The Sunday Conversation
5:17 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Caring For Wounded Vet A Burden Family Gladly Shares

Craig Remsburg (left) remembers fondly the day his son, Army Ranger Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg (center) received a standing ovation at the State of the Union speech in January. Cory was injured while serving in Afghanistan.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun April 13, 2014 6:54 pm

Each week, Weekend Edition Sunday brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.

Craig Remsburg's son, Army Ranger Cory Remsburg, was serving in Afghanistan when he was wounded by a roadside bomb in 2009. Earlier this year, the father and son attended the State of the Union address as guests of President Obama and the first lady.

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University Beat
4:28 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

STEM Superheroes Kickstart Next Phase of Work

The Scientific League of Superheroes, MegaByte and Sublimation, demonstrate principles of pH to Woodbridge Elementary students.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

Since we're going to talk science and math here, let's start with an equation: (Bill Nye the Science Guy + Batman) x 3 = The Scientific League of Superheroes. 

We introduced you to the trio of University of South Florida graduate students who don superhero costumes to teach STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts in local elementary schools two years ago. 

Now they're back for a sequel - and this time they're looking for some help from their fans.

But before we get to that, let's recap the origins - both the real-life and the comic book ones.

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3:45 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Hillsborough's Land Preservation Program Celebrates 25 Years

Hillsborough County

Today, the Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department of Hillsborough County celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program, also known as ELAPP.

The land preservation program was created in 1987 when voters approved a quarter-cent tax on every $1,000 of taxable land value. The property tax has a sunset provision every ten years. And Hillsborough County voters have re-approved the ad volorem tax twice by considerable margins.

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2:58 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Who Was That Tea Party Lady At The Solar Energy Rally With Charlie Crist?

RALLY IN (AND FOR) THE SUN: Hundreds of students, activists and solar energy entrepreneurs crowded the capitol grounds for Solar Uprising.

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 6:37 pm

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2:32 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Fl. Legislators Divided Over Tax Holidays

Florida legislators are divided over what type of additional tax breaks to offer residents this year.

The Florida House has already passed a bill that calls for four sales tax holidays, including a three day back-to-school holiday. The House also wants a tax holiday on energy efficient appliances, gym memberships and hurricane preparation supplies.

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Off The Base
12:32 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

New VA Center Gives Active Veterans a Climbing Wall, Aquatic Center, Putting Green

Exterior of the new aquatic center with two therapy pools heated by solar panels at the James A. Haley VA Polytrauma and Rehabilitation Center.
Bobbie O'Brien WUSF Public Media

It’s not your father’s VA anymore as evidenced by just one look inside the Department of Veterans’ Affairs new Polytrauma and Rehabilitation Center at James A. Haley VA Hospital at 13000 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa.

There’s a putting green, a two-story climbing wall, and an aquatic center for recreational therapy. Each of the 56 new private rooms has large windows for natural light, lush wood paneling, wheelchair accessible bathrooms, a desk and a large-screen TV so veterans and active duty personnel have direct access to education programs and entertainment.

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Health News Florida
10:26 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Trauma 'Train' Could Set Up Health Debate

The House and Senate could be headed toward a collision at the end of the legislative session about major health-care issues, including the continued operation of three disputed trauma centers.

A House committee Thursday approved an omnibus bill that cobbled together a series of controversial issues, including a plan to prevent a potential shutdown of the trauma centers, a proposal to expand the powers of nurse practitioners and an effort to increase the use of telemedicine.

