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USF Eyes Downtown Tampa For New Medical School

USF's longtime interest in building a medical school closer to downtown Tampa is being revived by the evolving urban experience, including the city's recent success in attracting developers planning to build apartments and additional retail space.

USF would be building upon its downtown presence at CAMLS and at the Tampa Port offices. 

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Florida Polytechnic Celebrates Grand Opening

Florida Polytechnic University, the state's 12th university, opens its doors to 555 students August 25th at the new and innovative Polk County campus.

The university, already being called Florida Poly for short, will focus on STEM subjects and grooming students for future jobs.

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Lights On Tampa Art Project Grows Brighter, Bigger

The City of Tampa plans a major expansion of the signature Lights on Tampa Art project in time to light up the Hillsborough River through downtown in 2015.

The expansion may mean the end to graffiti painted along the river's seawalls by visitng college rowers.

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Tampa Tops List Of Emerging Craft Beer Towns

Tampa tops a list of "America's Top Ten Emerging Beer Towns,'' says The Pour Fool, a Seattle-based blogger who reviews  wines, beers and spirits from the Pacific Northwest and around the globe.

The ranking follows a recent story in 83 Degrees titled "Local Breweries Set Stage For Florida's Craft Brew Revolution.''

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Proposed FDA Regs Threaten Tampa's Cigar Makers

Proposed new FDA regulations designed to protect the health of children and improve safety around smoking products, especially e-cigs, is threatening one of Tampa's oldest industries: cigar making.

J.C. Newman Cigar Company owners Eric and Bobby Newman are working to find a solution.

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Florida Hospital Donates $2M To MOSI For IMAX

Florida Hospital's $2 million gift to MOSI Tampa will enable the IMAX Theatre to be upgraded and redesigned for a transition to 3-D Digital Media. 

The hospital and museum are also working out plans to live broadcast surgeries for use in teaching students.

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Audi Tests Driverless Car In Tampa

Audi is testing driverless cars in the Tampa Bay area, taking to the Selmon Expressway for two days in an effort to re-create potential situations that a car's sensors could face.

Automotive engineers are high on test driving in Florida because it is one of only four states that allow driverless cars on public roads and streets.

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Educating Florida Voters On Medical Marijuana

Florida voters face what many consider a difficult decision in November when it comes to whether to approve the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

The Tampa Bay Times outlines 5 things voters need to know before making a decision.

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Hillsborough Commissioners Vote For Equality

Hillsborough County commissioners, representing one of Florida's most urban counties and home to the cities of Tampa, Temple Terrace and Plant City, voted unanimously to ban discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

The vote followed recommendations by leaders in the LGBT and human rights communities who cite discrimination in housing, public accommodations, contracts and real estate transactions.

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Tampa Convention Center To Undergo $15M Upgrade

Visitors to the Tampa Convention Center will soon enjoy new escalators, bathrooms, doors, boat docks and a security system following a vote by the City Council.

The Convention Center, which opened in 1990, sits on the downtown waterfront across from Harbour Island and next to the Marriott Waterside and the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

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Times Reimagines Port Facilities For Tampa Bay

A future filled with mega ships and sediment in Tampa Bay's main shipping channels prompted the Tampa Bay Times to seek reader input in reimagining solutions for inevitable accessiblity problems for the region's cruise ship and cargo industries.

Ideas proposed include building a tunnel to replace the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, floating a dry dock to offload passengers and cargo onto smaller ships, building an island where transfers could occur and designing a new megaport on coastal property shared by the counties of Pinellas, Hillsborough and Manatee.

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USF Researchers Get Credit For Saving Frogs, Amphibians

Researchers at the University of South Florida in Tampa may have discovered how frogs and other amphibians can fend off a deadly fungus that is decimating their populations around the globe.

The discovery goes to the ability to build up resistance, curtailing the spread of the fungus.

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Live Theatre Festival Debuts In Tampa In August

The Straz Center in Downtown Tampa will host the first Tampa Bay Theatre Festival, complete with more than a dozen original plays, in August.

The festival's founder is Lakeland native Rory Lawrence, an actor and playwright with big city ambition. Expect a crowd!

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Tampa Bay Mourns Loss Of Startup Weekend Co-Founder

The sudden and untimely death of serial Entrepreneur Susie Steiner on Friday, July 11, stunned the Tampa Bay region's close-knit startup community.

Friends and followers expressed heartfelt condolences. One moving tribute came from Blogger Gil Gonzalez.

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Vision For Expanding Urban Tampa Along Hillsborough River Gets Boost

As part of the ongoing effort to reimagine and jumpstart development along the west bank of the Hillsborough River near downtown, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and the City Council have agreed to move a staging area for city trucks onto more suitable land in East Tampa.

Freeing up about 11 acres near Blake High School and Tampa Prep will enable development of the property into a residential community supportive of the nationwide trend in urban living.

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