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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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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10:24 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Upward Mobility Not Easy in Tampa Bay

Lead in text: 
A poor child's chance of climbing into the upper class as an adult depends on where he or she lives. That's according to a new study by economists at Harvard and the University of California-Berkeley. Among 30 big metro areas, Tampa Bay ranks 22nd, with just 7 percent of children raised in a household in the lowest fifth level of income likely to end up in the top fifth level.
Among big metro areas, their best shot at upward mobility comes in many major West Coast cities, as well as places like Pittsburgh, Boston and New York.
University Beat
4:31 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

USF Replies to State: You Do Have Authority on Dozier School Gravesites

Anthropologists Dr. Christian Wells (left) and Dr. Erin Kimmerle (right) explain the five-page letter response to State Secretary Ken Detzner.
Credit Yoselis Ramos

The University of South Florida has sent a five-page, strongly-worded letter to Secretary of State Ken Detzner, asking him to reconsider his decision not to allow the school to exhume bodies at a former state reform school, the Dozier School for Boys.

Detzner denied the request because human bodies are not objects to be dug up for research.
 
The university's general counsel pointed out in a letter sent Monday that USF does not want to dig up the bodies for research, they just want to return the remains to their families.

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2:28 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Suspect Detained in Rape Case of 5-year-old Girl

Lead in text: 
The Herald Tribune is reporting that the Sarasota Police Department has detained a suspect in the rape of a 5-year-old girl. A woman recognized the man in a convenience store's video where the man was buying candy for the girl.
Breaking SARASOTA - The Sarasota Police Department has detained a single suspect in the rape of a 5-year-old girl Sunday afternoon. The man was in Resurrection House near north Lemon Avenue in Sarasota on Wednesday afternoon when a half-dozen Sarasota Police officers came in and seized him, according to Becky Taylor, a Resurrection House employee.
Environment
4:09 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Cases of Disoriented Nesting Turtles on the Rise

More nesting turtles are getting disoriented this season than in previous years.
Credit morguefile.com

It's the middle of turtle nesting season, as adult turtles are coming ashore to lay their eggs. But Sarasota and Manatee beaches are seeing a high number of turtles getting lost.

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Law & Order
4:45 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Polk County Approves $14.6 Million for Detroit Tigers' Complex

Polk County commissioners approved Tuesday almost $14.6 million in tourist tax funds to renovate and expand the Detroit Tigers' spring training complex.

The Detroit Tigers have made Lakeland their spring training home for 77 years. That relationship is the longest of its kind in Major League Baseball.

To keep that relationship going past the agreement end date of 2016, Polk County commissioners approved the money to renovate and expand the Tigertown complex.

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Culture
8:58 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Bollywood's Version of Oscars Are Coming to Tampa

Councilman Al Higginbotham stands next to Visit Tampa Bay's CEO Santiago Corrada (center) at Monday's press conference announcing Tampa as the host city for IIFA. It was Chetan "Jason" Shah's, real estate agent (right), idea to bid for Tampa.
Credit Yoselis Ramos

The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend and Awards is coming to Tampa next year. This is the first time Bollywood's version of the Oscars will be hosted in the United States.

IIFA has a viewership of more than 800 million people around the world, and has been hosted in a different city in each of its 14 previous years, including London, Singapore, and Bangkok.

City Councilman Al Higginbotham was a part of a group that traveled to China in order to make a bid to IIFA representatives to bring the awards show here. He said this event is a way to bridge two cultures. 

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Culture
7:36 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Florida Ranks Third in Beer Consumption

Close to 13 million barrels of beer were shipped in Florida last year.
Credit morguefile.com

If you're celebrating the Fourth of July with a beer in hand, you're not alone. A new ranking released today by the Beer Institute places Florida at number three nationwide in beer consumption.

California and Texas ranked higher.

Almost 13 million barrels of beer were shipped to Florida last year. Even though Florida might have chugged the third most barrels of beer, it ranked 34th in consumption per capita.

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Law & Order
6:19 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

New Florida Golf Cart Law in Effect

Low-speed vehicle, or faster golf cart, owners can now bypass annual registration and insurance fees.
Credit morguefile.com

Over 150 new laws went into effect in Florida today. One of them was the option to covert faster golf carts - or similar low-speed vehicles - to even lower-speed carts, saving golf cart owners registration and insurance fees.

A regular golf cart only goes up to 20 mph. Low-speed vehicles can zoom by at more than 20 mph but not more than 25 mph. Unlike golf carts, low-speed vehicles have to be registered and insured.

The new law permits low-speed vehicles to be converted into regular golf cart status for a one time fee of $40 dollars.

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Law & Order
5:28 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

I-4 Shooting: Apparent Case of Mistaken Identity

Jerome Edward Hayes is charged with first-degree murder for the weekend shooting on I-4
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s officials are calling Saturday's killing of Fred William Turner, Jr. on Interstate 4 an apparent case of mistaken identity.

Speaking at a press conference Monday afternoon, HCSO Colonel Donna Lusczynski said Jerome Edwards Hayes of St. Cloud, Florida, allegedly pursued the 47-year-old Orlando man onto I-4. Turner managed to call 911 and told a dispatcher a man in a silver or gray Ford Taurus was following him shortly before the shooting.

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Environment
2:50 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Public Hearing Today by Gulf of Mexico Alliance

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance -- a partnership among Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas working to enhance the economic and ecological health of the Gulf -- is holding a public hearing today in Tampa. 

The public hearing is starting at 4 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Tampa. The group will discuss the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Science, Observation, Monitoring and Technology Program (RESTORE Act Science Program).

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Culture
11:29 am
Mon June 24, 2013

A Glimpse of Havana in Downtown St. Petersburg

Hosts Tony and Maks from Dancing with the Stars and Mary Murphy from So You Think You Can Dance share the stage with Orquesta Aragon.
Yoselis Ramos

A piece of Cuba was left in Downtown St. Peterburg Sunday. The "Afternoon in Havana" event was filled with salsa lessons from professional ballroom champions, cigars, Cuban sandwiches and an orchestra directly from the island all to support the arts in St. Pete.

"An Afternoon in Havana" began with a VIP salsa dance lesson taught by Tony Dovolani and Maks Chmerkovskiy, the bad boys from ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."

If you are spending an afternoon immersed in Cuban culture, knowing a few Latin dance steps is a must since that's the orchestra's specialty.

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Business
4:26 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Hillsborough County Approves Amazon Incentive

The huge Internet retailer Amazon is one step closer to building a fulfillment center in Ruskin. Hillsborough County Commissioners approved Wednesday a set of tax incentives to bring the company here.

Amazon is promising 1,000 jobs for Hillsborough County, with 375 of those being higher wage positions making an average of more than $47,000.

Hillsborough County Commissioners decided the new jobs will be worth the incentive of $225,000. 

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