Aldo Puccini

Digital News Intern

Aldo Puccini is a WUSF/USF Zimmerman School digital news intern for spring 2019.

Born in Barranquilla, Colombia, and raised in Miami, Aldo is currently a junior at USF working towards a bachelor’s degree in mass communications with a concentration in magazine feature writing. Aldo is proficient in both English and Spanish, and has previously interned at USF Athletics.

The 1Million Project Foundation is teaming with Sarasota County School District and Gulf Coast Community Foundation to provide high-speed internet to low-income students.
The 1Million Project Foundation

With schools continuing to lean more on technology, students without access to the internet at home are left at a greater disadvantage. Sarasota County is attempting to close the gap for its students who don’t have reliable internet by offering hotspot access.

Under an order from Gov. Ron DeSantis, Florida counties will be required to provide Spanish and English ballots.
Roberto Roldan / WUSF Public Media

Governor Ron DeSantis has ordered Spanish-language ballots to be provided across Florida. The move comes amidst legal pressure from a number of groups and a judge's order.

Drowning is the top preventable cause of death in the Tampa Bay area.
U.S. Navy

The number of children under the age of four who die from drowning in Florida every year could fill up to four preschool classrooms. According to Florida Health, drowning is now the leading cause of preventable child death in the Tampa Bay area.

 Chasco Fiesta held a street parade Saturday runs through April 6 in New Port Richey.
Daylina Miller/WUSF Public Media

Twenty-five years ago, Patty Deremer was a little girl in the Chasco Fiesta parade in New Port Richey. Now, she’s the sponsorship chair of the festival, which kicks off this weekend.

Aldo Puccini

The St. Petersburg Police opened a new $78.5 million headquarters on Friday that will modernize the force and enhance training for its officers. 

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Natalia Peres, a professor of plant pathology at University of Florida, dreams of the day where harmful pathogens no longer pose a significant threat to crops.

Hyde Park Methodist Church

Local branches of the United Methodist Church are reacting to a landmark vote. 

On Feb. 26, representatives of the UMC voted 438 to 384 in favor of the “Traditional Plan,” which continues the ban on same-sex marriage weddings and LGBTQ clergy members.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced this week a new proposal to update safety standards for sunscreen  ingredients and marketing.

Hyde Park United Methodist Church

Same-sex marriage and the acceptance of LGBTQ clergy are issues that many religions are dealing with today. Now, the United Methodist Church is holding a special session to vote on a proposal regarding those subjects.

Vickie Oldham / Newtown Alive

Sarasota’s first African-American community, Overtown, will be in the spotlight during a Newtown History Makers panel next week.

Daylina Miller / WUSF Public Media

With Gasparilla Pirate Fest invading Tampa Saturday, there are concerns about what happens after the parade to the beads that pirates hand out.