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Mark Schreiner

Assistant News Director

Mark Schreiner has been the producer and reporter for "University Beat" on WUSF 89.7 FM since 2001 and on WUSF TV since 2007.

He has worked as an anchor, reporter and producer at radio stations in Tampa and his native Chicago since 1992.

Contact Mark at 813-974-8693, on Twitter @wusfschreiner or by email at mschreiner@wusf.org.

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"When it comes to school violence, it's not a matter of if, but when."

That was the first line of an opinion column published in the Tallahassee Democrat two weeks before Wednesday's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The writer was Bill Lee, president of the Florida Association of School Administrators.

His group wants more money for "Safe Schools," a state Department of Education program that handles student safety through a number of initiatives, particularly funding public school resource officers.

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School districts across Florida are reviewing their security plans and addressing safety concerns after a mass shooting at a Broward County high school earlier this week that killed 17 people. 

It's already been one of the worst flu seasons in recent memory. Now, you can add a late-blooming, but hard-hitting, allergy season to the list of reasons for some Florida residents' sinus miseries.

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There's no timetable on when it would open, and no formal plan of what it would look like, but at least the Tampa Bay Rays have finally announced that they want to build their new ballpark on a 14-acre plot of land in Ybor City.

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A group of Tampa business leaders will hold a news conference Friday afternoon to unveil a plan to bring the Tampa Bay Rays to their city - and team ownership may be set to say Ybor City is their preferred location.

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Even though Jane Austen died in 1817, the English author’s works – like “Sense and Sensibility” and “Pride and Prejudice” – have lived on for more than two hundred years.

Laura Runge, the chair of the University of South Florida Department of English, thinks she knows why.

“People comment on the realism or the realistic characters. People relate to these characters, and they still do," she said. 

Now, Runge’s students are doing their part to help Austen’s legacy live on, through the internet.

Emergency phone services have been restored to several counties and cities around the Tampa Bay Area after an outage took 911 lines down Wednesday.

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Dez Williams isn't aiming low when it comes to an ultimate goal for his watermelon juice company, AquaMelon.

"We would like to be the Tropicana of watermelon," he said, referring to the orange juice giant.

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Fans from around the world descended on Tampa this past weekend for the National Hockey League All-Star Weekend, a swirl of events that included a fan festival, live concerts, and a red-carpet extravaganza to welcome the players.

Oh, and a hockey game or three broke out as well.

Gasparilla, Tampa's annual celebration of pirates, will be taking place Saturday, and Mayor Bob Buckhorn sees it as a signature event for his city.

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When a who’s who of music packs Madison Square Garden for the 60th Grammy Awards Sunday, sitting alongside stars like Jay Z and Bruno Mars will be Tampa’s own Chuck Owen.

The University of South Florida Distinguished Professor of Jazz Studies is nominated for four honors for Whispers on the Wind, his 2017 album with his band, the Jazz Surge.

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Tucked away in a higher education bill moving through the Florida House is a modification that would phase out separate accreditation at two University of South Florida campuses.

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A bill under consideration by the Florida House would shake the very foundation of the University of South Florida by revoking the separate accreditations of its St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee campuses.

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Scientists say that climate change is having an effect on the levels of the world’s oceans.

But it’s also apparently affecting the oxygen levels throughout the oceans, as well as our coastal waters including the Gulf of Mexico.

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The University of South Florida is facing an issue that’s not just a problem for colleges, but large corporations and government agencies as well – how to improve the diversity of who they do business with.

To help address the issue, USF is improving its Supplier Diversity program, which monitors who the university gets goods and services from, as well as who it signs construction contracts with.

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It's been three months since Hurricane Irma hit Florida, and some counties are still cleaning up.

While Pinellas County is getting closer to getting all of the debris out of their area, harder-hit Polk County is setting final collection dates.

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In a move that many fans never expected the Tampa Bay Rays to make, third baseman Evan Longoria has been traded.

The deal with the San Francisco Giants is the latest sign the team is looking to rebuild, as it ends an almost decade-long relationship with the face of the franchise.

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Tensions between the United States and North Korea grow with every development with the Asian country's nuclear weapons program and with every tweet and response between U.S. President Donald Trump and his counterpart, Kim Jong Un. 

One man who has sat across the table from North Korea's leaders is Christopher Hill, who was U.S. ambassador to a number of countries, including South Korea (2004-05) and Iraq (2009-10). He also was the head of the U.S. delegation to the 2005-07 six-party talks aimed at resolving the North Korean nuclear issue. 

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After hosting the Bulls last year, you'd think the Birmingham Bowl would remember University of South Florida's name.

You'd be wrong.

Ads for the official bowl game apparel came out this week, bearing the name "South Florida University."

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College football announced its slate of bowl games Sunday, and the University of South Florida Bulls are once again Alabama-bound, as they will be playing in the Birmingham Bowl for the second year in a row.

This time, the Bulls (9-2, 6-2 American Conference) will take on Texas Tech Red Raiders (6-6, 3-6 Big 12) on Saturday, December 23 at noon.

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