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Mitch Perry Report for 5.16.15 — USF downtown medical plans get partial OK from Tally

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Good morning again from the Parkway Inn in Miami Springs, where the sun has yet to rise…. Big late-night news out of Tallahassee, where we apparently have a budget deal. And with that $80 billion budget comes the announcement of a number of  local projects receiving funding. For officials in Tampa, their fears were partially allayed when it came to getting state monies for the USF medical school going to downtown Tampa. Lawmakers approved $17 million to move the Morsani…

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Injured Tampa Bay goalie Bishop still uncertain for Game 5

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Lightning goalie Ben Bishop spent 15 minutes on the ice Saturday during Tampa Bay’s morning skate for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Lightning haven’t decided whether the injured 53-game winner will play against the Chicago Blackhawks. Although Bishop said “there’s progress being made” on the undisclosed injury that kept him out of Game 4, the goalie and Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper both said they’ll determine later whether Bishop can start. Rookie Andrei Vasilevskiy will start his…

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Chicago, Tampa Bay all even again in Stanley Cup Final

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Four games deep in the Stanley Cup Final, all that’s clear is just how little separates the Chicago Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning. These two conference champions have two victories, nine goals and 24 penalty minutes apiece, while Chicago has outshot Tampa Bay 107-104. Neither team has led by more than one goal at any point in the Final’s first four games, which have all been decided by one goal apiece for the first time since 1968 and just…

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Lesson in logic: Bob Buckhorn’s Chicago smack talk is OK because it’s not as bad as Hulk Hogan’s

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn doesn’t know “smack talking” like Hulk Hogan, apparently. In a Facebook post Wednesday morning Buckhorn shared a Tampa Bay Times article about Hulk Hogan’s verbal and social media rivalry with Chicago wrestler CM Punk over the Lightning showdown with the Blackhawks. “Now this is some smack talking,” Buckhorn wrote. “Careful though some bloggers may actually think they are serious.” Buckhorn is likely referring either to me or Creative Loafing’s Kate Bradshaw or both. Bradshaw first called…

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Mitch Perry Report for 6.9.15 – Jeb does Europe

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Good morning, Tampa Bay readers and beyond. It’s good to be back after taking a few days off to enjoy a lot of great music (the Governors Ball), theatre (“Skylight” and “The Flick”) and art exhibits in New York City (including taking in the brand new Whitney Museum in the meatpacking part of Manhattan). I hope to have the chance to share some observations of those experiences in future pieces. The big news in the Tampa Bay area continues to…

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Stanley Cup fever hits Capitol Hill with friendly wagers in Congress

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Stanley Cup fever is spreading over Capitol Hill. Florida U.S. Reps. Dennis Ross, David Jolly and Gus Bilirakis – each representing a district chock-full of Tampa Bay Lightning fans – made some friendly home state wagers with their Illinois counterparts Randy Hultgren, Mike Quigley, Danny Davis and Rodney Davis. The Lightning face the Chicago Blackhawks in a best-of-seven series for the National Hockey League (NHL) championship. Finalizing the bet between lawmakers was a “puck drop” by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Other…

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Rick Kriseman sends good luck vibes to Lightning ahead of Stanley Cup Game 1

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It may not be a wager with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, but St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman is jumping on the Lightning Stanley Cup fever bandwagon. In a video posted Wednesday on Kriseman’s Facebook page, he issues a message to the Tampa hockey team. “As we like to say, the sun shines here on us in St. Pete, but for the next two weeks we know that it’s the Lightning that’s going to be shining bright,” Kriseman said. “We want…

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