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9:19 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Longest Table Event Brings Together Restaurants, Diners to Raise Money for WUSF

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For St. Petersburg residents Phil and Jennie Crane it was Mise en Place's seared duck breast with foie gras that lured them waterside for dinner. And for James Spencer, president of Core Investment Management in Clearwater, it was affection for WUSF, as well as a friendship with restaurateur Steve Westphal that brought him and friends to the Parkshore Grill's table.
ST. PETERSBURG - Joggers and cyclists on Bayshore Drive craned their necks. Was it a wedding, a bar mitzvah? Set squarely in the middle of the street, the fancy white-clothed dinner tables adorned with aqua blue runners were part of the first-ever Longest Table event Thursday evening to benefit WUSF.
9:14 am
Fri April 11, 2014

As Senate Pension Overhaul Clears First Panel, House Measure Heads To Floor

Sen. Wilton Simpson (R-Trilby)(left) surrounded by a couple of SBA officials is defending his pension reform bill Thursday, during its initial vetting. Rep. Jim Boyd (R-Bradenton)(right) did the same Thursday in a House panel..
Florida Channel

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 9:03 pm

A pension reform proposal is now heading to the House floor, while its Senate companion just cleared its first official committee. While both now scaled-back bills have their differences, they have an equal amount of opposition from public employees and most Democrats stacked against them.

Trilby Republican Senator Wilton Simpson’s bill has gone through several changes, and Thursday, during the Senate Government Oversight and Accountability Committee, it was no different.

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9:14 am
Fri April 11, 2014

'Solar Uprising' Chides Lawmakers For Lack Of Sun Incentives

Young protestors dance on Florida Capitol outcroppings, in support of more incentives for solar energy.

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 5:13 pm

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Health News Florida
9:13 am
Fri April 11, 2014

House 'Train Bill' Groups Trauma, Telemedicine And Nursing In Hopes Of Wooing Senate

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 10:55 am

The Florida House is cobbling together several different health-related bills in the hope the combined proposal will sway the Senate to vote for them. But the new, combined proposal still doesn’t sway some in the originating chamber.

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University Beat
10:33 am
Thu April 10, 2014

USF Professor of Year Preps 'Last Lecture'

USF Mechanical Engineering Professor Autar Kaw delivers a "Last Lecture" in the Marshall Student Center tonight.
Credit USF News

University of South Florida Mechanical Engineering Professor Autar Kaw knows what people are thinking when they hear he's delivering a 'last lecture' tonight at the Marshall Student Center.

"When somebody hears the 'last lecture,' they think it's ominous, that you're dying or you're retiring," Kaw says with a laugh. "I don't want to do (either) at this age!"

Notice that the first paragraph said 'a' last lecture - that's because Kaw, who was named one of the 2012 Professors of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, is taking part in the Last Lecture series.

It's a concept that's been around for years - including at USF since 2010 - where top professors and faculty give a hypothetical last speech about something that truly matters to them and try to pass along lessons they've learned in life.

Mark Schreiner's extended interview with Professor Autar Kaw about his "Last Lecture"

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8:37 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Pulitzer-Winning Playwright To Receive Greenfield Prize In Sarasota

Playwright Nilo Cruz
Credit Nilo Cruz by Oskar Landi

Playwright Nilo Cruz already has a 2003 Pulitzer Prize for his drama, Anna in the Tropics, which was set in Tampa's Ybor City.  

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Law & Order
8:15 am
Thu April 10, 2014

1 Child Dies, 14 Injured in Day Care Crash

Parents with their children are escorted away with Orange County deputies after a vehicle crashed into a day care center Wednesday in Winter Park.
Credit John Raoux / Associated Press

A car smashed into an Orlando-area day care Wednesday, killing a child and injuring 14 others, at least 12 of them children, authorities said.

Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children wasn't releasing any more information on the age and sex of the child who died, said Katie Dagenais, a spokeswoman for the hospital where the most-seriously injured were being treated.

One person at the hospital was in critical condition and five others were in serious condition, Dagenais said.

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Health News Florida
7:30 am
Thu April 10, 2014

FL Scientists Key in Melanoma Breakthrough

Kieran Smalley in lab at Moffitt.

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 9:10 am

In a lab the size of a basketball court, Moffitt scientist Kieran Smalley and his team study human genes and proteins involved in different kinds of cancer. Their machines whir and clang, but the researchers don't seem to hear it.

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