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Donald Trump rides chutzpah to victory in presidential race

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

He felt it in the breeze.
Nearing the end of his long, improbable journey to victory in the presidential race, Donald Trump, the candidate of so much tumult and bluster, waxed nostalgic about how he got there.
“I had great parents, great parents,” Trump told the crowd at a rally in steamy Orlando, Florida. “I just felt that nice breeze, so they’re helping us out.”
The candidate who for more than a year had unapologetically demonstrated he would say anything sensed it was time to rein it in.
“Stay on point, Donald, stay on point,” he publicly admonished himself just days before the election. “No sidetracks, Donald. Nice and easy.”
It was a rare glimpse of internal dialogue in the man whose whole life has been one long battle to prove himself bigger, louder, richer, smarter, brassier than the next guy.
Trump’s unbounded confidence — and obsession with winning — have been a lifelong constant, evident in ways large and small.
Growing up as one of five children in a well-to-do Queens real estate family, Donald was the brash one, a fighter from the start.
“We gotta calm him down,” his father would say, as Trump recalls it. “Son, take the lumps out.”
For good or ill, it’s advice Trump rarely embraced.
Military school helped channel his energy, but Trump’s rebellious streak remained.
Trump followed his father into real estate but chafed within the confines of Fred Trump’s realm in New York’s outer boroughs.
He crossed the East River to Manhattan and never looked back.
“He’s gone way beyond me, absolutely,” an admiring Fred marveled. His son had hit it big well before he hit 40.
So successful at such a young age, Trump never did have to smooth out those lumps his father had warned about.
“He was at the top of his own pyramid,” says Stanley Renshon, a political psychologist at the City

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Personnel note: Harry Sideris is Duke Energy Florida’s next president

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Duke Energy Florida is getting a new president — Harry Sideris, whose promotion takes effect Jan. 1.
Sideris has served as senior vice president for environmental, health, and safety since 2014. He will work from the company’s Florida headquarters in St. Petersburg.
He succeeds Alex Glenn, who will become senior vice president for state and federal regulatory legal support at corporate headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“Harry’s decades of diverse industry experience have prepared him well for this important role,” said Doug Esamann, who oversees operations in the Midwest and Florida.
“I look forward to my new role in Florida working with the employees, customers, and the community to continue building on our company’s legacy and commitment to the Sunshine State,” Sideris said.
Duke serves approximately 1.7 million customers in Florida.
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169,000 Florida utility customers remain without power post-Matthew

Monday, October 10th, 2016

More than 169,000 Florida utility customers remained without power Monday as power companies struggled to repair damage caused by Hurricane Matthew.
Twenty percent — nearly 92,000 — of those customers live in Duval County. Ranking next was Volusia County, with 44,268; Flagler County, with 16,256; and Brevard County, with 5,460.
Other counties affected include Indian River, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, and St. Lucie.
Gov. Rick Scott released the numbers Monday.
Local officials were assessing storm damage, Scott said. A federal disaster declaration will cover debris removal and emergency protective measures in eight counties.
As of noon, seven shelters were open and housing 120 people. State officials were monitoring fuel supplies and prepared to respond to shortages, Scott said. You can find out about shelters’ status at
All of the state’s ports, airports, toll roads, and interstate highways were open.
For more information, call the Florida Emergency Information Line at 800-342-3557. Scott said live updates would be available on Twitter by following @FLSert or @FLGovScott on Twitter.
Additionally, you can visit for information about shelters, road closures, and evacuation routes.
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