Genevieve Redsten - Breaking News Reporter

Breaking News Reporter

I’m a lifelong Midwesterner still learning how to brave the Florida heat. My hometown of Madison, Wisconsin is a vibrant city that endowed me with a love for water skiing, snow skiing and all varieties of cheese. I study English at the University of Notre Dame, and I’m a shameless Fighting Irish fan. Here, I cover breaking news, so feel free to send me all your crazy stories.

  1. Students cross the University of South Florida's Tampa campus on the first day of classes last August. Masks were a requirement then in shared spaces such as classrooms. For the 2021-22 academic year, which starts Aug. 23, there will be no such requirements. But school officials are urging continued mask-wearing indoors and in large gatherings.
  2. Davine Scott, 6, looks at the entrance to Palm River Elementary in Tampa while her mother, Melissa Rodriguez, says goodbye before she starts first grade on Tuesday.
  3. Among the most popular animal attractions in Tampa are the African penguins at the Florida Aquarium, left, and the stingrays at ZooTampa. The institutions are still investigating mass deaths of the animals in recent weeks.
  4. Sunlake High School seniors congregate on the school’s football field for Senior Sunrise and Last First Day activities during the first day of school for Pasco County Students on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, in Land O’ Lakes.
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  6. The Element apartment tower in downtown Tampa was ready for residents to move back in Monday. Crews dried the place out and made repairs after water line breaks forced evacuation July 16.
  7. Rob Lorei was fired by radio station WMNF after they said he used an ethnic slur in an email. WEDU, on which he hosts a show, is supporting him.
  8. Lucia Hardin works at Beautify the Beast in the Element apartment tower and Kiwi is one of the pets the business is boarding for free after a flood forced residents to evacuate.
  9. Lucia Hardin, with Beautify the Beast pet grooming, carries Lucy, an older labradoodle, out of the Element apartment tower after a water leak forced the building's evacuation. The shop offered to shelter residents' pets.
  10. During a Nov. 2 vigil near John's Pass, candles light a memorial for Rachel Herring, 16, who died in a boat crash the day before.
  11. Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Alex Killorn drives a jet ski while holding the Stanley Cup as teammate Nikita Kucherov gestures to the crowd while celebrating the Lightning’s Stanley Cup victory with a boat parade Monday in Tampa.
  12. Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Alex Killorn drives a jet ski while holding the Stanley Cup as teammate Nikita Kucherov gestures to the crowd while celebrating the Lightning’s Stanley Cup victory with a boat parade Monday, July 12, 2021 in Tampa.
  13. Walter Anderson, 76, faces a felony scheme to defraud charge, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
  14. Zachary Pierson, 29, was arrested Thursday on charges of attempted first-degree murder and criminal mischief. Arrest reports say he attacked a man with a metal object at a BP gas station in Seminole.
  15. This 2010 photo shows African black-footed penguins at the Florida Aquarium. Seven of the Florida Aquarium’s African penguins died of unknown causes, Aquarium officials announced in a media release Thursday.
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  17. Melissa Loven, Qi Crystal Energy shop owner, (left)  and Crea Egan (right) prepare the store ahead of tropical storm Elsa Tuesday, July 6, 2021.
  18. Jessica Kreps holds up a sign she made commemorating her brother during the Eastern Conference finals June 25 at Amalie Arena.
  19. Fire rescue personnel conduct a search and rescue with dogs through the rubble of the Champlain Towers South Condo after the multistory building partially collapsed in Surfside, Fla., Thursday, June 24, 2021.  (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)
  20. A Tampa man was arrested Wednesday on a charge that he killed a man with a pellet gun, Tampa police announced.
  21. Jared T. Vaughn, 44, turned himself in June 16 after his DNA matched DNA collected at the scene of a sexual battery in Tampa, police said.
  22. Joseph Stillitano, 31, was charged with first-degree murder under a Florida law that allows the state to seek murder charges when a person dies from an overdose.
  23. Pallbearers place the casket of Janosh Purackal, 37, next to his son’s casket at Hillsboro Memorial Gardens on Thursday. Purackal and his son Daniel Purackal, 3, drowned last week in Apollo Beach.