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Today on Context Florida: Mourning the Tampa Tribune, never Donald Trump and forgetting American history and values

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Today on Context Florida: Sports writer Gary Shelton, a veteran of the Tampa Bay Times, talks about his feeling of loss for the Tampa Tribune, a formal rival that shut down this week. When you look at your doorstep, a doorstep that may be emptier than yesterday, Shelton says to lift your cup for a newspaper that died young. Martin Dyckman also reminisces about the Tampa Tribune and its fine journalists. He’s not sure which was the bigger shock — the…

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Gators and Vols rivalry still fun, but significance is diminished

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With Florida State and Miami enjoying a bye week, the Florida Gators receive added attention as they host the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday. Despite the rebuilding still going on at both schools, it is a rivalry game that still attracts national attention. There was a time not that long ago when the winner of this game was the odds-on favorite to represent the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference in the SEC Championship Game. Unfortunately for the Vols, the Gators…

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Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup; the Lightning did not lose it

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On Thursday, Chicago will have a parade to honor their Stanley Cup champions. Friday would have been a good day to do that in Tampa, but the Blackhawks ruined that plan. Both teams have already cleaned out their home lockers or are in the process of doing so. The Blackhawks, of course, are enjoying their task a bit more than Lightning players. What happened over the past two weeks and what happens over the next few months? Gary Shelton addressed…

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Award-winning sportswriter Gary Shelton joins SaintPetersBlog

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Extensive Enterprises Media is proud to announce the addition of award-winning sports columnist Gary Shelton, who joins the new media group to provide unique insight on the intersection of sports and politics. The Tampa Bay Rays’ stadium saga; the Florida Legislature’s debate over subsidizing sports stadiums; progress on new soccer teams in the state; referendums to attract sports teams to Florida communities; athlete involvement in political campaigns … all of these issues, and many more, will be part of Shelton’s…

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