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Molly Urnek

Digital News Intern

Molly Urnek is a WUSF/USF Zimmerman School digital news intern for summer 2018.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, and later raised in Orange Park, Florida, Molly moved to Tampa to attend the University of South Florida. She is now in her sophomore year, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, with a concentration in magazine journalism and a minor in international studies.

Molly is also a member of the USF Honors College and a writer and Campus Trendsetter for "Her Campus Media," an online magazine.

USF College of Marine Science

Eight years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, there still is a lack of knowledge on the complex ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico.

But new research may soon be developing along the Gulf Coast. University of South Florida St. Petersburg and the St. Petersburg Innovation District will discuss a proposal for a Joint Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies Wednesday.

Amir Kbah / flickr

Live music, parades and fireworks are among the many patriotic Independence Day events taking place across the Tampa Bay area this week.

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Reaching temperatures higher than the surface of the sun and carrying about one billion volts of electricity, lightning poses a serious threat to humans.

Molly Urnek / WUSF Public Media

The freshman fifteen: it’s a phenomenon where college students gain fifteen pounds the first year away from home. However, a growing number of students don’t add weight — they lose it.

According to a new study conducted by Temple University and the Wisconsin Hope Lab, 36 percent of U.S. college students experience food insecurity – the limited availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods.

AT&T Pioneers

Teenagers today struggle with many challenges. But parents and others who work closely with teens also face serious questions that a free weekend conference in Tampa hopes to answer.

Manatee County

Days before Hurricane Irma hit last September, a lifeguard was entrusted with translating a public announcement in sign language to residents of Manatee County. 95% of his interpretation was incomprehensible.

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Active-duty military personnel and their families looking for something to do this summer are in luck. More than 2,000 museums nationwide are offering free admission through Labor Day, thanks to the Blue Star Museums program.

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Festival-goers packed away their fanny packs, bandanas and flags Sunday when both the Sunset Music Festival and Tampa Bay Margarita Festival announced the cancellations of the second day of activities.

We have compiled a list of Memorial Day events within the Tampa Bay area and across Florida, taking place Friday through Monday. With Subtropical Storm Alberto expected to mean rain for much of the area throughout the weekend, we'll try to keep this list updated with any cancellations or other changes.

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With the national average gas price averaging $2.93, travelers are paying the highest Memorial Day weekend prices since 2014, which reached $3.65. However, AAA predicts these rising gas prices will not put a damper on Floridians’ travel plans this holiday weekend.