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Feature Story Streets in Hyde Park Village showing how far to stay apart.

Floridians move cautiously into summer as some restaurants, businesses reopen

Restaurants, hotels, and other businesses gradually reopen with new operational practices and infrastructure designed to keep people safer from COVID-19 during the weeks ahead.

Feature Story Researchers are especially eager to recruit African Americans and Latinos who are under-represented in many studies.

Can brain training fend off dementia? USF researchers want you to try itCognitive Aging Lab seeks diversity

Dr. Jerri Edwards is hoping to put 500 volunteers through brain training in 2020, especially African Americans and Latinos who are up to two times more likely to develop dementia and who are often under-represented in clinical trials.

Feature Story Dr. Thomas McDonald, MD. Professor, USF Health College of Medicine Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology; Professor, College of Medicine Internal Medicine.

Chemical glow from fireflies could help trace spread of COVID-19USF researchers follow the light

USF scientists produce a glowing COVID-19 pseudotype to study susceptibility factors and disparities across diverse populations.

Feature Story Attorney Melanie S. Griffin of Tampa.

Florida’s new work environment: Preparing your business to operate in the COVID-19 era

As more and more states, including Florida, revoke or allow their "stay-at-home'' orders to expire, it is important for businesses to understand the scope of the orders being issued that plan for economic recovery and how to best prepare their businesses. Read more.

Feature Story Chris Incorvaia of Stuart Dean Co. working at The Ring in Clearwater.

It's not all about the beaches: Clearwater begins to get back to business

Clearwater business owners and civic leaders weigh in on transitioning back to full-time operation during COVID-19 and seizing opportunities to start fresh.

Feature Story Curbside service at Majesty Title in Tampa.

How is the local real estate market preparing to re-open and what will be different?

With Florida's real estate market driving a huge portion of the local economy, 83 Degrees asked Tampa Digs agent Susan Nelson-Crowley to reflect on how the industry is adapting during the COVID-19 pandemic to meet the needs of local buyers and sellers. Here is her report.

Feature Story Sarah (Ying) Zhong, an assistant professor of engineering at USF.

Face Mask 101: USF researcher shares best mask-wearing practices

USF Assistant Professor Sarah (Ying) Zhong is researching the effectiveness of a technology designed to sterilize and re-charge N95 and surgical masks, making them safe for re-use in under five minutes.

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83 Degrees Media pivoted in mid-March to put our team of writers and editors to work looking at the COVID-19 pandemic through a solutions journalism lens to provide helpful information for our readers. So far, we've published more than 50 stories that are being shared and cited by others as among the most valuable for connecting Floridians and informing others about the Tampa Bay Area's talent, innovation, diversity, and sense of place. We are now pivoting again to do more storytelling around plans to stay safe, rebound, and recover. You can see what we're talking about on our COVID-19 tag page.

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West Tampa is an historic Tampa neighborhood undergoing transformational change as new people and businesses move in. Traditionally defined by its working class, primarily Latin culture, the neighborhood is increasingly seen as a place of opportunity for a diversity of ...