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Polk County civil rights activists sue USF over public records

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A Winter Garden civil-rights activist group is suing the University of South Florida over access to public records. Among the requests made by the Poor and Minority Justice Association Inc. (PMJA) to the USF board of trustees include University President Judy Genshaft‘s travel expenses, police use of derogatory words and others. According to its website, PMJA, is a nonprofit civil-rights group founded in 2012 to protect minority communities in Polk County from “profiling, harassment and abuse by police” and to…

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Darryl Paulson: Do universities discriminate in hiring?

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Universities are touted as bastions of diversity whose prime role is to encourage students to engage in critical thinking, ask tough questions and expose themselves to a diversity of ideas and opinions. If that is the mission of the university, they have dismally failed. Diversity is respected, up to a point, as long as it doesn’t include ideological diversity. As liberal commentator Nicholas Kristof observed in a recent New York Times op-ed, “We progressives believe in diversity, and we want…

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Randy Fine: Bill bolsters local businesses, not victimize LGBT community; detractors not buying it

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Rep. Randy Fine introduced HB 17 simply as a measure to keep commerce moving on an upward trajectory under the leadership of local governments, flourishing enough to bring prosperity to their respective communities. “Its intent is to help businesses thrive and grow – that’s its purpose,” Fine told FloridaPolitics.com by telephone on Thursday from Tallahassee. “There are folks that think business should be left up to local government and then there are folks like me who think the nexus of…

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Charlie Crist named to influential House Science, Space committee; hires 2 constituent staffers

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Charlie Crist announced Tuesday he would be serving on the influential House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Also, the first-year Democratic congressman from St. Petersburg hired two new constituent service representatives — Michael Batista and Dillion Stafford — who will help assist Crist’s constituents of Florida’s 13th Congressional District. Since Crist was recently named to the House Committee on Financial Services, which is considered an exclusive committee, he required a waiver from the Democratic Caucus to serve on multiple…

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Deputies: Tampa boy, 4, recovering after being shot in chest

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Sheriff’s officials say a 4-year-old boy is in stable condition after a shooting at the apartment where he was staying with his mother’s boyfriend. The shooting happened Tuesday morning at Key Vista Apartments near the University of South Florida in Tampa. During a news conference, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Donna Lusczynski told reporters the boyfriend has been arrested for possession of a firearm by a felon. Officials haven’t said whether the child shot himself. Lusczynski says the boy’s mother was…

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USF dean accuses doctors, hospital of misdiagnosing stroke

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A misdiagnosis has led University of South Florida dean to take the doctors and hospital responsible to court. Wallace is suing the doctors and the hospital, claiming to have lost the ability to properly continue her job as Vice President of Student Affairs. On May 15, 2015, during a speech at USF, bystanders noticed a change in Wallace’s mental status. She was lowered to the ground, where it was found she had slurred speech and weakness in her right side. After…

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Police launch investigation into ‘suspicious’ death at Moffitt Cancer

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After a medical examiner ruled the death of a cancer patient as “suspicious,” local police have opened an investigation of the death. Mark Ober, State Attorney of Hillsborough County’s 13th Judicial District, has filed a motion to disclose medical records of Hermon Biddines, 65, who died Nov. 4. The motion comes after the University of South Florida Police Department opened a criminal investigation into Biddines death. The motion outlines the grounds for the disclosure. Biddines was a patient at the…

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