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Pulse nightclub massacre is Florida’s top story of 2016

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The massacre of 49 patrons of the Pulse nightclub in Orlando has been voted Florida’s top story of 2016. The state’s newspaper editors said in an Associated Press poll that the second-biggest story of the year was Florida resident Donald Trump‘s defeat of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in Florida by 1.3 percentage points in the presidential race. Florida’s two hurricanes, the impact of Cuban leader Fidel Castro‘s death and an outbreak of the Zika virus tied for third place. In…

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Can we just get 2016 over with, please?

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When the news came on Christmas Day that singer George Michael had died, well … can we get this year completed, please? Just this month alone, we have lost actor Alan Thicke, astronaut/hero John Glenn, actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, former Florida Lieutenant Gov. Jim Williams, broadcaster Craig Sager and musician Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake and Palmer fame. This was after Keith Emerson of the same band died in March. We had to say goodbye this year to former first…

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How a major league pitcher became a victim of a major hurricane

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When hurricanes strike Florida, sports fade on the priority list as they should. Hurricane Matthew has done significant damage, but fortunately our state avoided a catastrophe. A few sports events, such as LSU vs. Florida, were postponed, but other than that the lives of athletes or programs suffered no lasting damage. Matthew was thought to possess the threat for damage equal to that of Hurricane Andrew in 1992. In the end, whether in sports or real life, there is no…

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Trying to make sense of the Jose Fernandez tragedy

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We’ll never know how many games Jose Fernandez would have won, or how many post season games or all-star games he would have enjoyed. Perhaps he would have wound up in Cooperstown or had another appointment with an orthopedic surgeon conducting another Tommy John surgery. All we know for sure is God gave him some natural ability, which he did not take for granted. He was becoming one of the game’s dominating pitchers and enjoying it all the while. Fernandez…

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.26.16 – Keeping everything in perspective

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I’m not about to be a spoilsport and say that presidential debates are overrated as the history shows there have been very few since they began being held regularly in 1976 which have significantly moved voters. The first debate in 2000 between Al Gore and George W. Bush definitely changed some things. That’s the one, you might recall, where Gore was okay on substance but horrible on style (with his sighs and eye-rolling).The revelation about Bush’s DUI arrest that Fox News broke five…

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Marlins deal the first of many this weekend

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The Miami Marlins got the final weekend of non-waiver trading underway on Friday. In desperate need of starting pitching for a run at the playoffs, Miami landed starting pitchers Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea from the San Diego Padres just two days before the trade deadline. Miami made the deal without giving up any of its core lineup, but gave up pitchers Jarred Cosart and Carter Capps and two minor league players. The Marlins are hoping the two can join…

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USF/FSU NCAA stories involve Courtney Williams

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The second round of the NCAA Women’s Tournament continues on Monday with eight games set to decide the final qualifiers for the Sweet 16. Two of those games feature South Florida and Florida State with each having an opportunity to reach the Sweet 16, but must win on the road to do so. No. 5 seed Florida State is in College Station, Texas, to take on fourth-seeded Texas A&M on the their home floor. The Seminoles advanced with a 72-55…

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