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Rays ready to play ball with Cuba as economic sanctions eased

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When nations place politics in the way of sports, the tricky thing isn’t knowing when to start. It’s knowing when to stop. For South Africa, that was not knowing when to boycott the Olympics. It was back in 1992, when the country decided to rejoin. No one much cared that the Soviet bloc boycotted in 1984 (or the U.S. In 1980). That just meant more medals for the home country. And so it has gone. This nation doesn’t want to…

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St. Pete City Council passes resolution supporting normalized relations with Cuba

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St. Pete City Council wants the U.S. to normalize relations with Cuba. The board unanimously approved a resolution expressing support for a congressional measure that would completely restore normalized relations with the island nation. The move supports U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor’s Cuba Trade Act of 2015, which would remove presidential authority to impose sanctions on Cuba, restrictions on transactions, limitations on direct shipping and restrictions on remittances. It would also lift enforcement of an economic embargo and end the prohibition on…

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Charlie Gerdes makes passionate case for normalized relations with Cuba

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Four top city officials returned from Cuba over the weekend following a two-day fact-finding trip to the island nation. St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman, deputy mayor Kanika Tomalin, chief of staff Kevin King and City Council chair Charlie Gerdes departed for Cuba Thursday and returned Saturday, a day earlier than expected, anticipating possible inclement weather due to Tropical Storm Erika. During a press conference unveiling the group’s findings, Gerdes issued a several minute-long passionate recollection of his short visit to…

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