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Tom Kramer

Breakdancing - or any kind of dancing for that matter - is a challenge for most of us.

But "b-boy" Luca "Lazylegz" Patuelli makes spinning his entire body on one hand look easy, despite the fact that the 31-year-old has lived his entire life with arthrogryposis.

"Basically it’s a neuromuscular disorder. It affects the bones and the joints in your body," he said, baseball cap turned to one side. "For me, it primarily affects me in my legs, so I have very little muscles in my legs, but it also affects me in my shoulders, so I’m limited in the level of how I can raise my hands."

But that hasn’t slowed him down. Patuelli incorporates his crutches into his breakdancing, using them as equal parts propulsion and prop.

University of South Florida

12-7-15 5:00 p.m.  This story has been changed to reflect the correct number of degree programs eliminated by the USF Board of Trustees.

University of South Florida trustees took on a number of issues in their final meeting of 2015 last Thursday, including the dropping of some degree programs, System President Judy Genshaft's bonus, and a delay in the planning process of a campus Publix grocery store.

A doctor who will be portrayed by actor Will Smith in the upcoming movie, "Concussion," told a Tampa audience how his research into brain injuries has dramatically changed how professional football approaches players.

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The University of South Florida now ranks 25th among the country's public research universities for research spending, up two spots from a year ago.

The rankings, which were put together by the National Science Foundation, also puts USF at 41st in the nation among the 895 public and private research universities surveyed. That's up two spots from 43rd, a ranking the school held the previous two years.

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A Hillsborough circuit judge is calling on the University of South Florida to live up to its recent ranking as a top "veteran friendly" university.

Judge Greg Holder has asked USF President Judy Genshaft to readmit a student veteran who was expelled after an off-campus incident in August 2014.

USF St. Petersburg

UPDATED 3:30 PM 11/12/15 - Updated with interview with USF St. Petersburg Special Collections Librarian Jim Schnur

Fifty years ago, a state investigative committee shut down after years of work that threatened Florida's college system, including a then-fledgling University of South Florida.

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USF forensic anthropologists are getting extra money to crack cold cases. 

They've been awarded a $386,537 grant from the National Institute of Justice - the research wing of the U.S. Department of Justice - to examine 50 unsolved cases. 

University of South Florida

UPDATED 11/7/15 10 A.M. with video of President Genshaft's statement on the Board of Governor's approval of the USF housing village

By this time in 2018,  the University of South Florida's fifty-plus year old Andros housing complex will be no more.

In its place will stand a brand new housing village, complete with retail spaces, outdoor pool and fitness center, a dining facility and more than 2,000 student beds.

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More data has been released from the annual Sunshine State Survey.

This time, it shows that 85 percent of Floridians want people buying a gun or getting a gun license to get mental health screenings first.

According to survey director Susan MacManus, almost all Floridians agree on this issue.

“This is probably the most solid and most consensual opinion that we've seen in virtually the entire Sunshine State Survey,” she said.

More data is coming from the annual Sunshine State Survey.

This time, it shows that 85 percent of Floridians want people buying a gun or getting a gun license to get mental health screenings first.

Susan MacManus, the survey director and a political scientist at the University of South Florida, says that almost all Floridians agree on this issue.

"This is probably the most solid and most consensual opinion that we've seen in virtually the entire Sunshine State Survey," she says.

A new study from the University of South Florida indicates that body-worn cameras on law enforcement officers are an effective tool in reducing the number of use of force incidents.


Health care providers around Florida are continuing a push for laws that would expand the roles of nurse practitioners and physicians assistants.

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The 23rd Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24 at USF St. Petersburg.

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Shopping may soon be a pleasure for the almost 60,000 University of South Florida students, faculty and staff who would be able to stop at a Publix Supermarket proposed for the school's Tampa campus.

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The University of South Florida has already received $17 million from state lawmakers for a new building that would house its medical school and heart health institute in downtown Tampa. 

Now comes word that university officials are going to seek an additional $22.5 million for the project in the next fiscal year - money they say they likely can't finance the project without.

Takei - AP Photo, Omalu - PBS, Mitte and Cox - USF University Lecture Series

Hollywood's George Takei and Laverne Cox, authors Tom Shroder and Andrei Codrescu, and concussion expert Dr. Bennet Omalu are among those taking part in a number of speakers series across the three campuses of the University of South Florida System.

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John F. Germany was remembered by a crowd of about 600 people at his funeral at St. John's Episcopal Church in Tampa Saturday.

The lawyer, judge and co-founder of the University of South Florida died last Wednesday at the age of 92.

The day before his funeral, university officials announced that the school had renamed a park just south of the USF Library as the "John F. Germany Legacy Park."

Caridad Jimenez

UPDATED WITH ARRIVAL INFORMATION 8/30 11 PM:
USF student Barbara "Barbie" Jimenez returned to Tampa Friday afternoon, where she was reportedly able to walk from a medical transport plane to an ambulance.

The 22-year-old senior was taken from the International Jet Center to Tampa General Hospital, where she will continue recovering from injuries sustained in a car accident in Cuba in early August.

Jimenez and her family didn't say anything reporters Friday, but they said she would speak in the coming days.

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The University of South Florida student stuck in a Cuban hospital because her family doesn't have health insurance may be a step closer to returning home.

Barbara "Barbie" Jimenez, 22, was in a coma for five days after a car accident in Cuba. She's since come out of the coma, but has been stuck in Cuba since her family can't afford to fly her back to the U.S.

Now, according to Congressman David Jolly, a Bay area air ambulance company has offered to bring Jimenez home free of charge.


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UPDATE AT NOON 8/25 with details on expected length of closure.

As if navigating the University of South Florida's Tampa campus wasn't difficult enough during the first week of classes, a sinkhole has forced the closure of a road.

Sycamore Drive, on the far east side of campus near the Chapel Center, has been shut down because of a sinkhole that developed Monday afternoon.

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