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Save Southern Heritage files lawsuit to keep Confederate monument in Tampa

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As they said they would do, the main group advocating that the Hillsborough County Commission not remove a controversial Confederate monument from in front of county courthouse in Tampa, has filed a lawsuit against Hillsborough County. Save Southern Heritage, along with Veterans Monuments of America and and five other individuals, filed a suit in Hillsborough Circuit Court on Friday afternoon. They are claiming the the decision to move the station is unconstitutional. The defendants are Hillsborough County, the Hillsborough County Commission…

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Donald Trump to skip Kennedy Center Honors awards program

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In a break with tradition, President Donald Trump and the first lady have decided not to participate in events for this year’s Kennedy Center Honors arts awards so honorees can celebrate “without any political distraction,” the White House announced Saturday.

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1 police officer killed, 3 injured in 2 shootings in Florida

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One police officer was killed and three wounded in nighttime shootings in two Florida cities where the officers were responding to suspected drug activity and reports of a suicide attempt, police said Saturday. One officer was killed and another gravely injured late Friday night in Kissimmee in central Florida just south of the theme park hub of Orlando.

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At Tampa Tiger Bay, advocates push for restoring felon voting rights

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This summer, the Tampa Tiger Bay Club has bypassed its normal practice of asking politicians to come into its den. Instead, the civic-minded organization has invited speakers to discuss some of the pressing issues facing Florida. This has often led to advocates and critics of an issue dueling it out during Tiger Bay forums. Not on this Friday, when the only disagreement among the panelists was the application of a proposed constitutional amendment that would restore voting rights for ex-felons.…

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Tampa’s I-75 Confederate flag is one man’s mission

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Marion Lambert is unapologetic about the abundance of Confederate flags that surround him. A faded pillow with the flag’s print sits on the porch chair of his quirky urban farm in South Tampa, an area known more for craft beers and gluten-free brunch. He’s got a sticker with the red-and-blue battle flag and the words “I ain’t coming down” affixed near the shopworn light switch in the building that holds his farm’s free-range eggs. And in his barn, there’s a…

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Jack Latvala files legislation to save Florida’s beaches

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Sen. Jack Latvala, a Clearwater Republican and candidate for governor, said in a press release he’s “introduced legislation to help repair Florida’s outdated ranking criteria to restore Florida’s beaches.” “Beaches play a unique role in Florida’s economy as its number one tourism attraction and as a vital position in the environment,” the release said. The bill (SB 174) dedicates a “minimum of $50 million annually to beach nourishment and inlet management restoration projects in Florida,” the release said. “It also…

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