Culture
4:57 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Czech Guitarist Performs At HCC Friday Night

Guitarist Pavel Steidl at WUSF
Susan GIles Wantuck

The only thing Pavel Steidl wanted when he was growing up was a horse. His love of movies featuring cowboys and Indians sent him off in to the woods to play. That was where his older brother, who played the banjo, put a guitar in his hand and told him to accompany him.

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Politics
4:34 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

'Put the Middle Class First' Bus Stops in Tampa

Credit M.S Butler

Charlie Crist's running mate for lieutenant governor, Annette Taddeo, joined the bus tour called "Put the Middle Class First" to Tampa today. She talked about issues such as raising the minimum wage, making college more affordable, and protecting Social Security and Medicare.

Taddeo joked about Gov. Rick Scott's  second debate performance and says she and Crist would start by making Medicaid expansion a priority for Florida's uninsured.

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Politics
1:55 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Bondi Opposes Gay Couple's Divorce

Attorney General Pam Bondi

Attorney General Pam Bondi is opposing a bid by a gay South Florida woman to obtain a divorce from her former partner.

Bondi's office filed papers late Wednesday in Broward County Circuit Court saying a judge should not grant Heather Brassner's petition for a divorce from Megan Lade. The couple was united in a 2002 civil union in Vermont but broke up several years ago.

Among other things, the attorney general's filing says a civil union is not the same as a marriage and should not be the basis to declare Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

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University Beat
12:41 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

USF Authors Among Those Appearing at Festival of Reading

Credit Tampa Bay Times

More than a half dozen authors with ties to the University of South Florida will appear alongside such literary heavyweights as R.L. Stine and Carl Hiaasen at the 22nd Annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading this Saturday at the USF Saint Petersburg campus.

The list ranges from current faculty members like Jonathan Rottenberg (hear an interview with him here) to former faculty like St. Petersburg poet laureate Peter Meinke to USF graduate and "Daily Show" correspondent Aasif Mandvi. You can see a full schedule of speakers here.


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Politics
9:43 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Gov. Scott Using His Money to Help Campaign

Credit Mark Wilson / Getty News Images

Gov. Rick Scott, who got elected four years ago after spending more than $70 million of his own money, is being forced to dip into his own wallet in the final days of his re-election campaign.

Scott told a Miami television station Wednesday that he is going to be "investing" in his race, although he did not cite a specific amount. The amount probably won't be known until the end of the month.

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Business
9:39 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Florida Regulators Approve New Electric Rates

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Florida regulators are signing off on new rates for three of the state's biggest power companies that will result in some customers paying less.

The Public Service Commission on Wednesday approved cost recovery charges for Florida Power & Light, Gulf Power Company, and Tampa Electric Company. The new rates will take effect in January 2015.

These charges include the amount of money that utilities are expected to pay for fuel in the coming year.

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Politics
9:36 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Immigrant Groups Mobilize Florida Minority Voters

Credit www.bet.com

Some door knockers may not be eligible to vote themselves, but that hasn't stopped them from trying to persuade thousands of others to head to the polls.

Immigrant groups in Miami-Dade and Polk counties said this week they have visited more than 25,000 homes to encourage minority residents to vote next month.

Many of the canvassers were immigrants themselves, some recent arrivals, others in the country illegally and thus unable to vote. The Florida Immigrant Coalition coordinated the nonpartisan campaign to boost turnout in immigrant and low-income communities.

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Health News Florida
9:14 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Depression An Evolutionary Process

USF psychology professor, Jonathan Rottenberg, will participate in the 22nd Annual Festival of Reading with his book about depression.
Basic Books Publishing Company

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 9:58 am

Psychology Professor Jonathan Rottenberg wants to change the way people think about depression, a condition the World Health Organization estimates 
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Culture
5:51 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Google Picks Sarasota As Florida's Top 'E-City'

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 11:54 am

Google chose Sarasota as the Sunshine state’s leading E-city this year.

Based on research conducted by Google and a research firm, small businesses in Sarasota are more likely to have an online presence than other cities in Florida.

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Politics
4:16 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Another Poll Shows Governor's Race Deadlocked

Credit www.politicsdaily.com

The Florida governor’s election between former Gov. Charlie Crist and incumbent Gov. Rick Scott is essentially tied, according to a new poll from the Saint Leo University Polling Institute.

With less than two weeks before the election, Crist leads, 43-40 percent, with Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie pulling 8 percent, and 9 percent of likely voters saying they are undecided.

Crist’s lead is within the poll’s margin of error, and the race can be described as a statistical tie.

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Politics
3:16 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Fact-Checking Lifespan of Greenlight Pinellas

Credit politifact.com

One of the big local issues being voted on in the upcoming election is Greenlight Pinellas -- which would replace a property tax funding public transportation in Pinellas County with a one-cent sales tax.

That would fund an expansion of bus service and a light rail system from St. Petersburg to Clearwater.

Opponents say the tax is unfair, and in a recent email No Tax For Tracks claimed that the tax increase  is irreversible.

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Health News Florida
9:57 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Poynter to Host African Journalists After USF Cancels

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 8:44 am

The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg will host a group of African journalists after their original hosts, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg's Department of Journalism and Media Studies, canceled over concerns of the spread of the Ebola virus. 

The visit is part of the Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists, which brings 100 international journalists to the United States each year. 

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Politics
9:04 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Poll: Scott and Crist Locked in a Dead Heat

Neck and Neck

The race between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Republican-turned-Democrat former Gov. Charlie Crist is a dead heat with two weeks left.

That's according to a Quinnipiac University poll of likely Florida voters released Wednesday.

The poll shows that 42 percent of likely voters prefer Scott, and 42 percent prefer Crist, while 7 percent say they'd vote for Libertarian Adrian Wyllie.

The poll shows that neither candidate is viewed favorably.

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Culture
9:01 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Q&A With The Florida Orchestra Music Director On Elgar

Florida Orchestra Music Director Michael Francis
MarcoBorggreve

This weekend, concert goers can get better acquainted with the new Florida Orchestra Music Director Michael Francis. This will be the first time he'll conduct the orchestra since he was named its music director this past June.

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Health News Florida
9:01 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Rubio Proposes Ebola Visa Ban

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 9:01 am


U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, will propose legislation to temporarily ban visas into America for people coming from African nations known to have Ebola.

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