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Workers place boards around a Confederate monument on Hillsborough County property in Tampa on Thursday, August 17, 2017. It took 24 hours to raise private funds in order to move the statue from its current location.EVE EDELHEIT | Times

In one day, fundraisers reach goal to move Confederate monument from downtown Tampa

TAMPA — Hillsborough County commissioners gave an ultimatum to the people who want a Confederate monument moved from downtown Tampa: Raise half the money yourselves or it stays. You have 30 days. It took 24 hours. A campaign to relocate the statue topped $180,000 by Thursday afternoon, well past the $140,000 goal,  …

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Chris King talking to reporters in Tallahassee

Candidates for governor get emotional talking about their gay siblings

Occasionally in today's hyper-rehearsed and contrived world of political campaigns one witnesses moments that are so honest and real, we can't help but understand we're not just listening to another politician give his or her stump speech; We're listening to a human being who understands personal pain at least as well as we do....

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Robert Blackmon is running against seven other candidates in the District 6 primary

Jim Kennedy endorses City Council candidate Robert Blackmon

Robert Blackmon, one of eight candidates vying for the District 6 seat, has been endorsed by City Council member Jim Kennedy. ...

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ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Aug. 13, 2017

 

With the reopening of schools came all sorts of school related stories -- busted air conditioning, behavior expectation battles, enrollment projection errors and more. Catch up on the week's highlights below. You can keep up with our conversation on Facebook, hear our podcast, and follow our blog to get all the latest Florida education news. All tips, comments and ideas welcome. Know anyone else who'd like to get this weekly roundup or other email updates? Have them send a note to jsolochek@tampabay.com....

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