11:39 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

A Tour of the Haunted Cuban Club

Old photograph of the Círculo Cubano
USF Special Collections

Back in the early 20th Century, members of Ybor City's Cuban Club paid dues and had access to a medical clinic, a pharmacy, a theater, bowling lanes, a gym and a pool- all in the same building. It was the hangout. 

But today, this same building is said to be the hangout- for spirits. So much so that the Cuban Club has been rated as one of the top ten most haunted buildings in the nation by the Travel Channel.  

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1:24 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Celebrating the Life of Buck O'Neil as Sarasota's Newtown Turns 100

Buck O'Neil walks to the field as he is introduced before a minor league all-star game July 18, 2006 in Kansas City, Kansas. O'Neil, baseball's charismatic Negro Leagues ambassador who barnstormed with Satchel Paige died on Oct. 6, 2006. He was 94
Credit Associated Press archive / Charlie Riede

Buck O'Neil rose from humble beginnings in Sarasota's Newtown neighborhood to become the first black coach in the major leagues. He was able to tell stories spanning almost the whole history of baseball, from Babe Ruth to the Negro Leagues, to Bo Jackson.  As Newtown celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, Ian Cummings of The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports he was the most famous public figure to ever come from their neighborhood.

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6:38 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Joe Maddon Set to Become Cubs Manager, Sources Say

Lead in text: 
The Chicago Cubs deny that a deal is done, but people familiar with the dealings say that it is certain to be completed in coming days, and that Joe Maddon would indeed be the next Cubs manager. The contract, once finalized, is expected to make Maddon one of the highest-paid managers in baseball and quite likely the best-paid in the National League. Mike Scioscia's Angels deal pays him $5 million annually, so he sets the standard.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Joe Maddon is about to become the new manager of the Cubs, sources tell Maddon and the Cubs are on the verge of agreeing on a mega deal, according tompeople familair with the situation.
12:56 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Joe Maddon's Leaving the Tampa Bay Rays

Credit twitter

After nine seasons, 754 wins, 4 playoff appearances and an American League Championship in 2008, Joe Maddon is no longer the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. Maddon was the guiding force behind the Tampa Bay Rays' drive from perennial cellar-dwellers in the American League East to the World Series in 2008. 

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4:57 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Czech Guitarist Performs At HCC Friday Night

Guitarist Pavel Steidl at WUSF
Susan GIles Wantuck

The only thing Pavel Steidl wanted when he was growing up was a horse. His love of movies featuring cowboys and Indians sent him off in to the woods to play. That was where his older brother, who played the banjo, put a guitar in his hand and told him to accompany him.

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5:51 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Google Picks Sarasota As Florida's Top 'E-City'

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 11:54 am

Google chose Sarasota as the Sunshine state’s leading E-city this year.

Based on research conducted by Google and a research firm, small businesses in Sarasota are more likely to have an online presence than other cities in Florida.

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9:01 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Q&A With The Florida Orchestra Music Director On Elgar

Florida Orchestra Music Director Michael Francis

This weekend, concert goers can get better acquainted with the new Florida Orchestra Music Director Michael Francis. This will be the first time he'll conduct the orchestra since he was named its music director this past June.

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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


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.


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
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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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