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Last week, Tampa Bay Rays Principal Owner Stuart Sternberg said a plan to build a new baseball stadium in the Tampa neighborhood of Ybor City was dead.

The Wall Street investor and other team officials said it wasn’t clear where most of the estimated $892 million for a new ballpark would come from, but a University of South Florida sports marketing expert said Sternberg should shoulder much of the blame for the failure.

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Dr. Jonathan Ellen resigned earlier this week as CEO of Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital after an investigation by the Tampa Bay Times into the hospital's mortality rate for heart surgery patients.

Now, Ellen is stepping down from other leadership roles as well.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

If what he says is true, Samuel Little would be one of the worst serial killers in U-S history.

The 78-year-old claims that between 1970 and 2005, he murdered 90 people, mostly women, around the country. That includes some in Tampa, Plant City, and elsewhere around Florida.

Now investigators, including University of South Florida forensic anthropologist Erin Kimmerle, are trying to determine the validity of Little’s claims, as well as the identities of some of his victims.

Jeanette Abrahamsen / USF Zimmerman School of Advertising & Mass Communications

Last month, the first installment of our series, "Telling Tampa Bay Stories," took us to Plant City, where we heard stories about the history and development of the Hillsborough County community.

This week's Florida Matters highlights some of the places and events that make Plant City special.


Jeanette Abrahamsen

This week on Florida Matters we focus on the places and events that make Plant City special, like the Plant City Photo Archives and History Center.

USF St. Petersburg

The University of South Florida will award almost 5,000 degrees during seven commencement ceremonies this weekend, as well as honor Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and entrepreneur Kate Tiedemann.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

When the first Publix grocery store on a college campus in the country opens at the University of South Florida in Tampa Thursday morning, customers will notice a few differences.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

The University of South Florida will see some major changes over the next 20 months.

First, it has to replace Judy Genshaft, who retires as President effective July 1, 2019. Then, the state-mandated deadline for USF to consolidate its three campuses under a single accreditation falls exactly a year later.

Both issues were on the minds of the USF Board of Trustees at their final meeting of 2018 in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.

iStockphoto/Vasyl Dolmatov

A team from the University of Central Florida has won a national cybersecurity competition.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

Near the start of the school year, the University of South Florida held a volunteer fair in the Marshall Student Center on the Tampa campus.

While dozens of different clubs and organizations used whatever methods they could to get students’ attention, all four furry members of the Puppy Raisers Club had to do was sit there and wag their tails.

The White House was a notorious building at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, where more unmarked graves of boys may have been found.
Sascha Cordner / WFSU-FM

The Florida Cabinet voted Tuesday to transfer much of the former Dozier School for Boys near the Panhandle town of Marianna to Jackson County.

The reform school became infamous for decades of allegations of abuse, torture, and even murder.

UCF Moves Into Sanford Burnham Prebys Building

Dec 4, 2018

University of Central Florida researchers and students have started moving into the Sanford Burnham Prebys building in Lake Nona Medical City. The building will be home to the new UCF Lake Nona Cancer Center.

GoUSFBulls.org

While five Florida universities are going to football bowl games this year, perhaps the bigger story is their collective missed opportunities.

Michelle Guitard

With sea level rises, global warming and more, the Earth has been affected a lot by climate change in the last few decades.

For example, NASA reports that Antarctica lost about 119 billion tons of ice between 1993 and 2016 -- a rate that continues to grow exponentially.

Michelle Guitard, a PhD student at the University of South Florida College of Marine Science, is going to see these changes first-hand on a two-month expedition to Antarctica.

Neighborhood News Bureau

African-American history in South St. Petersburg dates back over 150 years. The area known today as Midtown is a community full of native residents who have passed down stories from generation to generation. But, as people pass and memories fade, so can the rich history which lies there.

Madeline Pumariega, the chancellor of the Florida college system since 2015, is leaving her position early next month.

In a letter to state Education Commissioner Pam Stewart on Friday, Pumariega, a former top administrator at Miami Dade College, said her resignation is effective on Dec. 3. No reason for her resignation was given in the letter.

She is the first woman and first Hispanic educator to lead the system, which includes 28 colleges and about 720,000 full- and part-time students.

Puerto Rico National Guard by Sgt. Jose Ahiram Diaz-Ramos

Over a year ago, Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico.

Thursday evening, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is hosting a panel discussion, "Puerto Rico: A Year After Maria," which will talk about how the island and its residents are still recovering from the storm.

UCF, Nemours Team Up To Educate Youngest Patients

Nov 14, 2018

A new partnership between Nemours Children’s Hospital and the University of Central Florida is aimed at bringing the classroom to hospitalized children.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

Vernice Gumbs-Crunk is making a career change. After two decades as a call center manager, the 49-year-old native of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands is doing an internship at Sarasota-based Informa in their payables department.

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee senior says the last few years at her job weren’t a lot of fun – something she’s experiencing at her new position.

Bethany Tyne / WUSF Public Media

The University of South Florida St. Petersburg is launching digital archives of the Weekly Challenger newspaper. The 51-year-old publication documents life in African-American communities in the Tampa Bay area.

Now, people all over the world can have this history at their fingertips.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

The University of South Florida Muma College of Business is home to a new laboratory that doesn’t consist of beakers and microscopes. Instead, it’s a high-tech virtual lab where students are learning the latest techniques in the fast-evolving, fast-growing world of cybersecurity.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

University of South Florida System President Judy Genshaft is scheduled to retire next summer. But before that happens, the school's Board of Trustees is deciding on her annual bonus. 

Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

If you've ever dined out and wondered why you chose a cheeseburger over the salad, the choice may not have entirely been your own -- you might have been influenced by the music the restaurant was playing. 

That's one of the findings from a study by a University of South Florida researcher. 

Florida Polytechnic University

Florida Polytechnic University is announcing their vision for the future -- a five-year plan that includes a research park, an expanded curriculum and new scholarships.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

The University of South Florida wrapped up its third and final town hall last week to discuss consolidating the separate accreditations of its three campuses.

Federal Judge Blocks Releasing Records of FIU Bridge

Oct 7, 2018

Siding with arguments of transportation-safety officials, a federal judge Friday blocked an attempt by the Miami Herald to get records related to a March bridge collapse at Florida International University that killed six people.

Changing the cannulas or tubes in the insulin pumps is not only painful for patients, but increases their risk of infection. 

UCF’s PSTD Clinic Receives Additional Funding For Treatment Programs

Oct 3, 2018

A University of Central Florida program will continue to develop virtual reality software to treat post-traumatic stress disorder thanks to a $3 million grant.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

A $145 gift from the country’s oldest and largest study abroad organization could make a huge difference for 175 University of South Florida students.

The present - a free passport - is giving them the opportunity to travel, study or even take a job in a foreign country.

UCF's Improper Spending Triggers Scrutiny At Florida's Other Universities

Oct 1, 2018

Following the revelation that the University of Central Florida improperly used operating funds to construct a campus building, the Florida Board of Governors is asking all universities to review projects built over the last decade and report on how they were funded.

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