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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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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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Elections complaint against St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Scott Wagman dismissed

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The Florida Election Commission has decided that Internet ads used by mayoral candidate Scott Wagman this summer didn’t violate election rules, though the group is recommending that lawmakers clarify how old campaign laws should apply to new media. A complaint had been filed with the commission claiming Wagman’s ads violated elections law because they didn’t include disclaimers declaring them “political advertisement paid for and approved by Scott Wagman for mayor.” The candidate said there wasn’t room on those small, hypertext…

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St. Petersburg Times’ political editor Adam Smith fails to give credit where credit is due

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Two similar national stories about altered photos of Barack Obama, each with a local connection, have captivated both the traditional media and the blogosphere. The first centered around St. Petersburg’s Dr. David McKalip’s e-mailing of a photoshopped picture of Obama depicted as a witch-doctor, the second was about Florida state Rep. Darryl Rouson’s denouncement of the posting on the Pinellas County Republican Party’s Facebook page of a widely disseminated image of Barack Obama painted in whiteface, supposedly to look like a…

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