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Dianne Hart, others help in post-Irma Tampa

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Electric power returned to Robles Park Village in East Tampa at 5:48 a.m. Thursday. Community activist Dianne Hart knows that was the exact time, because she was there with an ice truck that had just arrived. “The lights popped up as I was standing right there,” she said on Thursday afternoon while helping lead another public feeding on the surface of the basketball court of the public housing complex. “I was praising God, because I didn’t know how many days…

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Bob Buckhorn after Irma: ‘There will be a lot of lessons learned’

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Right now, Bob Buckhorn is simply too busy to take stock. But in the next few weeks, after most of the cleanup efforts have been finished following Hurricane Irma’s blow Sunday night, Tampa’s mayor says there will be time to take stock of lessons learned for when another major storm makes its path toward the Bay area.

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Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers and the NHL give $2.7 million for Irma relief

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More professional sports teams are contributing to relief efforts in Florida following the destructive path of Hurricane Irma.

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On second thought: Hillsborough Commission opts to remove Confederate monument

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Four weeks after the Hillsborough County Commission voted to keep a controversial Confederate monument outside the courthouse annex, commissioners have changed their minds. In a 4-2 vote Wednesday, “Memoria In Aeterna” will now likely be relocated to the Brandon Family Cemetery. Earlier in the day, county officials said the owner of that facility came forward with an offer to house it. The Confederate monument has stood outside of the Hillsborough County Courthouse for more than a century. Commissioner Sandy Murman…

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Ken Hagan has now raised 300K for re-election

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When it comes to fundraising, Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan is killing it. The Carrollwood Republican raised more than $100,000 in June, the third consecutive month he’s posted a six-figure number, and now has raised more than $300,000 in his bid to win back his former seat in District 2 in 2018.

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Tampa prepares for NHL All-Stars, Gasparilla on same weekend

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As the 2016-17 National Hockey League season nears its conclusion, thoughts turned to next season and the NHL All-Star Game. Commissioner Gary Bettman was in town to join a press conference at Amalie Arena to talk about recent awarding of next year’s game to Tampa Bay. Bettman was the first to discuss the dates of All-Star Weekend, January 26-28, coinciding with Gasparilla activities. He was undaunted by any logistical challenges and the league was well aware of the Tampa tradition…

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Former Lightning Coach John Tortorella poised to make history

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Tampa Bay Lightning fans will remember John Tortorella. In 2004, he coached the Lightning to their one and only Stanley Cup, defeating the Calgary Flames, four games to three. Trailing three games to two, Tampa Bay won Game 6 on the road and Game 7 at what was then the St. Pete Times Forum. Calling the games for ABC was Sarasota resident Gary Thorne, Bill Clement and John Davidson. Davidson and Tortorella would join forces in Columbus, Ohio a decade…

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