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2008-06-17 09:00:43

By The Bradenton Herald, Fla. Jun. 17--BRADENTON -- Passenger traffic at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport dropped 4.2 percent in May compared to the same period last year, said Jack Rynerson, chairman of the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority, which oversees operation of the airport. "Now we know what's happening because of the cost of fuel," he told the Tourist Development Council during its meeting Monday. The actual number of passengers during May was 123,500, he said....

2008-06-16 09:00:44

By Sara Kennedy, The Bradenton Herald, Fla. Jun. 16--MANATEE -- Vince Carmen became enthralled with magic as a youngster and never thought seriously about any other profession. "It was a passion," explained the 64-year-old Sarasota magician who performs at Houdini's Showplace Dinner Theater at the Sarasota Hotel & Marina. "Magic's like a drug. Once it gets you, it's something if it hooks you right, you'll never get away from it." He should know. He began as a kid with card tricks,...

2008-06-15 18:00:20

By Donna Wright, The Bradenton Herald, Fla. Jun. 15--MANATEE -- As gas and food prices soar, area food pantries are struggling to feed the hungry. "It's not just the working class people who are asking for help, it's middle class families too, " says Cindy Sloan, manager of The Food Bank of Manatee run by Meals on Wheels Plus. "People facing foreclosure or bankruptcy, people who have been laid off or else their hours have been cut. Families who can't make ends meet." The Salvation Army...

2008-06-15 15:00:00

By Vin Mannix, The Bradenton Herald, Fla. Jun. 15--Goodbye, Roger Dearing. The executive director's gig with the Florida High School Athletics Association is his. It was time for a change. For him. For us. That Dearing will remain here, a lame duck superintendent until year's end, tempers any exultation. So far as teachers and staff are concerned, he can't leave soon enough -- and take cronies like Jeff Asher with him. Dearing's legacy is a mixed bag: --Improved teacher...

2008-06-15 15:00:36

By Joe Saunders, The Bradenton Herald, Fla. Jun. 15--MANATEE -- The union representing Manatee County School District's support staff voted Saturday to ratify a contract that includes a 1 percent pay cut to help the district avoid the prospect of layoffs, school district spokeswoman Margi Nanney said. Representatives of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees could not be reached Saturday, but Nanney said the vote was in favor of jobs over salaries. "They voted...

2008-06-14 09:00:36

By Joe Saunders, The Bradenton Herald, Fla. Jun. 14--MANATEE -- A combination of financial savvy, educational understanding and organizational management are the key factors Manatee County school board members are looking for in a new superintendent. And being "Superman or Superwoman" wouldn't hurt, either. "It's a tough job and you've got to have special powers," said Walter Miller, a school board member for 10 years. "You're going to have a tough time because these are tough times."...

2008-06-14 09:00:04

By Jessica Klipa, The Bradenton Herald, Fla. Jun. 14--MANATEE -- Manatee tomato growers are telling people what mothers have been saying for years: Eat your tomatoes. The plea for consumers to begin buying tomatoes again has been muffled by escalating reports of illness caused by a salmonella outbreak in 23 states. "People are hesitant to eat tomatoes," said Bob Spencer of West Coast Tomato. "The only thing we can hope is that they somehow get the word out that they're safe to eat."...

2008-02-27 09:00:59

By Sylvia Lim, The Bradenton Herald, Fla. Feb. 27--MANATEE -- A former Manatee County teacher is suing the school district claiming discrimination and unjust termination of her employment. The suit, filed Monday by former Mills Elementary teacher Mary Cropsey, names the school district, Superintendent Roger Dearing and Mills Principal Mike Rio as defendants. In the lawsuit, Cropsey is seeking $15,000 or more in damages and her attorney's fees. "I will have my day in court," Cropsey...

2007-07-12 12:22:40

By Sylvia Lim, The Bradenton Herald, Fla. Jul. 12--BRADENTON -- At least 60 parents and community members and 45 faculty and staff showed up at Manatee High on Wednesday night to grill the three candidates vying for the principal's seat. Three assistant principals from Manatee's three traditional high schools -- Linda Nesselhauf, Carl Auckerman and Robert Gagnon -- worked the room with the fervor of candidates before an election. Among the chief concerns they were asked about was how...

2007-05-11 09:00:19

By Duane Marsteller, The Bradenton Herald, Fla. May 11--MANATEE -- A proposed landfill in northern Manatee County survived its first challenge Thursday, but still faces an uphill battle toward gaining approval. A split Manatee County Planning Commission recommended changing the county's Comprehensive Plan to allow the landfill Waste Management Inc. wants to build at the Airport Manatee site west of U.S. 41 along the Manatee-Hillsborough county line. The advisory board's 4-2 vote came...


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  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'
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