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DeSantis Signs Two Bills That Benefit Police at the Expense of Citizens

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed SB 184 and HB 601 into law on Friday.  The latter prohibits civilian oversight boards (like the one established by the City of Bradenton) from investigating …
by Mitch Maley
3 days ago
A recent piece of electioneering mail received by some registered voters in Manatee County's District 3.

Area Voters Targeted by Political Consultant's Mail Strategy

As registered voters across Manatee County were checking their mailboxes in recent days, some found electioneering materials along with their usual postage.
by Dawn Kitterman
3 days ago
Commissioner James Satcher

DeSantis Appoints Satcher as Manatee County Supervisor of Elections

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis bowed to special interest pressure and appointed James Satcher as Manatee County Supervisor of Elections despite Satcher's complete lack of relevant …
by Mitch Maley
4 days ago
Freecoasters

Weekend Sounds: April 12-14

It's another weekend, and you know what that means. If you guessed another great lineup of local, talented musicians in Manatee, Sarasota, and surrounding counties, you would be …
Staff Report
5 days ago
More local news
LWV School Board Notes: 4/9/2024
The League of Women Voters of Manatee County Education Issues Committee observes the Manatee County School Board meetings for items of interest to citizens and to the League and notes adherence, or …
by LWV Manatee County
2 days ago
Red Tide Status Update: 4/12/24
Samples collected statewide over the past week did not show red tide. We continue to use satellite imagery (USF and NOAA NCCOS) to help track nearshore and offshore conditions. 
by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
4 days ago
Rajesh Malik, MD, completed the first non-thermal ablation in Manatee County on April 11, 2024.
Blake Doctor performs first non-thermal ablation procedure in Manatee County
HCA Florida Blake Hospital completed its first non-thermal ablation on April 11, 2024, using a new method for treating atrial fibrillation. The new approach can minimize risks …
Staff Report
4 days ago
This Week in Local Government: 4/14/24
This will be a fairly active week in local government. The Manatee County Commission, the Tourist Development Council, and the Palmetto City Commission will be in session ....
by Dawn Kitterman
5 days ago
Bradenton Pub Busted with Illegal Slot Machines
Following a month-long investigation, the Bradenton Police Department removed illegal slot machines from Pour Decisions, a saloon on Old Main Street. An undercover operation to …
Staff Report
5 days ago
Music and Theatre Inclined Students Eligible for SCF Scholarships
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota’s Performing Arts department will host its Annual Music and Theatre Scholarship Audition Day at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at SCF …
by State College of Florida
5 days ago
Opinions
EarthTalk: Spent Wind Turbine Waste
In the West Texas town of Sweetwater, about 40 miles west of Abilene on Interstate 20, there is a field filled to the brim with unwanted wind turbine blades.
5 days ago
opinion
Lobbying & Transparency Act
The Sarasota City Commission is considering an ordinance to regulate political lobbying in city hall known as the “Lobbying & Transparency Act”. When you say the words …
by Glenn Compton
5 days ago
opinion
Can the Biden Administration Do Better at the Border?
In this week's poll, we asked TBT readers whether they approved of President Biden's handling of the crisis on our southern border. A whopping 92% of respondents did not.
by Mitch Maley
Saturday, April 6
COMMENTARY
Sunday Favorites: Where and What was Pine Level?
Back when Manatee County was first formed, it was much larger than it is today. Early settlers in eastern Manatee, many living in the Peace River region were not happy that Manatee Village was identified as the county seat. They wanted a more centralized location, but where could it be?
by Merab Favorite
3 days ago
commentary
Kayakers on the Apalachicola River, via the Apalachicola Riverkeeper.
Again? For the third time, another company wants to drill in FL’s Apalachicola River floodplain
Every year in the spring, there’s an event called  Hands Across the Sand,  where people gather on Florida’s beaches to show their opposition to offshore oil drilling. This year, …
by Craig Pittman
4 days ago
commentary
Museum should display wetlands and other artifacts of a Florida that’s fast disappearing
Dear Florida Secretary of State Cord Byrd, I am writing to you about some ideas I had for one of your museums. As you know, Tallahassee is home to more than just the Florida State Capitol …
by Craig Pittman
Friday, April 5
Obituaries
Paul Atherton
July 15, 1921 - March 29, 2024 Bradenton, Florida - THE DEMISE OF AN AMERICAN HERO PAUL R. ATHERTON (Ret. U.S. ARMY COL.) Born: 15 Jul 1921, Hanover, New Hampshire Death: 29 March …
Yesterday at 12:17 AM
Annie Cline
January 23, 1948 - April 5, 2024 Bradenton, Florida - Annie Ruth Cline ("Nan" to her grandchildren), 76, of Bradenton, Florida, passed away on April 5, 2024, after a courageous battle with …
Yesterday at 12:13 AM
Ellen Cogley
April 17, 1941 - April 4, 2024 Bradenton, Florida - Ellen Cantrell Cogley passed away on April 4th 2024. She was born in McMinnville, Tennessee, to the late John Horry Cantrell and Martha …
Yesterday at 12:11 AM
TBT Podcasts
This week, TBT editor Mitch Maley & local government reporter Dawn Kitterman discuss a broad array of local, state, and national issues while keeping you up to date on some major area events …
5 days ago
TBT editor Mitch Maley and local government reporter Dawn Kitterman discuss the latest episode of "The Real KVO" cartoon, the Florida Supreme Court's decision to affirm a strict abortion law and also …
Wednesday, April 3
COMMENTS FROM OUR READERS
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Sports & recreation

