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Adam Bakst

Digital News Intern

Adam Bakst is a WUSF/USF Zimmerman School digital news intern for fall 2019, his second semester with WUSF.

Born and raised in Tampa, Adam is a junior at USF working towards a BA in Mass Communications with a concentration in broadcast news. With an interest in radio news, Adam has interned at WMNF and is a volunteer host at Bulls Radio.

A fight is underway in Manatee County between some residents and the Florida Department of Transportation over a drawbridge that leads onto Anna Maria Island.

While FDOT officials say a renovation to the Cortez Bridge will ease traffic congestion, residents say it could hurt both their daily activities and a historic site.

If you use travel booking websites, beware.

New research from the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) reveals that customers are cheated out of almost $6 billion annually by online booking scams from fraudulent or misleading travel websites.

Updated Oct. 9 at 3:50 p.m. with statement from Expedia Group

After a pair of mayoral scandals, two state officials are seeking legislation to dissolve the city of Port Richey.

Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day and local counties are encouraging citizens throughout the area to get up, get registered and get ready to vote.

Hedy Lamarr, famous 1930s-40s actress, is being honored Friday for her work as an inventor.
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If you know the name Hedy Lamarr, it's most likely because of her work as a beautiful starlet during the Golden Age of Hollywood in the 1930s and 40s. But her son has spent the last three decades making sure the world remembers her for far more than just that.

Lamarr will be honored for her role in the field of wireless communications this Friday by the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame.

Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister spoke about first responders' mental health in Tampa on Tuesday
The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay

The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay is teaming with the advertising agency ChappellRoberts on a new initiative called “First to Respond, Last to Ask for Help.” The program, which promotes suicide awareness for Tampa Bay’s first responders, was announced during a Tuesday conference.

Gas pump in Jacksonville, Florida.
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As Labor Day approaches, gas prices are near the lowest level of the summer. And even with the threat of Tropical Storm Dorian, AAA officials say they are not expected to rise.

Hillsborough County School Superintendent Jeff Eakins stands at a podium.
Daylina Miller / WUSF Public Media

Last month, during football conditioning at Middleton High School, an incoming freshman football player died. An investigation found that school staff did not follow correct procedures or have the proper paperwork filed.

A group of parents and teachers rallied at U.S. 98 exit
Kathleen Oropeza

On Wednesday, a group of concerned parents and teachers rallied for public school funding allocation prior to a Florida Board Education Meeting in Polk County.

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor speaks at a podium
City of Tampa photo

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor is rolling out a program that focuses on reaching out to minority-owned businesses to connect them with the city.

Meant to make city hall more readily available to the community, “Bridges to Business” illustrates one of Castor’s major campaign promises: helping small businesses.

The first lawsuit concerning a bill signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis requiring convicted felons to pay court fees and fines before they can register to vote has ties to the Tampa Bay area. 

Disability attorney Michael Steinberg of Tampa filed a lawsuit on behalf of Kelvin Jones, a disabled veteran and former prisoner, almost immediately after DeSantis signed Senate Bill 7066 into law June 28. It has already been combined with a number of other similar cases. 

Computer Keyboard
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By Adam Bakst

With recent cyber attacks on Riviera Beach and Lake City, security of computer systems and information seems to be a growing concern even for the smallest of cities.

This is leading local information technology departments throughout the state to try and control this problem before they fall victim to hackers.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a bill-signing event at the University of South Florida in Tampa on Wednesday.
Adam Bakst / WUSF Public Media

By News Service of Florida, Carrie Pinkard and Adam Bakst

Governor DeSantis said in Tampa Wednesday that he wants Florida to be the number one state for veterans.

He then promptly signed legislation that would help with that goal.

Jacksonville, FL
Visit Jacksonville

With all the state has to offer, Florida cities welcome new residents every year. But as a city grows, so does its responsibilities.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Florida is one of the four states that gained more than 50,000 housing units in the last year, behind Texas and ahead of California and North Carolina.

William Kemerer, Pat Gerard, and Josie Rocco accept checks on behalf of Brooksville, University Area in Tampa, and Pinellas County.
Adam Bakst / WUSF Public Media

Three Tampa Bay area communities will be able to make improvements thanks to their share of almost a million dollars in grants from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Lealman community in Pinellas County, the University Area in Tampa, and the city of Brooksville will each receive $300,000 to clean up contaminated properties and develop community projects.

Middleton High School, Tampa
Middleton High School PTSA

A high school student collapsed and later died during conditioning drills in Tampa on Tuesday.

Hezekiah B. Walters, 14, collapsed on the Middleton High School football fields at approximately 4 p.m.

Brooker Elementary School mascot sign.
Brooker Elementary School

The Hillsborough County School Board met on Tuesday to reconsider the removal of Native American mascots from half a dozen schools. But instead of stopping the process, they are only going to slow it down a little. 

Mayor Mel Jurado and the Temple Terrace City Council.
Temple Terrace City Clerk

Events commemorating Friday as National Gun Violence Awareness Day will be held in St Petersburg, Lakewood Ranch and Tampa. But in Temple Terrace, the city council and mayor voted not to acknowledge the day at all.

Tanzanian children playing soccer
Jordan Peloubet

A junior at Tampa Prep is raising money to help build a soccer field back in his birthplace of Arusha, Tanzania.

Jordan Peloubet said the field would provide a wonderful opportunity to the children of the village and their families. Led by his father, Drew, the Peloubet family has been able to work with the organization love.fútbol, a non-profit group that builds soccer fields in developing countries.

USF System President Judy Genshaft and her husband, Steven Greenbaum, are surrounded by students from the USF Honors College.
Adam Bakst / WUSF Public Media

In about a month, Judy Genshaft will retire as the President of the University of South Florida. 

But, thanks to a $20 million gift from her and her husband, her name will live on with the USF Judy Genshaft Honors College.