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Tampa’s I-75 Confederate flag is one man’s mission

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Marion Lambert is unapologetic about the abundance of Confederate flags that surround him. A faded pillow with the flag’s print sits on the porch chair of his quirky urban farm in South Tampa, an area known more for craft beers and gluten-free brunch. He’s got a sticker with the red-and-blue battle flag and the words “I ain’t coming down” affixed near the shopworn light switch in the building that holds his farm’s free-range eggs. And in his barn, there’s a…

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Starbucks chairman questions country’s ‘moral fiber’

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Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz says the events surrounding a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend have put the “moral fiber” of the country in question.

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Racial feud erupts as Republicans fight “unstoppable” Donald Trump

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The final-days sprint to Super Tuesday has erupted into a feud over a white supremacist as Donald Trump‘s Republican rivals scramble to stop the billionaire businessman from becoming an “unstoppable” force in the 2016 presidential contest. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio continued to hammer the GOP front-runner’s character and lack of policy specifics in a series of attacks Sunday while courting voters across the South. But it was Trump’s refusal to denounce an implicit endorsement from former Ku Klux Klan…

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Pinellas Park church’s “white privilege” message draws ire from closet racists

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A church in Pinellas Park is catching flack for a message on its sign calling on white people to use their “privilege” to fight injustice. The reference to white privilege has a bunch of white people in a tizzy claiming, get this, that it’s discriminatory. Yep, you read that right. Some people think a church wanting to fight institutional racism is discriminating against white people. This is probably one of the reasons Pinellas Park, despite having some quite lovely neighborhoods,…

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A hero in war and fife        

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JJ Corbett is a hero of World War II, but, more importantly, he is a hero of the human spirit. He served on a mission kept so secret that only in the last decade or two have the American citizens known of it. And he was injured on that mission. But Corbett, now 92, from Bartow, was never allowed to fight overseas because of his color and the political climate of the time. He was a member of the 555th…

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Martin Dyckman: As rhetoric descends, up pops evil

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John Kasich has taken heat for a web ad that subtly compares Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. Narrated by a former Vietnam POW, retired Air Force Col. Tom Moe, it paraphrases German pastor Martin Niemoller’s famous statement of regret that he did not speak up for the tyrant’s victims until he became one “and there was no one left to speak for me.” Hitler analogies should be rare and expressed carefully lest comparisons to lesser evils trivialize his monstrosities. Too…

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Today on Context Florida: Fantasy sports, Rick Scott’s lone success and Missouri protests & the First Amendment

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Today on Context Florida: Peter Schorsch warns that banning daily fantasy sports, by putting it in the category of illegal gambling, might just be throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Fantasy sports is as popular as Buffalo wings and cold beer. A report in Fortune shows that 57 million North Americans are betting $465 a year each on fantasy sports, making it a $27 billion business. But what does the holier-than-thou crowd want to do? Keep people from playing daily…

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