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Hundreds of thousands flee Florida coast to escape Matthew’s fury

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Hundreds of thousands of anxious people boarded up their homes and businesses and grabbed a few belongings to flee inland as Hurricane Matthew gained strength and roared toward the Southeast seaboard on Thursday. In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott said the state, its skies already darkening from early outer rain bands of the life-threatening storm, could be facing its “biggest evacuation ever” as Matthew menaces almost all the state’s Atlantic coast. As people hurried for higher ground, authorities in South Carolina…

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Today on Context Florida: Another day in America, “God isn’t fixing this” and Trump enablers

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Today on Context Florida: Just another day in the United States of America: “Another day of gunfire, panic and fear. This time in the city of San Bernardino in California, where a civic building was apparently under attack.” That, says Martin Dyckman, was the voice, tinged with sorrow and shock, of a BBC reporter describing yet another day in America. Just another year in America, whose homicide rate of 5 per 100,000 is the third highest among the 36 member nations…

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Despite community outcry, Tampa Bay Times columnist Ernest Hooper defends Bob Buckhorn

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Following the May 31 shooting death of 14-year-old Edward Harris, I wrote about Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s statement following the tragedy. “These young people, if they want to end up a statistic, either incarcerated or dead, the choice is theirs,” Buckhorn told the Times.  “Either get out of the life and find good role models, or you end up in the street in a pool of blood at age 14. That’s the reality.” The statement came across as cold and out…

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Times’ editorial compares targeted bike citations to homicides in Tampa

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The Tampa Bay Times is not backing down on its investigative report showing Tampa Police actively target individuals for minor bike thefts. The report uncovered citations issued to bike rule-violators overwhelmingly went to minority riders in low-income areas. The report documented personal stories from people in communities like East Tampa and West Tampa near North Boulevard Homes. One person had his bike confiscated because he couldn’t produce a receipt showing he had purchased it. I don’t ride my bike with…

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Online petition calls for Bob Buckhorn to publicly apologize for Edward Harris shooting comment

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Community activists are calling on Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn to apologize to the family of a 14-year-old who was gunned down late last month for inappropriate comments he made immediately following the shooting. Edward Harris was fatally shot in Woodland Terrace Park by an unknown shooter in a passing vehicle. Harris was transported to Tampa General Hospital, where he died from his injury. Buckhorn responded to the neighborhood to speak with residents in the community. While there, he spoke with…

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