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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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Culture
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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The Two-Way
10:39 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

One Woman's 'Pay It Forward' Moment Inspires 11 Hours Of Kindness

Vu Nguyen tells Amanda Gedeon and Beth Brehmer that the previous drive-through customer paid for their drinks at the Starbucks on Tyrone Boulevard in St. Petersburg on Wednesday. 
Credit Weston Phippen / Tampa Bay Times

At a drive-through Starbucks in St. Petersburg, Fla., a chain of generosity included hundreds of customers. Each customer in the chain chose to "pay it forward," paying for the drink of the customer behind her.

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11:34 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Clearwater is One of The Most Honest Cities in U.S.

Lead in text: 
Clearwater was one of the most honest among top-ranked cities in the U.S., earning an honesty rating of 97 percent, tied with six other cities including Detroit, Louisville, Ky. and Santa Monica, Calif.
People in the U.S. are getting more and more honest, according to a report by USA Today, and Clearwater was found to be one of the most honest cities in the country.
Culture
10:14 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Q&A With Author Of "Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good"

Kathleen Flinn's new book

WUSF Susan Giles Wantuck speaks with Author Kathleen Flinn.

Author Kathleen Flinn comes by her love of cooking the natural way. Her mom, dad, grandmother and grandfather all cooked. Flinn grew up on a farm in Michigan, where her mother baked bread, canned vegetables, made jam and more. 

The family went fishing (on and off ice),  hunting, camping and her folks even joined the local German-American club, even though they weren't German.  

Flinn is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Sharper Your Knife, the Less you Cry. And her latest book, Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good, is chock-full of family recipes, including some of the sweets her mom used to bribe the local radio station DJ, so he would play her dad's favorite song at a certain time each day. 

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Culture
12:27 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

First Black USF Faculty Member's Story in Library of Congress

Henrietta Smith was the first African-American faculty member at USF.
The HistoryMakers

Poet Maya Angelou, actress Ruby Dee and even President Barack Obama have something in common. They've all participated in The History Makers project--the country's largest African American collection of video interviews capturing the struggles and achievements of the black experience.Those 2,600 HistoryMakers videos have a new home--the Library of Congress.

It was 1985 when Henrietta Smith was the first African-American faculty member at the University of South Florida at the School of Library Science.  

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Culture
12:18 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Robin Williams Remembered At The South Beach Hotel From 'The Birdcage'

A portrait of Robin Williams at The Carlyle hotel in Miami Beach.
Julia Duba WLRN

Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams died this week.

Williams had many iconic roles, and he filmed one of his great performances right here in South Florida.

"The Birdcage" is set in The Carlyle hotel on South Beach. 

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Culture
8:25 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Emergency Director Recalls Hurricane Charley

An ariel photograph from FEMA showing the destruction of homes in Charlotte County.
FEMA

Many in the Tampa Bay area braced for what they thought would be a direct hit from Hurricane Charley ten years ago. But, the category 4 storm took a right turn and made a direct hit on Punta Gorda, Friday, August 13, 2004 at about 4:45 p.m. at least that’s when the town clock stopped according to Wayne Sallade, director of emergency operations for Charlotte County.

Back then, Sallade had 17 years of experience on the job, but nothing can really prepare one for the kind of destruction that Charley wrought.

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Culture
6:24 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Hurricane Charley Forges TEAM Punta Gorda

Punta Gorda Councilwoman Nancy Prafke is the former CEO of TEAM Punta Gorda.
Bobbie O'Brien WUSF Public Media

In a matter of hours August 13th, 2004, Hurricane Charley demolished historic downtown Punta Gorda. Quaint brick shops collapsed. Glass office buildings were blown out. Thousands of mobile homes disintegrated pounded by the 150 mph winds.

The next day, Wally Satar used a tow truck to pull apart twisted steel, engine blocks and welding tanks at his brother’s Mystic Gas Station. He was trying to salvage tools and anything that didn’t blow away.

The only thing left standing  was one wall and a white car perched atop the hydraulic lift.

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Culture
9:31 pm
Sat August 9, 2014

Arcadia Moves On 10 Years After Hurricane Charley

Arcadia's water tower lays crumbled after the storm alongside State Road 70
USGS.gov

Ten years ago Wednesday, (Aug. 13),  Hurricane Charley swirled its way inland through the quaint DeSoto County town of Arcadia. Sustained winds of a hundred miles an hour ripped down walls and roofs from its historic main street - dealing a major blow to its antiques district. WUSF's Steve Newborn was there in the aftermath, and returned a decade later to see how the town has changed.
 

Ten years ago, the grind of buzz saws was the sound heard most often in Arcadia

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Culture
12:37 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Jazz Pianist Kenny Drew Jr. Passes Away

Kenny Drew Jr., a jazz pianist who lived in the Bay Area, died this past Sunday at the age of 56.
Credit AllAboutJazz.com

Kenny Drew Jr., a Bay Area pianist and composer known to jazz audiences around the world, died this past Sunday. WUSF 89.7 Jazz Director Bob Seymour shares this remembrance:

He was immensely talented and had a piano sound identifiable within just a few notes. Kenny Drew Jr., the son of a major jazz piano player, was taught largely by his aunt, and that early classical training was apparent in the virtuosity that was always a big part of his sound.

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Culture
10:19 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Third South Florida Judge Rules Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 1:00 pm

Most of the plaintiffs in this year's same-sex marriage cases have been people who just wanted to get married.

But Heather Brassner was different -- she wanted a same-sex divorce. 

Brassner, a West Palm Beach art dealer, wants to marry her partner, Jennifer Feagins, but she's still in a civil union that she entered in Vermont with her ex 14 years ago.

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Culture
7:42 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Rays Trade David Price

The Tampa Bay Rays traded David Price, who won the second most games in team history, to the Detroit Tigers as part of a 3-team deal.
Credit Chris O'Meara / Associated Press

When David Price was finally traded, it was to an unexpected bidder.

The Detroit Tigers added another Cy Young Award winner to their star-studded rotation, acquiring Price from Tampa Bay in a blockbuster deal Thursday. The Rays received left-hander Drew Smyly and minor league infielder Willy Adames from the Tigers. Tampa Bay also got infielder Nick Franklin from Seattle, with Detroit outfielder Austin Jackson going to the Mariners.

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Culture
6:28 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Sholom & Mohamed: Brothers In Spite Of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Sholom and Moe take a selfie together with their respective flags.

Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 5:13 pm

Mohamed Ghumrawi and Sholom Neistein have been friends for six years.

Sholom is Jewish. Mohamed is Muslim and of Palestinian descent. 

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6:05 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Florida Schools Get Ready for Flood of Border Kids

Lead in text: 
School officials in Hillsborough County, which has a large Hispanic population, did not respond to a request for information. In Pasco County, shelters expect to double their capacity. Tampa NBC affiliate WFLA reported the Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services is asking Pasco County’s Planning Commission to double shelter capacity to 32 beds to accommodate more border children. But neighbors of the center have mixed reactions.
By Marianela Toledo | Florida Watchdog MIAMI - With more than 51,000 unaccompanied Central American children already here, and more expected to come, school officials ask the federal government for a helping hand. Border kids costs more to educate, about $1,900 per head. Teachers must be bilingual.

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