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Pulitzers: ‘Hamilton’ takes drama award; Tampa Bay Times wins 2 reporting prizes

This image released by The Public Theater shows Lin-Manuel Miranda, foreground, with the cast during a performance of "Hamilton," in New York. "Hamilton," the hip-hop stage biography of Alexander Hamilton won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for drama on Monday, April 18, 2016. (Joan Marcus/The Public Theater via AP)

This image released by The Public Theater shows Lin-Manuel Miranda, foreground, with the cast during a performance of "Hamilton," in New York. "Hamilton," the hip-hop stage biography of Alexander Hamilton won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for drama on Monday, April 18, 2016. (Joan Marcus/The Public Theater via AP)

"Hamilton" just keeps on making history. After setting box-office records on Broadway in recent months, on Monday the hip-hop stage biography of Alexander Hamilton won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for drama.

The dazzling, exuberant musical by creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda has captured popular consciousness like few Broadway shows, having already won a Grammy Award, a spot on the Billboard 200 charts and mentions on "Saturday Night Live." It's a leading favorite in this summer's Tony Awards.

The musical tells the story of how an orphan emigrant from the Caribbean rose to the highest ranks of American society, as told by a young African-American and Latino cast.

“I think the music just speaks their language in a way that doesn’t feel like a leap,” Miranda told Fox News Latino recently about why the show appeals so much to young people. “Hamilton is kind of a bad-ass. He did a lot while he was alive, he died young, and I think that kids are more aware of that than we think.”

The show becomes the ninth musical to win the drama award, joining such shows as "South Pacific," ''Sunday in the Park with George" and "Rent." The last musical to nab the prize was "Next to Normal" in 2010.

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The awards were announced Monday at Columbia University in New York City.

Among the other winners was the Associated Press, which was given the award for public service for articles documenting the use of slave labor in the commercial seafood industry in Indonesia and Thailand.

AP journalists Margie Mason, Robin McDowell, Martha Mendoza and Esther Htusan documented how men from Myanmar and other countries were imprisoned, sometimes in cages, in Indonesia and forced to work on vessels that sent seafood to Thailand.

The Tampa Bay Times and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune received the investigative reporting prize for a project on mental hospitals, and the Tampa Bay Times also won in local reporting for studying the effects of ending school integration in Pinellas County, Florida.

The Los Angeles Times won the breaking news prize for its coverage of the deadly shooting rampage by husband-and-wife extremists at a government building in San Bernadino, California.

The Washington Post received the national reporting award for an examination of killings by police in the U.S., exploring an issue that has prompted protests and debate around the country in recent years.

The newspaper found that in 2015, on-duty police officers shot and killed 990 people nationwide — and that unarmed black men were seven times more likely to die at the hands of police officers than unarmed whites. More than 50 of the officers had killed someone before.

Established by newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, the prizes were first given out in 1917 and are American journalism's highest honors. Public service award winners receive a gold medal; the other awards carry a prize of $10,000 each.

Based on reporting by the Associated Press.

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