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Steve Newborn / WUSF News

Hillsborough County Commissioners voted Wednesday to move a Confederate memorial that has stood outside the county courthouse for more than a century.

Over the last decade, the state of Florida has dropped from 36th place to 39th for girls’ well-being, according to the Girl Scouts “State of Girls” report presented Tuesday in Jacksonville.

The presentation was followed by a panel discussion on issues raised in the study.


Whitney Browne

Welcome to Night Vale, a small desert town populated with shapeshifting teenagers, angels that all insist on being called "Erika," and the "eldritch," tentacled horror that is "Station Management." 

The creators of the popular podcast, presented as news broadcasts from the Night Vale Community Radio station, returns to the Tampa Theatre Saturday with their newest live show "All Hail.”

Virtual Quidditch Has Real World Applications

Jul 6, 2017

Full Sail student Carolyn Smith is a huge Harry Potter fan so it’s no surprise she turned to the book’s fictitious sport Quidditch as inspiration for her final project.

Smith designed a video game that puts users into Harry’s world of Quidditch, like a football game played on flying broomsticks, by coding a digital world on a computer and designing a real Nimbus, or broomstick to control the character on the screen.

Histroy Bike Tampa

A Tampa couple is using a novel method to show Tampa residents and tourists the history of the city.

Eric and Katie Turner began History Bike Tampa in 2013 as a way to educate residents about lesser-known historical events and people. Every two months, they take groups of up to 100 riders and zigzag along backstreets and alleyways to historically significant locations in Tampa.

Steve Newborn / WUSF News

Last week, Hillsborough County Commissioners voted against removing a Confederate memorial that has stood outside the county courthouse for more than a century. On Tuesday, a group of protesters met to keep up the pressure.

Cathy Carter

Best known as a pioneer of modernist painting, Marc Chagall also worked with stained glass, tapestries and ceramics.

The world's most important museums display the artist's work, but it’s never been shown quite like the way it is right now at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota.

The big 22-story Florida Capitol is where all the legislative and executive branch action takes place nowadays. But the Old Capitol building next door is the one that so often appears in any visual reference to state government, such as TV ads for or against state political candidates or various causes of urgent public concern.

Munch’s Restaurant A Family Tradition

Jun 16, 2017
Bernardo H. Motta / USF St. Petersburg

Larry Munch is the proprietor of Munch’s Sundries & Restaurant, a longtime famous hangout and food port in south St. Petersburg.

It didn’t start out that way, when Munch’s parents started in back in 1952.

Sweet Memories Of Sweet Mangoes In South St. Petersburg

Jun 15, 2017
USF Student Journalist

Walking down the dirt roads of South 34th street, near Gibbs High School, Sylvester Norton Jr. recalls how as a child, he never had to worry about where he would find food.

“I mean you had all kinds of fruits (on trees outside)…Everything, you know. You don’t have it right here now, but back then, I mean you could survive,” he said. “Got no money much, but you didn’t get to worry about something to eat.”

Heavenly Food, Music And Prayer In Historic St. Petersburg Churches

Jun 13, 2017
USF Student Journalist

Over the years, churches have been powerhouses behind historical movements, local author and youth coach Rod Cunningham said.

“Not only did these churches provide a place of spiritual outlook and resources, but they provided basic necessities such as housing and food to both its members and strangers on the street,” he said. “One way the churches have ensured that people in the community don’t starve is through Sunday dinner.”

Midtown150: “Past Plates”

Jun 12, 2017

Midtown150 is a production of the University of South Florida’s Neighborhood News Bureau, an advanced reporting journalism class.

In the podcast, NNB student-reporters explore current and relevant topics through a historical lens through the memories of the local residents of south St. Petersburg – an area known as Midtown.

USF Student Journalist

At Chief’s Creole Café, Head Chef Lorenza Jackson is training the next generation of great cooks, something he learned by growing up near historic 22nd Street S. in Midtown, St. Petersburg. A neighborhood also known as “the Deuces.”

Courtesy Nathan Sawaya

Last year, visitors to Tampa’s Amalie Arena could "swim" in a million white plastic balls at an interactive exhibit called "The Beach.” 

Now, Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik is bringing another large-scale public art project to the city.

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Through nearly four decades, at least five presidential administrations and seemingly countless Super Bowls and World Series, NPR listeners could depend on at least one thing in the ever-unpredictable world of athletics: Frank Deford. A mainstay on Morning Edition, the Hall of Fame sportswriter was public radio's scholar of sports for some 37 years before hanging up his cleats earlier this year.

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As the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performed its second-to-last show Sunday afternoon, a group of retired and former circus performers sat across the street at a hotel bar, laughing and hugging and sharing memories of tours past.

Photos by Susanna Hancock/Collage by Stephanie Colombini

As part of our ongoing Art Populi series on live, local music in the Tampa Bay Area, we're taking a look at a new group that's trying to expand the way people think of classical music. Called Terroir New Music, the group pairs live performances with craft beer. Their first concert is Thursday, May 4 at the bar c. 1949 in Tampa.

June LeBell, a longtime advocate for classical music both nationally and in the Tampa Bay area, died Sunday in Sarasota.

Her husband, Ed Alley, posted on her Facebook page that after a five-year battle with cancer, June passed away peacefully at her home at about 7 p.m.

Sonia Labrador-Rodriguez

This Saturday, New College is wrapping up a yearlong series of events around the relationship between Cuba and the U.S. 

New College professor Sonia Labrador-Rodriguez organized the Cubano-American Community Project, which looks at the deep roots Cuban-Americans have in this part of Florida.

"Neighbors" Photo Project Artist Comes To Tampa

Apr 26, 2017

California Artist John Raymond Mireles  is traveling the country photographing people for his “Neighbors” project. He recently stopped by Tampa's Ybor City neighborhood on his way to Miami. Mireles told WUSF’s Lisa Peakes that when he chooses subjects, he looks for people who represent the spirit of a community:

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