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Ryan Lochte apologizes, but sticks with robbery claim

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What in the name of Ryan Lochte is going on?  It depends upon whom you ask. The former Gator is swimming in controversy. Too bad it’s not coming from the pool. By now most have heard the story, or at least portions of it. Lochte and Olympic teammates Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen headed into Rio for a night of heavy drinking after the swimming competition had concluded. Lochte told NBC the group was robbed by armed gunmen posing…

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A wrestler, a website and maybe a billionaire go to the mat

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Is Hulk Hogan‘s courtroom cage match with Gawker being bankrolled by a high-tech billionaire with a grudge against the news-and-gossip site? Two months after Hogan won a $140 million invasion-of-privacy verdict against Gawker for posting a sex tape of him, news reports say the pro wrestler is secretly backed by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Peter Thiel. Thiel, who co-founded PayPal and was an early investor in Facebook, was outed as gay by a Gawker-owned website in 2007, and the Gawker…

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Today on Context Florida: Mourning the Tampa Tribune, never Donald Trump and forgetting American history and values

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Today on Context Florida: Sports writer Gary Shelton, a veteran of the Tampa Bay Times, talks about his feeling of loss for the Tampa Tribune, a formal rival that shut down this week. When you look at your doorstep, a doorstep that may be emptier than yesterday, Shelton says to lift your cup for a newspaper that died young. Martin Dyckman also reminisces about the Tampa Tribune and its fine journalists. He’s not sure which was the bigger shock — the…

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Hulk Hogan sex-video verdict could have limited impact

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Hulk Hogan‘s $140 million courtroom victory against Gawker for posting a sex tape of the former pro wrestler was many things, including a lurid inside look at the business of celebrity gossip and a dispute over what constitutes newsworthiness. But legal experts generally agree on what it wasn’t: a serious threat to the First Amendment. At this point, it is only a jury verdict, and an appeals court could reduce it or throw it out altogether. Even if it is…

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‘Jersey Shore’ cast looking for better deal

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TMZ is reporting that negotiations for the second season of the reality hit, Jersey Shore, have hit a snag. The unexpectedly popular MTV series has taken the nation by storm, so it’s no doubt they want to continue the magic. Sources close to the contract negotiations are saying that the cast is sticking together “Friends Style” and making sure everyone is paid the same per episode. As it stands, MTV wants to keep them at a $10,000 signing bonus, and…

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