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Do you want to vigorously dab, protest, Goth dance, or shoot a Ki blast cannon (a Dragon Ball Z attack) at Hurricane Irma to shoo it away? How about spin your arms really fast or spin your fidget fingers to ward off the impending storm?

While Facebook cancellations for regularly scheduled events are streaming in, a new kind of event has been popping up: any and all kind of rituals to try and convince the weather gods and goddesses that Florida is not the place for Hurricane Irma.

Florida Matters Staycations: St. Petersburg Museums

Aug 18, 2017
City of St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg’s flourishing arts scene is recognized by travel writers across the U.S.

Most recently, readers of the New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle were clued in on something Tampa Bay residents have known for years; St. Pete is home to world-famous museums and dozens of art galleries.  If you haven’t ventured to the city’s downtown recently, you might be surprised how much the arts scene has grown.

Steve Newborn / WUSF Public Media

Protesters gathered Thursday at the Confederate statue in downtown Tampa. It happened the day after Hillsborough County Commissioners backtracked on removing it from public display.

Port Tampa Bay

Port Tampa Bay announced five new cruises to Cuba, starting in 2018.

Steve Newborn / WUSF News

The Confederate statue at the county courthouse in downtown Tampa may not be moving after all. Hillsborough County Commissioners are now asking the public to pay for it.

Manatee County Historical Records Library, Bradenton Herald Archives

Next month, the South Florida Museum will host an open house for the public to remember what was the world's oldest living manatee in captivity.

Snooty the manatee, who died in an accident last month, will be remembered on Sept. 10, from noon to 5 p.m., at the Parker Manatee Aquarium at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton. 

Florida takes its hits, from late-night TV jokes to, now, even a ranking as the worst state in the nation for a “staggeringly impressive” “awfulness resume,” according to the website Thrillist.

But for all the Flori-duh jokes (that we make, too, but we live here so it’s OK), this is an astonishingly large, diverse, beautiful, interesting and yeah, sometimes staggeringly awful place — and it has produced some remarkable works of literature.

Steve Newborn / WUSF News

Hillsborough County Commissioners voted Wednesday to move a Confederate memorial that has stood outside the county courthouse for more than a century.

Over the last decade, the state of Florida has dropped from 36th place to 39th for girls’ well-being, according to the Girl Scouts “State of Girls” report presented Tuesday in Jacksonville.

The presentation was followed by a panel discussion on issues raised in the study.


Whitney Browne

Welcome to Night Vale, a small desert town populated with shapeshifting teenagers, angels that all insist on being called "Erika," and the "eldritch," tentacled horror that is "Station Management." 

The creators of the popular podcast, presented as news broadcasts from the Night Vale Community Radio station, returns to the Tampa Theatre Saturday with their newest live show "All Hail.”

Virtual Quidditch Has Real World Applications

Jul 6, 2017

Full Sail student Carolyn Smith is a huge Harry Potter fan so it’s no surprise she turned to the book’s fictitious sport Quidditch as inspiration for her final project.

Smith designed a video game that puts users into Harry’s world of Quidditch, like a football game played on flying broomsticks, by coding a digital world on a computer and designing a real Nimbus, or broomstick to control the character on the screen.

Histroy Bike Tampa

A Tampa couple is using a novel method to show Tampa residents and tourists the history of the city.

Eric and Katie Turner began History Bike Tampa in 2013 as a way to educate residents about lesser-known historical events and people. Every two months, they take groups of up to 100 riders and zigzag along backstreets and alleyways to historically significant locations in Tampa.

Steve Newborn / WUSF News

Last week, Hillsborough County Commissioners voted against removing a Confederate memorial that has stood outside the county courthouse for more than a century. On Tuesday, a group of protesters met to keep up the pressure.

Cathy Carter

Best known as a pioneer of modernist painting, Marc Chagall also worked with stained glass, tapestries and ceramics.

The world's most important museums display the artist's work, but it’s never been shown quite like the way it is right now at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota.

The big 22-story Florida Capitol is where all the legislative and executive branch action takes place nowadays. But the Old Capitol building next door is the one that so often appears in any visual reference to state government, such as TV ads for or against state political candidates or various causes of urgent public concern.

Munch’s Restaurant A Family Tradition

Jun 16, 2017
Bernardo H. Motta / USF St. Petersburg

Larry Munch is the proprietor of Munch’s Sundries & Restaurant, a longtime famous hangout and food port in south St. Petersburg.

It didn’t start out that way, when Munch’s parents started in back in 1952.

Sweet Memories Of Sweet Mangoes In South St. Petersburg

Jun 15, 2017
USF Student Journalist

Walking down the dirt roads of South 34th street, near Gibbs High School, Sylvester Norton Jr. recalls how as a child, he never had to worry about where he would find food.

“I mean you had all kinds of fruits (on trees outside)…Everything, you know. You don’t have it right here now, but back then, I mean you could survive,” he said. “Got no money much, but you didn’t get to worry about something to eat.”

Heavenly Food, Music And Prayer In Historic St. Petersburg Churches

Jun 13, 2017
USF Student Journalist

Over the years, churches have been powerhouses behind historical movements, local author and youth coach Rod Cunningham said.

“Not only did these churches provide a place of spiritual outlook and resources, but they provided basic necessities such as housing and food to both its members and strangers on the street,” he said. “One way the churches have ensured that people in the community don’t starve is through Sunday dinner.”

Midtown150: “Past Plates”

Jun 12, 2017

Midtown150 is a production of the University of South Florida’s Neighborhood News Bureau, an advanced reporting journalism class.

In the podcast, NNB student-reporters explore current and relevant topics through a historical lens through the memories of the local residents of south St. Petersburg – an area known as Midtown.

USF Student Journalist

At Chief’s Creole Café, Head Chef Lorenza Jackson is training the next generation of great cooks, something he learned by growing up near historic 22nd Street S. in Midtown, St. Petersburg. A neighborhood also known as “the Deuces.”

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