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Tampa Bay’s stars come out as Lightning beats Buffalo once again

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Together, they are the three men you expect to score. The three men you expect to lead. The three men who are supposed to make the Tampa Bay Lightning special. Steven Stamkos. Tyler Johnson. Nikita Kucherov. The skills of all three were evident as they all scored in the first period in a 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. Tampa Bay has struggled during the early part of the NHL season, but you couldn’t convince the Sabres of it. It…

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After all this time, Steve Spurrier still belongs to the Florida Gators

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He won the Heisman Trophy there. He won a national championship. As a player, and as a coach, he helped to change things. Even after this time away, Steve Spurrier is the ultimate Gator. Even now, he still looks odd in burgundy. In college football, things change. And so, it is easy to wonder if Spurrier will ever be thought of as South Carolina’s coach, or just as a Florida alumnus working somewhere else. Already, Spurrier is entering his 11th…

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Rick Scott’s office pulling IRS filings, making public records requests, to get hospital executives’ salaries

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Gov. Rick Scott’s blue-ribbon commission on health care and hospital spending asked Florida hospitals in May to provide the state with information about the salaries and compensation packages of their top executives. Two months later, only four facilities have voluntarily provided that information, Agency for Health Care Administration Deputy Secretary Molly McKinstry told members of the Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding on Wednesday in Jacksonville. Commission Chairman Carlos Beruff acknowledged that there still is “a lot of missing information”…

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Rick Scott’s Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding not happy with lack of responses from hopsitals

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Members of Rick Scott’s blue-ribbon healthcare commission were swimming in data, but on Wednesday members made clear that they wanted additional information and took aim at hospitals for not voluntarily providing all the information that was requested of them. Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding member Marili Cancio Johnson asked the commission staff to compile a list of hospitals that didn’t respond to the voluntary data call and, moreover, asked staff to identify how much Medicaid and Low Income Pool…

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Commission appointees contribute to Rick Scott, his political action committee, and other GOP candidates

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Healthcare experience may not be a prerequisite to get onto the newly created Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding, but contributing to political committee and candidates doesn’t hurt. Carlos Beruff, a homebuilder from Parrish, Florida, is the executive director of the commission. A review of campaign finance records shows that Beruff gave a $107,369.69 to Republican candidates and causes over the years. Nearly $80,000 of it went to Gov. Rick Scott or his Let’s Get to Work committee –including  $3,000 to…

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