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New laws in 2016 show states are diverging on guns, voting

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 Laws taking effect at the start of the new year show states diverging on some hot-button issues. Restrictions on carrying guns eased in Texas, for example, but got tighter in California. It is easier to register to vote in Oregon, but there is another step to take at the polls in North Carolina. The opposing directions in the states reflect a nation with increasingly polarized politics. In the debate over gun control, both sides say their arguments are strengthened by…

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Pinellas County looking out for its pets this Halloween

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Halloween’s a blast. We all know that. It used to just be for kids, but now everyone grabs some jollies this time of year. Who doesn’t love to dress up and pretend like they’e someone they’re not, but, deep down, wish they always were? Better yet, who, with pets, doesn’t love to dress those little furry suckers up for Halloween and snap a few shots for the Book, or the Gram? Also, and at the risk of sounding like a…

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Friends, family, pets, lend me your paws!

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(With apologies to William Shakespeare.) Friends, family, other pets, lend me your paws. I come to bury Truffles, not to praise him. The barking that dogs do lives after them: The good is oft interred with their favorite bones. So let it be with Truffles. My noble Mother Hath told you Truffles was rambunctious. If it were so, it was a grievous fault, And grievously hath Truffles answered it. He hath brought home many chew toys home Whose ransoms did…

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