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 2014 candidate for a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida in secondary education.

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Politics
7:13 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Nancy Pelosi Pushes for Women's Agenda

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
Yoselis Ramos

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi was in Tampa today with U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor to discuss the issues surrounding women and families including paycheck fairness between men and women.

Pelosi and Castor say women make 77 cents to every dollar a man makes, so they are pitching an agenda that will change that.

When Women Succeed, America Succeeds is an agenda promoting equal pay for women, paid family and medical leave and affordable child care.

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Environment
6:03 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Study: Florida Third-Worst For Power Plant Pollution

Environment Florida's Jennifer Rubiello (right) stands next to Clean Energy's consultant Susan Glickman (center) and Solar Source's Jeremiah Rohr (left).
Yoselis Ramos

Even though Florida is known for its sunshine, we have the third-worst carbon* pollution of any state, at least according to one report.

A citizen advocacy group, Environment Florida,  released a report today called "America's Dirtiest Power Plants."  Environment Florida used 2011 federal data to rank the dirtiest power plants nationwide. Florida ranks third in electric power sector emissions, particularly in carbon dioxide.

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Florida Matters
7:11 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Hunger Relief in Tampa Bay

Yoselis Ramos

The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued its Food Security in the United States report for 2012 and it revealed almost 15 percent of U.S. households are what it calls "food insecure."  

That means at some point during the year, members of those households did not have consistent access to adequate food for active healthy living.

The Mosaic Company recently hosted a hunger relief forum at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. In full disclosure, Mosaic is a business sponsor of WUSF Public Media.  

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University Beat
2:12 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

USF Students 'Sit Out' in Peaceful Protest

Students "sit out" in protest of shortened library hours.
Yoselis Ramos

The automated message that blares through the library speakers continuously, 15 minutes to closing, starts going off Thursday night.

"The library is now closed. Please make your way to the first floor main entrance exit. Thank you."

Students starts to gather their things and head for the exit.

This is the first semester since 2010 that University of South Florida students hear this in the middle of the week. The library used to be open 24 hours five days a week. Now it closes at midnight.

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Politics
4:17 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

With the Lens Design Stopped, Alliance Moves Ahead

St. Petersburg voters chose to cancel the contract with the Lens design architects.

The 828 Alliance, the committee created by St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster on the St. Petersburg Pier, is holding a meeting this afternoon to present recommendations for what happens next. Voters turned down the Lens design on Tuesday.

The 828 Alliance -- so-called because of today's date, the day after the Lens was stopped --is ramping up plans for a new pier.

Mayor Bill Foster assured Bay News 9 that there will be a new pier.

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University Beat
5:22 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

'Club Lib’ No More As USF Shortens Library Hours

Students stand around the library on the first day of classes.
Credit Yoselis Ramos

The Library at the USF Tampa campus has become known to students as "Club Lib" because of the late night hours.  Senior biomedical science/political science major Katharine Orr explains the library as the "hub" of campus. "Everyone is here all the time so it is like a club," she said.

Since the 2009-2010 school year, the campus library has been open 24 hours five days a week. But students starting classes today are facing shortened hours at "Club Lib" as the library is closing at midnight those days.

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Florida Matters
7:26 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Florida Matters: The St. Petersburg Pier, The Lens

The Inverted Pyramid was contructed in 1973.

The aging St. Petersburg Pier officially closed to the public on May 31st. The city of St. Petersburg plans to demolish it and replace it with a new pier, a design called the Lens. But not so fast, opponents of the Lens design gathered more than 20,000 signatures to force a referendum on whether or not to move ahead with those new plans. The vote is scheduled for Tuesday August 27th.

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Law & Order
5:35 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Grady Judd: Expect Felony Charges in Juvenile Riot

One of the broken windows during a riot on Saturday at a juvenile detention center.
Credit Polk County Sheriff Office

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says he expects felony charges to be filed against those who started a riot at a Polk County juvenile facility Saturday.

Golf carts were stolen and TVs were thrown out of windows at the Avon Park Youth Academy. The charges against those involved in the riot could range from grand theft, to rioting, to assault.

The riot began with a wager of cups of noodle soup on a pickup basketball game. When things got out of hand an employee in the control room called 911.

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Business
12:10 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Non-Profit Keeping People in their Cars is Losing its Home

The car lot on Hillsborough Avenue where Working Wheels will be working out of for now.
Yoselis Ramos

Wheels of Success, a non-profit that keeps people employed by providing low cost cars to those in need is losing its home. They've lost their headquarters office on Florida Avenue in Tampa.

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Culture
5:43 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Study: Bucs Fans Are the Worst

Credit Yoselis Ramos

Out of all the fans of the 32 teams in the National Football League, Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans came in dead last when it came to just being fans.

The online ticket broker TicketCity's annual study of the NFL’s Most Engaged Fan Base put the Bucs fans at the very bottom.

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Law & Order
6:25 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Public Forum: The Trayvon Martin Story

Joe Caimino (left) and Carolyn Collins (center) listen to Ben Montgomery (right) speak about the Stand Your Ground Law statistics.
Yoselis Ramos

Almost 100 people showed up to USF's Patel center to be a part of the discussion on the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case. The public forum was hosted by the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists and the George Edgecomb Bar Association.

The panel discussed the process of choosing a jury, the inner statutes of the Stand Your Ground Law and how the media portrayed it all in the hopes to better inform the community.

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Transportation
4:03 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Transit Talk: First Public Forum

Credit HART / HART

Hillsborough County hosted its first in a series of public forums yesterday discussing mass transportation in an effort to gauge residents' perspectives.

A group of city and county leaders - including three mayors, the chief of Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART), and a number of county commissioners - are meeting monthly to discuss the where's, what's, and how to pay for transportation improvements that will stimulate job growth in the area.

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Business
5:34 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

MiraclePlace Gives Hope to Homeless

MiraclePlace's playground for the children.
Yoselis Ramos

Metropolitan Ministries is renovating and expanding its MiraclePlace campus just north of downtown Tampa. It's home to homeless children and families until they can get back on their feet.

Families previously stayed in a 200-square-foot room with a couple of bunk beds against the walls and a small bathroom to the side. Mandy Cloninger of Metropolitan Ministries said the single light overhead was an example of how this small room wasn't enough.

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Culture
5:26 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

NFL: Purse, Backpack Are a No, Clutch is Okay

Tampa Sports Authority CEO Eric Hart holds up an appropriate bag allowed at the stadium.
Yoselis Ramos

The NFL's new security policy is limiting the number and sizes of bags that fans can bring into stadiums. That policy will be enforced starting next week at the Buccaneers' pre-season home opener against the Baltimore Ravens.

Purses, backpacks, seat cushions, and fanny packs are no more starting this season at Raymond James Stadium for any of its events, like the USF and Bucs games or the Monster Jam Truck Series.

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Law & Order
2:33 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Lakeland Officials Get Earful on Police Sex Scandal

Hundreds attended the town hall meeting at the Lakeland Center
Credit Courtesty WTSP.com

Lakeland city officials held a public forum Monday night to discuss complaints about improper searches, botched criminal cases and a sex scandal involving city police officers.

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