The Two-Way
7:02 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

'12 Years A Slave,' 'Gravity' Win Big At The Oscars

Red carpet's ready: The rope line awaits at Hollywood & Highland Center.
Christopher Polk Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 10:37 am

After several days of heavy rain in Los Angeles, the sun came out just as the 86th annual Academy Awards got underway at the Dolby Theater.

The big award of the night, for Best Picture, went to 12 Years a Slave. The film tells the harrowing tale of Solomon Northup, a free black man in New York who was sold into slavery. (See the full list of winners below.)

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Making Sense of the Media
7:02 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Making Sense of Binge Watching

"House of Cards - Season Two" premiered on "Netflix" Friday, February 21.      

By that Sunday,  two percent of Netflix customers -- that's 634,000 households -- had watched all 13 episodes.

That's 13 hours of one TV show.

That is what we're now calling "binge watching!"

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Environment
2:52 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Wildlife Art Show Comes To Sarasota

Promotion for Sarasota Wildlife Art Festival
Credit www.sarasotawildlifefest.com

The Rotary Club of Sarasota will be hosting the Second Annual Sarasota Wildlife Art show this weekend.  The Sarasota Wildlife Art Show is a 2 day event and will feature more than 40 painters, sculptors, photographers and jewelers. Chairman of the Sarasota Wildlife Art Festival, Robert Gaglio says people can learn a lot about the environment from this great collection of art.

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Environment
2:35 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

SeaWorld: OSHA Investigator Fraternized with 'Blackfish' Creators

Trainer Dawn Brancheau poses with a killer whale at SeaWorld in 2005. Brancheau was killed by a similar whale, Tilikum, in 2010.
Credit Associated Press

SeaWorld has filed a complaint alleging that an Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigator who probed a SeaWorld trainer’s death engaged in unethical conduct by fraternizing with makers of a documentary critical of the park.

The six-page complaint, sent to the Labor Department on Thursday, states that SeaWorld believes that OSHA investigator Lara Padgett “violated the Standards of Ethical Conduct for government employees ... as well as other requirements of federal law.”

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Off The Base
12:34 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Special Ops Forces: A University of Their Own

U.S. Special Operations Command Deputy Commander, Army Lt. Gen. John Mulholland, served as keynote speaker at the symbolic groundbreaking for the new university campus.
Bobbie O'Brien WUSF Public Media

The Tampa Bay area will soon become home to a new university. It is not another state university like Florida Polytechnic. Instead, the university has a highly-specialized curriculum with a global reach.

A hub campus for the Joint Special Operations University (JSOU) is under construction near the U.S. Special Operations Command on MacDill Air Force Base.

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Health News Florida
10:30 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Legislature Readying Major Changes to Florida's Juvenile-Justice System

The Legislature is expected to take up major changes to Florida’s juvenile-justice system during the 2014 session, looking to put more emphasis on prevention and rehabilitation for youthful offenders.

Lawmakers also face the challenge of bringing the state into compliance with U.S. Supreme Court rulings on sentencing guidelines for underage offenders — after three straight years in which they couldn’t agree.

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Politics
10:06 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Dems Invite Tampa to Bid for 2016 Convention; Buckhorn Reluctant

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn speaks at a March 2012 ceremony where he was named one of eight honorary co-chairs to the 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee for the Republican National Convention.
Credit Bobbie O'Brien / WUSF 89.7 News

Tampa is one of 30 cities invited by the Democratic National Committee to apply to host the 2016 Convention, in part because of the city's success hosting the Republican National Convention in 2012.

However, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, a Democrat who was almost ubiquitous in the run-up to and during the RNC week itself, is apparently leery about his own party coming to town in two years.

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Politics
6:06 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Charlie Crist at USF; Vows Support for High-Speed Rail

Steve Newborn WUSF

Charlie Crist has been somewhat quiet on the campaign trail, preferring to hawk his new book rather than take his message to the corners of the state. Today, he campaigned in Tampa for the first time since announcing his candidacy for governor.

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Law & Order
6:01 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

'Stand Your Ground' Law Focus of March Rally in Tally

This Feb. 4, 2014 file photo shows a small memorial to Jordan Davis planted outside the courthouse in Jacksonville
Credit Bob Mack / Associated Press

The parents of slain teen Jordan Davis said Wednesday they will join the parents of slaying victim Trayvon Martin and the widow of a man shot to death in a Florida movie theater to talk with legislators in Tallahassee about the state's so-called stand your ground law.

