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Maria Tsyruleva

Digital News Editor

Maria Tsyruleva is the WUSF/USF Zimmerman School digital news editor for the spring 2020 semester, her second with WUSF.

Before moving to the U.S., Maria got her bachelor’s degree in Journalism at the National Research University – Higher School of Economics in Russia and worked as a reporter and an editor for various websites and magazines, covering sports.

She is now working on her master’s degree in Mass Communications at the University of South Florida.

Library worker, wearing mask, handing out unemployment form
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM/FACEBOOK

Libraries around the Tampa Bay area are offering paper unemployment forms to people who don’t have access to a printer.

(Updated at 10:45 a.m. Thurs., April 23, with Sarasota County information)

Graphics demonstrating how air pollution influences people's health
American Lung Association

Wednesday is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and air quality in the Tampa Bay area is getting slightly worse. 

That's according to the American Lung Association, which also said that while this can affect people with chronic respiratory diseases, it's also a likely challenge for COVID-19 survivors.

aerial picture of park and ampitheater
City of Lakeland

While the numbers of COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Florida, Lakeland is relaxing some of its park restrictions.

One week after closing most parks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the city is reopening park trails, dog parks, tennis courts, pickleball courts, boat ramps and the Cleveland Heights Golf Course.

UPDATE 4/2/20: Lakeland's city commissioners reversed their decision Wednesday and will close all city parks and walking trails at midnight Thursday, following Gov. Ron DeSantis's statewide stay-at-home order.

Medical supplies
iStock

As the spread of COVID-19 in Florida increases the load on the health care system, Pinellas and Hillsborough county officials are asking for donations of medical supplies.

While thousands of mourners crowd the streets of Tehran, the reaction to the death of Gen. Qassem Soleimani outside Iran is more mixed.

More than 25,000 people, including the prime minister of Greece, are expected to attend the annual Epiphany Celebration in Tarpon Springs on Monday.

Virgin Trains USA is looking at building a station at Walt Disney World. The stop would be a part of the proposed high-speed rail route between Tampa and Orlando.