The Manatee River in downtown Bradenton is immune to the Black Friday shopping craziness. Video by Marc R. Masferrer

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8 Braden River Elementary students chosen for state performances

Eight Braden River Elementary School students will perform in one of two All-State elementary music ensembles, after 800 students auditioned for spots. The students selected for the All-State Elementary Chorus are: Alex den Boggende, Olivia Garland, and Mia Merrell. The students selected for the All-State Orff Ensemble are: Aidan Collins, Julissa Garabito, Daylin Sciarrone, Hope Tudor, and Roxane Dubé.


Pope honors Ugandan Christian martyrs as example of faith

Francis held Mass before an estimated 300,000 people honoring the 45 Anglican, Catholic martyrs

Nearly a half-million come to see the pope before he heads to Central African Republic

Some 150,000 young people gave him a rock star’s welcome when he arrived in his popemobile

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