Ron Davis and Lucia McBath said they plan to visit Tallahassee on March 10 for a rally to protest the law.

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Environment
11:52 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Feds Approve $6.3 Million for Apalachicola Oyster Industry

Ten percent of all America's oysters come from Apalachicola Bay
Credit Scott Bridges

The U.S. Department of Commerce on Wednesday approved $6.3 million in disaster-assistance funding for the struggling Apalachicola Bay oyster industry.

The money can be used for economic recovery efforts, including job training and oyster bed restoration.

Jacksonville explored the idea of oyster farming in 2013.

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University Beat
10:57 am
Thu February 27, 2014

USF Conference Examines 'Human Side' of Modern Warfare

Poster for the USF Citizenship Initiative conference, “Modern Warfare’s Complexity and the Human Dimension.”
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

With the war in Afghanistan possibly winding down, at least when it comes to U.S. involvement, but the situation in Syria remaining in question, the timing of a recent conference at the University of South Florida on the nature of warfare was impeccable.

Retired U.S. Army Colonel Derek Harvey is Director of Research and Strategy for USF’s Citizenship Initiative, which organized the conference, “Modern Warfare’s Complexity and the Human Dimension.”

“The purpose of the conference is to bring academics, think tanks, military officials, non-governmental organizations and others together who deal with conflicted societies where conflict exists or might exist, and make sure that we are learning the right lessons from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq,” Harvey said.

University Beat report on “Modern Warfare’s Complexity and the Human Dimension.”

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Law & Order
11:34 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Howell Executed For Killing State Trooper With Pipe Bomb

Paul Howell was put to death in Starke Wednesday or killing Florida State Trooper Jimmy Fulford in 1992.
Credit Florida Dept. of Corrections

A drug trafficker who placed a pipe bomb in a gift-wrapped microwave oven in a plot to kill two potential murder witnesses was executed Wednesday for the 1992 death of a Florida highway trooper who became the unintended victim.

Paul Augustus Howell, 48, was pronounced dead at 6:32 p.m. following a lethal injection at the Florida State Prison in Stark, the office of Gov. Rick Scott said in an email.

Howell was condemned for the killing of Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Jimmy Fulford on Feb. 1, 1992, when the package exploded during a traffic stop.

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Environment
5:55 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

The State of the Everglades: Pythons, Rising Seas and Rising Bridges

Alligator vs Burmese Python. Score 1 for the natives
National Parks Service

Author and proto-environmentalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas was remarked to have said, "The Everglades is a test. If we pass it, we may get to keep the planet." (Although some contend the remark was penned by Joe Podgor, who worked closely with her for many years).  With all the ditching and dredging that's been going on for the past century, we're likely failing that test.  But a slew of new projects is giving hope for the future.

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University Beat
5:15 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

USF Wind Ensemble Needs $ to Play Carnegie Hall

USF Director of Bands John Carmichael rehearses with the Wind Ensemble in preparation for their March 4 performance at Carnegie Hall.
Credit Aimee Blodgett / USF News

USF Director of Bands and Professor of Conducting John Carmichael's extended interview with WUSF's Mark Schreiner about the USF Wind Ensemble's trip to play at Carnegie Hall next week.

You know the old adage, "What does it take to get to Carnegie Hall?"

The USF Wind Ensemble is finding out that not only does it take "Practice, practice, practice," it also takes "Money, money, money!"

The ensemble is one of only three bands scheduled to perform at the sold-out 12th Annual New York Wind Band Festival showcase concert March 4th. It takes place at Carnegie Hall, which USF Director of Bands and Professor of Conducting John Carmichael calls the "most prestigious concert venue in America."

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Politics
3:16 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Listen and Decide if Alex Sink's Immigration Reform Answer Is 'Shocking'

Tuesday's Congressional D-13 debate from left to right: USF professor Susan MacManus, Libertarian Lucas Overby, Republican David Jolly and Democrat Alex Sink.
Credit Bobbie O'Brien / WUSF Public Media

The question to the three candidates running for Congressional Distrcit 13, Congressman C.W. "Bill" Young’s former seat, was straightforward:

“The Senate has passed a comprehensive immigration bill. If it’s brought to a vote in the house, would you support it? And, why? And if not, why?” asked moderator Susan MacManus, a University of South Florida political science professor.

The candidates answered in order.

First, Libertarian Lucas Overby who said he would support the Senate immigration bill.

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