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Restoration of electricity almost complete

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Power was back as of midday Friday for all but 13,735 homes and businesses in Florida, primarily in four counties that were hit hardest by Hurricane Irma on Sept. 10 and Sept. 11, according to the state Division of Emergency Management.

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Rick Scott: ‘Fuel and power Florida’s top priorities’

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Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday night said he’s “made it clear” that getting gasoline to the pumps and turning the lights back on are tied for his No. 1 priority. Scott “will continue to aggressively work until every Floridian can return to work and their kids can go back to school,” his office said in a press release.

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After a year’s delay, Will Power has his sights on third Grand Prix title

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For Will Power, it all seemed destined. He had won the pole for the St. Petersburg Grand Prix. Again. A lot of analysts thought he was going to win it for the third time. It was going to be smooth sailing, right? And then it wasn’t. After a crash in practice, Power was held out of last year’s race with concerns about a possible concussion (he didn’t have one) just before the race and had to sit and watch as…

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Power struggle? Tallahassee, state at odds in storm recovery

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The big question in Tallahassee is whether you have power, and whether you think local officials are to blame for the grinding pace of restoring electricity following Hurricane Hermine. The rising anger is playing out on social media and in the political sphere, with state and local leaders trading accusations about the slow pace of recovery. As of Monday afternoon, more than 26,000 customers in Leon County were still without power. That contrasts with other parts of the state where…

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Will Power wins his sixth pole for Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

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With a name like Will Power, you might guess that the Indycar driver had a bit of intestinal fortitude. Despite a stomach bug, Power set a record for qualifying for Sunday’s St. Petersburg Grand Prix. Power had a record of 1:00.5678 with his first lap, and his second was 1:00.0658 in his Verizon No. 12. It was Power’s sixth pole at St. Pete in nine career races. The Australian has won 43 career poles. What a great run today for…

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Low-scoring Rays seek a jolt of power from Richie Shaffer

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The Tampa Bay Rays are looking for power. Now, they think that prospect Richie Shaffer may be able to provide it. The Rays, last in the American League in scoring, have promoted Shaffer, a power-hitting first baseman, to the big club. Shaffer has 23 home runs at Durham and Montgomery this season. He had 19 a year ago. He is only hitting .262, and he only hit .222 last season, so Shaffer might not quite be ready. But given the…

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Indy 500 finish? It happened in St. Pete first

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The final results of the Indy 500 probably shouldn’t have surprised anyone around here. After all, they had seen it before. The 1-2 finish of Juan Pablo Montoya and Will Power, it turns out, was the exact finish the two had in the St. Pete Grand Prix this year. This time, Montoya started only 15th, and he was last after an unscheduled pit stop. But he cruised to his second Indy title. Montoya had flirted with winning it again after…

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