Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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1845: Florida became the 27th state.

1931: The Star-Spangled Banner became the national anthem of the United States.

1974: A Turkish Airlines DC-10 crashed shortly after takeoff from Orly Airport in Paris, killing all 346 people on board. A faulty cargo door had blown open.

1991: Motorist Rodney King was severely beaten by Los Angeles police officers in a scene captured on amateur video.

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Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri denounces family separation at border, blames Congress for inaction

Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri denounces family separation at border, blames Congress for inaction

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri this week denounced the federal government's practice of separating children from their families at the border as "devastating" while calling on Congress to pass laws to slow the flow of undocumented immigrants e...
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Candidates rush to fill void left by Murmanís withdrawal from District 7

Candidates rush to fill void left by Murmanís withdrawal from District 7

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Tech Data sending a record 700 employees to march in Pride Parade

Tech Data sending a record 700 employees to march in Pride Parade

Among the marching bands and twirlers at Saturdayís St. Pete Pride Parade, one major sponsor, Tech Data, is sending by far a record number of employees ó more than 700 at last count ó to march in Floridaís largest gay pride parade.The parade, which d...
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RuPaulís Drag Race star Coco Montrese on St. Pete Pride, the Pulse shooting and compassion from police

RuPaulís Drag Race star Coco Montrese on St. Pete Pride, the Pulse shooting and compassion from police

Coco Montrese is best known as the RuPaulís Drag Race Season 5 lip-sync queen who came back a record four times to win with fierce performances. But longtime Tampa Bay drag performer Kori Stevens just calls Coco a "hometown girl." As head of entertai...
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Leading Democrat challenging Bilirakis in Congress calls for investigation into Trumpís policy separating migrant children

Leading Democrat challenging Bilirakis in Congress calls for investigation into Trumpís policy separating migrant children

The leading Democrat running to unseat Republican congressman Gus Bilirakis in District 12 called on Congress Tuesday to form a joint oversight committee to investigate potential civil violations within the Trump administration's zero ...
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They usually avoid controversy, but every living first lady has condemned border separations

They usually avoid controversy, but every living first lady has condemned border separations

Every living first lady - including Melania Trump - has condemned the policy of separating immigrant families caught illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. It is a rare moment of bipartisan unity from the women who make up the small sorority of p...
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Tampa Bay Timesí all-Tampa Bay boys soccer players of the year

Tampa Bay Timesí all-Tampa Bay boys soccer players of the year

Hillsborough player of the year: F Eric Ugarte, Sr., Plant CityThe numbers: Ugarte scored 21 goals and added 11 assists to lead the Raiders to their first state title in soccer. He scored 71 goals in his career.Something about Eric: The skilled ...
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Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rays continue to struggle in close games

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rays continue to struggle in close games

The Rays blow a four-run lead in Houston and lose on a walkoff hit to the Astros in the opener of their three-game series. It's the 19th one-run loss for the Rays this season as they continue to struggle in close games. Fortunately, reinforcements ar...
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Strange's advice for Koepka: Study up on Willie Anderson

Strange's advice for Koepka: Study up on Willie Anderson

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Jury deliberations begin in Mafia Don 'Cadillac Frank' trial

Jury deliberations begin in Mafia Don 'Cadillac Frank' trial

Jurors have begun deliberating in the case of an 84-year-old former New England Mafia boss charged with killing a nightclub owner in 1993
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