12:21 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Reececliff's Pies A Lakeland Tradition

Pies on display at Reececliff

Reececliff Family Diner in Lakeland has been turning out its award winning pies since the 1930s, and lots of families rely on them every year for their Thanksgiving dessert. The restaurant has been operating in the Dixieland neighborhood since 1934.

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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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11:32 am
Fri November 7, 2014

CCC/New Deal-Era Group Reunites in Sebring

Back Porch Revival will play at the festival
Credit Carla Kappmeyer-Sherwin

Highlands Hammock State Park is the oldest park built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a program that helped boys survive the Great Depression by working in national parks, state parks and national forests.

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10:03 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Florida Orchestra to Play "Ocean Voyagers" Soundtrack Saturday

This Saturday (11/8), the Florida Orchestra dives into the Blue Ocean Film Festival. It will play Grant McLachlan's score for the movie "Ocean Voyagers" while the film is playing at the Mahaffey Theater.

"Ocean Voyagers" tells the tale of a mighty big mama, 40 tons of humpback whale and her baby boy. The story is narrated by Meryl Streep and was created by Feo Pitcairn. 

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2:36 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Tom Magliozzi, Popular Co-Host Of NPR's 'Car Talk,' Dies At 77

Tom Magliozzi's laugh boomed in NPR listeners' ears every week as he and his brother, Ray, bantered on Car Talk.
Courtesy of Car Talk

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 6:23 pm

Tom Magliozzi, one of public radio's most popular personalities, died on Monday of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 77 years old.

Tom and his brother, Ray, became famous as "Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers" on the weekly NPR show Car Talk. They bantered, told jokes, laughed and sometimes even gave pretty good advice to listeners who called in with their car troubles.

If there was one thing that defined Tom Magliozzi, it was his laugh. It was loud, it was constant, it was infectious.

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8:26 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

BLUE Ocean Film Festival Comes to St. Petersburg


The Blue Ocean film festival is taking place this week in St. Petersburg, running through the weekend. It celebrates the best films about the ocean in 2014.

The festival features 160 finalists, movies such as Gisela Kaufman’s “Shark Girl”, Angela Sun’s “Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch”and John Bowermaster’s “Wild Antarctica 3D." Academy Award winner James Cameron will have a special screening of his film, “James Cameron's Deep Sea Challenge 3D."

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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

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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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