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Wael Odeh fights Islamophobia as he vies for a Temple Terrace City Council seat

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Civil engineer Wael Odeh had been campaigning for months in his effort to win one of the two open seats on the Temple Terrace City Council on Nov. 8 when his candidacy became a national story last week, thanks to an anonymous letter designed to sow doubts about his character because of his Muslim beliefs. The 56-year-old Odeh was born in East Jerusalem in the Palestinian territories and moved to the U.S. at the age of 18, where he attended…

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Judicial history that changed government and life

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At a Wednesday night book signing for “50 Years of Justice,” a look at the history of the Federal Court Middle District of Florida, author James M. Denham noted that the district, which stretches from Jacksonville to Fort Myers with federal courthouses in Jacksonville, Ocala, Orlando Tampa and Fort Myers, has been responsible for numerous rulings that changed government and society. A meticulous researcher, Denham is professor of history at Florida Southern College in Lakeland and is director of the…

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