Florida GOP fights to animate Trump’s base without president

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Nearly 300 Republicans packed shoulder-to-shoulder maskless and sweating inside a Holiday Inn conference room this week in the heart of the Florida Panhandle to see their party’s biggest political stars not named President Donald Trump.

With Trump grounded in Washington, they chanted and cheered as the governor, the self-described “Trumpiest” Florida congressman and the president’s eldest son shared anti-Democratic conspiracy theories, attacked the media and warned that Joe Biden “is a puppet for the radical left.”

While energetic, the crowd was a far cry from the tens of thousands drawn to the president’s past rallies in this deep-red bastion of Trumpism, where the president’s dominant performance four years ago helped deliver Florida, and with it, the White House.

“I’d like to see President Trump. Don Jr. is fine,” said Rick Scott, a 64-year-old retired construction manager who joined the modest crowd in Panama City Beach

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Man killed when I-480 highway sign fell on truck identified as vice president of A. Ripepi & Sons Funeral Homes

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A 62-year-old man who died after an Interstate 480 highway sign fell on his pick-up truck was Daniel Ripepi, vice president of A. Ripepi & Sons Funeral Homes, his family confirmed.

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Ripepi died in the crash that happened about 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the westbound lanes of I-480 at the State Road exit in Cleveland, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

State Highway Patrol said a white 2015 Western Star dump truck with the bed raised struck the highway sign that extended over three lanes of traffic.

The sign collapsed and fell on Ripepi’s gray 2019 Ford F-150 in one of the highway’s middle lanes, State Highway Patrol said.

Troopers did not say if the dump truck driver suffered any injuries, if the driver stopped or if they face potential charges.

The crash is still under investigation.

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New Mets owner Steve Cohen to hire former GM Sandy Alderson as president if sale approved

Even with a new owner, there is still nothing new with the New York Mets.

With a sale to billionaire hedge fund manager Steve Cohen on the horizon, blessedly relieving suffering Mets fans from their multi-decade toil under the Wilpon family, Cohen is starting to flesh out his front office. His first appointment is a name that Mets fans know well: former Mets general manager Sandy Alderson.

Cohen confirmed the news on Thursday morning, releasing a statement to the New York Post.

“If I am fortunate enough to be approved by Major League Baseball as the next owner of this iconic franchise, Sandy Alderson will become president of the New York Mets and will oversee all Mets baseball and business operations. Sandy is an accomplished and respected baseball executive who shares my philosophy of building an organization and a team the right way.

“I am excited to have Sandy in

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President Trump Autographed Bible for Sale

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New Mets owner Steve Cohen to hire former GM Sandy Alderson as president

Even with a new owner, there is still nothing new with the New York Mets.

With a sale to billionaire hedge fund manager Steve Cohen on the horizon, blessedly relieving suffering Mets fans from their multi-decade toil under the Wilpon family, Cohen is starting to flesh out his front office. His first appointment is a name that Mets fans know well: former Mets general manager Sandy Alderson.

Cohen confirmed the news on Thursday morning, releasing a statement to the New York Post.

“If I am fortunate enough to be approved by Major League Baseball as the next owner of this iconic franchise, Sandy Alderson will become president of the New York Mets and will oversee all Mets baseball and business operations. Sandy is an accomplished and respected baseball executive who shares my philosophy of building an organization and a team the right way.

“I am excited to have Sandy in

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