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FAMU on the upswing as Florida Classic approaches

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On Saturday, Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman will meet on the football field as they do every year. They have played since 1925, but in 1978 the November contest earned its present moniker of the Florida Classic. While most eyes are on Florida’s major colleges each week, these two FCS/Division II schools seek to earn the title of Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. But the Florida Classic, played in Orlando one week before Rivalry Week among FBS/Division I schools, is arguably the most…

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Sunshine State football fans want to forget lost weekend

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Nearly every football fan in Florida had something to be unhappy about over the weekend. At least one of their favorite teams tasted defeat, many by embarrassing scores. There was a little bit of good news. Those supporting “The U” did have something to cheer about with Miami’s 45-10 road romp at Appalachian State. The Florida Gators blitzed the North Florida Mean Green, 32-0. Those wins were enough to see both schools move up in the Associated Press Top 25…

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ACC/SEC dominate NCAA tournament bracket

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The South shall rise again. In college baseball, it already has. To no one’s surprise, the Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference are sending a large percentage of the teams to this year’s NCAA Baseball Tournament. One day after the selection committee announced seven of the eight national seeds are members of those conferences, the remaining eight regional hosts, and the entire tournament field was announced Monday. Of the 16 schools hosting regionals, 13 belong to the two powerhouse conferences.…

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4th Floor Files talks with Mario Bailey about government, Ronald Reagan and mentoring

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The latest chapter of “4th Floor Files” talks with Mario Bailey, a lobbyist with the Becker & Poliakoff firm. Bailey represents clients from a variety of sectors including government -– he has six Florida governments including Cape Coral, Hollywood and Lauderdale Lakes, education -– Bethune Cookman, Florida Memorial University and Miami-Dade Schools and businesses –- the Florida Independent Spirits Association, The Safety-Net Hospital Alliance and American Traffic Solutions. Prior to joining Becker & Poliakoff, Bailey served as the chief legislative aide…

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