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Carrie Pinkard

News Intern

Carrie Pinkard is the Stephen Noble news intern for the summer 2019 semester. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in English, before heading to USF St Pete to pursue a master’s in journalism.

During her first year as a graduate student at USF St Pete, Pinkard worked as Features Editor for USFSP Connect, as a science journalism intern, and as a freelance writer. Next school year, she will be the Arts and Life Editor at The Crow’s Nest.

She hopes to become proficient in many different ways of telling stories, and to one day work as a multimedia journalist.

abandoned boats
Carrie Pinkard / WUSF Public Media

Drivers heading north into Tampa on the Howard Frankland Bridge may have noticed the Moonraker II, an abandoned fishing boat sinking by the Westshore Boulevard exit.

This is just one of many abandoned boats in the Tampa Bay area. 

Guns
Rod Waddington via Flickr

After failing in past years, a proposal to allow people to care concealed weapons on campus will go before legislators again during the 2020 session.

Rep. Anthony Sabatini, R-Howey-in-the-Hills filled HB6007 on Thursday. 

Updated projections released on Tuesday predict 13 more named storms will form in 2019, with six being hurricanes and two classified as major hurricanes.
NOAA

It’s time to stock up on sandbags.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced today that the chances for an above-normal hurricane season have increased by 15% since May.

BestFit Foundation clothing rack.
Arpan Bagui

Between participating in sports, traveling with clubs, and attending prom, high school can be expensive.

Those costs are what prompted six King High School students in Tampa to start the BestFit Foundation.

Rain
Wikimedia Commons

If you felt like you’ve pulled out your umbrella more than usual in July, it’s not just your imagination.

The Tampa Bay area was drenched by more rain than usual last month.

dead zone
NOAA / NOAA

Every summer, fish and other marine life are forced out of their habitats in the Gulf of Mexico due to an insidious “dead zone.”

The area, also known as a hypoxic zone, is a section of water that lacks enough oxygen for marine life to survive.

A gun with bullets on the side.
Wikimedia Commons

When it comes to Florida’s gun laws, there is a struggle happening between state and local governments.

The "preemption statute" that was originally passed in 1987 forbid local governments from passing gun control legislation. However, there were not harsh penalties for breaking the law.

But in 2011, the statute was changed to include punishments for local leaders who introduce gun legislation in their communities.

Those leaders face a $5,000 fine and potential removal from office.

Jordan Belliveau smiles.
Jordan's Law.com

Jordan Belliveau would have celebrated his third birthday on Monday.

Instead, the toddler died in September. He was just two when police say his mother, Charisse Stinson, struck him in the face, causing him to slam into a wall and injure his brain.

IndyCar
Firestone Grand Prix St. Petersburg Facebook page

Start your engines, the Firestone Grand Prix will be returning to St Petersburg every year for the next five years.

The city has served as the kick-off to the NTT IndyCar series for the last nine years. 

The event lasts for three days in March, and it brings with it thousands of fans, said Kim Green, CEO of Green Savoree, the company that promotes for the race.

He said race fans provide an economic boost for the city. 

people standing at podium at census press conference.
Carrie Pinkard

Next year, you will be able to fill out your U.S. Census form the same way you order Uber Eats – on your smart phone.

On Wednesday, local and state leaders promoting census participation talked about how 2020 will be the first year United States residents are able to fill out census information entirely online. 

Sam Piazza working at PDQ.
Renee Warmack

Ten years ago, a student made the front page of the Tampa Tribune for winning Homecoming King at Gaither High school.

Sam Piazza's since inspired a movie, coming out next week, showing how the 29-year-old Tampa native excels at life with Down syndrome. 

Dr. Graham with Shana-Marie Ziegler
Shana-Marie Ziegler

When most people hear the name “Dr. Dre” they probably think of the famous rapper.

But some King High School students associate the name with a different musician – their band director, Dr. Dakeyan Chá Dré Graham. 

Graham, whose students refer to him fondly as "Dr. Dre," recently won Florida’s Teacher of the Year award.

Lightning across the sky.
Wikimedia Commons

On Sunday afternoon at 12:30 p.m., lifeguards along Clearwater Beach blew their whistles, warning beach goers that a storm was quickly approaching.

The lifeguards then closed the water and left the beach.

Twelve minutes later, lightning struck a man, leaving him and seven others nearby injured.

It's been one year since 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton was shot to death outside a Clearwater convenience store.
Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

A year ago today, a man walked into a convenience store in Clearwater to buy snacks, not knowing he would never leave the parking lot.

Markeis McGlockton, 28, was shot and killed after an argument over a handicap parking space.

Tonight, one year later, community groups around Tampa Bay are holding a vigil for him.

