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Politicians can learn lesson from LeRoy Collins’ balance of public, private speech

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Thanks to Vladimir Putin‘s hackers and his outlets in the American press, we know that Hillary Clinton said different things in public and in private. Imagine that. But I suspect that you couldn’t find very many politicians (or other people, for that matter) who don’t speak differently depending on who’s listening. Money could safely be wagered that what legislators say to their spouses about guns, abortion and the death penalty does not necessarily reflect how they vote. Some politicians are…

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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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‘Strong Inside’ a compelling look at race and college sports in the South

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Many Americans are familiar with the famed pioneers of racial integration in sports — Jackie Robinson with the Dodgers, or Althea Gibson at Wimbledon. But after the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, many lesser-known African-American athletes also became firsts in their sport, and faced a lonely and sometimes terrifying road. One of them was Perry Wallace. Wallace, who began playing basketball for Vanderbilt in 1967, was the first black player in the Southeast Conference. Even before he accepted…

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St. Pete may be diverse, but data show its neighborhoods are still segregated

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St. Pete is a diverse city. City leaders love to tout that. But a new data analysis shows that St. Pete is also still highly segregated. founder and statistician Nate Silver looked at U.S. Census data to determine which of the nation’s most populous cities had segregated neighborhoods. A look at those cities in Southern states showed St. Pete topping the list in terms of segregation. While the Sunshine City has a diversity rating of 54 percent, it’s neighborhood…

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