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Unfriended? Divisive presidential campaign roils Facebook

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Some friends don’t let friends talk politics anymore on Facebook. Others are on “unfriending” sprees. And some, such as Adolfo Olivas of Hamilton, Ohio, have decided to just shut down their accounts, as the divisive presidential campaign causes a deluge of news feeds amid photos of smiling kids’ first day of school and what’s on the grill for dinner. The last straw for the former Republican mayor came after GOP nominee Donald Trump‘s criticism of fellow Gold Star parents, the…

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Dan Coats says Donald Trump hasn’t made up his mind on VP

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The Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign ahead of the Republican and Democratic national conventions (all times EDT): 1:30 p.m. Indiana Sen. Dan Coats says Donald Trump hasn’t made up his mind about who to select as his running mate. Coats told The Associated Press Wednesday that he spoke with Gov. Mike Pence late Tuesday — one of the names on Trump’s shortlist of potential running mates — and Pence told him there’s still no decision. “I think he’s the…

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Shooting of Dallas officers spurs acts of kindness to police

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The Dallas shooting that killed five officers has spurred an outpouring of support for police, not only in Texas but hundreds of miles away. Around the country, people have showed up at local departments with flowers, sent social media messages or called to say thanks. They delivered coffee, pizzas, cakes and moments of solace for officers grieving after the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. SHARED SORROW One after another, members of the public…

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Charles Billi gone from WTSP

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WTSP Channel 10 reporter and anchor Charles Billi is no longer working for the station. His last day on the job was reportedly January 31. According to The Florida News Center inside sources said Billi had been off the air for the past few weeks even though he only officially announced leaving Tuesday on Facebook. Billi was reportedly sitting out the duration of his contract. Sources told The Florida News Center Billi’s contract was not renewed due to creative differences…

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St. Pete nonprofit to host major global journalism convention

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A local nonprofit that frequently hosts journalists from all over the world has been selected to lead this year’s Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists. The seven-day event will host 100 journalists from more than 80 countries. World Partnerships, Inc. is a St. Pete-based nonprofit that partners with the U.S. Department of State to facilitate meetings between professionals abroad and those in the United States. Its International Visitor Leadership Program has been considered the United States’ most prestigious professional exchange program since 2000.…

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WTSP’s Mike Deeson takes home 2015 Sunshine State Journalist of the Year award

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WTSP reporter Mike Deeson has been named the 2015 Sunshine State Journalist of the Year by the Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Pro Chapter. Deeson also nabbed several other awards for his work uncovering deception within the ranks of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority. Deeson’s series of investigative reports about a Department of Homeland Security grant that was misused by PSTA earned him several other awards as well, including the First Amendment Foundation’s Freedom of Information Award, the Government Coverage Award, Continuing Coverage Award…

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Tampa Bay Times finally bundles print subscriptions with online access

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The Tampa Bay Times is “changing” its subscription options. In an email, CEO Paul Tash announced the new “Total Access” package that allows subscribers to get both the print edition and unlimited access to the paper’s web content. “We are bundling what had been separate subscriptions – print and digital – into a combined and convenient package,” Tash wrote in an email to subscribers. What the “Total Access” plan means is, those who choose to have paper delivery to their…

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