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‘Game of Thrones’ debut draws record 10.1 million viewers

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Women dominate Westeros as never before, and it’s the same with the “Game of Thrones” ratings. The HBO drama’s seventh-season premiere last weekend drew a record-setting 10.1 million viewers, according to Nielsen company figures released Tuesday.

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Tampa teenager is 1 of 300,000 living with juvenile arthritis and focus of new national ad

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In the United States, an estimated 300,000 children are diagnosed with juvenile arthritis. Throughout July, as part of Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) recognizes some of the young patients at the forefront of research in the fight against this disease.

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Personnel note: Mark Kaplan named chair of Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy 2017-18 board

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The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy has tapped Mark Kaplan to serve as the chairman of the board. The organization announced recently that Kaplan, the vice president of public affairs at Mosaic, will serve as chairman of the 2017-18 Board of Directors. Kaplan, according to the literacy organization, brings extensive legal and policy background to the board, as well as expertise in finance and education.

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Rooted in Florida: German, Irish top ancestries in state

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When it comes to ancestral roots, it turns out the Germans have a leg up in Florida. New U.S. Census data released last week shows that about 10 percent of Florida’s 20 million residents say they have German ancestry. About 9 percent of Floridians claim Irish roots, more than 7 percent claim English ancestry and 7 percent claim Cuban roots. The ancestral roots with the smallest representation in Florida were Somalis, Ugandans and people from Sierra Leone. The data comes…

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Blake Dowling: This week’s threat — LeakerLocker

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The technical landscape of 2017 offers a never-ending parade of innovation, as well as a full-on riot of various tech threats. Cyber crooks and terrorists want your dollars and to cause chaos, too. To that end, they use several motivational tools, including one ransomware scheme that asks you to infect two other people before they give you your data. That one is devious beyond words.

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Planned Parenthood leader Barbara Zdravecky retiring

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Barbara Zdravecky, who has served as president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida since 1993, is stepping down. Her departure is effective January 2018.

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