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10:56 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Intergalactic Nemesis Invades Ringling's International Arts Fest

Intergalactic Nemesis actors
Courtesy of RIAF

What started out as a radio play has morphed into something much bigger. Now The Intergalactic Nemesis is coming to Sarasota's Ringling International Arts Festival Thursday. And it's bringing the sludge monsters from the planet Zygon to invade the 1930's.  

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9:10 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Still Standing: Anita Hollander to Perform at USF

Hollander as Francesca in Bass for Picasso in NY.

You could say performing is in Anita Hollander's blood.  After all, she's been singing, dancing and acting since she was 8.  When she was 26, she lost her leg to cancer, but she kept on going.  

"I went on with my career just normally as a performer who just happened to have an artificial leg,"Hollander said. "And somehow I got introduced to a whole world of other performers who have disabilities and they sort of pushed me ahead." She's now National Co-Chair of Performers with Disabilities for SAG-AFTRA.   And in that capacity, works to promote more "presence of performers with disabilities in all media, including stage, television, film."  

And Tuesday night at 7, Hollander brings her show, "Still Standing: A Musical Survival Guide for Life's Catastrophes" to USF's Oval Theater in Tampa, presented by VSA Florida and USF AccessiBull.  

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5:00 am
Mon October 13, 2014

81 Year Old Begins Walking Trek To Tallahassee

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An 81-year-old woman from Sarasota is walking from Siesta Key to Tallahassee to promote campaign reform.

After losing her husband of 56 years, Rhana Bazzini decided she had to do something. That would be for the 5-foot-3-inch, 94-pound woman to walk from Siesta Key to Tallahassee. She wants the idea to promote that corporations shouldn't be able to control political campaigns by pouring unlimited money into them.

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10:57 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Could Ferguson Happen in the Tampa Bay Area?

The panel at USF, from left to right: NPR television critic Eric Deggans, Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor, Tampa Bay Times columnist Ernest Hooper, James Cole, president of the Hillsborough Sheriff's Black Advisory Council, and attorney Alec Hall
Credit Steve Newborn / WUSF News

The recent riots in Ferguson, Missouri that were sparked by the police shooting of a black man have led many communities to reassess how their police departments interact with the community. A forum held Thursday night at the University of South Florida Tampa campus talked about just that.

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4:07 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Federal Judge Asked to Allow Same Sex Marriages in Fl.

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A federal judge is being asked to allow same sex couples to marry in Florida in the wake of a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida filed a motion Tuesday with U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle. Hinkle previously ruled Florida's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, but stayed the ruling until other cases around the country were resolved.

The U.S. Supreme Court decided this week to turn away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit gay and lesbian unions.

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4:24 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Lamb Manor Estate Opens to the Public

Lamb Manor Estate is open to the public on Sunday for a charity event benefiting New Life Village in Tampa.
Credit New Life Village

The owners of the Lamb Manor Estate- a national historic landmark, are opening the doors of the mansion to the public on Sunday. 

The Lamb Manor mansion was built in 1910. The current owners, George and Nancy Corbett restored the home and moved the 220-ton house up the bay. Some drivers on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge got to see it float in the bay when it was moved from Palmetto to Ruskin in 2006.

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12:32 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Florida Sees Record Number Of Homeless Kids

A record number of homeless students are attending Florida schools according to new numbers released by the U.S. Department of Education. Almost 70,000 kids in the state were homeless during the 2012-2013 school year, a 10 percent increase compared to the national average of 8 percent.

However, most of those kids are not recognized as homeless by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which acts as a clearinghouse for many social services available to the homeless.

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9:07 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

'Alt For Norge' (Norway) Reality Star Retraces His Roots

Norris Comer on his sailboat in St. Petersburg
Credit Facebook

The largely American phenomenon of “Reality TV," where people undergo outrageous challenges and tests of endurance has now taken hold... in Norway:

“When Henrietta came into the room, it was like, eewwww, because we were in this gross, smelly room, and I was half naked and there was stuff written all over me," says St. Petersburg resident Norris Comer, in part of his appearance as a contestant on Season 5 of a competition called "Alt For Norge" (All For Norway.)

