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Florida’s Luke Del Rio wins Sunshine State award after beating Kentucky

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It didn’t  take long for Luke Del Rio to show the University of Florida faithful that he’s someone to believe in. Del Rio, a transfer from Alabama through Oregon State, has lit it up through two games for the Gators. He’s thrown for 576 yards and six touchdowns, and led Florida to a 2-0 start. If nothing else, Del Rio has proven he won’t be the weak link to Florida’s offense. For that start, Del Rio has been named the…

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For the 30th straight season, Florida beats Kentucky in football

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In life, there are things you know are going to happen. The sun is going to rise in the east. Noise is going to come on the radio. Your kids are going to listen to the worst-possible music. Oh, yeah. And Florida is going to have its way with the Kentucky football team. It happened again Saturday. For the last 30 seasons in a row, Florida has beaten Kentucky, usually handily. This time, it was 45-7, and it seemed to…

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Yesterday’s hero: When Kentucky’s football team almost upset Flordia

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It is a streak almost three decades old. If a Florida fan was born in 1987 or later, he has never experienced losing to Kentucky. But, oh, there have been some close calls. Sure, Florida has seasons where the game was one-sided. The Gators have won 73-7 in 1994, and 65-0 in 1996, and 63-6 in 2008. In 20 of the 29 victories, Florida has scored 35 points or more. Then there was 1993. You know, the year of “Doering’s…

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DIVIDED AMERICA: Evangelicals feel alienated, anxious

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Pastor Richie Clendenen stepped away from the pulpit, microphone in hand. He walked the aisles of the Christian Fellowship Church, his voice rising to describe the perils believers face in 21st-century America. “The Bible says in this life you will have troubles, you will have persecutions. And Jesus takes it a step further: You’ll be hated by all nations for my name’s sake,” he said. “Let me tell you,” the minister said, “that time is here.” EDITOR’S NOTE — This…

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Mosquito trap maker can’t meet demand amid Zika outbreak

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The “enormous demand” created by the international Zika epidemic for traps used to monitor mosquitoes that carry the virus caught their German manufacturer off-guard, two company officials said Friday. According to Biogents’ only U.S. distributor, a backlog affects 1,950 traps ordered by governments and private businesses in Florida, Ohio, Kentucky and a few other states. “Yes, unfortunately, we have indeed a problem with the enormous demand of the traps due to the Zika outbreak,” Biogents board member Martin Geier confirmed…

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Darryl Paulson: It’s time to let more felons vote in Florida

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Few things divide voters more than giving criminals the right to vote, even if they are former criminals. The issue will likely receive additional attention with the decision by Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe to use his executive power to extend voting rights to all 206,000 felons in his state. Even murderers, rapists and other violent felons will have their voting rights restored. Critics raise several objections. First, they say the governor, acting alone, does not have the authority to…

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Mitch Perry Report for 4.4.16 – Time to play ball

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If the Tampa Bay Rays ever get a new, retractable domed stadium somewhere in the Tampa Bay area, days like Sunday are the days that stadium’s roof would be open. You couldn’t get better weather conditions to kick off the 2016 Major League Baseball season here, where the Rays dropped their home opener to the outstanding Toronto Blue Jays, who some experts predict could be in the World Series this fall. I’ll avoid writing about what a big drop off…

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