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News at Noon: Genshaft in line for big bonus; Stamkos could be out four months; lawsuit claims toilet explosion injured librarian; police say USF student made up robbery claim

Judy Genshaft deserves 95 percent of the stipend money the committee controls, trustees agreed Thursday, nodding to soaring research dollars and other goals met despite a tough economic year. The full board will cement the decision in December. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]

Judy Genshaft deserves 95 percent of the stipend money the committee controls, trustees agreed Thursday, nodding to soaring research dollars and other goals met despite a tough economic year. The full board will cement the decision in December. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]

One by one, on a scale of 1 to 10, USF trustees gave president Judy Genshaft their reviews of her performance this year. Her grades never dipped below an eight. Genshaft's stipend this year, her 16th as president, could reach $275,000, depending on trustees and chairman Brian Lamb. The governance committee that met Thursday has discretion over 70 percent of that stipend. Lamb controls 30 percent.

STAMKOS TO HAVE SURGERY, COULD MISS FOUR MONTHS

Lightning captain Steven Stamkos is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee, with a four-month recovery period a safe estimate. Dr. Robert LaPrade is expected to perform the arthroscopic procedure.

USF POLICE: STUDENT ADMITS MAKING UP STORY ABOUT CAMPUS ROBBERY

The USF student who said she was robbed on the Tampa campus made up the story, according to university police. Fatou Gueye, 19, was arrested on a charge of making a false report, according to jail records. Police said Gueye is also part of another investigation: a group of four students who reported receiving threatening messages inside their dorms on election night.

LAWSUIT: TOILET EXPLOSION INJURES TARPON SPRINGS SCHOOL LIBRARIAN

Apparently, toilets can explode. Two did at Tarpon Springs Fundamental School in 2012. Now, a former school librarian who was injured by broken porcelain is suing Tarpon Springs.

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Gov. Rick Scott earlier this week praised having Donald Trump in the White House and noted the two have known each other for 20 years.

GOV. SCOTT MEETING WITH TRUMP TODAY IN NEW YORK

As Gov. Rick Scott pays a visit to Donald Trump today in New York, we review the Florida politicians who could land in a Trump administration. And keep up with Scott's meeting with the president-elect and other political happenings in the Buzz blog.

'TRUMP AND TRUMP ALONE' WILL MAKE DECISION ON ADMINISTRATION

President-elect Donald Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, said today she expects initial announcements of Cabinet choices to come "either before or after Thanksgiving" and told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program, "It's Donald Trump and Donald Trump alone who makes the ultimate decisions."

HILLSBOROUGH'S FIRST OPENLY GAY COMMISSIONER LEAVES LEGACY OF UNDERSTANDING

When Kevin Beckner was elected as the first openly gay Hillsborough County commissioner in 2008, no one expected America was on the verge of a historic era for the gay rights movement. Even Beckner's victory — a watershed moment for a county that just three years before blocked gay pride displays in publicly owned spaces — came the same day Floridians and 59 percent of Hillsborough residents approved a same-sex marriage ban. But during his eight years in office, hearts and minds changed across the country. And Beckner was a persistent force pushing Hillsborough to keep up.

MOVIE REVIEW: A COMING-OF-AGE FLICK WITH ADDED DEPTH

It's too early to tell if writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig's debut The Edge of Seventeen will join the ranks of movie classics aimed at the teenage demographic. But it's an above-average entry in the coming-of-age genre, thanks to some strong performances and Craig's screenplay.

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Cage the Elephant will perform at the 2017 Gasparilla Music Festival at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

CAGE THE ELEPHANT TO HEADLINE GASPARILLA MUSIC FESTIVAL

Grammy-nominated alt-rockers Cage the Elephant will headline this March's Gasparilla Music Festival, organizers announced this morning. While a full lineup is still in the works, the sixth-year downtown Tampa fest also announced sets by Moon Taxi, the New Mastersounds, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs.

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News at Noon: Genshaft in line for big bonus; Stamkos could be out four months; lawsuit claims toilet explosion injured librarian; police say USF student made up robbery claim 11/17/16 [Last modified: Thursday, November 17, 2016 12:02pm]
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