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Darryl E. Owens: The horror of wounded empathy — or when mass shootings become humdrum

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The day before I jetted to Charlotte for a weeklong vacation, unspeakable ugliness ambushed the City Beautiful. First, it descended upon an Orlando nightspot where more than 300 revelers came on “Latin Night” to live “la vida loca.” Later, it crept into my bedroom. Early that Sunday at Pulse, too many fathers, mothers, sons and daughters died — now destined to live forever in a purgatory that reduces rich, unique lives to a single grim number: 49. The number of…

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Marco Rubio visits Charleston church where 9 worshippers killed

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Before attending a town hall meeting Monday night in South Carolina, Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio — without television cameras or any other media in tow — visited the Charleston church where nine African-American worshippers were shot to death earlier this year. Republican Sen. Tim Scott disclosed the Florida senator’s trip before an audience of about 1,000 people attending the town hall meeting he hosted at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center. Scott has invited all 17 GOP…

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Today on Context Florida: Health care regret, hate groups, ‘be nice’ and more than a number

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Today on Context Florida: Republicans who have left no stone unturned in efforts to crush Obamacare are having second thoughts as they realize 6.4 million could lose their health insurance, says Marc Yacht. The chaos created by such action lies at the feet of conservative Republicans and the ultimate cost at the polls is yet to be determined. It brings up the adage, “Be careful what you want; you may get it!” The murder of a pastor and eight parishioners in their…

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Timing is everything: Rick Scott cuts budget for Bethel AME Church in St. Pete

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With little fanfare, Gov. Rick Scott signed Florida’s record budget Tuesday morning, totaling nearly $80 billion. And with an equal lack of surprise, Scott inserted more than $461 million in line-item vetoes – another state record. Among Tampa Bay-area projects not surviving the chopping block was $240,956 set aside for the restoration of the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Second Ave. South in St. Petersburg. The project was not momentous, compared to many others that were dropped. No one would…

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Dylann Roof almost didn’t go through with Charleston shooting because ‘everyone was so nice’

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Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old suspect in the shooting of nine people Wednesday evening at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C.,, had been planning the shooting for months, friends say. But he almost didn’t go through with the “mission” at the last minute, reports NBC News, because he said “everyone was so nice to him.” Roof, from Lexington, S.C., was arrested Thursday in North Carolina, and is currently being held at a detention center in South Carolina. He will appear at…

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Charleston shooting took place at one of oldest black churches

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The slayings of nine people in Charleston wrote a grim new chapter into the history of one of the oldest black churches in the South. Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church is often referred to as “Mother Emanuel.” Its pastor, The Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, was one of those killed in Wednesday night’s shooting. Pinckney also was a member of the South Carolina Senate, where he had served since 2001. The Ridgeland resident was first elected to the South Carolina House…

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