6:37 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

'Handle With Care' at Stageworks in Tampa

Handle With Care at Stageworks

Sometimes, against all odds, relationships grow between two people who don't even speak the same language.

Actress Midge Mamatas knows something about falling in love without a common language. Her first husband was Japanese, and until she reached the conclusion that she was a better teacher than a student, and decided he should learn English--they used dictionaries when other forms of communication failed. 

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9:14 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Florida Files Petition to Keep Gay Marriage Ban

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed an emergency petition on Monday seeking to keep the state's ban on gay marriage in place past Jan. 5.

Bondi and attorneys in her office filed the request with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Thomas oversees emergency appeals from Florida, Alabama and Georgia.

The move by Bondi comes after a federal appeals court in Atlanta refused to keep on hold a ruling that declared Florida's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. That decision brought same-sex weddings one step closer to reality in the state.

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6:03 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Rays Ready to 'Cash In' with New Manager

New Rays Manager Kevin Cash (left) and Matt Silverman, ays President of Baseball Operations.
Credit Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay Rays new manager held his first news conference on “home turf” Monday with only 72 days before catchers and pitchers report for Spring Training.

Sitting at a table under the glare of TV lights, Tampa native Kevin Cash told reporters he expects the reality of becoming a Major League manager will hit him as soon as the news conference concludes.

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3:27 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Six New Inductees Into Riverwalk's Historical Monument Trail

Credit Nathan Powell

This afternoon at the Riverwalk in Downtown Tampa, Mayor Bob Buckhorn and the Friends of Riverwalk unveiled the six newest inductees into the Historical Monument Trail. 

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9:31 am
Fri December 12, 2014

World War II Off the Florida Coast

The 30 foot, full-size replica of the German mini-sub, a "Seehund."
Credit Lucielle Salomon

It's hard for us to imagine having a hostile military presence sitting off the coast of Florida. While it may sound like something out of a spy novel, within the lifetimes of many Floridians this scenario was very real.

This is one the lessons contained in an exhibit called"Operation Drumbeat: Nazi Threat in the Gulf" now on display at the Tampa Bay History Center.

"It focuses on the part of World War II that people don't really think about and that was the war on this side of the Atlantic."

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9:02 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Leadership Tampa Media Day At WUSF

WUSF's Craig Kopp and Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute's Sense-Making Project tape a show at WUSF Dec. 3
Credit Owen LaFave/Twitter

Leadership Tampa's 2014 class held its Media Day at WUSF Public Media on Dec. 3. About 55 people were on hand to witness a live taping of our Making Sense of the Media program, with host Craig Kopp and Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute's Sense-Making Project.

After the taping, the class was split into four parts to see how reporters get to do their jobs.

Click on each of these audio links to listen to how the class did reporting the "news":

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5:00 am
Wed December 10, 2014

TransSarasota: Changing Attitudes One Person at a Time

Donna Coan
Credit Elaine Litherland/Herald-Tribune Media Group

Two years ago, a City of Sarasota utilities worker prepared to tell her employers that she is a transgender woman who wanted to transition in the workplace. That meant changing her appearance and being acknowledged as female after almost a decade of being addressed as a man at work.

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3:46 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Shelterbox Prepares To Help For Typhoon Aftermath


Super Typhoon Hagupit is forecast to hit the Philippines this weekend, and a Sarasota disaster relief organization, ShelterBox, is preparing to help in the aftermath. ShelterBox provides shelter and other supplies in the aftermath of natural disasters. This will be the second Super Typhoon to hit the Philippines in 13 months, and Emily Sperling, P

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2:17 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Kevin Cash Announced as New Rays Manager

Kevin Cash, pictured in 2009, is the new Tampa Bay Rays manager.
Credit Tampa Bay Rays

Five weeks after the departure of Joe Maddon, the Tampa Bay Rays have announced the hiring of Kevin Cash to be their next manager.

Cash, 36, is a former major league catcher and had a nine year career that included a stop with the Rays in 2005.

In 2012, Cash retired and joined Terry Francona's staff as the bullpen coach of the Cleveland Indians.

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9:45 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Same-Sex Marriages Could Come To Florida As Early As January 6

The appeals process continues, but once the stay on Hinkle's ruling is lifted, gay marriages can go forward.

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 5:39 pm

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals gave Florida’s marriage equality activists a procedural win Wednesday.  A three-judge panel ruled a lower court’s order overturning the state’s same-sex marriage ban will go into effect as planned after January 5.

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8:22 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Microsoft Says Goodbye To Clip Art

Microsoft's Clip Art has come to an end.
Microsoft Office

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 1:20 pm

Microsoft Office announced Tuesday that it's moving on from Clip Art, the image service that proved oh-so-popular in many a school paper and work presentation for years:

"The Clip Art and image library has closed shop. Customers can still add images to their documents, presentations, and other files that they have saved to their devices (phones, tablets, and PCs), OneDrive, and SharePoint."

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9:30 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Florida Sees Big Rise of Residents Here llegally

The total number of immigrants living in the United States illegally hasn't changed much since 2009, but where they are choosing to settle, according to a new report from the nonprofit Pew Research Center.

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9:36 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Less Computer Ownership in Lakeland, Sebring

Residents in Sebring and Lakeland are less likely to own a computer or have high-speed Internet compared to other parts of Florida.

A report released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week shows that those interior parts of the state lag behind coastal parts of the state when it comes to computer ownership and fast Internet service.

Only about three-quarters of Sebring households have a computer, and only about two-thirds of Lakeland households have high-speed Internet.

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2:00 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Adopted Adults, Birth Families Encouraged To Take Advantage Of DCF Reunion Service

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 5:54 pm

November is National Adoption Month, and as part of the month, the Florida Department of Children and Families is highlighting a service it offers to help certain adopted individuals find their birth families.

The goal behind Florida’s Adoption Reunion Registry is to reunite adopted adults with their birth families, which can include parents, grandparents, and siblings. DCF spokeswoman Alexis Lambert says it’s the only program of its kind in Florida that doesn’t require either party to take any court action.

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9:33 am
Thu November 13, 2014

United Way Report: Almost Half Of Floridians Struggle Financially

The United Way report says looking at households earning under the cost of living is a better measurement of poverty.

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 4:39 pm

A new report from United Way shows nearly half of Florida’s households are struggling to make ends meet. United Way officials say their measurement tool called the ALICE Threshold gives a clearer image of poverty in the state.

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