Culture
11:39 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

A Tour of the Haunted Cuban Club

Old photograph of the Círculo Cubano
USF Special Collections

The Cuban Club has been rated as one of the top ten most haunted buildings in the nation by the travel channel. It keeps attracting paranormal fans. 

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Business
5:59 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

The Billionaire Who Remade Retirement Living On A Massive Scale

Gary Morse, with wife Sharon, in 1999. Morse transformed a mobile home park in Florida into The Villages, a retirement community of more than 100,000 residents.
Stephen M. Dowell Orlando Sentinel

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 6:41 pm

Gary Morse, a visionary property developer, transformed a Florida mobile home park into the nation's largest retirement community. The billionaire died Wednesday at the age of 77.

Under Morse's direction, The Villages, northwest of Orlando, redefined retirement living. It's a community that is remarkable most of all for its size — home to nearly 100,000 residents living in dozens of communities, spread over an area the size of Manhattan.

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University Beat
11:52 am
Thu October 30, 2014

USF Downtown Tampa Med School 'Bigger Than Baseball'

The USF medical school is planned for Meridian Avenue at Channelside Drive in downtown Tampa
USF Health

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 5:13 pm

A new University of South Florida medical school planned for downtown Tampa could be "bigger than baseball," Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn told a group of USF trustees today.

Buckhorn was referring to the possibility that the Tampa Bay Rays could eventually move from Tropicana Field to another field of dreams on an empty lot in downtown Tampa.

He spoke during a meeting of the USF Board of Trustees Health Workgroup at USF's Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), which would be a gallstone's throw from the new complex.

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Politics
11:26 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Latest Poll Shows Tight Race for Governor

A Quinnipiac University poll shows the race between Democrat Charlie Crist and Republican Gov. Rick Scott is still tight.

Crist was supported by 43 percent of those polled while Scott received support from 40 percent. But the survey released Thursday has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percent, making the race a statistical tie.

Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie received 8 percent support in the poll.

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Health News Florida
10:43 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Hospitals Take Leap on Prevention

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 2:12 pm

Nearly half of Florida hospitals have earned an "A" on error prevention in a new report card from a business-backed group concerned about patient safety.

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Politics
9:40 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Fact Checking Recycled Claims in the Governor's Race

Credit politifact.com

Think you've seen every attack possible in TV ads in the Florida governor's race?     

Well, you are probably right.

Even new ads popping up in the week before the election November 4th have the same old talking points -- just in different packages.

That's the conclusion of PolitiFact Florida -- which fact-checked the new ads with old attacks.

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Law & Order
9:07 am
Thu October 30, 2014

State Attempt to Reopen Medicaid Case Draws Fire

With a federal judge possibly close to ruling in the case, plaintiffs' attorneys are objecting to a state attempt to offer new evidence in a lawsuit about whether Florida has adequately provided care to children in the Medicaid program.

The lawsuit, which has been spearheaded by the Florida Pediatric Society, was filed in 2005. A trial ended in 2012, and federal judge Adalberto Jordan is expected to issue a ruling soon, according to court documents.

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Health News Florida
7:33 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Impairment Triggers Wrong-Way Crashes

A woman was killed after driving her car the wrong way on southbound I-75 Sept. 22 and striking a tractor trailer in Pasco County.
Florida Highway Patrol

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 3:53 pm

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading causes of injury and death in the United States. And while wrong-way crashes account for a small percentage of the accidents, more than a dozen people have died in an outbreak of wrong-way driving on Tampa-area roads.

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Culture
1:24 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Celebrating the Life of Buck O'Neil as Sarasota's Newtown Turns 100

Buck O'Neil walks to the field as he is introduced before a minor league all-star game July 18, 2006 in Kansas City, Kansas. O'Neil, baseball's charismatic Negro Leagues ambassador who barnstormed with Satchel Paige died on Oct. 6, 2006. He was 94
Credit Associated Press archive / Charlie Riede

Buck O'Neil rose from humble beginnings in Sarasota's Newtown neighborhood to become the first black coach in the major leagues. He was able to tell stories spanning almost the whole history of baseball, from Babe Ruth to the Negro Leagues, to Bo Jackson.  As Newtown celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, Ian Cummings of The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports he was the most famous public figure to ever come from their neighborhood.

