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Lightning breaks slump as Ben Bishop shuts out Arizona

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They weren’t dazzling. They weren’t dangerous. For most of the night, however, the Tampa Bay Lightning finally was desperate enough. The Lightning, losers of five of their previous six games, stopped the Arizona  Coyotes 2-0 Saturday night. Goaltender Ben Bishop stopped 31 shots for his fifth shutout of the season and a franchise-record 15th of his career. The Lightning killed off back-to-back power plays in the second period. Ondrej Palat scored in the final minute of the first period, and Nikita…

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First-ever penalty shot by Cedric Paquette leads Lightning

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So this is what a penalty shot is like, huh? You take the puck, and you skate toward the goalie. You give a quick move and then lift the puck to the top shelf. Bingo. And just like that, you’ve scored. Forgive Cedric Paquette for not understanding any of this. According to Paquette, he made the first penalty shot, well, ever in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2-1 victory over Arizona Tuesday, stretching the Lightning’s winning streak to four straight games.…

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Social media helps drive historic Cuban exodus to U.S.

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As summer began to bake the central Cuban city of Sancti Spiritus, Elio Alvarez and Lideisy Hernandez sold their tiny apartment and everything in it for $5,000 and joined the largest migration from their homeland in decades. Buying two smartphones for $160 apiece on a layover on their way to Ecuador, they plugged themselves into a highly organized, well-funded and increasingly successful home-brewed effort to make human traffickers obsolete by using smartphones and messaging apps on much of the 3,400-mile…

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Maybe if Jamie Bennett made sure the park near his home was better taken care of, he would’ve done better than 6th place!

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Sure, Jamie Bennett had his problems running while running for Mayor of St. Petersburg, but maybe, just maybe, his problems began long before he became a a candidate. One of his constituents sent me these pictures, just more evidence that Bennett could barely handle serving on the City Council. It reminds me of a story I heard about Howard Troxler. A while back, ol’ Trox calls Bennett after spotting a coyote in the neighborhood. About a week passes before Bennett…

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