Sunshine State gubernatorial race heats up
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Sunshine State gubernatorial race heats up

Politics in 2018 is not for the faint of heart. Gubernatorial candidates Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum have been conducting their campaigns with no quarter. The war cries of the candidates’ factions have grown in fervor to the point where DeSantis and Gillum…

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Florida amendment 13 could ban dog-racing
photo courtesy of the Boston Public Library A postcard from the early 20th century depicting greyhound racing in Florida.

Florida amendment 13 could ban dog-racing

This November, Amendment 13 offers a chance for Florida voters to end greyhound racing in the state. Dog-racing has been practiced as a competitive sport in the United States for nearly a century, since the first commercial racetrack was opened in 1919 by Owen Patrick…

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Roxane Gay visits Tampa
photo courtesy of Alessandra Casanova Roxane Gay excerpts of her book to the audience.

Roxane Gay visits Tampa

“It’s okay kids, major in English, it’s going to be fine,” New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist and Hunger Roxane Gay said to a crowd of eager University of South Florida (USF) students. Gay recently graced Tampa with her presence, taking time to…

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Southern white rhino calf born at Lowry Park Zoo
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Southern white rhino calf born at Lowry Park Zoo

Born on Sept. 12, Tampa’s newborn rhino is the sixth successful birth of its kind to take place at ZooTampa, and will spend time bonding with its mother before being introduced to the herd. The calf’s birth contributes to a larger cooperative breeding program that…

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‘Miki Kratsman: People I Met’ at USF Contemporary Art Museum
photo courtesy of Will Lytch Miki Kratsman: People I Met installed at USF Contemporary Art Museum, 2018.

‘Miki Kratsman: People I Met’ at USF Contemporary Art Museum

People I Met is a conceptual mixed-media piece documenting Miki Kratsman's attempt to use Facebook to identify 9,000 Palestinians he took photographs of during his 30 years as a photojournalist for the Israeli newspapers Hadashot and Haaretz. The installation features 2,000 printed portraits hung individually…

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Beach bacteria briefly breach acceptable levels
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Beach bacteria briefly breach acceptable levels

While several no-swim advisories were lifted for Sarasota beaches in the past couple of months, one was reinstated this past Thursday, Sept. 20, at Longboat Key Beach. County health officials revealed that enterococcus bacteria was above an acceptable limit in the waters, likely from natural…

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Note the vote: The high stakes midterm election
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Note the vote: The high stakes midterm election

This November, Florida will be holding an election 20 years in the making, with no less than an astounding 13 amendments on the ballot. This election will see one of the most watched senate races in the country and the most contentious gubernatorial race in…

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Video Renaissance closes after 33 years

Sarasota’s long-standing independent video store and local gathering place, Video Renaissance, known for its eclectic catalogue and staff expertise, will close shop after 33 years in business. Bill Wooldridge opened up its first incarnation as “Cult Video” in 1985, then located on Siesta Key, with…

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The effects of opioid addiction in Sarasota
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The effects of opioid addiction in Sarasota

The effects of the opioid crisis continue to endure in Sarasota. According to the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the leading cause of death in Sarasota among 15-34 year olds is drug abuse. “I think everyone is at risk,” Chief of Campus Police Michael Kessie…

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Liberation Breakfast in Newtown
Image courtesy of Lola Whitworth The Liberation Breakfast is held in Newtown on the third Sunday of every month.

Liberation Breakfast in Newtown

On the third Saturday of every month, the Liberation Breakfast is held in Newtown by Answer Suncoast and the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL). Professionals, students, activists and community organizers gather together at the Newtown Estates Park to provide free breakfast and literature by…

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