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Rays eliminated from postseason with loss to Yanks

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Aaron Hicks robbed Wilson Ramos of a first-inning grand slam in the outfielder’s return from the disabled list, and the playoff-bound New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-1 Tuesday night to clinch home-field advantage if they end up in the AL wild-card game next week. Tampa Bay’s first three batters reached against rookie Jordan Montgomery (9-7), and Hicks leaped at the 385-foot sign in right-center to get his glove above the wall. He squeezed the webbing tight, preventing the…

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For Donald Trump, the 1980s still hold relevance

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Bobby Knight. Don King. Sylvester Stallone. Many of President-elect Donald Trump‘s cultural touchstones, which he’d frequently name-drop at campaign rallies and on Twitter, were at their peak in the 1980s — the decade Trump’s celebrity status rose in New York, Trump Tower was built, “The Art of the Deal” was published and he first flirted with running for public office. The “Go Go 1980s” of New York were spurred by Wall Street’s rise. It was a brash decade in which…

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Fla. House GOP nominates Richard Corcoran as speaker

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As expected, Florida House Republicans Monday formally nominated state Rep. Richard Corcoran as the House Speaker for the next two years. The chamber’s GOP majority met the day before the Legislature’s biennial Organization Session, where he will be officially selected. Republican Leader Ray Rodrigues nominated Corcoran, with a second from Pasco County’s Chris Sprowls, the likely Speaker for 2020-22. The Land O’ Lakes Republican will lead the House up to the 2018 election. In brief remarks, Corcoran told the chamber he would always try to remember…

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Tampa Bay Times settles suit with Jeff Greene

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The Tampa Bay Times settled a libel suit filed against it by Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene, the newspaper reported Thursday. The terms of that settlement were not released. “We have been in this legal standoff for nearly six years,” Times Editor Neil Brown said in a statement. “The settlement represents our insurance company’s calculation of acceptable legal expenses. “On the central dispute, the Times does not retract or correct our coverage, nor will we limit any future reporting,” he added.…

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Whither Jeff Greene’s lawsuit against the Tampa Bay Times?

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The last week of April has come and gone without a trial on billionaire Jeff Greene‘s libel suit against the Tampa Bay Times. “We have a trial date set for the end of April,” Times attorney Alison Steele told FloridaPolitics.com last month. With no trial, is a settlement in the offing? Greene already settled last month with The Miami Herald, the Times’ co-defendant in the case. The terms of that arrangement weren’t disclosed. On Friday, Steele was mum and didn’t return calls. Greene’s attorney, Lin Wood…

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UK lawmakers to debate banning Donald Trump

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British lawmakers are due Monday to debate a call for U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump to be banned from the U.K. over his remarks about Muslims — though the government is unlikely to bar the divisive Republican Party contender. More than 500,000 people have signed an online petition calling for Trump to be blocked for “hate speech” after he called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States in the wake of attacks by extremists Under British law…

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Jeff Greene is continuing libel suit against Times, Herald

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Billionaire Jeff Greene‘s libel suit against the Tampa Bay Times and Miami Herald newspapers is still on after a court-ordered mediation in the case didn’t result in a settlement. Times attorney Alison Steele, a partner in the St. Petersburg law firm of Rahdert, Steele, Reynolds & Driscoll, told Florida Politics on Tuesday that Steele also has filed an amended complaint in his lawsuit. The new filing “amplified his allegations of a joint venture by the Times and Herald to derail Greene’s Senate candidacy,” she said…

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