Briona Arradondo, FOX 13 Tampa Bay

Briona Arradondo

FOX 13 Tampa Bay

Nashville, TN, United States

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Recent articles by Briona:

Tampa doctors explain Ramsay Hunt syndrome following Justin Bieber diagnosis

Pop singer Justin Bieber shared on social media his diagnosis of Ramsay Hunt syndrome on Friday. He made the announcement in an Instagram video to let his fans know half of his face was paralyzed due to Ramsay Hunt syndrome, and it’s the reason he’s canceling upcoming concerts. → Read More

USF professor uses 'brain painting' to help treat those with ADHD through abstract art

The computer interfaced program is called “brain painting,” and it’s the brainchild of USF Researcher and Professor Marvin Andujar. He said the project started off from his work with brain-controlled drones, and then college students came to him for help with focus and concentration in classes. → Read More

Survey: Some Floridians would hesitate to evacuate during hurricane season due to high gas prices

Gas costs are expected to remain high through the summer – so emergency managers are sharing how to plan around your wallet. The survey found two in five Floridians or 42% of those surveyed would hesitate to evacuate their homes because of prices at the pump. Residents at a St. Pete hurricane prep expo Wednesday said they aren’t surprised. → Read More

Two years later: How George Floyd's death has changed policing federally, locally

On Wednesday, the second anniversary of Floyd’s death, President Joe Biden signed an executive order on changes to the way federal law enforcement officers operate, including a national law enforcement database to track officer misconduct, mandating body worn cameras on patrol and banning choke holds and no knock warrants. → Read More

Local nonprofit resources strained as inflation surges

Buying food isn’t just getting harder for families in need, it’s hitting the nonprofits that help them. Feeding Tampa Bay and Metropolitan Ministries said surging inflation is straining resources, and both nonprofits said workers are seeing a record number of families needing help. → Read More

'It's well worth it': Longtime nurses work to inspire next generation

The field of healthcare nurses is evolving, and nurses are dealing with much more now than even a few years ago. → Read More

Gulfport realtor makes history with first US cryptocurrency home sale

The Gulfport house listed for sale as an NFT is off the market, helping Tampa Bay made history in real estate. → Read More

Proposed laws stir up controversy as they move through Florida's Legislature

The proposed laws range from restricting curriculum related to critical race theory, election laws, and security and abortion rights. Many of the laws have been positioned as protections for the rights of parents, the unborn, and democratic processes, but the bills' opponents say the so-called protections may do more harm than good. → Read More

Local home first in the nation to be sold as NFT

A Pinellas County realtor is selling a house as an NFT at auction next week, a first in the country. → Read More

Child drownings hit record number in Florida

Nearly 100 children drowned in Florida in 2021 and 66% of them were under age 3. → Read More

Hospitals see spike in pediatric COVID-19 cases

The omicron variant is infecting children as the country experiences a surge in COVID cases. Doctors in Tampa Bay are seeing a jump in the number of children coming to the hospital with COVID-19, including children under 5 who aren’t eligible for the vaccine. → Read More

Community land trust in Hillsborough County could help bring down housing prices

Finding an affordable place to live is so challenging that Hillsborough County leaders are turning to a creative solution to help residents. Commissioners are setting up a community land trust that will allow the county to buy land, build housing, and ensure affordable prices. → Read More

Experienced firefighters, EMS workers needed in Pasco County, but hard to come by

Pasco County is growing fast and along with it, the need for more firefighters. → Read More

The Great Resignation: Survey finds employees want flexibility, but are managers ready to oblige?

The 'Great Resignation' is real. The number of people leaving their jobs is at a record high, with employees citing work-life balance and burnout as top reasons for making a change. A new survey suggests it could get worse if companies don’t make workplace changes of their own. → Read More

Officials target undoing racial divides created by Florida highways, interstates

Highway construction takes decades of planning and U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is calling to attention the way racism played a role in the country’s major roadways. Instead of connecting communities, highway design was used to racially divide neighborhoods or displace and destroy minority communities altogether. → Read More

Crisis, domestic violence experts analyze couple's behavior in body camera video

A witness called police in Utah after seeing Gabby Petito and her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, get into a physical altercation. Moab police released body camera footage of what followed. Domestic violence experts looked at that video and said Brain’s lack of acknowledgment of any wrongdoing may speak volumes. → Read More

Hillsborough tap water may taste, smell different due to coronavirus pandemic

Tampa Bay Water is changing the way it treats water at one of its plants due to a lack of liquid oxygen, and residents in parts of Hillsborough County may notice a change in the taste and smell of their water. → Read More

Long-term side effects from COVID vaccines unlikely, data shows

Central Florida doctors and scientists said they know some are still hesitant to take the COVID-19 vaccine and want to wait to see what potential long-term effects might be. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, long-term effects are unlikely and serious side effects are very rare, happening in about 5 in 1 million. → Read More

FDA approval makes COVID-19 vaccine mandates easier

The FDA’s full approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine could also mean more schools and companies will soon require it. The Supreme Court has already ruled that such mandates are legal. → Read More

Doctors prepare for third vaccine doses to be available for all Americans in September

Federal health officials announced Wednesday third doses of Pfizer and Moderna's COVID-19 vaccines will be available to all vaccinated people eight months after their second dose starting September 20, and Tampa Bay public health experts are weighing on what that means for the public. → Read More