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Tampa school fire ‘not suspicious,’ officials say

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There are no indications of foul play in the fire that burned down the Robert E. Lee Elementary School Tuesday night but the investigation continues, the Tampa fire marshal’s office says.

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Darryl Paulson: Do universities discriminate? The assault on conservative speakers at American universities

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Free speech is an essential element for vibrant intellectual discourse and discovery at American universities. Part of that speech requires the students and faculty to be exposed to competing ideas. Too often, one side, the conservative side is missing in action not by choice, but by exclusion. Since 2000, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has found over 300 cases where speakers were disinvited or shouted down on college campuses. The vast majority of these were conservatives. Increasingly…

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Devastating Gulfport strip mall fire sets off legal blame game

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After a fire brought destruction to four Gulfport businesses in a strip mall, two stores are suing the one responsible. Fazio’s Pizza and Subs and Gulfport Florist are suing the plaza owners, Glaxo International, and the company responsible for the fire, Enhanced Environmental. Enhanced Environmental owns Sunrise Laundromat. Glaxo International owns Suncoast Food Store, located in the plaza. On April 21, a fire broke out in the water heater room of the laundromat, according to the Fire Investigation Report. The…

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Pinellas County, cities provide help for victims of Hurricane Matthew

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Two dozen fire and emergency medical services personnel left Pinellas for the east coast Thursday to prepare for the aftermath response of Hurricane Matthew. Pinellas County Emergency Medical Services and Fire Administration coordinated the departure of the Fire Engine Strike Team and Technical Rescue Unit from Clearwater to the final staging area in Lakeland. The effort was made possible by the strong partnerships among the county and municipalities. The Fire Engine Strike Team is made up of firefighters from the…

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