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  1. Obama talks youth leadership in first post-presidential public appearance


    CHICAGO — Former President Barack Obama is using his first public appearance since leaving office to talk with students about his experiences as a community organizer in Chicago and how that laid the foundation for his political career.

    Former President Barack Obama waves as he boards a Marine helicopter during a departure ceremony on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington after President Donald Trump was inaugurated. Obama is scheduled to hold the first public event of his post-presidential life Monday, April 24, 2017, in the place where he started his political career. He will speak at the University of Chicago, where his presidential library is planned. [Associated Press]
  2. Democrats say Trump can avert shutdown risk if he relents on wall


    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump could avert the risk of a government shutdown next weekend by stepping back from his demand that lawmakers fund his promised border wall with Mexico in a must-pass spending bill, Congress' two top Democrats said Monday.

    Lawmakers return to Washington this week to a familiar quagmire on health care legislation and a budget deadline dramatized by the prospect of a protracted battle between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats over his border wall. [Associated Press]
  3. 'Harry Potter,' 'La La Land' orchestral concerts coming to Tampa Bay


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    The Florida Orchestra will bring the music of Harry Potter to life with a one-night performance of John Williams' score to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, accompanied by a live screening of the film. The score and screening take place Sept. 30 at the Straz Center for the …

    A scene from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
  4. St. Anthony's Triathlon a return to normalcy, health for Michael Poole


    If the triathlon gods are trying to tell Michael Poole something, he isn't listening. A competitive cyclist from New Zealand who came to Tampa as a 19-year-old to study chemical engineering at USF, he quickly discovered triathlons.

    Michael Poole, a Tampa resident who is originally from New Zealand, is one of the top male professionals in this weekend's St. Anthony̢۪s triathlon. He is working his way back from injury after a car hit him while cycling in July. (Courtesy of St. Anthony's)
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