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USF Founder John F. Germany Dies

UPDATED AT 4 P.M. with quotes from Judy Genshaft & David Jolly John F. Germany, who was one of the most influential lawyers in Florida and one of the instrumental forces in the creation of the University of South Florida, died Wednesday morning.Published reports say Germany, 92, died of cancer.He was a founding partner of the Holland & Knight law firm, one of a handful of men who pushed aside obstacles to build USF and the downtown Tampa public library that bears his name.Working as...
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Tropical Storm Erika is currently disorganized, with inconsistent convection and an exposed center of circulation. The official forecast is for Erika to change little in strength on a track near the Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico. Erika could strengthen into a hurricane near the Bahamas by Sunday.

Forecast models are in reasonable agreement with this track through Saturday, then diverge beyond. However, there are extreme differences in how strong Erika could be at this point.

University of South Florida

UPDATED AT 4 P.M. with quotes from Judy Genshaft & David Jolly

John F. Germany, who was one of the most influential lawyers in Florida and one of the instrumental forces in the creation of the University of South Florida, died Wednesday morning.

Published reports say Germany, 92, died of cancer.

He was a founding partner of the Holland & Knight law firm, one of a handful of men who pushed aside obstacles to build USF and the downtown Tampa public library that bears his name.

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