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Lightning star Tyler Johnson scores back-to-back goals to lead win

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One game after losing to one of the worst teams in the National Hockey League, the Tampa Bay Lightning beat one of the best. The Lightning, still struggling in its effort to make the playoffs, came from behind to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 Tuesday night. Coming one game after losing to Arizona, it was a needed win. “This is desperation mode for us,” said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. “This was a winnable hockey game. A lot of good things…

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Martin Dyckman: In post-truth America, responsible news more important than ever

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There’s a scene in the musical “Chicago” that could be adopted virtually intact when they make the one I’d call “Trumpistan.” It’s the number in which a cunning criminal defense attorney, Billy Flynn, works the press as a chorus of puppets, dangling from strings, as they dance to his tune and parrot his words. That Donald Trump did that with much of the media is, aside from the result itself, one of the two most uncomfortable truths about the 2016…

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Bucs’ Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks questions team effort

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Derrick Brooks usually saw success. He saw tackles, and he saw interceptions, and he saw victories. These days, he’s seeing a lack of effort out of the Tampa Bay Bucs. On WDAE, Brooks chastised the Bucs in their performance against Atlanta, where he did not like what he sees. “The small subtleties of this football team not executing some simple things as effort,” Brooks said. “Yes, there were some effort plays that I felt our defense gave up to that…

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Bucs’ Mike Evans hope to return to make mark against Bears

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For the longest time, they were strangers. Oh, Mike Evans and Jameis Winston were teammates, all right.  Friends. And they both played offense. And if Winston was throwing it, most of the time, Evans was catching it. Still, there seemed to be a disconnect through most of 2015. The stats might say otherwise – Winston threw for 4,042 yards, including 1,026 to Evans. But the two missed on a lot of plays, too. Evans was targeted 148 times, and he…

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Want to see World Series at Wrigley? It will cost thousands

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Fans hoping to see the Cubs play in the World Series for the first time since 1945 are finding a seat could cost them more than what their grandparents paid for their houses. The euphoria from Saturday night’s victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers gave way Monday to the realization that history doesn’t come cheap. Box seats on ticket-selling sites such as StubHub were $50,000 and up, with one seller asking $100,000 for a seat and another asking for just…

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For Hillary Clinton, concern lingers over enthusiasm for candidacy

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Hillary Clinton has a problem. Too many voters say they’re supporting her for a reason you’d never want printed on a campaign T-shirt: “I’m voting for the lesser of two evils.” It’s far from inspiring, but that’s why 67-year-old Maria Mengel, who’s from the Philadelphia suburb of King of Prussia, said she’s backing Clinton over Republican Donald Trump. “It’s against Trump,” she said, explaining her vote. “I can’t see a presidency under him. He really scares me,” she said. National…

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Gun shop cancels raffle of AR-15 rifle for Orlando victims

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A suburban Chicago gun shop has canceled a raffle of a semi-automatic rifle to benefit victims of the nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. The Chicago Tribune reports Second Amendment Sports in McHenry, Illinois, called off the raffle following questions about whether it would be legal. Under Illinois law, only nonprofit groups may hold raffles. Bert Irslinger Jr. and his father own the shooting range and gun store. They were selling $5 tickets to win an AR-15 rifle similar to the…

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