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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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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Off The Base
6:03 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Congressman Jolly Helps Kick Off Cell Phones for Soldiers Campaign

People can drop off unused cell phones at Freedom Square in Seminole.
Credit Yoselis Ramos / WUSF

Freedom Square, a continuing care community in Seminole, is a drop-off site for Cell Phones for Soldiers: a program that lets soldiers serving overseas connect with their families.

The Cell Phones for Soldiers program collects unused cell phones. Funds from recycled, unused cell phones and cash donations go towards mailing free calling cards to soldiers.

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Florida Matters
9:15 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Florida Matters Preview: A Look at Aging in Place

Mildred Barnett remodeled her home to accommodate her 81-year-old mother (seated). Barnett lives with her husband and two children.
Yoselis Ramos

Mildred Barnett of Tampa says she once saw a picture with three faces: one of a baby, one of a woman and one of an older lady.

"And it says, ‘the sunrise is as beautiful as the sunset,’ and with proper planning, it most certainly can be," she said.

Barnett is a VA geriatric psychiatrist who recently remodeled her home to accommodate her 81-year-old mother. 

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Law & Order
4:31 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

A Piece of New York in Ybor City to Remember 9/11

The sculpture designed by Becky Ault is called "Fearless Champions."
Yoselis Ramos WUSF News

A steel beam from the second World Trade Center Tower is the centerpiece of the "Fearless Champions" sculpture which now stands by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office in Ybor City. It was designed by artist Becky Ault to honor the first responders and survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks 13 years ago.

"The sacrifice and patriotism September 11th inspired in our country can never be allowed to fade, no matter distance nor passing of time," emcee Don Germaise said.

 

The keynote speaker was retired Navy Captain Jeff Cathey, and he said it is appropriate to have the sculpture right by the sheriff's office.

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Transportation
5:41 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Hillsborough Commission Talks Uber, Lyft Ride-Sharing

Lyft cars are identifiable by the company's pink mustache logo.
Credit Lyft

The Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission heard lots of public comment from taxi drivers and ride-sharing service supporters alike at a hearing Wednesday.

The Public Transportation Commission (PTC) regulates vehicles for-hire like taxis and limousines. Ride-sharing platforms like Uber and Lyft have been fined for improper insurance coverage and licensing. 

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Environment
5:03 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Jane Goodall: Young People Can Make Difference

Dr. Jane Goodall will speak at the USF Sun Dome.
Credit Yoselis Ramos

Jane Goodall, the scientist behind a landmark study of chimpanzee behavior, spoke Tuesday night at the USF Sun Dome about her environmental conservation efforts and primate research experiences. But before that, Dr. Goodall visited local children at the USF Botanical Gardens.

She spoke to Pizzo Elementary students about her love of animals since childhood and how her mother supported her interests.

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Culture
7:01 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Tampa: A 'Wet' Place in Prohibition Era

Schematic illustration of a still, 1873, schematic illustration, courtesy Abrigani/Shutterstock.
Tampa Bay History Center

Al Capone and other gangsters of the Roaring Twenties would not have been as notorious if it weren't for them making a buck off of America's drinking problem. The Prohibition era was the first time a Constitutional amendment limited freedoms, even if it was the freedom to drink a cold one.

The new exhibit at the Tampa Bay History Center is taking a look back at the 18th Amendment and the role Tampa played as one of the "wettest" areas of the country.

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Politics
5:03 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Primary Elections Today, But No Votes on House District 64 Race

A primary election for a house district covering parts of Hillsborough and Pinellas counties has been delayed.

The race between incumbent Republican James Grant and Republican challenger Miriam Steinberg is delayed because a circuit judge ruled that a write-in candidate, Donald John Matthews - who has no party affiliation - wasn't eligible to run in this race.

A write-in candidate would mean a closed primary election. But because of Matthews' ineligibility, the election is then open to all voters in the district, regardless of party affiliation.

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Culture
12:27 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

First Black USF Faculty Member's Story in Library of Congress

Henrietta Smith was the first African-American faculty member at USF.
The HistoryMakers

Poet Maya Angelou, actress Ruby Dee and even President Barack Obama have something in common. They've all participated in The History Makers project--the country's largest African American collection of video interviews capturing the struggles and achievements of the black experience.Those 2,600 HistoryMakers videos have a new home--the Library of Congress.

It was 1985 when Henrietta Smith was the first African-American faculty member at the University of South Florida at the School of Library Science.  

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Culture
9:19 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

TB History Center Showcases Florida Highwaymen Art

Artist: Isaac Knight
Tampa Bay History Center

Back in the 1950s and '60s, a group of African-Americans, known as the Highwaymen, sold Florida landscape paintings to locals and tourists on the side of the road. The paintings were sold for only a few bucks at the time but after the '90s, their value soared. The Tampa Bay History Center is showcasing these prized paintings.

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Environment
4:38 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Tampa City Council: Bye-Bye Bro Bowl

The approved almost $7 million Perry Harvey Sr. Park redevelopment plan includes demolishing and replicating the Bro Bowl skateboarding park.
Credit Yoselis Ramos / WUSF

Tampa City Council unanimously approved close to $7 million for the redevelopment of the Perry Harvey Senior Park in Downtown. The approved plan includes demolishing the Bro Bowl skateboarding park.

Demolishing the Bro Bowl has been a long debated issue but the vote took less than ten minutes.

Councilman Frank Reddick said it is time to move things along.

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Politics
7:41 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Gov. Scott, Reporters Duel Over Questions

Governor Rick Scott held a media availability after a hurricane preparedness press conference in which both the governor and the reporters got a bit testy.
Credit Tessa Wiseman / WUSF

Gov. Rick Scott dodged questions on Monday at a campaign event in Largo about a recent  campaign stop in Tampa, to which on-duty police officers were invited. Then on Tuesday, when Scott was in Tampa on official business on hurricane preparedness, reporters again asked him questions outside that topic.

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Culture
6:10 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Surplus Medical Supplies to Help Syrian Refugees

The 40-foot container will hold materials such as dialysis machines, ventilator machines, and chest tubes.
Credit Wikipedia Commons

A 40-foot container with a $100,000 worth of medical supplies will be leaving Tampa on Friday. It's headed to Turkey, where it will then be distributed to field hospitals inside Syria that treat refugees and others.

USF student Noor Shakfeh, a Syrian-American, is collaborating with the non-profit Advocates for World Health (AWH) to bring a container with medical supplies, like dialysis and ventilator machines, to the Syrian American Medical Society.

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Culture
1:03 am
Wed July 2, 2014

First Adoptive Community of its Kind in Florida

New Life Village is a community for people about to adopt, have adopted, or want to serve as surrogate grandparents to children who have been adopted from foster care.
Yoselis Ramos WUSF

There was a time when community meant more than cookie-cutter houses with manicured lawns. Children not only responded to parents but their neighbors too. A helpful neighbor was always just a phone call or a few yards away. Recreating that sense of community is the goal of one Tampa community for adoptive families.

New Life Village is a community for people - whether it's a single parent or an empty-nest couple - looking to adopt foster care children. Even older adults can be a part of the community as surrogate grandparents.

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Transportation
10:50 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Greenlight Forum Turns into Red Light for Audience Questions

Advertising on the back of a Pinellas County bus.
Credit Lottie Watts / WUSF Public Media

Four Tampa Bay area mayors met for a public forum to show their unified support for the Greenlight Pinellas campaign. In November, Pinellas County voters will be asked to raise their sales tax to pay for more buses and a light rail system.

But the "public" forum didn’t quite live up to its billing, because the mayors did not take questions from the audience nor did they go into detail about the referendum.

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