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A Lego Mindstorm NXT soccer-playing robot.
This week's University Beat on WUSF-TV takes you to the sidelines as a group of students in a USF College of Engineering research program put their custom-made Lego robots to the test in a high-tech game of soccer.

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Lego Mindstorm NXT Robots playing soccer. The blue team beat the purple team 4-1
Of the thousands of ways robots can be used today, teaching them to play soccer may not seem to be one of the best ones; but this week's University Beat on WUSF 89.7 FM tells you how a research program at USF's College of Engineering that culminates in a match between two teams of robots built out of Legos is increasing knowledge while drawing new students to the subject.
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Miguel Labrador, Assoc. Professor, USF Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering
E-mail: labrador@cse.usf.edu or 813-974-3260


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This week we're taking a serious look at the state of crime in our area. We'll ask local law enforcement to weigh in on the trends they're seeing, and discuss ways we can all avoid becoming victims. And we'll take a look at the relationship between education and crime. Then Larry Elliston introduces us to a former convict who turned his life around and hopes to inspire others to do the same.

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generic voting ballot
A couple of weeks ago, 10 St. Petersburg residents were vying to be the city’s next mayor. Now, that list has only two names on it. The winner will inherit a list of unresolved issues, like deciding the future of downtown -- including BayWalk and the Pier -- and whether to build a new baseball stadium. We’ll meet the candidates and find out what they think, this week.
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Listen to Kathleen Ford explain more about how she would spend some of the city's reserve funds while Bill Foster describes why he’s opposed to the idea. (2:09)

Listen to an expanded version of our conversation about the possibility of a new stadium in St. Petersburg for the Rays. (5:49)

Listen to Ford and Foster talk about the future of regional transportation, including the plans for light rail advocated by Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio. (2:55)

Foster and Ford talk about BayWalk and how public safety issues and the economy contributed to the troubles at the struggling retail center. They also tell us whether they support a proposal to turn over a portion of public sidewalk to the plaza. (4:45)

May 15, 2009


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Monsignor John Scully
In the early '60s, Monsignor John Scully was approached by Archbishop Joseph Hurley to start a new Catholic high school in the Tampa area. Originally intended for girls only, the new school quickly became co-ed and Tampa Catholic welcomed its first class September 4, 1962. Recently, Tampa Catholic High School Principal Thomas Reidy sat down with Monsignor Scully to talk about the challenges he faced as the school's FIRST president.
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