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In the end, Aaron Hernandez squandered his talent, his opportunity

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Waste. The short, violent life of Aaron Hernandez ended Wednesday when he turned his final act of aggression on himself. Hernandez, the former tight end of the New England Patriots and the Florida Gators, died of an apparent suicide Wednesday morning. And in the end, the final tragedy was the way he threw it all away. He was young, and he was rich, and he had a family and a big house. He was talented and on his way to…

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Convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez commits suicide in prison

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Former New England Patriot and University of Florida tight end Aaron Hernandez, just days after a legal victory, killed himself in his cell early Wednesday morning. Hernandez, serving a life sentence without parole, was acquitted in a double-homicide last week. His attorney pledged to fight his prior conviction and expressed confidence that Hernandez, 27, would be free again. The attorney, Jose Diaz, said he did not believe Hernandez committed suicide. He would conduct his own investigation, Diaz said. Hernandez hanged…

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Ex-Gator Caleb Brantley listed as a victim after being struck by a woman

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University of Florida defensive tackle Caleb Brantley is listed as the victim in a police report after an altercation with a Gainesville woman. Brantley said the woman, Chelsea Austin, struck him in the face. Austin admitted hitting Brantley, saying he had “disrespected” her. Brantley then pushed her away. Brantley is listed as 6-3, 307. Austin is 5-4, 110 pounds. She had a cut on her lip, but left with friends. Brantley had no visible injuries. Brantley was second team all-SEC…

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Report: Carlos Curbelo target of attack ads over attempted Obamacare repeal

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A progressive health care group has its sights set on Rep. Carlos Curbelo. According to POLITICO, Save My Care, a coalition of progressive health care advocacy groups, has launched a seven-figure television ad buy in seven competitive House districts across the country, including Curbelo’s South Florida district. The ad campaign, according to POLITICO, targets five Republican lawmakers from districts won by Hillary Clinton. Aside from Curbelo, the ad campaign will focus on California Republican Darrell Issa, Arizona Republican Martha McSally,…

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FBI reviews handling of terrorism-related tips

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The FBI has been reviewing the handling of thousands of terrorism-related tips and leads from the past three years to make sure they were properly investigated and no obvious red flags were missed, The Associated Press has learned. The review follows attacks by people who were once on the FBI’s radar but who have been accused in the past 12 months of massacring innocents in an Orlando, Florida, nightclub, injuring people on the streets of New York City, and gunning…

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Quarterback competition to highlight Gators’ spring football game

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The defense has been rebuilt. Definitely, Gator fans are going to want to check it out. Oh, and the play-makers are better at wide receiver. Those will be fun to see. The offensive line is better. And the running game is solid. And … Oh, never mind. You want to see the quarterbacks, don’t you? If there is one overwhelming point of interest to this year’s Gators, who have their spring game tonight, it is the quarterbacks. With returner Luke…

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Florida welfare recipients could face tougher sanctions

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People who receive cash assistance from the Florida government and fail to comply with work requirements could be left without money for a longer time. A House panel on Thursday advanced a bill (HB 23) that would toughen sanctions for individuals who do not work toward furthering their education or careers while in the program. The vote came over the objections of Democrats, who said it would leave more families hungry and would make it harder for people to get…

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