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.


5:58 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Ballots this Election Year are BIG

If you're planning to vote in this November's election, brace yourselves. The ballots in Florida this year are HUGE.

The one in Hillsborough County is 6 pages long.

"I think this is the first time that I know of that the ballot was this size. Now, we've had obviously two sheets before but never one that's three sheets, six pages that are 17 inches long," says Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Earl Lennard.

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4:10 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Manatee County Habitat For Humanity President Speaks About Land Deal

Lead in text: 
In this story, the president of Manatee County Habitat for Humanity talks about the land deal the organization struck involving Rep. Vern Buchanan’s brother, and the political firestorm that has ensued.
BRADENTON -- The billboard at Cortez Landings off 44th Avenue East has faded from the sun over the years. Except for 11 single-family homes surrounding a cul-de-sac on the left after the entrance, the five-acre property, platted for 51 homes and owned by Manatee County Habitat for Humanity since 2009, remains empty.
4:59 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

USF Middle East Expert Weighs in on Riots in Libya

Chair of the Department of Government and International Affairs at USF, Mohsen Milani.

A controversial movie about the prophet Muhammad is seen as the match that ignited the fire in Libya and elsewhere.

It is getting the blame for the slayings of four Americans in Libya, but a local expert says there is more to it than that.

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3:17 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Public Transit Ridership Rose in August for Pinellas, Hillsborough

More people are taking public transportation in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) saw a 2.8 percent increase in bus ridership last month as compared to the same time last year. 

Though bus ridership was about average during the Republican National Convention, streetcar ridership did go  up.

The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority also saw in increase in ridership, a 10 percent jump from August 2011. 

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4:50 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

USF Professor Petitions to Remove Chick-fil-A from Campus

USF humanities professor has created a petition to remove Chik-fil-A from campus.

The Chick-fil-A/gay marriage debate has hit the Tampa campus of USF. Humanities professor Scott Ferguson has started a petition on change.org to remove the restaurant from the Marshall Student Center.

Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy made remarks against gay marriage in an interview earlier this year and the incident has solicited boycotts against and rallies in support of it.

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Republican National Convention
2:37 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Some Latinos in Tampa Agree with Republican Ideals

EJ Otero (center) stands with his wife (left) and mother (right). He believes Tampa has what it needs to turn itself around in a positive direction.

The I-4 corridor is the main hub of swing voters in Florida. It also has a strong Hispanic presence - a majority of whom tend to support Democrats.

But some Latinos from Tampa are on board with the Republican agenda.

One of those Latinos is Ed Gonzalez. He's a pediatric dentist in Tampa with Italian and Spanish roots. It's a fairly common combination in a city where many people are descendants of immigrant cigar makers who came here in the late 1800's.

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3:07 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

TS Isaac Could Turn Hurricane by Thursday

National Hurricane Center

Tropical storm Isaac is in the Atlantic near the Island of Guadalupe. It could head to Tampa Bay by Monday as a hurricane.

Dennis Feltgen, spokesman for the National Hurricane Center in Miami, says Isaac may not be a tropical storm for long...

"It is moving into an area which is favorable for strengthening and we would expect Isaac to become a hurricane probably sometime late Thursday or on Friday," he says.

Feltgen says it's still too early to tell if Isaac will hit Tampa Bay early next week- the start of the Republican National Convention.

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4:20 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

The Number of International Passengers is Soaring at TPA

Tampa International Airport

The number of Tampa International Airport's international passengers is gaining some altitude. Two new services that weren't in place last year are the reason why.

Tampa International Airport's international passengers increased by 20 percent year to date compared to the first 7 months of 2011. 51,000 more international passengers went through Tampa this year.

Airport spokeswoman Janet Zink says she's attributing the increase in passengers to two new services. TPA now has 5 weekly flights to Cuba and has a nonstop flight to Switzerland.

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2:16 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Selmon Expressway Closures for the RNC Might Require Early Planning


The Republican National Convention is bringing lots of changes across the Tampa Bay area. And one of those changes we might want to plan ahead for is coming to the Selmon Expressway.

If you travel the Selmon Expressway, start planning your RNC detours soon.

The express way local lanes will be closed between Willow Avenue and 50th Street Monday at 12:30 a.m. through Friday at about 5 a.m. that week of the convention. 

The reversible lanes will remain open and operate as normal.

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5:26 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Governor Scott Holds Bill Signing Ceremony in Tampa

Gov. Scott signs House Bill 1351.

Governor Rick Scott was in town today as a part of his back-to-school tour for a bill signing ceremony.

The bill signing ceremony in Downtown Tampa was spurred by Armwood High School students and a teacher. It won the "ought to be a law" competition and they drafted and presented the bill in Tallahassee.

It allows homeless teens as young as 16 to get birth certificates and social security cards without their parents' or guardians' signatures.

Scott says this bill is meaningful to the community.

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2:58 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Bus Ridership Up Across Tampa Bay

HART Bus ridership went up almost 6 percent last month compared to July last year and they had almost 61 thousand more bus trips this July than July 2011.

Its counterpart in Pinellas, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) , set a record. They had a 14 percent increase in ridership this past July and the highest ridership than the same month in any other year since the agency's existence.

HART spokeswoman Marcia Mejia said this increase in ridership has been going on for awhile.

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2:22 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Extra Bus, Streetcar Service During RNC

HART is going to operate extra bus services for folks between Ybor City and Channelside during the Republican National Convention.

Route 8 (Downtown to Progress Village/ Brandon):

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2:08 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

RNC Tampa Bay Host Committee Focuses on Small Business

The Republican National Convention is inching closer with just 19 days left before it's finally here. The RNC Tampa Bay Host Committee is saying its main focus now is small business.

RNC Tampa Bay Host Committee President and CEO Ken Jones opened a teleconference with one idea in mind...

"The big focus for the host committee continues to be to taking advantage of small business opportunities- making sure we showcase our small business," he said.

On that note, Jones also admits there are still critics who are skeptical about how much local revenue the RNC will bring.

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2:25 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

TPA Has New Volunteer Ambassador Program

Tampa International Airport

Just in time for the Republican National Convention, people traveling through Tampa International Airport now have volunteers to greet them with a smile.

It's all part of the airport's new Volunteer Ambassador Program.

The program has 89 volunteers and four new visitor information centers in the airport's baggage claim areas.

The volunteers give information from shuttle bus schedules, to restrooms, to the best attractions in the area.

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5:39 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Old City Hall Clock Tower's Facelift Almost Complete

Old City Hall Clock Tower's renovations are almost done.

She's almost a hundred years old but not too old to get a facelift. They call her "Hortense the Beautiful" and she's the old city hall clock tower in Downtown Tampa. She's been an iconic image for the city and has been under much needed renovations.

From ground level, Hortense the Beautiful may not seem to show her age. But standing ten stories high on metal scaffolding, up close and personal, you can see every blemish on her face.

The 1915 clock tower needed its leaky copper roof and dome replaced. Cracked terracotta had to be patched. The clock even needed new hands.

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