Aldo Puccini

Aldo Puccini is WUSF/USF Zimmerman School digital news intern for spring 2018.

Born in Barranquilla, Colombia, and raised in Miami, Fla., Aldo is currently a junior working towards a bachelor’s degree in mass communication with a concentration in magazine featured writing at USF. Aldo is proficient in both English and Spanish.

Aldo has previously interned at USF Athletics.

The number of children under the age of four who die from drowning in Florida every year could fill up to four preschool classrooms. According to Florida Health, drowning is now the leading cause of preventable child death in the Tampa Bay area.

Twenty-five years ago, Patty Deremer was a little girl in the Chasco Fiesta parade in New Port Richey. Now, she’s the sponsorship chair of the festival, which kicks off this weekend.

The St. Petersburg Police opened a new $78.5 million headquarters on Friday that will modernize the force and enhance training for its officers. 

Natalia Peres, a professor of plant pathology at University of Florida, dreams of the day where harmful pathogens no longer pose a significant threat to crops.

Local branches of the United Methodist Church are reacting to a landmark vote. 

On Feb. 26, representatives of the UMC voted 438 to 384 in favor of the “Traditional Plan,” which continues the ban on same-sex marriage weddings and LGBTQ clergy members.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced this week a new proposal to update safety standards for sunscreen  ingredients and marketing.

Same-sex marriage and the acceptance of LGBTQ clergy are issues that many religions are dealing with today. Now, the United Methodist Church is holding a special session to vote on a proposal regarding those subjects.

Sarasota’s first African-American community, Overtown, will be in the spotlight during a Newtown History Makers panel next week.