speech.

North Port Police seeing rise in rental scams

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - North Port Police are warning citizens of a series of scams in the area involving phony real estate listings, officials said. Police explain the scam in a YouTube video like this: Scammers copy photos and descriptions of legitimate rental property listings and post them on sites such as Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace, often at a lower price.
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Five Sarasota teachers win Barancik Foundation Ripple Awards

Five Sarasota County Schools teachers are the latest recipients of the Barancik Foundation’s Ripple Effect awards, emblematic of their positive impact on their students’ lives. The awards are presented twice a year, on the birthday of Chuck Barancik in May and on the birthday of Margery Barancik in...
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Sarasota weather page photo: May 26

Richard Bottorff captured this red-bellied woodpecker in Saddlebag Creek in Myakka City. Go to to submit a photo, or several photos! Each week, we will choose a photo to run on the weather page of our print edition. All submissions will be entered for the 2022-23 Weather and Nature...

Young osprey seen on ABC7 tower camera falls from nest

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - One of the young ospreys viewers have been watching from the ABC7 tower camera is recovering at the Wildlife Center of Venice after falling from the nest Wednesday morning. A passer-by saw the young osprey fall from the nest and land in the grass beneath the...

Hermitage announces new programs in June featuring internationally renowned artists

The Hermitage Artist Retreat is planning several new community programs in June with Hermitage Fellows that span music, visual art, and theater. The newly added programs will be presented at outdoor venues throughout Sarasota County as part of the Hermitage’s partnerships with local organizations, including Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, the Van Wezel Foundation, and Art Center Sarasota.

Former Venice High School soccer coach accused of sexually assaulting student

A former soccer coach at Venice High School was arrested on charges of sexual assault of a student-athlete. The Venice Police Department arrested Edward Delehanty, 31, on a charge of sexual battery by a custodian on a victim under 18 years old. While coach of the junior varsity soccer team during the winter 2021 season, he began a sexual relationship with a member of the team, VPD officials said in a Facebook post.