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I am sure County Editor Roger Drouin will be happy to see Stan Zimmerman return from sabbatical, because Roger has been very busy this week on the City of Sarasota beat. Although the City Commission did not pack as much into its Sept. 3 meeting as the County Commission did in two days last week, let us just say Roger did not have to scrounge around for news. Still, local government topics are not the only ones making headlines this week. Associate Editor Cooper Levey-Baker has an update on the 2012 campaign contributions saga involving former Sarasota GOP Chairman Bob Waechter, and I learned some surprising news regarding the case of the allegedly drunken driver who struck and killed a Siesta Key runner on Jan. 7, 2012. Of course, I would be most remiss if I did not mention the big coup for Nathan Benderson Park. Call it "old news" at this point if you will, but I expect many folks would argue this is one of the most exciting stories for this community in some time. Although I had every hope the park would land the 2017 World Rowing Championships, hearing the news was one of those "pinch me to be sure it is true" moments. On a different but also compelling note: Cooper has provided us with a preview of local plans to mark the 50th anniversary of another major event in this nation's Civil Rights Movement. This incident was as tragic as the 1963 March on Washington was inspiring. I think it is safe to say we have another "smorgasbord" of stories for you this week. Editor and Publisher

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