Culture
4:53 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Vinyl Enthusiasts Celebrate Record Store Day

Photo during a Record Store Day
Credit Tom Mcshane on Flickr

The Internet may be the place for music sales nowadays, but vinyl enthusiasts want to show there's still a place for records by celebrating Record Store Day.

 

The 7th annual Record Store Day is scheduled Saturday, April 19, 2014, in more than 1,000 stores across the world.

 

Buyer and inventory manager for Sound Exchange in Tampa, Steve Crace, said in the past, all sorts of people would stop in on Record Store Day.

 

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NPR Story
9:47 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Discrimination Law Covers Pregnancy: Court

Florida Supreme Court
JMV0586 FLICKR

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 9:45 am

The state's civil rights laws include the protection of women discriminated against for pregnancy, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

The opinion finds that the intent of current statute, though not explicitly addressing pregnancy, protects individuals based on gender.

In a 6-1 decision, the majority justices apply their ruling to the case of plaintiff Peguy Delva, who was working for South Florida real estate developer Continental Group when she became pregnant.

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Off The Base
7:39 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Technology Assists Physically Impaired Veterans

Rick Archer, a member of the Haley VA assisted technology team of therapists, explains how the reflection of infrared light off his pupil can operate a laptop computer.
Credit Bobbie O'Brien / WUSF Public Media

Have you ever taken a photograph and the camera flash turned the person’s eyes into red or white dots? That bane of amateur photographers is becoming a useful tool for physically impaired veterans.

Rick Archer, an assisted technology therapist at the James A. Haley VA Polytrauma and Rehabilitation Center, has  a typical laptop computer in front of him. Attached to it is a black device, the size of a toothbrush case, called Eyegaze.

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Environment
3:37 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

4th Anniversary of BP Oil Spill Marked in St. Petersburg

Congressman David Jolly at the St. Petersburg waterfront event. Jolly says protecting the Gulf should not be a "partisan issue."
Credit Steve Newborn / WUSF

Sunday marks the 4th anniversary of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Even though most of the visible oil is gone, the effects of chemical dispersants that sank much of the oil to the Gulf's bottom linger on. Today, a group of scientists and environmental activists marked the occasion with a call for more action to protect the Gulf.

The wind- and wave-whipped St. Petersburg waterfront formed the backdrop for what amounted to a plea for more research into how marine life in the Gulf has been affected by the spill - and how to prevent it from happening again.

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Health News Florida
11:30 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Free Dental Care Draws Crowd

Stella Mikesell of Brandon had a filling and an extraction.
Lottie Watts WUSF

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 11:33 am

 Over two days at the Florida State Fairgrounds, volunteers organized by the Florida Dental Association provided more than $1 million in free services.

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Business
9:58 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Internet Retailer Amazon to Start Collecting Sales Taxes

Floridians who rely on Internet giant Amazon.com will have to soon start paying taxes on their online purchases.

A spokesman for the Seattle-based company confirmed Wednesday that Amazon will collect the state's 6 percent sales tax on May 1.

The move follows the decision by Amazon to build two distribution centers in the Sunshine State.

Amazon will open "fulfillment centers" in Lakeland and Ruskin. Each will be more than 1 million square feet. Amazon officials say when both are open, more than 1,000 full-time jobs will be created.

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9:47 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Star Player Jameis Winston Accused, and a Flawed Rape Investigation

Lead in text: 
The prosecutor, William N. Meggs, acknowledged a number of shortcomings in the police investigation. In fact, an examination by The New York Times has found that there was virtually no investigation at all, either by the police or the university. The police did not follow the obvious leads that would have quickly identified the suspect as well as witnesses, one of whom videotaped part of the sexual encounter. After the accuser identified Mr. Winston as her assailant, the police did not even attempt to interview him for nearly two weeks and never obtained his DNA.
Tallahassee, Fla. - Early on the morning of Dec. 7, 2012, a freshman at Florida State University reported that she had been raped by a stranger somewhere off campus after a night of drinking at a popular Tallahassee bar called Potbelly's. As she gave her account to the police, several bruises began to appear, indicating recent trauma.
9:44 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Jeb Bush’s Wife, Family Issues Key to 2016

