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


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.


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Obama invokes the name of the slain police officer to plead with leaders to address such shootings

Democratic presidential candidates issue statements of support to Planned Parenthood

Cruz, who has called for defunding agency, among few in GOP to express support for grieving families

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