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Dianne Hart, others help in post-Irma Tampa

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Electric power returned to Robles Park Village in East Tampa at 5:48 a.m. Thursday. Community activist Dianne Hart knows that was the exact time, because she was there with an ice truck that had just arrived. “The lights popped up as I was standing right there,” she said on Thursday afternoon while helping lead another public feeding on the surface of the basketball court of the public housing complex. “I was praising God, because I didn’t know how many days…

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Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers and the NHL give $2.7 million for Irma relief

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More professional sports teams are contributing to relief efforts in Florida following the destructive path of Hurricane Irma.

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Florida panther deaths still at record-high for 2016

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A record number of endangered Florida panthers died again last year — 42 of the remaining big cats were killed, matching the 2015 record. Thirty-four were hit by vehicles in southwest Florida, where development is shrinking what’s left of their habitat. The tally kept by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission includes six new litters, with a total of 14 cubs born in 2016. But the state estimates that only 100 to 180 of the big cats remain in…

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LSU at Florida game postponed as Hurricane Matthew nears

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No. 18 Florida’s home game against LSU has been postponed because of looming and powerful Hurricane Matthew, which already has been blamed for more than 100 deaths and is threatening the southeastern U.S. coast. The Florida-LSU game was to be played Saturday. The teams were unable to agree on any alternative arrangements to play the game elsewhere this weekend, and the Southeastern Conference said they would try to reschedule – though that seems unlikely since the Gators and Tigers do…

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Oil company gets green light to survey in Florida preserve

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The National Park Service has given the green light for a Texas company to explore for oil and gas in the Big Cypress National Preserve. Park service officials said Friday that a 20-month environmental review showed there would be no significant impact if Burnett Oil Company did a survey 110 square miles in the national preserve. The survey will use sound waves from truck-mounted vibrators to create three-dimensional map of potential oil and gas reserves. The park service says if…

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Will Panthers and Lightning finally meet in the playoffs?

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Despite playing within the same state for more than 20 years, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Florida Panthers have never faced each other in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. This year provides one of the best opportunities for that to happen. If the Lightning can get by the Detroit Red Wings and the Panthers can dispatch the New York Islanders in the first round, the intra-state matchup would occur in the second round. The Lightning took their first step by…

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Panthers take first place from Lightning in Atlantic Division

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First place slipped away from the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday night. The Lightning, ahead by percentage points coming into the game, lost the most important game of its rivalry with the Florida Panthers Saturday night. Playing on its second consecutive night, and its first game without defenseman Anton Stralman, the Lightning lost 5-2 to the Panthers. Tampa Bay scored first but gave up four straight goals to lose. Tyler Johnson and Steven Stamkos scored for the Bolts, both on the…

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