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2:48 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Gasparilla 2015: Street Closures, Schedule, Maps

Lottie Watts WUSF 89.7
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4:23 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Ceremony Remembers Those Lost in Coast Guard Disaster

The bell retrieved from the wreckage of the Blackthorn. It rang once for each of the victims lost on January 28, 1980.
Credit M. S. Butler

It still stands as the U.S. Coast Guard's worst peacetime disaster. And 35 years later survivors, family members and supporters still gather near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge each year to remember the sinking of the Blackthorn.

On Wednesday morning, a memorial service was held to remember the 23 crew members who lost their lives when the Blackthorn sank near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. The ship sank when it collided with a tanker, the Capricorn.

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Culture
1:52 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

NPR's Alan Cheuse With His Current Favorites

Credit Josh Cheuse

Alan Cheuse has been reviewing books for NPR's All Things Considered since the 1980s. He's giving a talk this week at All Saints' Academy in Winter Haven, where he'll also be teaching student workshops.

He sat down with WUSF's Robin Sussingham to talk about his favorite books now, and what advice he'd give to book clubs.

The books he suggested:

"Honeydew" by Edith Pearlman

"Twelve Days" by Alex Berenson

"The Other Joseph" by Skip Horack

"The Architect's Apprentice" by Elif Shafak

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon January 26, 2015

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Adventures in Writing

Robinson Sterling (left) talks with her friend Theresa Rush Richardson (right) about writing a memoir.
StoryCorps

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Robinson Sterling talks with her friend, Theresa Rush Richardson about her memoir. Sterling has lived in various places around the world including Mexico and Israel. She’s had many adventures in life, but writing her own memoir has been its own kind of venture.

Getting her memoir published and getting a degree were the last couple of items on Sterling’s bucketlist. Sterling completed her Master’s degree in social work at the age of 60. She's still waiting to get published.

Music:

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Culture
2:47 am
Mon January 26, 2015

African-American History Museum May Soon be Homeless

Dr. Carter G. Woodson

St Petersburg's only African-American history museum may be getting the boot. On Thursday, the St. Petersburg Housing Authority voted 4-3 to sell its property where the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African-American Museum currently sits.

City Councilman Karl Nurse said city attorneys will determine if  the housing authority has the ultimate say in what happens to the property. The museum has been on that site for 14 years as part of the Jordan Park housing project.

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Culture
2:00 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Tampa Bay Times Restaurant Critic Picks Top 50 For Tampa Bay Area

Tampa Bay Times Food Critic Laura Reiley has been dining out a lot in the past couple of weeks. So now she's living on coffee after consuming "thousands of extra calories" in pursuit of the best restaurants in the Tampa Bay area. 

The result is her list of the Top 50

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Culture
3:50 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

WATCH: Revitalizing Franklin Street in Downtown Tampa

Credit Quincy Walters / WUSF News

Franklin Street, just north of downtown Tampa, was the heart of the downtown shopping district before the flight to the suburbs in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. It's an often overlooked artery, but a group of residents who are interested in revitalizing the area are imagining what it could become.

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Culture
10:30 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Tampa Bay Times Restaurant Critic Picks Top 50 For Tampa Bay Area

From the menu of Ava's
Ava's Facebook page

Tampa Bay Times Food Critic Laura Reiley has been dining out a lot in the past couple of weeks. So now she's living on coffee after consuming "thousands of extra calories" in pursuit of the best restaurants in the Tampa Bay area. 

The result is her list of the Top 50

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Culture
2:09 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Controversial Pastor Opens Fry Stand in Bradenton Mall

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 1:21 pm

A controversial pastor, who appears on a widely-distributed al-Qaida hit list, has opened up a shop in a Bradenton mall.

His business raises questions over safety and free speech.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon January 19, 2015

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Making Tough Decisions

Pat Spencer
StoryCorps

Pat Spencer grew up in Montgomery, Alabama before settling in Tampa. She has been an active member of the NAACP since she was seven years old and has always been a volunteer for various organizations. 

 

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Spencer talks about her time volunteering in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s office in Montgomery. During the time Arthurine Lucy became the first African-American to desegregate the University of Alabama, Dr. King requested Spencer enroll too.

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Culture
6:17 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Tampa Rep's Imagining Madoff

From left, Actors Jim Wicker and C. David Frankel

Deb Margolin's play "Imagining Madoff" digs into the deep issues that live in the edges of our lives.  Do I really know this person, can I trust them? 

Her play examines the relationship between a Torah scholar, here named Sol Galkin, but the character is based on famed author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, and an imaginary Bernie Madoff, based on the infamous financial scammer who cheated thousands out of their life savings. 

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon January 12, 2015

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: A Love Between Cat, Prince

Mary and Lewis Key
StoryCorps

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Mary and Lewis Key recall the first time they met at a Halloween Party. Mary dressed up as a cat while Lewis was in a Phantom of the Opera costume and he became her prince. The magic happened over a conversation about baseball. 

To cement their relationship, Mary and Lewis Key have a tradition of celebrating their love and marriage like many couples do on Valentine’s Day, but they don’t just celebrate in the month of February; they celebrate on the 14th of every month.

StoryCorps Tampa Bay is produced by Yoselis Ramos.

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Culture
12:53 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

'Cowboy' Wedding a Long Time Coming

Ozzie Russ and Stephen Schlairet feed one of their horses on their Washington County farm near Chipley
Credit Tom Urban / News Service of Florida

Wearing cowboy boots and bolo ties, Steve Schlairat and Ozzie Russ exchanged wedding vows as they stood beside two saddles perched atop bales of hay on a chilly Saturday afternoon with friends and family looking on.

The longtime duo are among hundreds of gay and lesbian couples who received marriage licenses or were married this week after a federal judge's decision striking down Florida's gay-marriage ban took effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.

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Culture
5:34 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Same-Sex Newlyweds Enroll for State Employee Benefits

Credit Wikimedia Commons

With same-sex marriage now the law in Florida, a lot of new husbands and wives will be able to join their spouse's state of Florida insurance plan.

Marriage qualifies as a life-changing event under the state's plan, so enrollees won't have to wait for the open enrollment period to add their spouses. But the window to do so is from now to March 6.

That's only about 60 days.

Mark Pudlow is a spokesman for The Florida Education Association. The union represents 140,000 Florida teachers.

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Culture
1:01 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

When Key West Was Cuban

Key West Cigars box label
DeWolfe and Wood Collection Monroe County Public Library

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 6:13 am

 In the '60s, '70s and '80s, waves of Cuban immigrants crossed the Florida Straits, seeking political freedom and economic opportunity. Soon they were starting their own businesses and winning political office, infusing Cuban culture into the DNA of a South Florida city.

The city was Key West. And this was the 1860s, '70s and '80s.

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