Yoselis Ramos

Assistant Reporter

Yoselis Ramos has been with WUSF since Fall 2010. She's reported on various Tampa Bay stories ranging from transportation issues such as bicycle safety, to keeping up with public forums and city/county official meetings, to the exciting things happening right in your neighborhood.

She's currently a 2015 candidate for a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida in secondary education and gerontology.

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St. Pete Pier
3:36 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

8 New St. Pete Pier Designs Are In

The "Destination St. Pete Pier" design by St. Pete Design Group.
St. Pete Design Group

Eight new design proposals for the St. Petersburg Pier were unveiled Monday and submitted to the city.

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StoryCorps
8:00 am
Mon December 15, 2014

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: A Child's Journey to the Promised Land

Cleto "Sundy" Chazares and Ron Wardlow
Credit StoryCorps

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Cleto “Sundy” Chazares, Principal of the Simmons Career Center in Plant City, tells his friend of 40 years, Ron Wardlow, of his dangerous journey from his tiny Mexican village to the Tampa Bay area and of the act of kindness that changed the direction of his life.

Music:
"Momento Mori" by Bexar Bexar from the album Haralambos

This week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay was produced by Marc Haze.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon December 8, 2014

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: 'Reflecting the Queen She Was'

Shalaby Shaheed (left), Rasheeda Haneef (right) and Haneef's daughter, Kalima Haneef (front)
Credit StoryCorps

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, 23-year-old Kalima Haneef remembers her grandmother, Najiyyah Shaheed, with her uncle Shalaby Shaheed. 

Her grandmother went from dropping out of school at a young age to pick cotton in order to survive, to being the business owner of Shaheed’s African and Islamic Wear in St. Petersburg. She passed away in 2005 but she remains alive in her family’s hearts.

Kalima and Shalaby talk about Najiyyah Shaheed’s love for fashion, her African and Muslim culture, and the love she shared with those nearest her.

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Transportation
4:26 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

HART Launches Financial Transparency Center

HART launches new accountability center online for financial transparency.
Credit HART

The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority is launching an online accountability center letting tax payers in on how HART does business. 

People can see:

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Florida Matters
9:10 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Florida Matters Preview: A Puerto Rican Thanksgiving Meal

My plate of food with rice, potato salad and pork.
Yoselis Ramos WUSF Public Media

Thanksgiving at my house means waking up to Latin music blasting through the speakers as mom starts the day's cleaning and of course, the smell of the pork shoulder seasoned in adobo, minced garlic, salt and pepper, and sazón, coming from the kitchen. My grandma, Teresa Rodriguez, who has always been just "Abu" to me, starts the cooking early in the morning.

The pork shoulder sat in the oven at 350 degrees for six hours. And Abu told me, the secret to getting a crispy skin, what we call, el cuero, is done by spreading salt over the top.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon November 17, 2014

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Life, Love and Lipstick

Ruth Parrish (front) and her daugther Paula (courtesy StoryCorps)
Credit StoryCorps

Ruth Parrish has lived to be 94 years old. In her nine decades alive, she’s learned a few things.

In this edition of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Ruth talks with her daughter Paula Parrish about life, lipstick, and how to be happy.

Music:
“When You Say You Love Me” by Josh Groban, from the album Closer

This week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay was produced by Yoselis Ramos.

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Politics
8:29 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Attorney General Pam Bondi Re-Elected, Talks With Carson Cooper

Republican Pam Bondi has been re-elected as Florida's attorney general.

Voters on Tuesday chose the incumbent Bondi over Democrat George Sheldon. With over half the expected vote counted, Bondi led 55-42 percent.

The 48-year-old Bondi is a close ally of Gov. Rick Scott and is confident Scott will be re-elected. She raised more than $4 million for her re-election. That dwarfed the money raised by Sheldon, a former legislator and Department of Children and Families head.

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Culture
11:39 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

A Tour of the Haunted Cuban Club

Old photograph of the Círculo Cubano
USF Special Collections

Back in the early 20th Century, members of Ybor City's Cuban Club paid dues and had access to a medical clinic, a pharmacy, a theater, bowling lanes, a gym and a pool- all in the same building. It was the hangout. 

But today, this same building is said to be the hangout- for spirits. So much so that the Cuban Club has been rated as one of the top ten most haunted buildings in the nation by the Travel Channel.  

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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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Education
9:19 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Earl Lennard Named USF 'Distinguished Alumni'

Earl Lennard is receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of South Florida's College of Education.

Many people know Earl Lennard as Hillsborough County's Supervisor of Elections, a job he retired from in 2012.

But before that, he spent more than four decades with Hillsborough County Public Schools as a teacher, and eventually as superintendent. Lennard is being presented with a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of South Florida's College of Education on Friday.   

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Law & Order
5:59 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Students Weigh In on Midterm Elections

USF students took part in a straw poll Tuesday.
Credit Yoselis Ramos / WUSF Public Media

The University of South Florida conducted a straw poll on its Tampa campus to measure students' political opinions ahead of the November 4th midterm election.

92 percent of the 1,096 votes came from students and if the midterm elections were held now, 49 percent of the votes would go towards gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist. 

A majority of students preferred George Sheldon for Attorney General. 

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon October 6, 2014

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: His Parents Live On

Ronald Porter
Credit StoryCorps

Ronald Porter is a 30-year-old educator whose parents were a huge influence on him both personally and professionally, even though his mother died when he was just 12 years old. In this edition of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Porter talks about his mother’s free spirit, her outlook on life, and how both his parents live on inside him all these years later.

Music:
“Soliloquy” by Peter Ciluzzi, from the album Music Without Words

This week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay was produced by Yoselis Ramos

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Culture
4:24 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Lamb Manor Estate Opens to the Public

Lamb Manor Estate is open to the public on Sunday for a charity event benefiting New Life Village in Tampa.
Credit New Life Village

The owners of the Lamb Manor Estate- a national historic landmark, are opening the doors of the mansion to the public on Sunday. 

The Lamb Manor mansion was built in 1910. The current owners, George and Nancy Corbett restored the home and moved the 220-ton house up the bay. Some drivers on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge got to see it float in the bay when it was moved from Palmetto to Ruskin in 2006.

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Law & Order
1:19 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Second Wrong-Way Driver Arrested on Expressway

In what may seem like deja vu, another wrong-way driver was arrested Thursday morning on the Veterans Expressway. The same officer, Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Ronald Evans, who arrested a driver Wednesday morning, arrested Lori Lee Downard on Thursday.

At 3:07 a.m., the FHP received calls that a car was traveling in northbound in the southbound lanes of SR-589 close to Van Dyke Road. 

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Transportation
3:25 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Mayors Show Support for Pinellas, Polk Transit

The mayors of Lakeland, Clearwater, Tampa, and St. Petersburg showed their support for Greenlight Pinellas and Polk County's My Ride/My Roads referendums on November's ballots.
Credit Yoselis Ramos / WUSF

The Tampa Bay Partnership hosted a transportation forum Wednesday in St. Petersburg and the Greenlight Pinellas referendum received lots of attention.

The transportation forum included commissioners from Hillsborough, Pinellas and Polk Counties, and representatives from the region's transportation authorities.

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