Quincy Walters

Reporter

Quincy J. Walters has been contributing stories to WUSF News since early 2015.

In the fall of 2015, Quincy was the station's Stephen Noble News intern, and he also has worked as an intern with NPR's Weekend All Things Considered in Washington D.C.

He's a University of South Florida graduate with a degree in English/Creative Writing. His interest in journalism spurred from the desire to convey compelling narratives.

Florida Senator Bill Nelson stopped in Ft. Myers to talk about why offshore drilling is bad for Florida. Speaking at Page Field airport’s base operations building, he outlined reasons why oil extraction shouldn’t be allowed off the Gulf coast.

Nelson’s visit comes amidst talks that the Trump administration plans to undo Obama-era bans of offshore drilling in the Arctic and the Atlantic.

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The medieval era often comes alive through books or movies, but once a year, the time of the renaissance becomes tangible in Tampa.

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Gloria Horner stands along Bayfront Drive in Sarasota, wearing a red "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN" cap, a shirt that says "TRUMP 2020" and a handmade sign that reads "MAKING AMERICA GREAT!" 


You might think of syphilis as an archaic sexually transmitted disease. But the number of syphilis cases in Southwest Florida has nearly doubled since 2011. Back then, there were about 4,000 cases. Now, there are nearly 8,000.

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It was early Friday morning when someone set fire to a mosque in New Tampa. An investigation is underway. People from the Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim advocacy group, want the incident to be investigated as a hate crime. 

But, the faith community is looking beyond what has happened. 

Islamic Society of New Tampa

Fire officials say a fire that damaged a Tampa area mosque was arson.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue said in a news release the blaze occurred early Friday at the Islamic Society of New Tampa.


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Rep. Charlie Crist spoke out against President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration order during a conference on world affairs in St. Petersburg.


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On Saturday, Rebecca Porter was one of about 100 people standing on a sidewalk outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Temple Terrace, protesting abortion. She held a sign that read: "My Abortion Hurt Me."

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After 146 years as the "Greatest Show on Earth," the owners of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus have decided to take the tent down.

This week on Florida Matters we’re exploring the history of the circus, its local ties and the economics of the decision to close.


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This week on Florida Matters we're talking about the end of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The circus has a long rich history and a colorful past full of performers who worked under the big top, like retired showman Ward Hall.


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Republican Rep. Gus Bilirakis held a town hall Saturday, to hear ideas about replacing the Affordable Care Act. 

But he was met with opposition as about every one of the 200 people gathered at The Centre of Palm Harbor were in support of Obamacare. Many came to voice their concerns with the law's potential repeal. 

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The magical ballet with dancing toy soldiers and sugar plumb fairies premiered in Saint Petersburg, Russia around this time in 1892. This weekend and next weekend, you can catch The Nutcracker on stages in Tampa, Sarasota, Clearwater, Lakeland and Saint Petersburg, Florida. 

Below is a list of dates and showtimes:

Dec 16:

7:00 PM

Dance Theatre Of Tampa - The Nutcracker

USF Theatre 1 – Tampa

Dec 17:

2:00PM

The Nutcracker

David A. Straz Center - Carol Morsani Hall – Tampa

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In November, Hillsborough County saw an increase in bed tax revenue--a five percent tax on hotel and resort stays. Nearly $2.5 million in bed taxes were collected last month. 

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Tampa Bay Rays management spoke with the media at Tropicana Field Thursday ahead of Major League Baseball's annual Winter Meetings, which will be held next week in Maryland. 

Rays management reflected on the season that just finished while also looking toward spring training. 

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November is Transgender Awareness Month and Nov. 20 is Transgender Remembrance Day. On Sunday night, in St. Petersburg, about 80 people gathered at the steps of city hall to hold a candle light vigil for trans people killed this year - most are women of color.

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In 2012, President Obama issued an executive order called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA -- giving amnesty to children brought into the United States illegally with their families.

And during the campaign, President-Elect Donald Trump said he'll "immediately terminate" two of Obama's executive orders concerning immigration -- one of them being DACA.


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Hundreds of people marched through downtown St. Petersburg Sunday night, continuing a wave of nationwide protests to Tuesday's election of Donald Trump as president.

In St. Petersburg, a diverse crowd--young, old, black, Latino, white, gay and straight in solidarity, chanting "Love trumps hate" and "Donald Trump has got to go". 

Anthony Martino

On Wednesday night, about 75 protestors marched in Tampa's Ybor City to protest President-elect Donald Trump. 


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Souls to the Polls is a Democratic effort across the country to get voters who attend African-American churches to vote. 

On Sunday, several St. Petersburg churches participated. 

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National polls show that it's a tight race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. A west Tampa bakery has a presidential poll of its own. 

Alessi Bakery, which has been in Tampa since 1912, has had this cookie poll since 2004. 

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