Under the Influence

Three Social Media Hotshots Find Their Niche—and Their Audiences

How did fashion star Blair Eadie, comic Tiffany Jenkins and guitar man Sean Daniel become such social media powers?

01/02/2019 By Megan McDonald and David Hackett

Music Man

Sean Daniel’s Guitar Licks and Lessons Are Reaching Millions

Daniel's nearly 900 videos have attracted more than 20 million views.

01/02/2019 By David Hackett

Funny Girl

Tiffany Jenkins Goes From Opioid Addict to Comedy Celeb

Jenkins, 33, has launched a website, jugglingthejenkins.com, and made scores of videos that have attracted millions of views.

01/02/2019 Photography by David Hackett

What I've Learned

For 30 Years, Laurel Community Activist Sandra Terry Has Improved Lives, and She’s Still Not Done

Since 1988, Terry has been president of the Laurel Civic Association, an organization whose reach has touched nearly every aspect of the community.

01/02/2019 By David Hackett

What I've Learned

What I've Learned: Dr. Judith Shank Shares Her Career Trajectory

Nurse, physician, health care reformer and arts supporter Judith Shank always says “Yes.”

12/03/2018 By David Hackett

What I've Learned

Venice Resident David Crane Pioneered Closed Captioning

In addition to leading the development of closed captioning technology, Crane is a multi-Emmy Award-winning technical manager for NBC's Olympics coverage—and owns a landscaping business with his son.

10/25/2018 By David Hackett

Flower Power

New to Florida Gardening? Author and Gardener Chase Landre Can Help

Landre spends her days helping desperate gardeners from the North cultivate a green thumb.

10/02/2018 By David Hackett

Balancing Act

Six-Term Republican Congressman Vern Buchanan Walks a Tightrope in the Age of Trump

This year, Buchanan faces his most hostile election since 2006.

09/26/2018 By David Hackett

What I've Learned

At 74, Tony Jacklin Has Never Been Happier

Jacklin still swings the sticks, but now devotes more of his time to artistic woodworking, as well as to designing and renovating golf courses and co-writing his first novel, Bad Lies, published this summer.

08/29/2018 By David Hackett

In the Rough

What's Going on with the Bobby Jones Golf Complex?

The City Commission is expected to vote late this summer on whether to fund improvements to the neglected facility.

07/26/2018 By David Hackett

What I've Learned

From Tech Pioneer to Repairing the World, Entrepreneur Nelle Miller Shares Her Career Trajectory

"My liberal arts education taught me how to write and communicate, skills that have been enormously beneficial in business."

06/27/2018 By David Hackett

Buzz Kill

Medical Marijuana Usage is Soaring, But Arrests for Recreational Pot Are, Too

Arrests for recreational usage (under 20 grams) have soared in Sarasota County, up nearly 35 percent last year compared to 2010. And so far this year, arrest rates are still rising. What gives?

06/27/2018 By David Hackett

Gone to the Dogs

Service, Support and Therapy Canines Go Everywhere—and Not Everyone is Happy

Dogs that aren’t adequately trained cause problems for legitimate service dogs and their owners.

06/27/2018 By David Hackett

Queen of Hearts

Literary Agent Karen Solem Finds the Romance in Reading

“I think everyone can write a book."

05/29/2018 By David Hackett

Talks

Chronicling Florida’s Racist History

The author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Devil in the Grove will speak Thursday in Sarasota.

05/08/2018 By David Hackett

Clocking In

The Pros and Cons of Daylight Savings Time

Could more daylight make us happier?

04/26/2018 By David Hackett

What I've Learned

What Rodney Linford Has Learned

A physicist’s equation for thriving in retirement.

04/26/2018 By David Hackett

Hot Shot

Cardinal Mooney Grad Ryan McMahon Becomes Louisville's Shooting Star

For sheer inspiration, there may not be a better story than what 20-year-old Ryan McMahon of Sarasota is doing at the University of Louisville.

03/28/2018 By David Hackett

The Future

What Does the Future Hold for Sarasota?

Does bigger mean better?

02/28/2018 By David Hackett