• Art & Entertainment

    Looking ahead at 2022 in arts and entertainment in Sarasota | Arts and Entertainment

    This season has lots in store for audiences. Here are a few of our favorite picks not to miss.    ‘Ruby’ When: Opens Jan. 26 Where: 1012 N. Orange Ave. Tickets: $45 adults, $20 children Info: Visit WestCoastBlackTheatre.org. “Ruby,” an original piece penned by Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Director Nate Jacobs and his brother Michael, aims to tell the story of Ruby McCollum, a real-life true crime story that occurred in Live Oak in 1952. The story, a musical, is told on behalf of Ruby, who was charged with the shocking killing of a doctor. The music is inspired by  

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  • Car & Automotive

    What’s ahead for the auto industry in 2022?

    From shortages of crucial semiconductor chips to shutdowns at major assembly plants, as well as skyrocketing car prices and empty dealerships, 2021 was a year to remember for auto manufacturers and consumers alike. But there were also a surge in sales of electric vehicles and an increasing shift from sedans to SUVs and pickup trucks. So what’s ahead for 2022? By some accounts, it may be more of the same, as shortages continue to leave dealers struggling for inventory and consumers facing ever higher prices. But shoppers will also find a lot more options if they’re looking for electric vehicles. 

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  • Sports & Travel

    English cricket leaders confident about Ashes going ahead

    LONDON (AP) — English cricket leaders are “very confident” the upcoming Ashes series will go ahead as planned despite ongoing negotiations over COVID-related travel restrictions. England’s players are concerned about the possibility of families being unable to join them on the trip given Australia’s tight border controls, as well as the prospect of lengthy quarantines and restrictive bubble environments. Talks involving the Professional Cricketers’ Association have been ongoing for some time and while Tom Harrison, chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board, acknowledged on Thursday there are plenty of complications before a final green light could be given,  

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  • Health & Fitness

    IFIT to Buy Fitness Platform Sweat for $300 Million Ahead of IPO

    IFIT, which owns NordicTrack, was recently valued in excess of $7 billion in its most recent round of funding in late 2020. Above, a runner uses the iFIT app on a treadmill. Photo: iFit IFIT Health & Fitness Inc. will acquire Sweat, an online fitness training platform, ahead of an initial public offering that is expected in the fall, according to people familiar with the matter. IFIT is buying Sweat, which was co-founded by trainer Kayla Itsines and CEO Tobi Pearce in 2015, for around $300 million, some of the people said. IFIT plans to keep Sweat, which is based  

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