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Tim Fanning

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Tim Fanning is a WUSF Public Media Stephen Noble intern for spring 2018.

He is a junior at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, studying journalism and digital communication with a primary focus on print journalism. Tim worked as the managing editor of The Crow's Nest, USFSP's student newspaper, and has been an intern and weekend reporter for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Tim played bass in a heavy metal band and loves to travel to places off the beaten path. In 2016, he backpacked in eastern Europe for three months, and walked from Portugal to Spain along the Camino de Santiago. In his spare time, he devours too much dark chocolate and collects newspaper clippings of bizarre things that happen in Florida.

When he was 5, he wanted to grow up to be a starfish. Now he's set his sights on journalism and hopes to cover city and county government.

Tim Fanning / WUSF Public Media

When she finished high school, Radhika Dang wanted to go to the University of South Florida, but got turned down from the Tampa campus.

The American-born Indian student, who grew up in Queens, was denied because her grades were too low. But she could go to USF St. Petersburg.

FWC

Some of the first sea turtle nests of 2018 are already being discovered by Mote Marine Laboratory’s Sea Turtle Patrol. That’s right. The turtles are coming.

But it isn’t unusual for sea turtle nesting season to begin early, which officially runs May 1 to Oct. 31.

Tim Fanning / WUSF Public Media

After the deadly school shooting in Parkland, teenage voices rang through the television sets, radios and newspapers of senior citizens in Sun City Center.

On Saturday, some of those seniors are holding a rally to show their support.

Roberto Roldan / WUSF Public Media

Local governments in Florida can't regulate guns and city leaders who don’t abide by state law can face up to a $5,000 fine or removal from office.

Michael Kernodle / Lakewood High School

When Lakewood High School’s band director Michael Kernodle walked through the music room door eight years ago, he found one marching band, no equipment and a program without structure — a far cry from glory days half a century earlier.

It’s been a lot of work, but the St. Petersburg school's music program has exploded. It has three full-time music instructors who teach orchestra, jazz, piano, steel drums and AP music theory.

Southeastern Grocers

It’s called a food desert. That’s when it’s difficult to buy affordable or quality fresh food, and it’s a major problem in Florida.

In west central Florida, about 60 percent of residents live either in poverty or more than a mile from a supermarket, according to Feeding Tampa Bay, a nonprofit food bank. 

Tim Fanning / WUSF Public Media

Some local government leaders are saying state legislators are choking their ability to pay for programs for their communities. City and county governments across Florida face a possible decline in tax revenue. That’s because of a proposed homestead exemption on the November ballot.

At the same time, local leaders are scrambling to find funds to pay for state mandated programs, such as Pinellas County's new $20 million school safety officer requirement.

Michele Shapiro

Ignited by the deadly shooting in Parkland, tens of thousands of Tampa Bay area teenagers plan to demonstrate for gun reform on Saturday. Beyond making a statement, many of the students hope to register and mobilize young people to vote.

That’s the main message behind Tampa’s demonstration, which takes place at 10 a.m. at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, said organizer Brooke Shapiro.

WUSF Public Media

Emergency 911 lines were knocked out in seven counties last month in the Tampa Bay area for several hours. On Wednesday, telecommunication company Frontier Communications and one of its contractors addressed the reasons for the crippling of emergency phone lines.

J. Michael Francis / La Florida: The Interactive Digital Archive of the Americas

J. Michael Francis spent nearly a decade combing through thousands of scribbled notes, ship logs and dusty relics to chronicle Florida’s Spanish past. He hoped that one day he could bring that once hazy picture into sharp focus.

For the chair of the Florida Studies program at University of South Florida St. Petersburg, that day is Thursday, when the website, La Florida: The Interactive Digital Archive of the Americas, is formally unveiled. (Editor's Note: The website will go live 3/15)

Tampa Police Department/Twitter

Amid tension between residents and the Tampa Police Department, including furor over the disproportionate ticketing of African-American bicyclists in 2015, the Citizens Review Board was created to build trust and foster transparency.

Nearly three years after the 11-member board met for the first time, they're still trying to be keep that channel open.

Tim Fanning / WUSF Public Media

Almost three decades ago, officials with the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg buried a pair of ancient mosaics for storage purposes. 

Now, a temporary excavation site has been set up just off Bayshore Drive, as they begin a months-long process of unearthing and restoring the 2,000-year-old relics. 

When a gunman killed 17 people on Valentine's Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, many of their classmates didn't grieve in silence, they spoke out.

Urgent teenage voices filled television interviews, social media, even the hallways of Florida's capitol. They have also sparked a debate over gun laws in the aftermath of another school shooting.

Leona Rosado / Land O' Lakes student

While thousands of students were in Tallahassee Wednesday to push for stronger gun laws after last week’s shooting in a high school in Parkland, teenagers across Florida walked out of class in a show of solidarity.

Tim Fanning / WUSF Public Media

The University of South Florida Engineering Expo, a free two-day event that gives children a chance to see what it's like to be a scientist, is taking place this weekend. 

Full of hands-on exhibits and shows, the expo allows children to explore research labs, conduct hundreds of experiments, and even meet a robot named Baxter.

Tim Fanning / WUSF Public Media

Four years ago, Andrew Joseph III was killed as he tried to cross Interstate 4. He was one of 100 young people ejected from the Florida State Fairgrounds after reports of "wilding." He was 14.

As in previous years, Deanna Hardy-Joseph, Andrew's mom, wants the fair and Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office to take her concerns more seriously. 

Tim Fanning / WUSF Public Media

The Tampa Bay Rays are celebrating two decades of baseball this upcoming season, and the team is embracing its past while thinking positively about the future.

On Wednesday, Rays leaders touted a new 20th anniversary logo and other plans to celebrate the occasion. But absent was mention of the team’s future in St. Petersburg, the loss of star players like Evan Longoria, and poor fan attendance.

Wikipedia Commons

It’s tax season, and identity thieves are eager to claim your tax refund as their own. Filing your return early might help you avoid becoming a victim.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

A Plant City man who has spent two decades in the U.S. illegally is being deported.

Luis Felipe Blanco-Reyes, 41, lived with his pregnant wife and six children. He worked and is the sole provider for his family.

Although Blanco-Reyes had been granted a humanitarian stay in the past, immigration authorities told him he's got to go back to his native Mexico.

Elizabeth Cuevas-Neunder

  Farmers in Puerto Rico are still reeling from the devastation from Hurricane Maria. Many coffee, banana and tobacco crops are lost, as is a lot of livestock.

 

Jacobs Engineering

A new study finds, buses - not rail - would be the most workable option for mass transit in Tampa Bay, because of its lower cost and ability to change along with the city.

 

The bus rapid transit system is projected to attract 4,500 new riders along 41 miles from St. Petersburg to Tampa and Wesley Chapel, in Pasco County. It would be estimated to cost about half as much as a light rail system.

 

University of South Florida St. Petersburg

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.