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Dan Raulerson resigning from Florida House in August

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Dan Raulerson is resigning from the Florida House. The Tampa Bay Times reported Tuesday that the Plant City Republican has announced he will resign his seat effective Aug. 15. The announcement, according to the report, comes about a month after he made public comments critical of House leadership.

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Making the Hall of Fame case for Simeon Rice

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With NFL training camps set to open, the first key date for fans is August 3 when the Hall of Fame Game begins preseason action. The enshrinement of this year’s class is slated for August 5 at 7 p.m. in Canton, Ohio. This year’s honorees include quarterback Kurt Warner, running back LaDainian Tomlinson, former Dolphin great defensive end Jason Taylor, kicker Morten Andersen, safety Kenny Easley, running back Terrell Davis, and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. It does not include…

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Brain disease seen in most football players in large report

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Research on 202 former football players found evidence of a brain disease linked to repeated head blows in nearly all of them, from athletes in the National Football League, college and even high school. It’s the largest update on chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a debilitating brain disease that can cause a range of symptoms including memory loss.

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Kathleen Peters sets fundraiser for Pinellas Commission campaign

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South Pasadena Republican Rep. Kathleen Peters will hold a fundraiser Aug. 7 for her Pinellas County Commission campaign, and the host committee includes some of the top names in Bay area politics. Joining the three-term HD 69 representative and former South Pasadena mayor are state Sen. Jack Latvala, his son state Rep. Chris Latvala, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, Treasure Island Mayor Bob Minning, Redington Beach Mayor Nick Simons and many others. The fundraiser will be held at Cafe Ponte in Clearwater…

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Former Hogan’s Beach bartender claims ‘pervasive’ sexual harassment

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A former bartender at Hogan’s Beach in Tampa is accusing the now-closed club of encouraging “pervasive” sexual harassment. Lorna Marie Perez is a 32-year-old Pinellas Park resident who began working for Hogan’s Beach — the namesake of professional wrestler Hulk Hogan — in 2013.

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Dorothy Hukill, Travis Hutson K-12 funding formula study

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A pair of Republican state senators sent a letter to President Joe Negron Tuesday asking for a study of the funding formula for Florida’s K-12 schools. Dorothy Hukill of Port Orange and Travis Hutson of St. Augustine wrote that they see the District Cost Differential (DCD) as unfair to some school districts. That’s because the formula reduces some district allotments while increasing others, “as opposed to simply adding funds to districts that qualify for more money.” “Since the DCD is the last…

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Rick Kriseman says ‘NRA-owned politicians’ should pay legal fees from ‘Docs vs. Glocks’

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While serving in the state Legislature, Rick Kriseman was so repelled by a 2011 bill that prohibited pediatricians from asking any questions about gun use or ownership unless it was relevant to their patients’ care or safety that he filed a bill to repeal it.

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