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Today on Context Florida: Single-payer health care, inspirational eloquence, sports magnet schools and John Haddox

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Today on Context Florida: According to Dr. Marc Yacht, the Affordable Care Act 2010 – popularly known as Obamacare – has allowed about 18 million uninsured people to acquire health coverage so far. About 33 million remain uncovered and the bulk of those live in states that rejected ACA Medicaid expansion dollars. The numbers are confusing, Yacht says, but overall the uninsured rate nationwide has dropped from 18 percent to 13 percent. Adults and children have benefited as uninsured rates decrease.…

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Florida pro sports teams make another push for state money

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Several of Florida’s professional sports teams are trying again to win state money from the Florida Legislature. State officials said Monday that they had received requests to spend money on the stadiums used by the Miami Dolphins, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The state has also received a funding request from Daytona International Speedway. It will be up to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to rank the requests and then submit them to the Legislature for…

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Not halfway into season and teams separating themselves

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The waters have parted. It’s only Week 8 of the schedule, and already some teams have separated themselves from the pack. That’s in the lead pack, and among the bottom-feeders. Barring a wave of injuries, folks in New England, Wisconsin and Colorado, Cincinnati and Charlotte can begin budgeting for playoff tickets. And barring a total turnaround in performance, fans in Tennessee, Houston, Detroit and, egads, Baltimore can start thinking about the No. 1 overall draft selection. It’s difficult, even before…

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First weekend of college football by the numbers

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The opening weekend of the college football season produced some eye-popping numbers. We know that Florida State and South Florida posted 59 and 51 points, respectively. Florida put up 61 points on New Mexico State and Miami scored 45 points while shutting out Bethune-Cookman. What are some other numbers worthy of mention? 233  Yards in punt returns by Maryland’s William Likely in the Terrapins’ 50-21 romp over the Richmond Spiders. Likely’s outburst set an all-time Big 10 record. Maryland is…

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Florida is the Land of the Baller, according to new study

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Remember in elementary school how almost every little boy wanted to be a professional football or baseball player? Well, they’re in the right place. According to an analysis of job data, Florida has a disproportionate percentage of professional and comptetitve athletes compared to the national average. So, if your kid is jonesing to be an NBA baller, don’t move out of the Sunshine State. Florida is home to 3,860 athletes and sports competitors. That’s 4.9 times the national average. Apparently…

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Spending on sports vs. spending on teaching

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Here’s a great chart Chad Alderman pulled from a Knight Commission report taking a look at spending priorities in the SEC: It’s important to note here that the vast majority of schools lose money off athletics. In 2008, less than a quarter of sports powerhouses made money off their athletics programs, and collectively these same institutions lost nearly $1 billion on sports. These funds must be made up by state taxpayers or student tuition bills. Find out how much your school spent with this…

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Here’s what TampaBay.com can do better…

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Alright, the editors and managers at The St. Petersburg Times‘ website www.tampabay.com are asking readers for ideas on how to improve their site. Well, ask and you shall receive, because if there is one thing I ain’t lacking, it’s opinions on how to improve the Times‘ online presence. Now, I understand there are casual readers of www.tampabay.com who are probably satisfied with the Times‘ website — and they should be. The site is accessible and full of information, the two…

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