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After Irma, Tampa area still at risk but not fully prepared

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As monster Hurricane Irma buzz-sawed its way up Florida’s Gulf Coast, it looked for several hours like the heavily populated Tampa Bay area could face catastrophic wind damage and flooding from the first major storm to roar ashore there in 96 years.

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The two Ricks share love for the ‘burg at genteel candidate forum

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There have been some intense, sharp-edged encounters between Rick Kriseman and Rick Baker as the two men compete this summer to become mayor of St. Petersburg for the next four years. Wednesday night’s encounter at the Museum of Fine Arts wasn’t one of them.

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A must-read from The New York Times: On the mat, Florida wonders which way is up

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A must-read from this weekend’s New York Times: Ever since the 1920s Florida has been cast as the place people go to escape contemplation, not to indulge in it. But in the past year, from Pensacola to Miami Beach, Floridians have been soul searching. And for good reason. The state’s decades-long binge on real estate has given way to empty homes in rich and poor neighborhoods alike. Hundreds of thousands of jobs have vanished, empty stores are everywhere and even…

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