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Daryn and Valerie Kinney
Daryn and Valerie Kinney were married on March 20, 1999. Shortly after returning home from a church-sponsored trip to Peru in August that year, Valerie quickly became sick. Not knowing the severity of the problem, Daryn rushed Valerie to the hospital where her condition continued to worsen. It was later found that the cause was a small tumor near Valerie's brain stem which led to a series of complications. Valerie recently sat down to talk with her husband about her medical condition at that time, the treatments performed and appreciation of their life together since then.

Music Credits: A String of Pearls, Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, Bluebird Records (taken from the 78rpm release - non-album release)

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In fiscal 2007-2008, USF received 360 million dollars in research funds...so far in the new fiscal year, that amount is 171 million, with 400 million dollars being a distinct possibility for the full year. This week's University Beat focuses on "ResearchOne," a weeklong celebration of the people and work bringing that money and attention to USF.
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USF's Office of Research
E-mail: research@research.usf.edu or 813-974-5570

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Dr. Karen Holbrook, USF's Vice President for Research & Innovation, says research funds do more than simply back researchers' work - they mean a lot to the economies of both the university AND the community.

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Illustration of a family Holiday shopping
Black Friday - the day after Thanksgiving - is often recognized as the beginning of the holiday shopping season. It's the day retailers offer deep discounts and early-morning hours to entice consumers to spend. And, given the current economic crisis, the success of the day - and the season that follows - could be more important for some stores this year than at any time in recent history. For months, there have been dismal predictions for holiday retail sales. But how realistic are those forecasts? This week, we'll examine how things look in Florida's retail economy this holiday season and talk about how are consumers changing their behavior in these uncertain times.
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Carla Jimenez, Rick McAllister and Bart Weitz talk about online sales for traditional brick-and-mortar stores and how those sales figure into the retailers' overall consumer base.

Host Carson Cooper asks the guests why we aren't hearing more retailers pushing a "buy American" message. The answer, perhaps no surprisingly: globalization.

Bart Weitz notes the loss of community that has accompanied the move of American retail away from downtown department stores that were often a hub of community activity.

June 26, 2009
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William Scott Cobb and William J. Cobb
William Cobb was born in 1923 in Hollister, Ohio, southeast of Columbus. He left the rural coal-mining town at age 20 for the draft during World War II. Near the end of 1943, William Cobb was headed to Europe for service in the Army's 808th Tank Destroyer Battalion, ultimately under the command of General Patton. Cobb spoke with his grandson William about his wartime experience, including his recollections of the liberation of a German concentration camp.
June 2, 2006

Music credits: Magnolia by Jon Brion, Magnolia original motion picture soundtrack,
Reprise Records

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