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Bob Buckhorn, Andrew Gillum among the 100 mayors calling on Congress to fix immigration system

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Reacting to the Donald Trump administration’s hardline policy on immigration — which has included threats to withhold federal grants from jurisdictions that act as “sanctuaries” — more than 100 mayors from around the country signed onto a letter to Congress calling on it to revisit and pass comprehensive reform legislation. Among those signing the letter are Tallahassee Mayor and 2018 Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Andrew Gillum and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. The letter calls on Congress to enact legislation that would strengthen the…

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For media training, Mom’s the word

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Too many public officials feel entitled to cut to the front of every line. This week, one of them had the misfortune of being caught on tape saying so. Daytona Beach City Commissioner Dannette Henry was close enough to see the shooting and beating of a young man as it was unfolding in her neighborhood last Wednesday. “They need to come to my damn house,” she yelled at the dispatcher on the receiving end of her 911 call. “Oh my…

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Dolphins dominated by Titans, 30-17

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Perhaps the job of turning around the Miami Dolphins is a bit more complicated than first-year coach Adam Gase anticipated. Sunday’s 30-17 home loss to the Tennessee Titans shows there are still plenty of things to fix on both sides of the ball. It was complete domination. The Titans, not to be mistaken for the New England Patriots, limited the struggling Miami offense to 200 yards of total offense and just eight first downs. Tennessee hogged the ball for nearly…

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Florida teams make solid picks, take some chances

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There are no brainers in the NFL draft and there are cases of rolling the dice. Florida’s three NFL teams took some risks over the first three rounds, but they also hit the draft lottery. Thursday was all about the tale of Miami selecting Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil with the 13th overall pick. Tunsil’s history of NCAA rule violations in college and the photo of him smoking something with a bong dropped him from a top-five pick into…

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Clemson tries to stop a talented, motivated Alabama

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Tonight’s contenders for college football’s national championship, top-ranked Clemson and No. 2 Alabama, have proud histories of success with their respective programs. Combined, they have won 15 previous championships. OK, Alabama has 14 of those, but number 15 should not come easy, if at all, tonight. The odds makers list the Crimson Tide as a touchdown favorite, but that will only motivate Coach Dabo Swinney and the Tigers. “We’re not the favorites, but we’re no damn underdog” he roared to…

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Christian McCaffrey’s Rose Bowl records lift Stanford

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Even with the Heisman Trophy season put together by Alabama’s Derrick Henry, there were still those who thought Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey was the most outstanding (the Heisman definition) and complete football player in America. On Friday, McCaffrey tallied 368 all-purpose yards and scored two touchdowns to lead the Cardinals to a 45-16 rout of the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Rose Bowl. The true sophomore hurt the Hawkeyes, as he hurt other teams on the Cardinals’  schedule, in a number of…

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Outback Bowl: Vols’ 2015 turnaround season really began in October

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The No. 23 Tennessee Volunteers will line up against the No. 13 Northwestern Wildcats in Friday’s Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. Few would have predicted such a matchup earlier, but Tennessee’s appearance was more of a long shot not that long ago. In early October even the most diehard Tennessee Volunteer fan – and there are plenty of those – had to wonder whether their team might spiral into a losing season. They were 2-3 with crushing losses at…

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