The week in review: Snooty’s 66th birthday bash, Malaysia plane, Chikungunya virus and more...

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Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2014 7:00 am

It was a busy week on mysuncoast.com. Here's what you might have missed:

Possible voodoo chicken head closes down Florida road

Around 1pm Monday, the Sarasota County Hazardous Devices Unit was called to Swift Road near Grand Cayman Street (just north of Proctor Road) after a ceramic bowl containing a chicken head and feathers next to a cylindrical object inside of a paper bag was found in the road.

Downtown Sarasota sign discourages giving to panhandlers

Don't give change to panhandlers. That's the gist of a new campaign by the Sarasota Downtown Merchant's Association.

Dozens of theme park employees caught in sex stings, child porn arrests

“My life is ruined,” he told CNN in an interview at his home. “My family’s life is ruined. My kids’ life is ruined. I’ve devastated my parents because of bad judgment.”

Hundreds rally for Israel in downtown Sarasota

Hundreds of people rallied on behalf of Israel in downtown Sarasota, including some who had just been to Tel Aviv.

So-called testicle-eating fish found in Sarasota waters

A local angler has quite the fish tale to tell. He says he recently caught a pacu on the Suncoast -- a member of the piranha family with a very unsettling reputation.

Englewood sign warns of farm animals having sex

Englewood resident Sue Young raises sheep, chickens, horses, even peacocks to name a few. There are around 20 mini farms in the neighborhood, starting with five acre lots on up.

Goodwill Manasota opens new superstore in Bradenton

"Have gone to Goodwill since I was in college. It was a store to get cheap stuff at, and over the years as I've grown up, it's grown up too. And I'm so amazed at how much it does, how much it is, and continues to be. And congratulations, Goodwill. I’m so happy for them," says shopper Catherine Ferrer.

Event of the Week: Snooty's 66th Birthday Bash

But there is one creature from the wild that occupies a bigger place in our hearts than any other: Snooty the manatee.

2 girls investigated for torturing rare tortoise

State wildlife officials are investigating two North Florida girls after a video posted online showed them lighting a threatened gopher tortoise on fire and stomping it to death.

2 Florida cases of mosquito virus contracted in-state

Health officials say two people bitten by mosquitoes in Florida have become infected with the chikungunya virus.

Ukraine: 295 on Malaysia plane shot down over east Ukraine

A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, Ukrainian officials said, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the aircraft.

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