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Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred believes in Tampa Bay

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The recent elections in St. Petersburg are just the start of a long process, but baseball commissioner Rob Manfred remains supportive of the area’s efforts to keep major league baseball. “I believe that Tampa-St. Pete is a viable major league market with the right facility,” Manfried said at the GM meetings as reported by the Tampa Bay Times. A January deal is expected to allow the Rays to look around the Tampa Bay area for a new stadium. Manfred said…

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Hank Aaron to headline Governor’s Baseball Dinner on Wednesday

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Governor Charlie Crist has expressed his gratitude to 21-time All-Star and 1982 Hall of Fame inductee and baseball star, Hank Aaron, for participating in this year’s Governor’s Baseball Dinner on Wednesday, February 17, 2010, in St. Petersburg. Each year, the Governor’s Baseball Dinner honors the Major League Baseball Clubs, and their Minor League affiliates, who hold spring training or play year-round in Florida. “Hank Aaron is a baseball icon and his contributions to this year’s Baseball Dinner will surely make…

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Hank Aaron to headline Governor’s Baseball Dinner on Wednesday

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Governor Charlie Crist has expressed his gratitude to 21-time All-Star and 1982 Hall of Fame inductee and baseball star, Hank Aaron, for participating in this year’s Governor’s Baseball Dinner on Wednesday, February 17, 2010, in St. Petersburg. Each year, the Governor’s Baseball Dinner honors the Major League Baseball Clubs, and their Minor League affiliates, who hold spring training or play year-round in Florida. “Hank Aaron is a baseball icon and his contributions to this year’s Baseball Dinner will surely make…

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Former Hernando commissioner Diane Rowden to seek Florida House seat

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Former Hernando County Commissioner Diane Rowden has called a press conference for noon Wednesday on the steps of the Hernando County courthouse to announce her candidacy for the District 44 state House seat. A Democrat, Rowden served two terms on the County Commission and nearly four years on the Hernando County School Board. This is her first run for state office. The seat is now held by Republican Robert Schenck, who is in his second term and who has pre-filed…

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Largo Mayor Pat Gerard faces challenge, Commissioner Gigi Arntzen re-elected

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City Commissioner Gigi Arntzen was automatically re-elected when an opponent, Heleen Abramson, failed to qualify for Seat 4 in the November 3 election. The city’s qualification period ended at 5 p.m. last Thursday. Two candidates will vie for mayor and two others will vie for Seat 3. Mayor Pat Gerard will try to fend off former Mayor Bob Jackson. Gerard was first elected to the commission in 2000 and defeated Jackson three years ago. Jackson was a two-term mayor and…

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Former Hillsborough County Commissioner Brian Blair arrested on child abuse charges

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Blair, 52, was arrested shortly after 5 a.m. following an altercation at the family’s home in the Forest Hills area of Tampa, sheriff’s Deputy Larry McKinnon said. An arrest report said Blair, a former professional wrestler who is 6 feet tall and weighs 235 pounds, pushed his older son Brett, 17, in the chest around 4 a.m. The teen tried to walk away, but Blair grabbed him and punched him in the face with a closed fist, leaving a red…

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Dunedin races off to a quick start

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In Dunedin, the mayor and at least one commissioner will leave office after the March 10 election, but there’s no lack of candidates to take their place. Eight people have qualified to run — two in each of the four races. Read here for more information about the eight candidates.

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