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Beyonce, Tim Tebow for prez? Invalid votes spiked in Florida

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Beyonce, Tim Tebow or the Norse god Thor for prez? Those were some of Florida’s more unusual picks for president this past election. And the number of Florida voters who didn’t cast a vote for either Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton or any other valid contender spiked in 2016, apparently in protest over the ballot choices. A report released by state officials Wednesday showed more than 161,000 Florida voters who took part in the elections either at the polls or by…

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Lin-Manuel Miranda named AP Entertainer of the year

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Winning a Pulitzer Prize and a clutch of Tony Awards in a single one year would be enough for anyone. Not Lin-Manuel Miranda. Not in 2016. The “Hamilton” writer-composer picked up those honors and also earned a Golden Globe nomination, won the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, wrote music for a top movie, and inspired a best-selling book, a best-selling album of “Hamilton” covers and a popular PBS documentary. A new honor came Wednesday when…

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Donald Trump’s inauguration set to test nation’s readiness to heal

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One thing you can count on during inauguration season in Washington: People of all stripes will find a reason to show up — whether it’s to celebrate or commiserate. There are parties and protests to attend, stars to gawk at, receptions to be worked, deals to be done, drinks to be consumed. Less than two months out from Inauguration Day, there’s a different dynamic surrounding the planning for Donald Trump‘s swearing-in than the unbridled enthusiasm that swirled around the installation…

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Donald Trump talks up his support from blacks and Latinos in Tampa speech

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Looking over the thousands of adoring fans who had waited for hours to see him speak, Donald Trump kicked off his 50-minute speech at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa on Saturday morning by comparing his audience to Hillary Clinton’s campaign appearance with two of the biggest celebrities in America on Friday night in Cleveland. “We don’t need Jay Z to fill up arenas,” he said as the crowd cheered. “I actually like Jay-Z but you know, the language last night? Ohhhh. Ohhhhh.” According to press reports, the famed…

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What to watch at the Rio games on Thursday

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Day 13 of the Rio Games features medal action in track and field, beach volleyball, platform diving, wrestling and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local): TRACK AND FIELD Usain Bolt should be lining up for gold medal No. 8 at 10:30 p.m. in the 200 meters and the biggest drama may not be whether he wins, but whether he cracks the once-thought-untouchable 19-second barrier. He already owns both the world record at 19.19, and Olympic record…

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Today on Context Florida: Mourning the Tampa Tribune, never Donald Trump and forgetting American history and values

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Today on Context Florida: Sports writer Gary Shelton, a veteran of the Tampa Bay Times, talks about his feeling of loss for the Tampa Tribune, a formal rival that shut down this week. When you look at your doorstep, a doorstep that may be emptier than yesterday, Shelton says to lift your cup for a newspaper that died young. Martin Dyckman also reminisces about the Tampa Tribune and its fine journalists. He’s not sure which was the bigger shock — the…

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Mitch Perry Report for 2.24.16 – Tampa citizens review board finally convenes

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After months of intense trench warfare last summer over the formation of a police citizens review board, the board’s 11 members convened for the first time as a group last night at Tampa’s City Hall. The group selected North Tampa businessman Rasheed Ali Aquil as chairman, and Irene Guy as vice chair (Former Judge E.J. Salcines declined when his name was submitted as chair). Next, they got a primer from City Attorney Rebecca Kert on the ramifications of the Sunshine…

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