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Save Southern Heritage files legal memo to stop Hillsborough Confederate monument move

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A group hoping to stop Hillsborough County from moving a Confederate monument from Tampa to a Brandon cemetery is attempting to prove legal standing in a challenge to the statue’s removal. Save Southern Heritage, Veterans’ Monument of America and five other individuals filed a 45-page memorandum Monday to Hillsborough Circuit Judge Rex Barbas.

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Public schools grappling with Confederate names, images

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With a new school year dawning, education officials are grappling with whether to remove the names, images and statues of Confederate figures from public schools — especially since some are now filled with students of color.

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Some Hillsborough citizens already fighting possible removal of Confederate statue at courthouse

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In the wake of southern cities like New Orleans, Gainesville and Orlando removing Confederate monuments, Hillsborough County Commission Chair Les Miller is poised to make a proposal this week calling for removing a Confederate statue outside of the Hillsborough County Courthouse. The idea comes two years after the board voted to remove the Third National Flag of the Confederacy from the County Center. But opposition is forming, even though Miller has yet to make a formal proposal to the BOCC. “We will be providing significant opposition…

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New Florida Senate seal limited to U.S. and Florida flags

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The Florida Senate is going to change its official seal one more time. The Senate last year voted to remove the Confederate battle flag from the official seal but did not make a final decision on what the new seal should look like. A temporary version without the battle flag was placed in the Senate chamber earlier this month. That design includes the U.S. flag along with four other foreign flags. But the Senate Rules Committee on Thursday approved a…

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Darryl Rouson files legislation to ban Confederate flag on public property in Florida

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St. Petersburg House Democrat Darryl Rouson has filed legislation (HB 243) that would ban the display of Confederate flags and symbols on publicly owned or leased property. It will serve as a companion to Orlando Democrat Geraldine Thompson’s bill in the state Senate. “I can understand people wanting to honor the legacy of their Southern history, but when history and symbolism to others becomes distasteful we should be sensitive to it, and reconsider how we honor history,” the Pinellas County legislator said on Friday. The legislation…

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Marco Rubio visits Charleston church where 9 worshippers killed

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Before attending a town hall meeting Monday night in South Carolina, Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio — without television cameras or any other media in tow — visited the Charleston church where nine African-American worshippers were shot to death earlier this year. Republican Sen. Tim Scott disclosed the Florida senator’s trip before an audience of about 1,000 people attending the town hall meeting he hosted at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center. Scott has invited all 17 GOP…

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NASCAR fans defend, display Confederate flags at Daytona

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Steven Rebenstorf has numerous flags flying atop his canopy tent inside Daytona International Speedway. The Confederate flag is front and center. It’s been like that for years. And the 57-year-old Rebenstorf has no plans to take it down — not even if NASCAR decides to ban the embattled flag from its racetracks. “They’d have to come and get it,” Rebenstorf said Saturday, pointing out that his American flag purposely flies a few inches higher than the rest. Rebenstorf and others…

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