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Meet the Largo family behind Florida Hospital West Division’s largest donation ever

Jugal and Manju Taneja were determined that something good would come from the death of their 44-year-old son, Mandeep Taneja.

That’s why the Taneja family, owners of a pharmaceutical firm in Largo, are the major financial donors behind a $256 million surgical and patient tower at Florida Hospital Tampa. The six-story, 300,000-square-foot expansion includes 24 new operating rooms, a new hospital entrance and more than 100 all-private dedicated surgical care beds. It will be named The Taneja Center for Innovative Surgery.

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Vet-owned American Freedom Distillery to establish 9/11 memorial

The physical plant is still two or three months away from opening, but the owners of American Freedom Distillery – former members of the first Special Operations force to engage in Afghanistan in the aftermath of 9/11 – are already laying significant roots in St. Petersburg, their adopted city.

On Nov. 10, the American Freedom team will break ground on Rise St. Pete, a 20×40-foot monument and tribute to first responders and the resiliency of the nation. Located on the corner of 5th Street and 22nd Avenue South, in the Warehouse Arts District, the monument – to be designed by local sculptor Mark Aeling – will have as its centerpiece and focal point a steel beam recovered from the ruins of the World Trade Center.

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Business briefs: Certegy sale, tech talk and more

- Fidelity National Information Services took a loss when it sold Certegy Check Services, its St. Petersburg-based subsidiary.

- One of the Tampa Bay area’s best-known entrepreneurs, Tony DiBenedetto, has been named board chairman of CCG Analytics, an analytic and data management consulting firm in Tampa.

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Media

SPx Classic: Peter Betzer, St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership

Peter Betzer talks the evolution of the College of Marine Science, St. Pete Progress and its role in St. Pete's development. Thanks to Betzer and the business leaders of the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership (formerly St. Pete Progress), the College of Marine Science now ranks as one of the top 10 institutions in the country, and St. Pete's downtown is a bustling center for tech and innovation.

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The Hustle

Patrick Jackson (American Stage Theatre Company)

Actor Patrick Jackson has an extensive artistic resume, having performed in theatrical, television and film productions. His acting credits include numerous plays at the Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota, and various shows at Spelman College in Atlanta. Jackson even starred in the leading role in "When the Party Ends," a short film about love and HIV in a coterie of LGBTQ friends.

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Profile

American Stage

In 1977, what is now known as American Stage was founded as The Palisades Theatre of Florida at Eckerd College (then known as Florida Presbyterian College). Two years later, in 1979, The Palisades used a donation from the Junior League of St. Petersburg to turn a run-down cinema house in downtown St. Petersburg into a 179-seat performance venue.

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The Shuffle

Tony DiBenedetto
CCG Analytics

Chris Efessiou
Alzyn LLC

Influencer

Mark Sharpe
Tampa !P

Focus: Election interference

We posed as 100 Senators to run ads on Facebook. Facebook approved all of them. [Vice]

on the eve of the 2018 midterm elections, a VICE News investigation found the “Paid for by” feature is easily manipulated and appears to allow anyone to lie about who is paying for a political ad, or to pose as someone paying for the ad.

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ACUMEN: Art

The Billionaire Owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers Runs More Than 100 Companies According to These 19 Rules [Time]

Christie’s, the famed auction house, recently sold an AI-generated painting for $432,500. The piece, titled “Portrait of Edmond Belamy,” was made by Obvious, a French art collective, and sold for roughly 45 times its estimated worth.

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