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Florida man accused in plot to bomb Target stores

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A Florida man is accused in a plot to blow up several Target stores along the East Coast in an attempt to acquire cheap stock if the company’s stock value plunged after the explosions. Mark Charles Barnett, 48, was charged in a criminal complaint filed Thursday with possession of a firearm affecting commerce by a previously convicted felon, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Florida’s middle district. Barnett, a registered sex offender in Florida, faces up to 10 years…

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Tampa Bay is like America, but more so

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Many red state politicians — and even POLITICO co-founder Jim VandeHei in a recent op-ed — often talk of a “real America,” a nation apart from the latte liberal denizens of our urban, coastal cities. But new research has found one of the most “normal” cities in America is right here in Florida — the greater Tampa Bay area. FiveThirtyEight’s Jed Kolko recently compared each major U.S. metropolitan area to the U.S. overall, based on age, educational attainment, and race and ethnicity, and discovered none…

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Florida man with Florida tattoo charged with burglary

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A Florida man with a tattoo of Florida on his face is facing burglary charges. The Palm Beach Post reported Wednesday that 25-year-old Johnathan Hewett is jailed without bail. He has a map of Florida tattooed on his left forehead and temple. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said Hewett is seen on surveillance video prying open the door of a home last month. Officials say he took a gun and two watches. The homeowner identified him as the friend of…

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Donald Trump: Is he the quintessential Florida Man?

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Donald Trump drew thousands to his rallies around the Sunshine State, basking in their adoration, his face glowing like a Florida orange as he anticipated victory. “Florida loves Trump, and I love Florida, so I think I’m going to win Florida,” he repeated. Trump did win Florida on Tuesday, claiming victory with the bravado of someone who survived a particularly hellish South Florida commute. The only actual Floridian in the race — Marco Rubio, a Cuban-American born in South Florida…

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Today on Context Florida: Thanksgiving edition

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Today on Context Florida: For Thanksgiving, Chris Timmons reminds us, as Americans, to remember the gratitude for what we have: We still are the richest country in the world; we still do enormous good in global hotspots with our military presence; we still are the most generous country in the world. We can still revive an ideal of this country as free, fair-minded, tolerant, productive, gainful to all and generous. We can never attain it, Timmons says, if we forget the…

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Tow truck driver attempts to repo car with two children, adult still inside

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In other news, a Florida man tried to repossess a car with two minor children still in it and then sprayed pepper spray at the adults who tried to stop him. Those allegations are according to a lawsuit filed in Polk County on Oct. 22. The plaintiffs, Yaica and Quinyale Gore and DaBresha Harris, contend the proprietor of Blackhawk Towing and Recovery attempted to tow a 2006 Saturn Vue the Gore’s had defaulted on while Harris and two children were…

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Florida man dressed as Power Ranger charged with pointing fake gun

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Authorities say a Florida man dressed as the Red Power Ranger was arrested near a Tampa public pool following reports that he pointed a gun at someone and made a threatening statement. Police say officers responded to a 911 call at the Bobby Hicks Pool Thursday afternoon and found 24-year-old Justin Duarte of Tampa in his mighty morphin’ outfit, preparing to drive away. Officers reported finding two realistic looking fake handguns after searching Duarte. They bore no resemblance to the…

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