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Could a hand injury threaten Jason Pierre-Paul’s career after all?

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The good news for Jason Pierre-Paul, of course, was that the fireworks injury he suffered over the July 4th holiday was not career-threatening. But might the reaction to it prove to be? Could this accident drive team and talent apart? Could the pulling of a long-term contract lead to long-term problems? Perhaps. Pierre-Paul refused to see two emissaries from his team, the New York Giants, at a Miami hospital on Wednesday, indicating that there are lingering feelings after the Giants…

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Gary Stein: Symbols and cymbals mark Fourth of July

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As we prepare to celebrate the holiday formally called Independence Day but more commonly known as the Fourth of July, visions of fireworks, barbecue and red, white and blue come to mind. But, taking a step back, I think a more apropos name, albeit less patriotic sounding would be to call it Symbols Day. Most holidays are filled with symbolism, but as secular, government-sanctioned holidays go, “The Fourth” beats them all. Symbols can range from icons to symbolic acts. Flags…

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Catching fireworks in North Pinellas? Here are the details

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The Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce is wishing patriotic celebrants safe travels this Fourth of July. The group tweeted a reminder to followers that the Memorial Causeway Bridge will be closed due to fireworks Saturday. The estimated closure is from 9:25 until 9:55, but that time is subject to change depending on whether and timing of the fireworks show. The e-flier suggests alternative routes by using the Belleair Causeway or taking the Clearwater Ferry. The ferry leaves from downtown Clearwater…

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The definitive guide to Pinellas County Fourth of July fireworks and festivities

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What’s the Fourth all about here in Pinellas County? At heart, it’s about the same thing here as it is all across the Land of the Brave. Food and fireworks. And community and national pride and patriotism, of course. But mainly fireworks, right? Fireworks and celebration anyway. So we’ve amassed a list of all the best spots in Pinellas County to experience these great American summer holiday themes. So go forth, be merry, and remember the words of Benjamin Rush,…

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Florida FWC: Fireworks and nesting shorebirds don’t mix

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Fireworks and Florida’s beach wildlife just doesn’t mix. Independence Day is this Saturday, and the state’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) asks the public to protect beach-nesting shorebirds statewide by being careful with celebratory fireworks and to avoid using personal pyrotechnics at the beach. Shorebirds are nesting on beaches along Florida’s Atlantic and Gulf coasts; many birds are still watching over flightless chicks during the Independence Day weekend, which is expected to be busy with beach-goers. Birds such as snowy…

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Florida retailers can expect ‘fireworks’ at cash registers on July 4 weekend, report says

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Florida merchants can expect fireworks for July 4 weekend, and not just the paper-and-gunpowder kind. Just in time for Independence Day this Saturday, a new report from the Florida Retail Federation — the state’s leading consumer sales trade association — says Floridians will beending more this year on holiday-themed events, food and merchandise. In the National Retail Federation’s 2015 Independence Day Survey, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, nearly two-thirds of July 4 celebrants (64.4 percent) will hold a cookout,…

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Florida Forest Service’s Top 10 tips for safe July 4 fireworks

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Summer’s biggest party kicks off this weekend, with Fourth of July parties, cookouts, barbecues and – most importantly – fireworks. Nationwide, about 230 people arrive in emergency rooms every day in July, a result of injuries from personal pyrotechnics, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. But injuries are not the only potential danger with fireworks. Since January, approximately 1,800 wildfires across Florida have burned more than 38,000 acres. For July 4, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and the Florida…

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