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Manelle Kheireddine

Digital News Intern

Manelle Kheireddine is a WUSF/USF Zimmerman School digital news intern for fall 2019.

Manelle was born in Dearborn, MI and is currently living in Oldsmar, FL. She is a junior at USF working towards her bachelor’s in mass communications with a concentration in editorial journalism.

More than 100 people were arrested during a five-month human trafficking investigation in Hillsborough County. 

Sheriff Chad Chronister announced the arrests on Monday morning while standing in front of a video screen that showed the undercover sting and a large board containing the mug shots of those arrested.

Residents of a Tampa neighborhood are trying to save their local landmark, the Sulphur Springs Water Tower.

To raise funds for the restoration of the tower and surrounding park, they’re hosting a music festival this weekend.

Sundial will soon become home to a new food hall. Locale Market and FarmTable Cucina, as well as some other businesses located in the downtown St. Petersburg shopping plaza, will close by the end of this year as a result.

While drunk driving deaths fell in the state of Florida last year, highway safety advocates are continuing to push for government funding for more prevention efforts.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is a program that matches adult volunteers with children in need of guidance. Now, the federal government is helping the organization provide mentoring services, particularly for young people facing the opioid crisis.

Pride Flag
COURTESY PHOTO: JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS,Va

Therapists in Tampa are once again able to conduct the controversial procedure known as conversion therapy after a federal judge struck down a city ban on it.

Journalists from more than 20 countries will talk about the ways they handle disinformation during an open discussion in St. Petersburg.

Tampa Skyline
npr.org

The Tampa and St. Petersburg area ranks among the top cities in the nation for  housing and housing sales. But there are still problems with infrastructure, such as roads.

That’s the word from a study by the Urban Land Institute and PricewaterhouseCoopers, which last week named the best U.S. markets for real estate investors.

Stone Crab
Flickr/Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commision

There is one more victim of the red tide outbreak that plagued Florida’s Gulf Coast last year. This season’s stone crab harvest is among the state's lowest, according to seafood industry experts.

Aerial view of construction of the St. Pete Pier.
City of St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg officials have an update on the construction of the new Pier. The work is expected to be done by this December, with the grand opening hopefully scheduled for spring-2020.