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USF St. Pete announces climate action plan

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Sophia Wisniewska, the regional chancellor at USF St. Petersburg, announced Friday that the campus has created a climate action plan to help the university reach its goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. Wisniewska made her announcement as part of a press conference at St. Petersburg City Hall with Mayor Rick Kriseman. Kriseman set out the city’s next steps for converting the city to 100 percent renewable energy. USFSP’s action plan, or CAP, will serve as a guide to help the…

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Jaguars RB Chris Ivory hospitalized with ‘general medical issue’

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The Jacksonville Jaguars say running back Chris Ivory has been hospitalized with a “general medical issue” and won’t play in the team’s season opener against Green Bay. The Jaguars released a statement Sunday saying Ivory was inactive and had been admitted to a hospital. He was limited in three practices this week because of a calf injury. “Chris Ivory is doing well and is expected to be released from the hospital in the next day or two,” the Jaguars said.…

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Amendment 4 backers want voters to see the light

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Using a favorite joke, state Sen. Jeff Brandes said he had brought together “the Baptists and the bootleggers” in support of his proposed solar-energy constitutional amendment. Brandes, a St. Petersburg Republican, led a news conference Thursday at Tallahassee’s Florida Press Center. “This is something Republicans and Democrats have come together on,” he told reporters. “It’s about our environment; it’s about jobs … businesses, residents and tourists will all benefit.” Florida for Solar, Inc., the committee behind Amendment 4, is doing a…

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St. Pete elected officials on list urging Senate to oppose fracking bill

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A bill aimed at legalizing hydraulic fracturing Florida, or fracking, died in the state Senate Thursday with a provision allowing it to possibly resurface. A similar bill has already passed the House. While there was much back and forth during the long debate in the Senate appropriations committee, the close call vote came, perhaps, as a result of numerous speakers opposed to fracking and countless others who sent in correspondence opposing the measure. Among those who gave the bill a…

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Toast to the Bay, Dump into the Bay: Karl Nurse and Sam Henderson

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Toast: Karl Nurse’s environmental gusto As a lame duck City Council person, Karl Nurse has proven himself quite feisty. During a day chock full of legislative process, Nurse seized an opportunity to nail home a message he’s made no secret of – saving the environment. Thursday included for St. Pete City Council a full day of committee meetings, regular agendas, Community Redevelopment Area sessions and public hearings. And in the middle of it all, Nurse jumped on an admiral speaking…

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PSTA explores all-electric bus option

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An American company that builds all-electric transit buses rolled through Pinellas County Wednesday to court the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority. PSTA employees hopped aboard Proterra’s all-electric 40-foot bus called Catalyst. The bus doesn’t look all that different than others, but it sounds a whole lot quieter and doesn’t require a drop of diesel fuel. It runs solely on electricity. Nearly a third of PSTA’s fleet currently runs diesel-hybrid buses. Those are the models the agency has been purchasing almost exclusively…

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Diane Roberts: The unavoidable subject of stupid

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OCCUPIED TALLAHASSEE – Which is worse: stupid and evil or smart and evil? It’s a thought experiment: you can apply it to, say, George W. and Jeb Bush, Rick Scott and Adam Putnam, the Florida House and – Jesus, those idiots don’t deserve to be in the same paragraph as the word “thought.” But while we’re on the unavoidable subject of stupid: remember the amendment to the state constitution passed by an overwhelming margin last year? You probably voted for…

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