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Posted: Saturday, July 13, 2013 8:00 am

Here's a look back at the most-clicked stories of the past week on MySuncoast.com.

Baby swans on Longboat targeted by river mammal

River otters are being blamed for the deaths of several baby swans at Bay Isles. Jane Matson, a resident there, spotted three otters stalking a nest belonging to a beloved swan in the community named "Beverly."

Five South Florida men arrested for Sarasota burglaries

According to the sheriff's office, around 7pm Tuesday, two women noticed their vehicle windows were smashed and purses stolen outside of Funtastics Gymnastics & Cheerleading on Ashton Road. Deputies investigating that crime received a report of three additional vehicle burglaries at Twin Lakes Park on Clark Road.

First glimpse at University Town Center mall

Max Wave Media, an Atlanta-based animation firm, created the renderings. Two Benderson development-owned hotels and other retail and office buildings will surround the 880,000 square foot mall.

Body of 14-year-old drowning victim found off Anna Maria Island

Sunday morning, searchers found the body of a 14-year-old boy who disappeared in strong surf off Anna Maria Island on Saturday afternoon.

Iconic Sarasota restaurant to undergo renovations

The Hob Nob opened its doors on U.S. 301 in 1957. Since then, little has changed. The neon signs are still lit, and the restaurant's famous burgers are still juicy.

Burglary suspect falls through restaurant roof

A man who deputies say was trying to rob a pharmacy fell through the roof of a strip mall, landing in a Thai restaurant.

Read President Obama's letter supporting rowing in Sarasota County

This month, officials from Sarasota and Manatee Counties will travel to Switzerland to meet with FISA representatives, and pitch to them a presentation on why Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota should be chosen.

Alligator bites teen on the head at Florida park

Andrew Hudson of Winter Springs was swimming Monday with friends in the Little Big Econ State Forest northeast of Orlando when he kicked what he thought was a log in the water.

First responders pull elderly man from submerged vehicle in Osprey

Sheriff's deputies say 78-year-old William Kawalec drove his Acura into a pond in the Rivendell neighborhood.

Two women sought after 8 cell phones stolen from 3 stores

Deputies are looking for two female suspects after 8 cell phones were stolen from three different stores.

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