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Eckerd College in St. Petersburg announced the selection on Monday of its fifth president.

According to U.S. Department of Education figures, enrollment at some Florida colleges and universities has decreased in the past five years.

But sometimes those numbers don’t show the full story.

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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. 

Following the success of the  1963 March on Washington, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights activists set their sights on organizing another large protest in the nation's capital, this one for the rights of the poor.

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As sea levels continue to rise in Florida, repeated flooding and storm surge are major concerns for Tampa Bay.

David Hastings, a climate scientist at Eckerd College, said the region could experience some of the most severe effects of climate change. He told the civic group Cafe Con Tampa on Friday that in the next 30 years, sixty-five thousand homes in Florida will flood twice a month affecting 100,000 Florida residents.

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Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel died Saturday at the age of 87 in his New York home.

Wiesel taught at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg as a visiting professor. Every year he would speak to incoming freshman, who were required to read Night, an autobiographical account of his experience as a Jew during the Holocaust.

At the age of 15, Wiesel was taken to Auschwitz, a Nazi concentration camp in 1944. His family was separated from him, except for his father Shlomo.

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I'm in the third row, watching the Metropolitan Opera perform Giuseppe Verdi's  Il Trovatore. It's a pretty good view. I could see the anguish in a character's face as she sings an aria about an angry mob burning a woman alive. That event ignites the classic opera's flames of revenge -- flames that can only be doused with blood. 

But I wasn't watching the performance at New York's Lincoln Center. I was a little over 1,000 miles away, in an auditorium at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. 

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It's that time of year when thousands of students across the country get ready to graduate from public and private schools. But in St. Petersburg there's a unique group taking a walk across the stage after finishing four years at a local college.

It’s graduation week and there’s a buzz of anticipation in the air at Eckerd College. The ceremony is just about to begin and members of this class are too excited to sit or speak.

But this is not your normal graduating class

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When something bad happens on the waters near south Saint Petersburg - say a boat breaks down or someone jumps from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge - odds are pretty good that the Eckerd College Search and Rescue Team (EC-SAR) will be the first ones on scene.

The St. Petersburg-based school has the only all-volunteer student marine search and rescue team anywhere in the country.

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One of the scientists who spoke with Governor Rick Scott about climate change watched election results from the party for losing candidate Charlie Crist.

Eckerd College marine science professor David Hastings said when he and four other scientists met with Scott in August, the governor didn’t react much to his concerns about rising sea levels. But Scott told him he was open to fixing some of the problems.

Hastings, a Crist supporter, said will watch the Republican governor in his second term. And federal agencies also may force Scott’s hand, he said.