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USF settles with former communications school director, rescinds his firing

TAMPA — The former director of the communications school at the University of South Florida has landed a settlement that, along with payments totaling $140,000, turns his firing into a voluntary resignation.Samuel Bradley lost his high-profile job in...
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Trump’s offshore drilling plan triggers objections in Florida and Tampa Bay

Trump’s offshore drilling plan triggers objections in Florida and Tampa Bay

A Trump administration plan announced Thursday to begin selling offshore drilling leases in many waters where they were previously banned drew heavy criticism from Florida and Tampa Bay leaders.Some lambasted President Donald Trump and the decision, ...
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Extortion emails target Florida colleges, promising violence

TAMPA — Early Tuesday morning, the president of Hillsborough Community College received a rambling email outlining horror-movie violence to be inflicted upon HCC’s campus if certain payments were not made.Across Florida, in Tampa and Gainesville and ...
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Pinellas School Board chairwoman files for re-election

Pinellas County School Board chairwoman Rene Flowers is the first incumbent board member to file for re-election in August.Flowers, who filed her election paperwork Tuesday, said she wanted to wait until the new year -- and after her work wrapped up ...
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Nancy White, Hillsborough teacher for 59 years and HCC journalism ‘legend,’ dead at 94

Nancy White, Hillsborough teacher for 59 years and HCC journalism ‘legend,’ dead at 94

TAMPA — When Maurna Williams first met professor Nancy G. White, she found her a bit intimidating."Until you became part of the family,’’ said Williams, a student at the time. "You think, ‘This is a tough teacher,’ but once she wraps her arms around ...
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USF professor: Program will help stunt school-to-prison pipeline

TAMPAThe phrase "school-to-prison pipeline" has been used to describe school practices that result in children, especially children in poverty, landing in the juvenile justice and criminal justice system. Suspension and expulsion from school are one ...
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Pasco schools release 2018-19 calendar

Sure, it’s winter break. But it’s never too early to begin planning for the next school year.At its December meeting, the Pasco County School Board adopted the student calendar for 2018-19, to allow parents time to prepare.Classes are scheduled to be...
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Year in review: Moton Elementary under watch by state

Year in review: Moton Elementary under watch by state

Long plagued by high teacher turnover, a rotating administration and student behavior problems, Moton Elementary School entered 2017 unstable and troubled. Still, Principal Joe Frana, hired in Oct. 2016 as the school’s third principal in a year, star...
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Year in review: Pasco school boundary fights prompt new process

Year in review: Pasco school boundary fights prompt new process

The story of Pasco County’s fight over school attendance boundaries has gone on for more than one calendar year.Parents living in the Trinity area first got wind in August 2016 that the school district might reassign their children out of the popular...
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Year in review: County tallies costs of Hurricane Irma

Year in review: County tallies costs of Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma threatened to rock Pasco County’s world in early September.Its weakened eye passed over Dade City and Zephyrhills, leaving in its wake downed trees, power outages to more than 100,000 customers, flooding and damaged homes.For many, tho...
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