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Magic Johnson visits Tallahassee to talk up Medicaid managed care

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Magic Johnson visited with Senate Democrats Monday to praise Medicaid managed care programs that are using town hall meetings and church outreach to steer HIV, dental, geriatric, and other health care to poor people in 60 Florida counties. The programs have served 9,500 people with HIV during the past four years, Johnson said. Moreover, “our providers and our doctors look like the patients they serve. That’s very important, because they can serve them better, understand their needs,” Johnson said, providing “the…

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67-year broadcasting career of Vin Scully drawing to close

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Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully thanked Los Angeles Dodgers fans for making him feel like an 8-year-old again every time they cheer. The crowd, in turn, saluted Scully with a loud roar and multiple standing ovations on his appreciation night Friday. Holding hands with wife Sandi, he walked slowly from the dugout along a blue carpet dotted with the team’s logo to a stage set up in front of home plate for the pre-game ceremony honoring his 67 years…

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Simone Manuel’s gold medal is not just for her

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When she was 11, Simone Manuel came home and asked her mother a question: Why weren’t there more people who looked like her in swimming? Mom didn’t have an answer. “We got on the internet and did some searches and we came up with some information,” Sharron Manuel said. “At that moment she really realized she was OK with who she was. It was important for me to do that for her because even at that time I saw she…

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Present-day NBA draft has both the good and the bad

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On Thursday, the NBA held their annual player draft in Brooklyn, NY. There were no huge surprises or blockbuster trades. Far from the spectacle of the NFL draft where 7 rounds stretch over three days (thanks to ESPN), professional basketball lasts only two rounds and is completed in about 5 hours. The NBA draft is actually closer to calling players up from the minor leagues than elevating college players. While NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell mostly announces the names of college…

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Magic Johnson lends an assist to Kendrick Meek

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A Message from Magic Johnson for Kendrick Meek: Dear Friend, I know what it’s like to lead a team to a thrilling victory. And I know what it’s like to work hard to help your family get ahead. That’s why no matter how often Kendrick Meek says he’s one of my biggest fans, I will always say I’m a bigger fan of his. I jumped at the chance to help out his campaign, and now I’m honored to give three…

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Kendrick Meek launches contest for supporters to meet basketball legend Magic Johnson

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Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate Kendrick Meek is launching a contest today where supporters who sign up for the campaign’s text message program will be entered in a contest where the winner will have the opportunity to meet basketball legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson at a May 5, 2010, event in Miami.  Floridians who text MAGIC to 35736 prior to midnight on May 4, 2010, will automatically be entered to win the contest. Supporters can also sign up at the campaign web site…

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Magic Johnson to dish fundraising assist to Kendrick Meek

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