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Joe Henderson: What kind of “heritage” are civil war monument supporters celebrating?

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The argument made by supporters of Confederate monuments is based on the premise that the statues and markers preserve southern heritage. I have heard that point repeated often by those folks and so have you. So, in the interest of moving the discussion forward, I ask a simple question: What is so great about the heritage that it’s worth creating a community-wide divide to preserve?

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Rick Kriseman grabs another law enforcement endorsement

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Just one week before St. Petersburg mayoral primary, Rick Kriseman‘s campaign is boasting about another law enforcement agency endorsement. 

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Obscure neo-Nazi group friendship leads to Tampa killings

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The friendship of the four young roommates – though cemented in the dark trappings of an obscure neo-Nazi group called Atomwaffen Division – never seemed destined for bloodshed. One was described as a former science nerd, serving in the Florida National Guard. Two others worked temp jobs at a recycling plant and talked about joining the military. The fourth caught flak from his roommates for wasting his days with video games.

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Andrew Warren: Save Southern Heritage dossier ‘creepy,’ but not illegal

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Citizens supporting the removal of a Hillsborough County Confederate monument are seeking legal action against a “creepy” dossier containing personal information published by a pro-Confederate group. On Monday night, the Hillsborough County Democratic Party contacted State Attorney Andrew Warren to decide if there was anything illegal about a document issued earlier this month by Save Southern Heritage Florida. The file held personal information on more than 100 people who spoke out on removing the statue, a group that included elected officials.…

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Public meetings on regional transit feasibility plan begin this week

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There are no easy answers to improve transit in the Tampa Bay area, at least for now. But that could change soon as officials behind a much-hyped regional transit feasibility study — set for completion early next week — will begin the first of three community workshops in Pasco and Hillsborough counties to gather community input.

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Lawsuit says moving Hillsborough Confederate monument is denying equal protection to Civil War veterans

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The lawsuit filed late last week by two groups and five individuals who oppose the Hillsborough County Commission moving a Confederate monument says that the relocations violates the Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendment because it denies equal protection to Civil War veterans.

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Richard Corcoran again blasts Hillsborough schools spending

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Richard Corcoran isn’t backing down from his criticism of local school districts as they continue to face wreduced funding from Tallahassee.

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