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The national focus has been on the tragedy in Boston this week, but locally, the news just did not seem to stop flowing. Stan Zimmerman probably will need a really restful weekend to catch up after the looooong City Commission meeting Monday, but Stan sure had plenty of fodder from the hours he invested in the afternoon and evening sessions. Cooper Levey-Baker had a very long day himself on Wednesday, when the North Port City and Sarasota County commissions gathered for mediation over the future of Warm Mineral Springs. Then, just as Cooper was putting the finishing touches on that story, breaking news forced him into rewrite mode. Scott Proffitt soon will be our resident expert on the Sarasota County School Board's finances, after another budget workshop this week. And I spent Tuesday afternoon listening to a wide array of topics on the agenda for the joint Sarasota County/Manatee County commissions meeting. Add in Cooper's report regarding new statistics on the homeless population along with some noteworthy tidbits I had left over from the County Commission meetings last week, and you will find plenty of in-depth news to occupy your time. On another front this week: In our Opinion section, we are delighted to welcome a person very well known in this area — Waldo Proffitt. Having been at the helm of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune for many years, then a columnist for that publication, he has his own invaluable insights into what makes this community tick. Editor and Publisher

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