A truck loads a boat into the water at Anclote River Park.
Pasco County Parks, Recration, and Natrual Resources.

By Carrie Pinkard

Boaters and nature lovers in Pasco County will soon have more room to roam.

Anclote River Park is expanding by 14 acres, and officials say the extra space will also mean much needed amenities.

Students pose with transportation sign.
USF Center for Urban Transportation Reserach

When Robert Bertini was a graduate student at Berkeley, he received a fellowship from a University Transportation Center, or UTC.

Today, he's the director of the University of South Florida's Center for Urban Transportation Research, which recently received $7.5 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation to open its own UTC.


Tampa's skyline.
NPR.org

By Carrie Pinkard

Tampa celebrated its 132nd birthday on Monday.

Instead of cake and candles, the city marked the occasion by opening the doors to Old City Hall and inviting people to hear about Tampa’s history.

A man stands in front of a biometric face scanner.
Tampa International Airport

By Carrie Pinkard

There could be a day in the future where people won’t need to shuffle through boarding passes and passports to get on a plane.

All they would need is their face.

Tampa International Airport may be heading in that direction with their biometric facial scanner pilot program.

Lights for Liberty poster shows a little boy reaching towards the Statue of Liberty while being pulled away by a hand.
Lights for Liberty

Around the nation on Friday evening, groups are gathering to hold vigils for the migrants being held in immigration detention centers.

The ceremony, called “Lights for Liberty," includes events in St Petersburg, Tampa, Lakeland, and Sarasota.

Electric scooters stand in a row.
Wikimedia Commons

By Carrie Pinkard

Electric scooters have been getting a lot of attention in Florida lately at both the state and local levels.

St. Petersburg is the latest city to take a closer look at both the pros and cons of the transportation trend. 

Sargassum
Brian Cousin / Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute

By Carrie Pinkard

A dark mass stretches from West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico. It’s slowly growing, and choking the life out of some marine animals.

The mass is a giant seaweed bloom called the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt.

Fireworks.
Wikimedia Commons

By Carrie Pinkard

The United States of America is turning 243 years old this year, which means it’s time to celebrate.

All around the Tampa Bay area there are events where people can show off their patriotism. Below is a a list of things to do in the area, and what to listen to on WUSF/WSMR on your way there.

Corgis run on a track.
Carrie Pinkard / WUSF Public Media

On Sunday afternoon, dozens of corgis and their owners gathered under a tent trying to stay cool in the summer heat.

While owners enjoyed frozen treats from a nearby food truck, the dogs splashed in a kiddie pool and barked at each other, expressing dominance before the competition even began.

They were all there for the 3rd annual Tampa Bay Corgi races.


Protesters lined up in front of U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor's office for a "Close the Camps" rally, aimed at shutting down immigration detention centers.
Ti'anna Davis / WUSF Public Media

By Carrie Pinkard and Ti'Anna Davis

“Babies don’t belong in cages.” “Close the camps.” “We are better than this.”

Those were the words written on the picket signs of a few dozen protestors standing in the summer heat outside U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor’s office as part of a national “Close the Camps” protest.

Pencil laying over an exam sheet.
Wikimedia Commons / WUSF Public Media

By Carrie Pinkard

The Florida Department of Education have released standardized test results for the tests taken this past spring.

The scores include the Florida Standards Assessments in English Language Arts and Math.

During a bill-signing in Tampa, Governor DeSantis said he wants the raise to stay in Tampa Bay for all 81 home games.
Carrie Pinkard / WUSF Public Media

By Carrie Pinkard

Last week, Tampa Bay Rays ownership announced the possibility of playing half the team's home games in Montreal.

Many baseball fans in the state were unhappy with the idea, including Governor Ron DeSantis.

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.

National Mosquito Control Awareness Week is here, and the Pinellas County Mosquito Control center wants people to be aware of the dangers the bugs can pose to their health.
Wikimedia Commons

They’re quick, they’re noisy, and they’re out to suck your blood this summer.

As the weather heats up and Florida grows increasingly muggy, mosquitos are coming out in swarms.

Athletes take part in the archery competition at the 2019 Warrior Games at the Tampa Convention Center.
Carrie Pinkard / WUSF Public Media

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jimmy Covas stood with his eyes closed, pointing an air rifle at a target. He took three deep breaths, opened his eyes, and then pulled the trigger.

Covas is one of the 300 athletes competing in the 2019 Warrior Games.

Police cars driving on the road.
Wikimedia Commons

The city of Bradenton is considering forming a citizen review board to oversee its police department.

Wednesday morning at 9 a.m., the city council will meet for a workshop on the subject.

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