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Published May 22, 2019

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Judy Genshaft gives $20 million to USF to build a new honors college

Outgoing University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft is giving the school $20 million to build a new honors college that will bear her name. USF trustees chairman Jordan Zimmerman called the gift "transformational."

What question should we ask the 2020 Democratic candidates? We want to hear from you.

There are 23 candidates running to be the Democratic nominee for president. Twenty of those individuals will appear in Miami on June 26 and 27 for the first debates of the election cycle. In anticipation of their arrival in Florida, we're wondering: What would you ask the presidential candidates? Follow this link to fill out the form with your suggestions. If you have more you want to say, contact the Tampa Bay Times Political Editor Steve Contorno at

A man in Bartow shot himself in the leg waiting outside of a school, police say

Police said Amel Villarreal Jr. was waiting to pick a family member up from Summerlin Academy around 4:10 p.m., after school hours. As he sat in a mini-van in the school's visitor lot, police said, he took a gun from his waistband and attempted to stow it in the van's center console. Before the 9mm semi-automatic pistol could be secured, however, police said Villarreal shot himself in the leg.

Battle over Caddy's window to the Intracoastal Waterway continues on two fronts

The opening of a new Caddy's restaurant on St. Pete Beach continues to be delayed pending resolution of a legal battle led by residents opposed to a plan for an open-air window at the rear of the restaurant. There never has been a public hearing on the Caddy's renovation since the project does not require approval by the City Commission.

Welcome to Tampa Bay, Ndamukong Suh. Here's your 10 dirtiest plays

New Bucs defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will arrive in Tampa Bay soon, but his reputation as a dirty player proceeds him. Not that Bucs coach Bruce Arians cares. Here's a look at the 10 dirtiest plays of Suh's nine-year NFL career.

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    All residents were safely evacuated from the Villa Sonoma Condominiums at International Plaza after a fire broke out Saturday morning.
  2. County commissioners agreed Wednesday to pursue a local ordinance establishing a needle exchange program in Hillsborough County. [C.M. GUERRERO  |  Miami Herald]
    If approved, used syringes could be swapped for free, sterile ones
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    Police say the attacker, Lonnie Lavine, lives in a detached shed behind the victim’s home.
  4. The Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., moved to a smaller venue on the property in 2017 after a brief closure due to the museum's financial distress. [Times]
    Staff say a move to downtown’s Water Street is still “up in the air," but efforts are also afoot to keep the museum in the heart of the new Uptown Innovation District near the University of South...
  5. Off-duty detention Deputy Leighton Ricketts, 32, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol early Saturday morning. A four-year veteran of the Sheriff’s office, Ricketts was placed on unpaid administrative leave pending the results of an internal affairs investigation. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office] [ANASTASIA DAWSON  |  HCSO]
    Detention Deputy Leighton Ricketts, a four-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, was placed on unpaid administrative leave pending the results of an internal affairs investigation.
  6. A Brinks security guard and a Good Samaritan who came to his aid were shot during a robbery attempt at GTE Financial credit union in Brandon on Friday. [Tony Marrero, Times Staff]
    The search continued into the evening Saturday for the shooter, who is believed to be a serial bank robber.
  7. Hillsborough County Commissioner Kimberly Overman is spearheading anti-human trafficking efforts. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
    The new commission is the latest in a string of initiatives aimed at snuffing out human trafficking ahead of upcoming events like WrestleMania in April and the Super Bowl in 2021.
  8. Nov. 28, 2019• Hillsborough
    Hillsborough County Center, located at 601 E Kennedy Blvd. in downtown Tampa. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
    The new year will bring a new cast of characters to Hillsborough County politics, from county administrator, tax collector and clerk of courts to a new school superintendent.
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    David Walter Engberg, 29, died from his injuries near the intersection of Daughtry Road, troopers said.
  10. Nov. 20, 2019• Community News
    Tampa Mayor Jane Castor (far right) and her dog Alcaldesa joined students from Rampello K-8 Magnet School on a Nov. 14 walk across the school's newly-painted crosswalk, located at the intersection of Jefferson and Washington streets in downtown Tampa. [CITY OF TAMPA  |  City of Tampa]
    Hundreds of transportation and public safety advocates from across the country brought their ideas to Tampa for the Safe Routes to School National Conference.