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Raiders’ receivers present huge challenge to Bucs’ cornerbacks

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Think of it as a game within a game. When the Oakland Raiders visit the Bucs on Sunday, there will be a lot of factors that determine the winner. One of them, however, will be the play of Raiders’ receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree against Tampa Bay corners Vernon Hargreaves and Brent Grimes. Cooper is tied for sixth in the NFL in receiving with 40 catches. Crabtree is tied for 11th with 39. “Those two receivers, Cooper and Crabtree,…

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Steve Crisafulli says he has no plans to call legislators back ‘at this time’

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House Speaker Steve Crisafulli sent a memo to representatives Thursday telling them he had no intention of calling them back to Tallahassee because of a lawsuit filed in the Florida Supreme Court by Senate Democrats. “We strongly disagree with the arguments that were filed by 13 Democrat members of the Senate and believe that the House’s actions complied with the Constitution and the historic practices of both Chambers. Accordingly, I have no plans to ask you to return to Tallahassee at…

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State bills would limit access to officer body camera videos

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State legislators are pushing to make it much harder to release police officer body camera videos, undermining their promise as a tool people can use to hold law enforcement accountable. Lawmakers in at least 15 states have introduced bills to exempt video recordings of police encounters with citizens from state public records laws, or to limit what can be made public. Their stated motive: preserving the privacy of people being videotaped, and saving considerable time and money that would need…

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