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Charlie Crist, St. Pete City Councilmembers stand against gun violence

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Former Gov. Charlie Crist, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and four council members took a stand against gun violence Thursday when the Vocal Majority bus tour stopped in the city. The bus tour is the inspiration of former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Navy combat veteran and retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly. Neither Giffords nor Kelly was there. But those who were there carried the anti-gun violence message forward. Kriseman referred to the candlelit ceremony held on…

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Rick Kriseman, St. Pete Council members join call to stop gun violence

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and council members Lisa Wheeler-Bowman and Amy Foster will join the 2016 Vocal Majority Bus Tour Thursday as it stops in the city to call on voters this November to help stop gun violence. The event will be the fourth stop of the 2016 Vocal Majority Tour — a six-week, 14-state national bus tour that stretches until Election Day. The Vocal Majority Tour is traveling to communities in battleground states and districts for grassroots events with…

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Yearlong spacemen embrace fresh, frigid air back on Earth

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Ah, there’s nothing like a blast of fresh, frigid air to welcome you back to the planet after nearly a year cooped up in space. That’s the word from astronaut Scott Kelly, NASA’s space-endurance champ who returned to bitterly cold Kazakhstan on Wednesday, along with his roommate for the past year, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko. In a NASA interview before heading home to Houston, where he arrived early Thursday, Kelly said it was “amazing” to feel the cold air when…

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What to pack for year in space? A ‘superhero utility belt’

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What’s one thing astronaut Scott Kelly can’t do without when he moves into space this week for a year? A belt. Kelly went beltless during his five-month mission at the International Space Station a few years back, and he hated how his shirttails kept floating out of his pants. So this time, the 51-year-old retired Navy captain packed “a military, tactical-style thing” that can hold a tool pouch. Actually, scratch pouch. He prefers “superhero utility belt.” Kelly’s partner on the…

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