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6:38 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Joe Maddon Set to Become Cubs Manager, Sources Say

Lead in text: 
The Chicago Cubs deny that a deal is done, but people familiar with the dealings say that it is certain to be completed in coming days, and that Joe Maddon would indeed be the next Cubs manager. The contract, once finalized, is expected to make Maddon one of the highest-paid managers in baseball and quite likely the best-paid in the National League. Mike Scioscia's Angels deal pays him $5 million annually, so he sets the standard.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Joe Maddon is about to become the new manager of the Cubs, sources tell CBSSports.com. Maddon and the Cubs are on the verge of agreeing on a mega deal, according tompeople familair with the situation.
University Beat
5:00 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Gay Marriage, LGBT Issues to be Discussed at USF Thursday

USF will host "Gay Landslide: Victories for Human Rights" Thursday night at 5:30 in the Alumni Center on the Tampa campus.
Credit USF Library

A University of South Florida graduate who was one of the lawyers in a ground-breaking gay and lesbian rights case will speak at his alma mater Thursday night.

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University Beat
1:51 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Name Change for USF Muma College of Business Signals A Push Forward

USF College of Business Dean Moez Limayem with a 'thank you' card for Les & Pam Muma (center, seated) at the College renaming ceremony October 10th.
Aimee Blodgett USF Communications and Marketing

In a five week period between early September and mid-October, the University of South Florida system saw its two Colleges of Business undergo monumental changes.

While the USF Saint Petersburg Kate Tiedemann College of Business took a new name and broke ground on a new building - things we'll discuss on next week's University Beat - the College of Business on the Tampa campus also has a new name.

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Politics
11:33 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Gov. Scott Tries to Drive Up Turnout in Bus Tour of State

Governor Rick Scott urges attendees of a rally in Gainesville to vote early and to encourage others to do the same. The stop was one of many on a "Get Out the Early Vote" bus tour on October 28th
Credit Kelly Audette / WUFT News

He seemed more at ease here, speaking to a crowd of about 100 to 150 supporters, than he does in major speeches or even press conferences in Tallahassee. Gov. Rick Scott --- light blue shirt sleeves rolled up --- implored people to vote, early if possible.

"I tell people all the time, this election is not about Charlie Crist or Rick Scott," he said Tuesday. "It's about you. What do you want? Do you want more jobs, or do you want less jobs?"

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Environment
10:37 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Forecast Shows Unexpected Growth In Florida Orange Crops

The most recent forecast of Florida citrus crops shows an unexpected increase in oranges.

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 1:37 pm

Experts predict a spike in the price of Florida’s citrus this upcoming harvest season, meaning slightly more revenue for the state’s farmers. But an unexpected increase in orange production could keep retail prices low.

Citrus greening is a bacterial disease that’s cut Florida’s citrus crops in half since it first struck the state’s trees in 2005. The lower supply has helped farmers fetch higher prices per orange. But, former University of Florida professor of agricultural economics Tom Spreen says farmers are still having a hard time breaking even.

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Health News Florida
9:57 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Six Travelers Monitored As Florida National Guard, Hospitals Prep For Possible Ebola

U.S. Navy Cmd. James Lawler, Naval Medical Research Bio Defense chief of clinical research, briefs a 30-person joint service medical support team in an effort to train personnel to respond quickly, effectively and safely in the event of additional Ebola cases in the United States, on San Antonio Military Medical Center, Tex., Oct. 22, 2014.

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 9:14 am

Six people who recently traveled from Ebola-affected regions are under twice-daily monitoring by the Florida Health Department. The state continues preparing in case someone tests positive.

No cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Florida, and all six of the people being monitored are considered low-risk. Gov. Rick Scott says just under 100 hospitals have completed special Ebola training, and he hopes more will do so.

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