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Immersed in local arts, Cuba delegation visits St. Petersburg

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Representing Cuban arts and culture, an eight-person delegation visited St. Petersburg this weekend, to meet with civic leaders and elected officials for a three-day immersion in all things St. Pete — particularly the arts. Though invitations by Mayor Rick Kriseman, the Dali Museum, and the Downtown Partnership, the delegation, which included representatives of the Ministry of Culture, explored a potential for artistic exchange in the Tampa Bay region. The delegation’s arrival was timed to coincide with “D-17” — December 17 —…

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Kathy Castor praises & Marco Rubio condemns Obama’s removal of Cuba from terrorist list

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The White House announced on Tuesday that President Obama intends to remove Cuba from the American government’s list of nations that sponsor terrorism, eliminating a major obstacle to the restoration of diplomatic relations after decades of hostilities. The move had been a top priority with the Raul Castro-led Cuban government since diplomatic relations between the two countries were renewed back in December. Although critics like South Florida Republican U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen note incidents like the 1996 shootdown of the Brothers to…

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#5 on list of Tampa Bay’s Most Powerful Politicians — Kathy Castor

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The four-term congresswoman who represents Tampa and parts of St. Petersburg had a good year in 2014. Not only did she win re-election without drawing an opponent, but her behind-the-scenes effort working with President Obama on normalizing relations with Cuba reached fruition with the president’s dramatic announcement last December that the two nations would resume diplomatic efforts. Kathy Castor has championed health care issues since being elected, and she’s been front and center in getting the word out for eligible…

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