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Is this the year Felix Garcia goes free?

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A deaf man from Tampa who claims innocence for his role in a 1981 murder will be back up for parole Tuesday. Felix Garcia, who turns 56 next month, is serving a life sentence in the death of Joseph Tramontana Jr. His case will again go before the Florida Commission on Offender Review, which will consider whether to release him on parole.

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Aakash Patel showing tremendous fundraising prowess in County Commission bid

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First-time candidate Aakash Patel has already proved one thing during his bid to win a seat on the Hillsborough County Commission: he knows how to raise money The 33-year-old Republican raised more than $41,000 for his campaign in August, brining his overall total to $156,201. Add another $23,800 from his political committee, Elevate Tampa, and Patel has raised more than $180,000. 

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Sunburn for 9.21.17 – POTUS vs. the NFL; Puerto Rico begs for help; Irma aftershocks; Bill Nelson’s still running; Ballard’s latest signing; Happy b’day, Christina Johnson!

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Sunburn — The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. By Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Mitch Perry and Jim Rosica. Let’s begin the week with some exciting news … “Personnel note: Ana Ceballos joins Extensive Enterprises Media” via Florida Politics — Ceballos, who was The Associated Press’ legislative session relief reporter in Florida this year, is joining the lineup of writers for Extensive Enterprises Media, publisher Peter Schorsch announced. Ceballos — whose stint included writing about immigration, the environment, criminal justice and social welfare for…

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Case Keenum has career day as Vikes blitz Bucs

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Case Keenum gave Minnesota a brilliant performance in relief of Sam Bradford, passing for three touchdowns and a career-high 369 yards without a turnover to guide the Vikings to a 34-17 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Stefon Diggs had 173 yards receiving and caught two of Keenum’s throws for scores, one short and one long.

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AP Top 25: USF rises; UF slips; FSU drops out

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The Associated Press Top 25 poll showed no change among the top 5 teams, while two teams joined the top 10 for the first time this year. Among Florida teams, Miami and Florida stayed about the same, while South Florida climbed three spots. Florida State dropped out. Alabama maintained their solid hold on the top spot, followed by Clemson, Oklahoma, Penn State and USC. Georgia crashed the top 10 in the 7th position following their big win over former No.…

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