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Saturday, Apr 30, 2016

Anastasia Dawson

Tribune Staff

Employment tips include chance at a job through high school program

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TAMPA — Clad in a bright yellow suit and pastel polka dot tie, Javarus Mond came to Hillsborough Community College on Friday morning to design his future.

Audit urges Hillsborough district to promote bus driver morale

- Board members took a fine-toothed comb to a December audit of chronic problems in the Hillsborough schools transportation department. The takeaway: Driver morale should be at the center of any plan for reform.

New study finds old woes in Hillsborough school bus system

- Drivers are underpaid and unmotivated, according to an independent study. But school district officials say they have already taken a number of steps over the past year to get the transportation department on the right path.

Subsidized housing project razed to make way for I-275 work

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Tampa Presbyterian Village, the angular public housing development that formed a pink stucco mountain range between Blake High School and Interstate 275, is gone.

Employee of Christian group banned from Hillsborough schools

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After a national atheist organization issued a complaint, a Fellowship of Christian Athletes employee was permanently banned from Hillsborough County public schools and all public high school sports coaches will be req...

Florida Polytechnic names campus for fighting founder JD Alexander

- four years to the day after Gov. Rick Scott signed Florida Polytechnic University into being, former state Sen. John David "JD" Alexander received a token of appreciation for his doggedness.

Hillsborough schools ban Christian organization's leaders pending training

- Adult leaders with Fellowship of Christian Athletes clubs were banned from Hillsborough County public schools Monday until they can undergo special training next week on district policies and procedures.

6 years later, USF charting long-term effects of BP oil spill

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TAMPA — Six years after the Deepwater Horizon Oil rig exploded, sending millions of gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, researchers at the University of South Florida are beginning to chart the long-term...

Hillsborough’s single-gender schools growing in popularity

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The Hillsborough County School District has worked to include “gender expression” and identity in its anti-discrimination policies, but at the same time more stu...

Teacher resigns over ‘privilege’ assignment seeking personal info

- A Monroe Middle School teacher who sparked an outcry over a class assignment regarding sexual identity and other personal information resigned in the midst of an investigation by the Hillsborough school district.

More details emerge in Hillsborough school district reorganization

- Superintendent Jeff Eakins is moving forward with plans to revamp an administration that oversees the eighth largest school district in the nation as it works to fill a $142 million hole in the budget.

School board members praise Eakins’ reorganization plan

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TAMPA — For the most part, Hillsborough County School Board members praised Superintendent Jeff Eakins’ sweeping reorganization plan for his top district officials during Tuesdays meeting.

Teacher suspended while school board probes class ‘privilege’ form

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A first-year teacher has been suspended with pay while the Hillsborough County School District investigates a class assignment she gave asking students to write down personal ...

Everest student loans from 2010 to 2014 forgiven

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Students who racked up thousands of dollars in loans at Everest and WyoTech for-profit colleges can now have those debts cleared.

State auditors tell HCC to get a better handle on student debt, textbooks costs

- The review of Hillsborough Community College noted that textbook prices vary as much as $177 for the same course and a failure to keep track of student enrollment and tuition owed.

‘Gender expression’ might gain protection in Hillsborough schools

- The Hillsborough County School Board plans to add protections for transgender students and staff to its discrimination and harassment policies. The policy change, one of many discussed Tuesday, won’t be made official...

Eakins reveals plan for leadership changes in Hillsborough school district

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TAMPA — Hillsborough County Schools are about to see a major shake up among those at the top.

Mental exercises can help keep older drivers on road, USF researchers say

- A study shows that cognitive performance, including how quickly the brain can process information and act on it, may be the strongest indicator of a decline in driving ability apart from physical limitations.

More revelations emerge about USF official placed on leave

- Texas Tech has confirmed even more information that USF didn't know about the man it promoted to direct its school of communications: Bradley was scheduled to have his tenure revoked at Texas Tech as a result of an investig...

Students note glitches but trust Florida Poly will win accreditation

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LAKELAND — School officials make no promises that Florida Polytechnic University will achieve the all-important stamp of approval known as accreditation, but students on campus are confident it will come — ...

USF graduate, 44, claims in lawsuit that he didn’t deserve to receive student loans

- A Tampa man is hoping he’s found the perfect argument to get him out of paying nearly $60,000 in student loans: He never graduated from high school and should have never been given the money.

Review: Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire make it a perfect Saturday in the Amp

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It wasn’t the Fourth of July, nor was it the 21st night of September, but for classic rock and R&B fans, it was a perfect “Saturday in the Park” at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre when C...

USF names interim leader after putting comm school boss on leave

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TAMPA — Shock, concern and anger defined the mood inside USF’s Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications on Thursday as an executive committee met behind closed doors to consider the future of...

USF places official on leave after learning of affairs with students at previous job

- A report of the investigation of Samuel Bradley’s relations with students was completed in January 2013. He was hired at USF the following August as a visiting professor and interim director of the Zimmerman Advertis...

New smartphone apps record you saying yes — or no — to having sex

- The We-Consent suite contains four apps that record messages of consent — or nonconsent — in an encrypted file saved offline that can be accessed only by law enforcement, university officials or with a subpoen...

Florida Polytechnic slow to achieve promise of accreditation

- Florida Polytechnic University slowly is gaining ground in its mission to become a fully accredited university. Yet the school’s new president faced harsh criticism this past week from the state Board of Governors for...

Match Day for USF medical students comes with surprise

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TAMPA — Senior medical students from the University of South Florida are expected to be nervous on the day they find out which hospital they’ll call home during their residencies after graduation, but Matth...

Florida Poly close to satisfying audit recommendations

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TAMPA — Florida Polytechnic University is close to satisfying a slew of recommendations laid out in its first state auditor general report, which found a lack of internal controls in the university’s operat...

Tampa among 50 cities participating in program to get kids outdoors

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TAMPA — Children running through fountains and playing catch at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park provided a picturesque background for Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn to announce the city’s new partnership with First ...

Home intruder shot, killed in Tampa Heights

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TAMPA — An attempted break-in at a Tampa Heights home turned deadly Tuesday afternoon when a man inside shot and killed the intruder, Tampa police said.

Counterintuitive tactic is a success at Greco Middle

- While watching her sixth-grade reading students bound through the hallways at Greco Middle School, Angela Keller noticed some small black scribbles on the back of her classroom door.

Statewide system of biking, walking trails topic of Tampa meeting

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TAMPA — In five years, cyclists and pedestrians will be able to travel from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean, from Pensacola to Key West or from Naples to Jacksonville all on continuous, paved trails.

Rubio reminds Tampa crowd he’s been an underdog before in Florida

- Pundits say his days as a presidential hopeful are numbered, but Sen. Marco Rubio brought big energy to the Tampa Convention Center on Monday as he worked to convince the crowd his run isn’t over yet.

Kurdell stepping down after sixth term on Hillsborough school board

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TAMPA — After 24 years at the dais, Hillsborough County’s longest serving school board member Carol Kurdell announced in an email Monday she will not seek re-election to her countywide seat.

Records reveal members of Tampa’s No Name Group

- They’re no strangers to the public eye, but when they get together once a month for lunch at The Capital Grille, it’s their own company they keep.

This week’s spike in gas prices likely over until May

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TAMPA — The price of gas in Tampa climbed even faster than the temperature this week, and experts say it will continue growing over the next few months.

USF president Genshaft could earn $768,500 after trustees approve pay raise

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TAMPA —The University of South Florida’s longest-serving president secured at least one more year at the helm Thursday as well as a substantial pay raise.