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Tom Jackson: Torched church inspires conclusion-leapers

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A century-old historically black church in Greenville, Mississippi, was torched Tuesday night, leaving the insides a sad mass of crumbling ashes. Only a vanishing fraction of us wouldn’t agree this is a terrible thing. Awful as it was, however, what made this apparent act of arson newsworthy outside Washington County is this: The apparent perpetrator paused to scrawl “Vote Trump” in silver paint on the outside. Because of that, the FBI has initiated a civil rights investigation. Accordingly, if by…

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Florida Supreme Court agrees to take up slot machine dispute

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The Florida Supreme Court is taking up a long-running legal dispute that could result in slot machines being added at dog and horse tracks across the state. The 1st District Court of Appeal in early October ruled that slot machines couldn’t be installed at a facility west of Tallahassee. But the decision was unusual because the court overturned its own decision. The court had ruled in May that slot machines were allowed because Gadsden County voters approved a referendum authorizing…

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Email insights: Gwen Graham and Petey the Possum campaign in Washington County

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A recent communique from the U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham camp takes a playful approach to making a serious point — possibly a decisive one, when it comes to Florida’s 2nd Congressional District. The freshman Democrat’s spokesman narrated their most recent campaign stop at the Wasau Possum Festival by way of Petey the Possum, a stuffed marsupial that graced the headquarters of Graham for Congress in Tallahassee last year. The festival is a staple of Panhandle politics. Candidates for all manner of local…

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