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MONTREAL — It’s been 20 years, but Donna Callahan can still see and hear them out in front of the house on Groveview Circle in suburban Rochester, N.Y. Her Ryan is on the cul-de-sac with his big brother Mike. So are the Gionta boys: Mike’s buddy Brian and his kid brother, Stephen. Maybe some others join in, but it’s always hockey — street hockey, roller hockey, any hockey.

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Yanks wither under Rays bats in 16-1 rout
Tampa Bay Rays' Ryan Hanigan, center, is congratulated on his two-run home run by teammate Wil Myers in the fourth inning. Both men hit two homers in the game.
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Powered by Ryan Hanigan, Wil Myers and Evan Longoria, the Rays' offense was outstanding again against New York..
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Lena Young Green and her family say they are concerned about the conflicting reports surrounding the death of her husband, Arthur Green Jr.
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Fennelly: Friendly rivalry grows among childhood pals

MONTREAL — It’s been 20 years, but Donna Callahan can still see and hear them out in front of the house on Groveview Circle in suburban Rochester, N.Y. Her Ryan is on the cul-de-sac with his big brother Mike. So are the Gionta boys: Mike’s buddy Brian and his kid brother, Stephen. Maybe some others join in, but it’s always hockey — street hockey, roller hockey, any hockey.

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Stripped Fasano unbowed by ‘schoolyard bully’

Posted Feb 1, 2012 by Tom Jackson

Updated Feb 1, 2012 at 05:56 PM

Fired twice from influential posts in the Republican-led state Senate today, Mike Fasano lashed back at trigger-pulling Senate President Mike Haridopolos, comparing him to a “schoolyard bully.”

The pair are waging a prolonged feud over a leadership plan to privatize Florida’s prisons.  Minutes after Senate leaders called off a vote on the bill because they couldn’t muster the votes necessary to pass it, Haridopolos, in a private ceremony in his office, stripped Fasano of his chairmanship of the Senate Criminal Justice Appropriations Committee. The panel oversees spending on state courts and Florida’s 19 prisons.

Adding insult to political injury, Haridopolos (R-Merrit Island) removed Fasano from the main budget committee.

Fasano, unbowed, released the following statement:

“In my 18 years of elective office I have always and will continue to vote my conscience I have stood up for the little guy and gal, those who otherwise would not have a voice in the legislative process.  I will always speak out when I see injustice, no matter what the consequences may be.

“No matter how big the bully in the schoolyard may be, if the loss of a chairmanship is the result of taking a stand for what is right, I wear that loss as a badge of honor.

“As the final days of the president’s tenure comes to a close I encourage him to stand up for taxpayers and consumers to ensure that each and every tax dollar is spent wisely.  The special interests should not prevail.  I hope that he will do what is right and remember why we were all sent to Tallahassee.”

Naturally, this episode merely adds to the rich texture of Fasano’s long-anticipated run for Congress, enhancing his reputation as a constituent-focused public servant willing to resist leadership when it seems misguided. That could be a useful arrow in his campaign quiver if Fasano does, indeed, challenge reliable Gus Bilirakis, the two-term congressman from Palm Harbor.

 

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