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Blake Dowling: The official column of hotel tech, Tally, Japan and the FBI

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This past weekend, I attended the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Conference. As usual, it was a very positive experience. It was my 11th consecutive conference, and to be surrounded by so many clients, elected officials, and business partners all in one place is a rare opportunity. Putting differences aside, you can spend a weekend together pushing forward the agenda of making North Florida a better place.

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World jittery about Donald Trump’s ‘America first’ inaugural speech

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President Donald Trump‘s inaugural speech promised “America first” policy led by a forceful executive, in contrast to the coalition building and international conferences which have featured strongly in past administrations. The billionaire businessman and reality television star — the first president who had never held political office or high military rank — promised to stir a “new national pride” and protect America from the “ravages” of countries he says have stolen U.S. jobs. “This American carnage stops right here,” Trump…

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Revelers bid adieu to a year of conflicts, celebrity deaths

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As 2016 draws to a close, revelers around the world are bidding a weary adieu to a year filled with political surprises, prolonged conflicts and deaths of legendary celebrities. How people are ushering in the new year: AUSTRALIA Sydney sent up a dazzling tribute to 2016’s fallen icons with a New Year’s Eve fireworks display honoring the late singer David Bowie and late actor Gene Wilder, becoming the first major city to bid a bittersweet adieu to a turbulent year.…

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St. Pete approves Isla Mujeres, Mexico as new sister city

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St. Petersburg is getting a new Sister City: Isla Mujeres, Mexico. The City Council approved the move Thursday, adding the resort island to the Sister City program that already includes Takamatsu, Japan. Before becoming a sister city, Isla Mujeres had been on the “Friendship City” list alongside St. Petersburg, Russia and Figueres, Spain. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and Isla Mujeres Mayor Agapita Magana plan to make the move official with a signing reception in Isla Mujeres April 28. City…

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St. Petersburg to send 2 students to Takamatsu, Japan

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Know a high school junior living in St. Petersburg who has a penchant for travel? St. Pete is opening its annual application process to send up to two 11th-grade students to its sister city, Takamatsu, Japan. Students interested in applying must complete the city’s official application form, an original essay, a letter to the program’s host family in Japan, class photos, and a copy of their high school transcripts including proof of participation in honors programs and/or their activities. They…

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Japan overcomes Pennsylvania, huge crowd to win LLWS

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Did the Little League World Series Championship Game move from Williamsport, Pa., to Denver? Did they put cork inside the metal bats? Did Cincinnati’s Todd Frazier, the 2015 MLB Home Run Derby Champion, return to launch moon shots as he did for New Jersey in 1998? How else can one describe what happened on Sunday? Tokyo, Japan, won the LLWS on Sunday by the mind-boggling score of 18-11 over a quality team from Lewisberry, Pa. Seven home runs landed in…

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Ag Department says ‘Fresh From Florida’ products in more foreign stores than ever

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Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam made an announcement Tuesday morning that the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service’s well-known “Fresh From Florida” campaign is getting results. According to the announcement Florida-grown fruits and vegetables marketed through the state program now appear in 12,357 retail stores in 26 countries, with more than 4,000 of those stores lying outside the United States. “Florida’s hardworking farmers, growers, ranchers and fishermen produce some of the highest-quality products in the world,” Putnam said in an ebullient statement. Recently released…

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