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Republican donors and operatives are chattering about Bush’s publicity-shy wife, so worried she isn’t on board with a 2016 White House run that they’re urging people in the family’s orbit to make the case. Columba Bush has long been deeply averse to the spotlight, especially after an embarrassing encounter with U.S. Customs while her husband was still in office.
If Jeb Bush decides to run for president, he’ll have to defend his family’s controversial political name. But more immediate family concerns might keep him from running at all. Republican donors and operatives are chattering about Bush’s publicity-shy wife, so worried she isn’t on board with a 2016 White House run that they’re...
Politics
6:53 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Supreme Court Won't Consider Trauma Suit

Tampa General Hospital
Skip O'Rourke Tampa Bay Times

The Florida Supreme Court this week declined to hear an appeal from the HCA health-care chain amid broader legal and political battles about the continued operation of trauma centers at some HCA hospitals.

In a brief order issued Monday, justices said they would not review a decision by the 1st District Court of Appeal that helped hospitals in the Tampa Bay and Jacksonville areas continue challenging the HCA trauma centers.

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Culture
6:48 am
Thu April 17, 2014

What We Can Learn From DaVinci And Michelangelo

Mark Rodgers and Michelangelo's Pieta

Today, most kids may recognize the names Leonardo and Michelangelo from a group of turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles who take their names from the Italian Renaissance masters.  

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Politics
4:20 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Fl. Legislators Push for Millions in Spending

Florida legislators with extra money to spend are trying to steer taxpayer funds to everything from gun ranges and a military museum to a course designed to teach “sexual risk avoidance.”

There’s $10 million for SkyRise Miami, a planned observation tower that would be the city’s tallest building once completed. There’s $500,000 for a livestock pavilion in Ocala. There’s money to help relocate a lighthouse now at Cape San Blas in the Panhandle.

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University Beat
3:58 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

USF Health Puts Medical Careers in Focus for Tampa Students

Dr. Kevin Sneed, Dean of the USF College of Pharmacy, talks to students at Franklin Middle Magnet School's Career Day.
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

This week's extended University Beat report on USF Health physicians, nurses & faculty participating in career days at a pair of East Tampa schools.

Separated by only two miles, Ferrell Middle Magnet School and Franklin Middle Magnet School have a lot in common.

Both East Tampa preparatory academies formed three years ago. Both are Title One schools, receiving federal funds while serving mixed student bodies of various races and economic backgrounds, with two-thirds to three-quarters of the pupils receiving free or reduced cost lunches.

And both single-sex schools are posting tremendous improvement in student performance: all-boys Franklin saw their school wide FCAT grade jump from a D in 2012 to a B in 2013; all-girls Ferrell went from a C to an A.

Representatives of USF Health are trying to help those schools sustain their success—and show the students possible future paths—through a series of recent career days.

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Politics
1:22 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Fact-Checking Senator Nelson's Florida Population Claims

Credit politifact.com

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson wants Florida to be ready if and when a hurricane strikes.

That's why during a recent Senate Armed Services committee hearing, Nelson argued against cuts to the Florida National Guard.

As he made his argument, Nelson also took a little jab at New York State.

Nelson said, ""My state of Florida is now the third-largest state. We have surpassed New York in population."

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10:55 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Belleair Commissioners Approve Rezoning Measure

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Belleair commissioners approved the RM-10 rezoning measure that affects the Belleview Biltmore Hotel.
BELLEAIR - The Belleair Town Commission voted 4-1 Tuesday night to create a new zoning district a developer could apply for if he or she wanted to raze the historic Belleview Biltmore Resort & Spa and build condos or townhomes in its place. Current zoning on the Biltmore site allows only for a hotel or single-family homes.
Health News Florida
9:11 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Ex-Pres. of Medicare Plan Arrested

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 10:56 am

Haider Ali Khan, patriarch of the now-defunct Quality Health Plans Inc., has been arrested and charged with more than a dozen felonies involving health-insurance fraud, state officials said.

Khan, who was president of the Tampa-based Medicare plan before it closed, turned himself in to Leon County Jail officials on April 3 and was released on $150,000 bond, according to the state Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR). His arrest came 20 months after that of his son and daughter, both of whom were also executives in the company.

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