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Student V.P. claims he was wrongly expelled from USFSP after ‘false’ rape accusation

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A former student government leader at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg is accusing the school of wrongly expelling him over allegedly false accusations of sexual wrongdoing. In a suit against the University filed June 28 in Pinellas County Circuit Court, “John Doe” says that he and the female student — identified as “Jane Roe” — had “entirely consensual” vaginal and anal sex Sept. 28, 2016, in his on-campus dorm room.

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St. Pete Chamber releases legislative wish list for 2017 Session

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As Tallahassee gears up for the annual 60-day Legislative Session, now a month away, the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce outlines its agenda for 2017. Among the leading matters for the Chamber are transportation, the unification of PSTA-HART, tourism, and state regulation of vehicles for hire — including a bill (SB 340) from state Sen. Jeff Brandes setting rules to promote the growth of transportation network companies (TNC) such as Uber and Lyft. However, at the top of the wish…

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Barclay Harless to kickoff St. Pete City Council bid with Jan. 31 fundraiser

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Barclay Harless is starting 2017 with a bang. The 31-year-old St. Petersburg banking executive, after launching a bid for City Council District 2 Monday, announced his first fundraiser for next week. The event is Tuesday, Jan. 31 and begins 5:30 p.m. at Ricky P’s, 11002 4th St. N in St. Petersburg. Harless is seeking the seat covering most of Northeast St. Petersburg now held by term-limited Jim Kennedy. He is the first candidate to announce in the race. “I want…

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Leif Nissen Social Justice Lecture Series offers ways to make a difference

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NPR’s first full-time TV critic Eric Deggans will present his lecture “Media and Politics: How the Average Person Can Make a Difference,” as part of the Leif Nissen Social Justice Lecture Series. The Leif Nissen Social Justice Lecture Series of Temple Beth-El is presenting the lecture in partnership with the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, and the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater. Deggans was the TV/media critic for the Tampa…

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College student files to challenge Neil Combee in HD 39

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Victor E. Sims spent much of his childhood in foster care, going from house to house. Now, as an adult with a college degree upcoming, he is running for the Florida Legislature challenging an incumbent state representative. Sims, a Winter Haven Democrat, officially opened his campaign Thursday for House District 39 held by Rep. Neil Combee, a Polk City Republican who is seeking his third two-year term. Now 20, Sims said he will complete his bachelor’s degree from University of…

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Rick Kriseman to unveil ‘University Way’ at USFSP’s 50th anniversary block party

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The University of South Florida St. Petersburg is pulling out all the stops for its upcoming 50th anniversary block party. The Sept. 12 on-campus festivities will go from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and include food, entertainment, the Saturday morning market, a Rowdies soccer clinic, a watch party for the USF/FSU football game, a Kids Zone, and 3 Daughters Brewing’s new USFSP 50th anniversary beer. Groups representing the university’s student affairs office, its student government, and its campus recreation center…

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Political Whore leaving Creative Loafing

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From Wayne Garcia, Political Whore: After nearly five years of documenting the inside story of Tampa Bay and Florida politics, my time here is coming to a close. I have accepted a yearlong appointment as the Freedom Forum Visiting Professional at the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications, where I am teaching four sections of investigative journalism and editing this fall. For the past four years, I have worked to complete a Master of Arts degree in Mass…

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