Yoselis Ramos

Producer, StoryCorps Tampa Bay

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.

Now, she's producing StoryCorps Tampa Bay, a collection of home-grown stories that were recorded at the StoryCorps booth in St. Petersburg in early 2014.

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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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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Off The Base
3:50 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Latest Research Showcased at Haley VA Hospital

Veteran Ty Edwards can stand up from his motorized wheelchair without someone's help when he uses the stand bar.
Yoselis Ramos WUSF

A few dozen researchers were abuzz showing off their projects under way at the James A. Haley VA Hospital. The public showcase held Thursday is a part of National VA Research Week. Projects varied from genetics to obesity.

Carl Hayward, a physical therapist with the VA, has invented the stand bar, which attaches to motorized wheelchairs to help people get off their seat and stand. Hayward said it goes beyond helping improve posture.

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Sports
6:00 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Rays' Cobb Endorses Head Protective Gear

Tampa Bay Rays' pitcher Alex Cobb is endorsing a padded insert for caps for young pitchers.
Yoselis Ramos WUSF

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb is putting his stamp of approval on a new piece of protective head gear for young pitchers.

Cobb draws a parallel between baseball and hockey when hockey players started wearing helmets.

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Politics
6:25 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

N.J. Gov. Christie Endorses Gov. Scott for Re-election

Gov. Christie endorses Gov. Scott for re-election.
Tessa Wiseman WUSF

Governor Rick Scott is making promises to invest more money into Florida's ports if he is re-elected this year. To help him deliver that promise at Port Tampa Bay Thursday was New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

If re-elected, Gov. Scott promises to invest a $1 billion over eight years into Florida's ports including Port Tampa Bay. Scott is likely to face democratic candidate and former governor Charlie Crist.

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Business
10:53 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Megabus Arrives, Bringing Bargain Fares

Passengers wait to load their luggage onto the bus.
Yoselis Ramos WUSF

It's now possible to get to Orlando or Miami from Tampa for less than it costs to drive with the arrival of a new  inter-city bus service called Megabus.  To celebrate its arrival in Tampa, the company has been offering $1 fares during the first two weeks. That drew a crowd to the Marion Transit Center in downtown Tampa recently, and WUSF was there to see what the new bus service was like.

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Business
11:58 am
Thu May 15, 2014

$1 Bus Rides to Miami Take Off Today

Megabus, an intercity bus service, started its trips to Miami and Orlando today from Tampa.
Yoselis Ramos WUSF

Get to Miami or Orlando for just a buck? It's possible. Megabus, a new city-to-city bus service took off Thursday morning.

Megabus, a subsidiary of Coach USA,  has partnered up with Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) to bring its intercity bus service to Tampa. People can reserve their seats online for a promotional fare starting at a dollar and ride the double-decker bus to other metro cities.

82-year-old  Mary Ellen Ahrens is a Winter Haven resident who boarded the first departure Megabus to Miami.

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Culture
7:36 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Busch Gardens' Pantopia Opens Without Falcon's Fury Taking Flight

Key Gate is the entrance to Pantopia.
Yoselis Ramos WUSF

Busch Gardens' Falcon's Fury is the tallest free-standing drop tower in North America. Soon enough, people will get the chance to fall face-down towards the ground at 60 miles per hour. Falcon's Fury is the coming attraction of Pantopia--the new area of the theme park that opens Thursday.

 “Pantopia is all about doors and keys and you’ll never know where the next door is going to lead,” Busch Garden's spokesman Travis Claytor said.

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10:55 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Belleair Commissioners Approve Rezoning Measure

Belleair commissioners approved the RM-10 rezoning measure that affects the Belleview Biltmore Hotel.
BELLEAIR - The Belleair Town Commission voted 4-1 Tuesday night to create a new zoning district a developer could apply for if he or she wanted to raze the historic Belleview Biltmore Resort & Spa and build condos or townhomes in its place. Current zoning on the Biltmore site allows only for a hotel or single-family homes.
Business
3:08 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Commissioners to Vote on Belleview Biltmore Hotel's Fate

The "White Queen of the Gulf" has been closed down for five years in need of serious repairs. Commissioners will decide whether to allow preservation for the wooden structure or allow demolition to build future condominiums.
Credit National Trust for Historic Preservation

The future of one of the largest wooden structures in the world will be decided Tuesday. Belleview Biltmore hotel near Clearwater is up for demolition if a rezoning measure is approved.

The Belleview Biltmore Hotel, built in 1897, hosted business giants, local socialites and even presidents back in the day. It closed in 2009 for renovations but with the housing market crash it never reopened.

Now, a rezoning measure would allow developers to bulldoze it and build condos in its place.

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Culture
8:48 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Bomba Music Transcends Barriers

"Currency & Exchange" is a short film that will premiere Saturday, April 5.
Credit Bomba en Tampa

A Tampa musical group is premiering a short film Saturday about the music they make and the culture it represents. They play bomba, Puerto Rican folk music with more than four centuries worth of history. Bomba may be from a small island but it transcends national barriers.

Goat-skin barrel drums, a large maraca, and sticks called los cuá are the instruments that make up bomba. It's Puerto Rican folk music, born in Spanish colonial times from rhythms of African slaves.

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Politics
6:22 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Gov. Scott Bashes Charlie Crist on Tuition

Governor Rick Scott stopped at Jefferson High School to talk to students about keeping college tuition low.
Credit Yoselis Ramos / WUSF

Sitting in a circle with five current high school students and their parents, Gov. Rick Scott talked about the cost of college and the importance of keeping tuition low.

Scott stopped by Jefferson High School in Tampa on Wednesday to talk with students about college tuition and took the opportunity to bash his opponent, Charlie Crist.

"We've got to reduce the tuition increases that Charlie Crist created back when he was governor, we have to un-do that wrong," he said.

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Politics
4:52 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Who Will Have the Bomb in 2020 in the Middle East?

Dr. Gary Samore is executive director for Research at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. Before that, he served as President Obama's White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Credit Yoselis Ramos / WUSF

Over a two-day conference that started Monday at the University of South Florida, experts are looking into the future of the Middle East and Central Asia in the year 2020 and what implications that has on American foreign policy.

One of the big "what if" questions at this conference was "who will have the bomb in 2020?" In other words, what are the possibilities of a Middle Eastern country getting a nuclear weapon?

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Environment
3:14 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Public Transit Ridership Up Nationally

PSTA is seeing continued ridership growth.
Credit PSTA

The American Public Transportation Association released a report today stating Americans took a record high number of trips on U.S. public transportation last year. People across the country took 10.7 billion rides on public transit in 2013. Since the mid '90s, ridership growth has been outpacing population growth.

The numbers in Tampa Bay are up as well, with the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) closing last year with about 14.5 million rides.

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