McCutchen Leading Way for New Look Pirates

With several new faces representing the present and future of the Pittsburgh Pirates, make no mistake, Andrew McCutchen remains the club’s leader. Now, at the start of his sixteenth MLB …
by Don Laible
Tuesday, April 9

Bradentucky Bombers to Host First Tournament

The Bradentucky Bombers are hosting our first-ever WFTDA-sanctioned roller derby tournament, Invadentucky, from April 20-21, 2024, at Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex. The two-day …
Staff Report
Tuesday, April 9

The BioFile: J.J. Wolf

J.J. Wolf is the 94th-ranked player on the ATP World Tour. He will compete in this week's Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open ATP Challenger at Payne Park in Sarasota. Wolf's highest ranking so far was 39 …
by Scoop Malinowski
Saturday, April 6
Arts & Entertainment

The Gormander: Five Delicious Red Wines Under $20

Red wines can range spectacularly in price, and the dollars paid do not always correlate with the value received.  Most casual wine consumers stick to well-known grocery store brands when …

by Mitch Maley
4 days ago

Theater Review: Troubadour

On Friday, Florida Studio Theater opened its Florida debut of Janece Shaffer’s Troubadour , a country music tale with songs by Kristian Bush. It’s 1951, and Billy …
by Mitch Maley
Tuesday, April 9

Weekend Sounds: April 5-7

It's another weekend, and you know what that means. If you guessed another great lineup of local, talented musicians in Manatee, Sarasota, and surrounding counties, you would be …
Staff Report
Friday, April 5

FST Produces Florida Debut of Troubadour

On Friday, the Florida Studio Theatre will open the final production of its 2024 Winter Mainstage Series with the Florida premiere of Troubadour by Janece Shaffer, with original …
Staff Report
Thursday, April 4
ICYM - In Case You Missed It
Broadband is another term for high-speed internet. According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), consumers should have access to download speeds of at least 25 Megabits per second (Mbps) …
Thursday, April 4
Opinion
In the interim between presidential elections, election fraud rhetoric has given way to the creation of apparatuses that could impede free and fair elections under the Orwellian guise of protecting …
by Mitch Maley
Saturday, March 30
In February 2024, three major investment companies stepped back from efforts to limit climate-damaging emissions. JPMorgan Chase’s and State Street’s investment arms have both quit a …
Wednesday, March 27
Guest Commentary
My partner Jeffrey and I originally soft-opened Bunny & Pirates Bazaar in late 2017 as an eclectic coastal store with new, vintage, and repurposed items, beach and fishing gear, snacks, …
by Elizabeth Shore
Wednesday, March 27
Opinion
Last week, TBT published a follow-up investigation regarding a lucrative human resources consulting contract that was awarded by Manatee County Government to a politically connected individual whose …
by Mitch Maley
Saturday, March 23
Interesting News

