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Uhuru activists rally against “pigs” at Tamir Rice protest

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A group of about 20 Uhuru movement activists took to the Central Avenue transit Center in St. Pete to share their outrage over the latest turn in events in the police shooting of Tamir Rice. The 12-year old boy was shot to death by police in Ohio while playing in a park with a toy gun. A grand jury failed to return an indictment on the officer who killed him despite public outrage over the incident in which the officer…

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Following spike in murders, Rick Kriseman to march against gun violence

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman will be holding a march against gun violence on Friday, beginning at 5 p.m. Things will start-off at the police station, 1300 First Ave. N, and finish at the “Love Your Neighborhood” mural, at 22nd Street and First Avenue S. Citizens are encouraged to join. The demonstration is following six shooting deaths in South St. Pete over the past six weeks. The most recent was Thursday morning, when a 17-year-old was killed on the 1800 block of…

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GOP Senate candidates from Florida, please say something (anything) on gun violence

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After two assailants opened fire Wednesday on a holiday party in San Bernardino, leaving 14 people dead and 21 wounded, public outrage over gun violence is reaching a fevered pitch across the country. For many, silence is no longer an unacceptable option – irrespective of political party affiliation. Americans are starting to demand accountability, not only for the shootings in Colorado Springs and the latest one in California, but also for a seemingly intractable nationwide problem of gun violence. In…

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Hours after Colorado shooting, Annette Taddeo’s political opportunism is in full force

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After Friday’s shooting at a Planned Parenthood facility, Democrats across the country are jumping at the opportunity to politicize the five-hour standoff that left three people dead, including a University of Colorado police officer. One of the first to capitalize on the attack – even before police determine a motive – was South Florida congressional candidate Annette Taddeo. Officials in Colorado have just begun to collect evidence – and have yet to speculate as to what drove 57-year-old Robert Dear to…

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Email insights: HBO to screen ” 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets” at FSU

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The HBO documentary film shot in Jacksonville that tells the story of the Jordan Davis shooting and the trial of Michael Dunn will screen on the Florida State University campus this weekend before it premieres on national television next week. In an e-blast, the group Generation Progress has announced the screening in cooperation with HBO, the Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus, the Florida State University chapter of the NAACP, along with the League of Women Voters of Florida State…

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Today on Context Florida: Dying vote spirit, curbing gun violence and Northwest Florida goodwill

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Today on Context Florida: The run for the presidency is a bust for both parties and Marc Yacht says there’s something missing from American politics of late. Flag wavers wave as the candidates appear amid the usual rah-rah atmosphere ginned by political diehard groupies. But as Yacht sees it, the “vote spirit” that’s so much a part of the nation’s political process seems to be dying. Fewer care and it shows in low voter turnout. Catherine Durkin Robinson offers 11 concrete…

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Donald Trump on Oregon shootings: ‘You’re always going to have problems’

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Friday said the most recent campus shooting in Oregon could have happened anywhere, adding that there are already “very strong laws on the books” to address gun violence. Trump joined MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program by phone – his 13th time on the show, either in person or on the phone, since declaring himself a candidate for 2016. He spoke the day after a 26-year-old man walked into a morning class at Umpqua Community College in rural Oregon and opened fire,…

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