Henrietta's reply? "It smells bad in here.”

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5:01 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Florida Officials Announce Appeal To Judge's Gay Marriage Ruling

A court ruling against Florida's gay marriage ban was stalled in anticipation of appeals.

Originally published on Fri September 5, 2014 3:02 pm

Florida officials have announced plans to file an appeal to a federal judge’s ruling finding Florida’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional.

Department of Health head John Armstrong, Secretary of Management Services Craig Nichols, and Washington County Clerk of Court Harold Bazzell made the appeal through Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office Thursday.

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8:43 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

A South Florida Temple -- And A Family -- Reel From ISIS' Killing Of Steven Sotloff

Freelance journalist Steven Sotloff is seen during a work trip inside Al-Fateh Mosque in Manama, Bahrain, on Oct. 26, 2010. The Islamic State group released a video this week that showed a militant beheading the American journalist.

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 6:21 am

President Obama took time Wednesday to remember Steven Sotloff, the American journalist and South Florida native recently murdered by militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.

During his visit to Estonia, Obama called Sotloff a “devoted and courageous” Middle East correspondent.

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3:15 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Joan Rivers Hates You, Herself And Everyone Else

Joan Rivers says her material has only gotten stronger with age. "I always say, 'What are you going to do? Are you going to fire me? Been fired. Going to be bankrupt? Been bankrupt.'"
Courtesy of the author

Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 12:18 pm

Joan Rivers doesn't hold anything back.

Over the course of her 50-year career, Rivers has made fun of her bankruptcy, her many facelifts, her husband's suicide and the sacrifices she made over the years as a female standup performer.

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7:01 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Tampa: A 'Wet' Place in Prohibition Era

Schematic illustration of a still, 1873, schematic illustration, courtesy Abrigani/Shutterstock.
Tampa Bay History Center

Al Capone and other gangsters of the Roaring Twenties would not have been as notorious if it weren't for them making a buck off of America's drinking problem. The Prohibition era was the first time a Constitutional amendment limited freedoms, even if it was the freedom to drink a cold one.

The new exhibit at the Tampa Bay History Center is taking a look back at the 18th Amendment and the role Tampa played as one of the "wettest" areas of the country.

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5:08 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Buccaneers Have a New Season Spirit

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are trying to let go of their losing ways with new uniforms, a new general manager and most importantly, a new head coach. Today the team president, Bryan Glazer, talked up Lovie Smith at a Chamber of Commerce event.

Bryan Glazer told fans that when he was looking for a new head coach it was very short list, in fact, it was only one. He said Lovie Smith is a winner, and they're excited for this upcoming season.

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9:10 am
Tue September 2, 2014

The Politics Of Calling In Sick

Women are more likely to take time off to care for a sick child or elderly adult, making mandatory paid sick leave a hot partisan topic.
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Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 1:23 pm

Got the flu? Or a new baby? Perhaps a little one with chicken pox? In most countries, your employer must pay your wages if you stay home sick or to care for others. Not in America.

But a growing grass-roots movement aims to change that — starting with paid sick leave.

Already the movement has met some success. This past weekend, California became the second state in the country to mandate sick leave for employees.

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8:30 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Comedy to Break Down Myths About Muslims

Comedian Negen Farsad is scheduled to appear at USF Thursday as part of the Building Bridges Project.
Credit Courtesy of Negin Farsad

A female Muslim comic is the opening act followed by a humorous documentary titled “The Muslims Are Coming” this week at the University of South Florida Tampa campus.

Are you smiling yet?

The dual events kick-off the two-year grant project, Building Bridges, that has the goal of using art to span the gap between the Muslim and non-Muslim worlds.

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