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FSU’s Dalvin Cook wins Sunshine State Award once more

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One more time, Dalvin Cook. Cook wrapped up the regular season of his junior year – expected to be his last – in a big way Saturday night. Cook rushed for 153 yards against a tough Florida defense and scored his record-setting 45th touchdown. Once again, Cook is the Sunshine State Player of the Week. In three games against the Gators, Cook had 480 yards. Cook had solid competition for this week’s award, most notably from Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya.…

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USF’s dual-threat quarterback Quinton Flowers wins Sunshine Award

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It doesn’t matter whether opponents want to stop USF’s passing game or its running game. Either way, it means stopping the same guy. Quinton Flowers continued his assault on the record books in Saturday night’s 49-42 victory over Memphis, throwing for 263 yards and running for 210. On the season, Flowers is one of two players in the nation with 2,000 yards passing and 1,000 rushing. He is 12th in the nation in rushing and 48th in passing. For his efforts, Flowers…

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Susan Ward: Disability Employment Awareness Month offered reminder that employers need to put differently-abled to work

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Ahh, the Sunshine State — where it’s just another day in paradise and theme parks whisk visitors to fantasies where dreams come true. Problem is the reality isn’t so fancy for the many unemployed Floridians with a disability. Statistics from the Florida Scorecard Research report show that 63 percent of residents with a disability who want to work aren’t working. That’s a particularly disheartening lowlight considering the state last month observed Disability Employment Awareness Month. What gives? Let’s start with…

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A look at Florida, the ‘Always-Close-Election State’

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If recent history is any guidance, Floridians stand a decent chance of going to bed Tuesday night not knowing which presidential candidate won their state; they may even retire Wednesday and Thursday nights in the same condition. Results haven’t been determined on election night in Florida in half of the presidential races since 2000. Four years ago, President Obama wasn’t declared the winner until four days after Election Day, but luckily for the nation, it didn’t matter. In 2000, the…

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USF’s Quentin Flowers wins weekly Sunshine State Award

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He was supposed to be hurt. His team was supposed to play around him. And yet, just like most weeks, Quinton Flowers ran wild. Flowers combined for 395 yards Friday night to lead USF to a 52-45 win over the previously 22nd-ranked Midshipmen. Flowers passed for 219 yards and ran for 176. He accounted for four touchdowns. Flowers has been named as this week’s Sunshine State Award winner. Other players considered for the honor included: Central Florida’s Tre’Quan Smith (who…

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Tourists still flocking to Florida in record numbers for now

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Tourists are flocking to the Sunshine State in record numbers — at least for now. Florida Gov. Rick Scott will announce Friday that 57.4 million tourists visited the state during the first half of 2016. State officials say that’s the highest six-month total ever and a 4.3 percent increase over the year. Visit Florida, the state’s tourism marketing arm, estimates that the record number includes more than 49 million domestic visitors. The rest came to the state from Canada or…

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Donald Trump: Is he the quintessential Florida Man?

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Donald Trump drew thousands to his rallies around the Sunshine State, basking in their adoration, his face glowing like a Florida orange as he anticipated victory. “Florida loves Trump, and I love Florida, so I think I’m going to win Florida,” he repeated. Trump did win Florida on Tuesday, claiming victory with the bravado of someone who survived a particularly hellish South Florida commute. The only actual Floridian in the race — Marco Rubio, a Cuban-American born in South Florida…

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