From watering via ice cubes to spritzing with hydrogen peroxide – 4 misguided plant health trends on social media

The internet is full of advice on just about everything, including plant care. As the director of a plant diagnostic laboratory and expert on plant medicine, I help people manage their plants’ health

Nick Goltz, University of Connecticut, The Conversation
Yesterday at 3:01 PM

As storm season approaches, is your county a target for hail damage in 2024?

Roof Gnome ranked U.S. counties that are most at risk of hail damage in 2024 according to data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Sav Maive
Yesterday at 3:00 PM

From thousands to millions to billions to trillions to quadrillions and beyond: Do numbers ever end?

The number zero was a relatively recent and crucial addition − it allows numbers to extend in both directions forever. pixel_dreams/iStock via Getty Images Plus …
Manil Suri, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, The Conversation
Yesterday at 2:49 PM
Florida report

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Bob Delaney - Undercover Film "Hiding in Plain Sight" Working Undercover in New Jersey as a State Trooper

Emmy Award winning director, Nick Nanton, interviews Bob Delaney. Former undercover New Jersey state trooper and NBA referee. Bob Delaney talks with Nick Nanton about his incredible careers in two vastly different fields, from infiltrating the Mafia in the 1970s to becoming one of the NBA's most respected referees. In this episode, Bob opens up about his experience with post-traumatic stress and his passion for helping others overcome it.

State News
Quality Journalism for Critical Times Hours after Donald Trump sat in a New York courtroom and became the first former president in U.S. history to be a defendant in a criminal trial Monday, his …
Jacob Fischler (via Florida Phoenix)
12 hours ago
Quality Journalism for Critical Times NEW YORK — The trial of former President Donald Trump kicked off Monday in a lower Manhattan courtroom, marking the first time in U.S. history that an …
Zachary Roth (via Florida Phoenix)
Yesterday at 5:26 PM
Quality Journalism for Critical Times Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday that he will sign legislation restricting challenges to books in public schools, blaming “activist” teachers and others of …
Michael Moline (via Florida Phoenix)
Yesterday at 4:24 PM
Quality Journalism for Critical Times Abortion-related bills continue to be introduced and debated in legislatures across the country, especially in states where the procedure is already banned. …
Kelcie Moseley-Morris (via Florida Phoenix)
Yesterday at 11:08 AM
Bonus web content
Taylor Swift’s homage to Clara Bow
One track on Taylor Swift’s new album, “The Tortured Poets Department,” honors a long-celebrated, oft-miscast heroine of American feminism: actress Clara Bow. As historians of the 1920s, we’ve studied Bow’s fame and her cultural legacy.
Deirdre Clemente, University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Annie Delgado, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, The Conversation
Yesterday at 2:47 PM
Not ready to jump into a hybrid or electric car? Here's everything you need to know about partial zero emission vehicles
Edmunds explains how partial zero emission vehicles may help put more zero emissions vehicles on the road.
Jake Sundstrom
Yesterday at 2:00 PM
Outdoor TVs, 'she sheds' and saltwater pools: 20 features that could boost a home's sale price and speed up offers
Money reports that despite high mortgage rates and home prices, there are still ways sellers can boost sale prices.
Mary Ellen Cagnassola
Yesterday at 1:00 PM
10 pop culture moments that destigmatized weed
Stacker takes a look at 10 pop culture moments that destigmatized weed, using a variety of sources such as IMDb, CannabisNow, KQED, and more.
Olivia Monahan
Yesterday at 12:30 PM
When does car insurance cover hail damage?
Cheap Insurance explains when auto coverage for hail damage kicks in and how to file a claim.
Tito Bucheli
Yesterday at 12:00 PM