SARASOTA, Fla. – Thousands of runners and walkers will be participating in the Sarasota Half Marathon this Sunday. The run starts at 7am and will end around noon. The race begins at the Van Wezel, goes down Gulfstream Avenue and over the Ringling Bridge to St.Armands Circle. Participants then come back over the bridge and head north on U.S. 41 to the Ringling Museum and nearby neighborhood and will finish back at the Van Wezel.
SARASOTA, Fla. – Dads are everywhere in all shapes and sizes and Saturday many gathered in Sarasota to talk about the important job of fatherhood. The first Every Thing for Dads Convention took place Satrydat at the Gulf Coast Event and Conference Center. It was the launch of a long-term grassroots movement designed to raise awareness of the increasing need for dads to be involved in parenting. Father of seven and Founder of the dads convention, Jim McKenzie, said “There are 24 million children growing up with out a father each year which leads to a whole host of problems with incarcination and child development that are carrying onto the next generation”. Mckenzie said the workshops and seminars were about respecting the role of fatherhood and redefining the parenting process.
SARASOTA, Fla. – Every year around this time a band of plucky little birds begin to gather at Siesta Beach to mate and nest on the sand. The birds, known as Snowy Plovers (rhymes with 'lovers') are listed as "threatened" in Florida and face incredible odds each year. Saturday many people gathered for a beach walk to learn how to protect the Plovers that face extinction. Sarasota Audubon is seeking volunteers willing to spend 2-3 hours a week to monitor the nesting seabirds. President of the Audubon Society, Jeanne Dubi, said “We ask them (the volunteers) to educate people on the beach, most people actually walking along the beach have no idea that birds nest right in the sand.” Human activity poses the biggest threat to these animals. The peak of nesting season coincides with the July 4th weekend, the time when tens of thousands of beachgoers descend onto Siesta Key Beach to celebrate the holiday.
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Nicole Hamilton scored 20 points and Hampton beat Coppin State 50-47 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship on Saturday, the Lady Pirates' 49th consecutive victory in league play.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ryan Harrow scored 20 points and R.J. Hunter had 16 as top-seeded Georgia State eased to a 72-45 win over fourth-seeded Arkansas State in the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference tournament on Saturday.