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Sam Newlon

Digital News Intern

Sam Newlon is a WUSF/USF Zimmerman School digital news intern for spring 2018.

Born and raised in San Antonio, Fla., Sam attended the University of Alabama before transferring to the University of South Florida to pursue a career in journalism. He is currently a junior who covers USF athletic programs as a staff writer for The Oracle, USF’s student newspaper.

Sam would like to become a sportswriter for a major sports media network and is interested in filmmaking. 

Sarasota County Schools

A Sarasota County School Board member had a tough time keeping his composure during an emotional apology at Tuesday's board meeting. 

City of St. Petersburg

In 2011, Gov. Rick Scott signed a law backed by the National Rifle Association that essentially stripped cities of their right to enact gun control regulations.

Seven years and a wave of political activism later, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman joins ten Florida cities suing the state in hopes to overturn the legislation.

FGCU Athletics/WGCU

Florida used to be the premier spot for Major League Baseball’s spring training, but a growing number of professional teams are heading to Arizona instead of the Sunshine State for their preseason workouts.

Conor Goulding / Mote Marine Laboratory

Florida beachgoers often imagine a day on the water. Colorful umbrellas peppered across the sand, the sound of waves foaming as they crash onto the shore and the inescapable smell of saltwater nipping at your senses.

Sometimes, instead of this picturesque scene, a sickening odor of dead fish wafts across empty beaches, local restaurants are closed because they can’t prepare seafood, and residents even experience trouble breathing. The culprit is red tide.

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

Pinellas County Schools face a massive budget deficit in the wake of new legislation spurred by the Parkland shooting.

The law requires school safety officers to be assigned to every public school in Florida.

National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service

No more computer models or projections. Finally – concrete data.

A scientific paper published in February may pave the way for a new conversation about rising sea levels using data instead of projections.

Pinellas County Government

Keep Pinellas Beautiful is looking for volunteers for their cleanup event at Joe’s Creek and Cross Bayou Canal on Saturday.

The event is a prelude to The Great American Cleanup, a national effort to neaten communities around the country. That takes place March 20, the first day of spring.

Nobody sat in the back row.

Students filled the front rows at the center of the auditorium at Tampa’s King High School during an optional voter registration campaign put on Wednesday by the Hillsborough County Elections Office. They were chattering when they walked in, but the room silenced when county officials started speaking.

They were ready to build on a political movement started by students in South Florida after a deadly school shooting there two weeks ago.

Flickr

Like a bear waking from hibernation, Major League Baseball teams are emerging from their cave-like dugouts to start a new season.

Billy Graham Library

In the late 1930s, 20-year-old Billy Graham dropped to his knees on the dewy fringe of the 18th green of what is now the Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club.

Florida Sheriff's Association

You never know who you're talking to on social media today. What may be surprising is who some of these online impersonators choose to be.

One internet scammer’s attempt to impersonate Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco was extinguished after a tip was sent to the Sheriff's office.

Metro Development Group

Wesley Chapel has transformed from a town of sprawling cattle ranches to a hot spot of suburban growth.

Now, there will soon be a new addition – the nation’s first Crystal Lagoon, a 7.5 acre manmade body of turquoise water.

mymanatee.org

Manatee County Commissioners reopened a longtime discussion about decreasing the risk of flooding in residential areas Tuesday.

WUSF Public Media

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

Prodger - WUSF Public Media / McLeish - St. Mary's University (TX) School of Law

The University of South Florida Center for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies and the USF Honors College are hosting a conversation about Brexit – the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union.