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Dennis Baxley files Senate bill for Ronald Reagan specialty license plate

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A Republican State Senator is proposing that former President Ronald Reagan be honored with his own Florida specialty license plate. On Friday, Sen. Dennis Baxley of Ocala filed bill SB 284 for the upcoming Legislative Session, which begins March 7. If approved, the bill will take effect Oct. 1, and a portion of the proceeds will be used to fund educational programs about the late leader. “The word ‘Florida’ must appear at the top of the plate, and the words ‘President…

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Pat Summitt defined women’s basketball

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Pat Summitt died early Thursday. Most anyone paying even casual attention to sports knows who she was. More than anyone, Summitt and the Tennessee Lady Vols put women’s basketball on the map in this country. Others made solid contributions, but a generation ago, she was the face of the sport. Connecticut’s Geno Auriemma is the Pat Summitt of today’s era. No two coaches have elevated the sport more than those two. Between them they won more than half of the…

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Alzheimer’s Association to make Historic Capitol purple tonight

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Florida’s Historic Capitol will “turn” purple Tuesday evening, part of a special ceremony with lawmakers to celebrate the annual Alzheimer’s Association State Advocacy Day on Wednesday. “Nearly 80 advocates from all over the state of Florida — including caregivers and those in the early stages of Alzheimer’s — will be visiting their legislators throughout Wednesday to (ask) for increased state research funding, support services, education programs, cultural outreach and increased respite care services,” the group said in a statement. Before that, purple lights…

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Florence Snyder: Postcard from Alzheimer’s

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“We take that very seriously,” is quite possibly the biggest of the big lies they tell in Tallahassee. There’s a ribbon and a 5K walk and a proclamation for everything, but precious little cash on the barrel head for families collapsing under the weight of caring for a loved one whose needs exceed the family’s resources. The Florida Department of Taking Things Seriously is great with the flashy gesture. We saw that Tuesday when they bathed the Old Capitol in…

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