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To honor John Kennedy’s centennial, Tampa Theatre to screen “JFK in Tampa” Wednesday

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Next Monday, May 29, John F. Kennedy, the nation’s 35th President, would have turned 100 years old. To commemorate that anniversary, the Tampa Theatre will screen Wednesday night (one night only), “JFK in Tampa,” Lynn Marvin Dingfelder‘s Emmy Award winning 2013 documentary on Kennedy’s visit to Tampa Nov. 18, 1963, four days before his assassination in Dallas. Dingfelder obtained footage of Kennedy’s appearance in Tampa from a visit to the Kennedy Library in Boston. That footage (later transferred digitally) was something no one else in Tampa…

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Personnel note: John Kennedy now with FLORIDA Channel

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More evidence that you can’t keep a good man down: Former Palm Beach Post capital correspondent John Kennedy is now The FLORIDA Channel‘s newest on-air reporter. “We are very pleased that John’s solid, well-tested reporting skills will continue to help Floridians understand the workings of state government and the decisions made in Tallahassee,” Beth Switzer, its executive director, said Tuesday. Kennedy started this week. The New Haven, Connecticut native has been reporting in Tallahassee for decades; he also was the Orlando Sentinel’s Tallahassee bureau chief from…

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Joe Henderson to the Palm Beach Post: Are you freaking crazy?

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In 2003, then-Gov. Jeb Bush punished reporters from the Tallahassee bureau of the Palm Beach Post by canceling their invitation to his year-end interview session. His staff cited the “unprofessional behavior” while dealing with some of Bush’s officials, but the paper suspected it was in retaliation for critical reporting on Bush’s pet school vouchers program. I’m betting on the latter. As a career newspaper guy until my own paper, The Tampa Tribune, folded in May, I always admired the Post.…

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Cox Newspapers’ founder spins in his grave as lights go out at The Palm Beach Post

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Florida’s Ministries of Disinformation got an early Christmas present from Santa in Atlanta when Cox Newspapers pulled the plug on the Tallahassee Bureau of The Palm Beach Post and laid off its lone remaining ranger, veteran newsman John Kennedy. The Cox media empire was born in Dayton, Ohio in an era when men with political ambitions could make a fortune and make their way to the Governor’s Mansion from a basecamp in the news business. In 1920, Gov. James M.…

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Palm Beach Post closes capital bureau, lets John Kennedy go

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Palm Beach Post capital reporter John Kennedy says he’s no longer working for the paper as the newspaper has shuttered its Tallahassee bureau. Kennedy, a Capitol Press Corps veteran who nonetheless kept an impressive head of hair, announced the news Friday on Facebook—15 days before Christmas. “The paper’s future is local and digital, and coverage of the goings-on in the state Capitol don’t meld as well with this direction,” he wrote. “The Post has been gracious. And we’re working on…

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Donald Trump’s Thanksgiving trip will focus attention on small, wealthy Palm Beach; stepped up security on tap

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When Donald Trump arrives at his Mar-a-Lago resort for Thanksgiving, it won’t be the first time a president-elect has used Palm Beach as his vacation refuge. John Kennedy‘s family estate, known during his term as the Winter White House, is seven miles north at the other end of Ocean Drive. Like Kennedy’s visits, Trump’s trips to Palm Beach will bring increased attention, some unwanted, to this wealthy enclave of about 10,000 people, a number that triples in the winter. The…

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In Florida, a shifting Cuban vote could be the difference

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Francis Suarez comes from a long line of civic and political leaders who have formed the Republican bedrock in south Florida’s Cuban community for a half century. Yet the 38-year-old Miami city commissioner hasn’t decided whether he will vote for his party’s presidential nominee. He’s not alone. Many Cuban-Americans are expressing solidarity with other Latin-Americans who see Donald Trump as anti-Hispanic. Still others hear in Trump’s nationalistic populism echoes of the government strongmen they once fled. “There are aspects of…

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