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Players of the sport known as "murderball" came from around the world to Tampa this weekend for an international tournament.

Its intimidating nickname reflects the intensity of the sport popular among athletes who use wheelchairs. The tournament, hosted by the Tampa club, drew 10 teams from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Anti-Gambling Measure To Go On November Ballot

Jan 17, 2018
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Florida voters could make decisions in the future about casino-style gambling, including slot machines, under a proposed constitutional amendment that will appear on the November ballot.

The “Voter Control of Gambling Amendment,” largely bankrolled by a Disney company and the Seminole Tribe of Florida, would require voter approval for any form of casino gambling, an issue now largely controlled by the state Legislature.

A bill that addresses Florida’s collapsing film industry was presented at a press conference Wednesday. If successful, its sponsors hope it will create a new era of filmmaking within the sunshine state.

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Professional mermaid isn't a position that comes up often for job seekers. But for 70 years, a Florida roadside attraction has been the profession's biggest employer. 

On a cold, gray Saturday morning, dozens of women swam laps in iceberg blue water at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park as onlookers bundled up in coats and mittens cheered them on.

Close to 60 aspiring mermaids are competing to earn just eight slots on the park's famous mermaid squad.

Courtesy of the estate of Syd Solomon.

Across Florida, there are communities where artists seem to gravitate and Sarasota is one of those places. Now, years after his death, one of the city's most influential artist's continues to have an impact.

FLORIDA SNAPSHOTS - A WLRN Original Production - Short stories that capture Florida's unique and colorful past. 

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Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment announced Thursday it's suspending operations of the Tampa Bay Storm.

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You might think that running errands will keep you fit over the holidays.  But if that isn't working, here are some ways to apply technology to your training.

Fitness blogger Denise Mastanza-Taylor of deniseisrundmt.com says there are plenty of free apps to help motivate you through the holidays, especially if you can't carve out time to hit the gym. 

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What has been called one of the most beautiful theaters in the world has been showing its age lately. So the Tampa Theatre was shut down for six weeks. The first phase of its facelift is done - but it wasn't without some challenges.

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Instead of buying a gift this holiday season, why not make something?  Here are some ideas about what you can create from Tracy Shaw, whose blog, havingfunsaving.com, says she gets the whole family involved in crafting for the holidays.

“I want simple. One of my favorites is mason jar crafts. They're easy, and you grab a couple cans of spray paint and we're done. You can fill 'em with candies, actually I've made several for my neighbors over the years and we put Christmas flowers in them too. 'Cause they're great for vases,” Shaw said.  

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Americans are more likely to connect to the secular side Christmas, and not the sacred observance of the birth of Jesus Christ, an annual survey shows.

There are many stories of the state's pioneers of broadcasting, and author Donn Colee will bring to life a few of those to life when he speaks Wednesday night at the Tampa Bay History Center.

USF Contemporary Art Museum

The University of South Florida is remembering the work of famed  pop artist and printmaker and longtime Tampa Bay area resident James Rosenquist with a special exhibition. 

Allegations of sexual harassment surrounding a noted playwright has forced Tampa's Jobsite Theater to cancel an upcoming production. And its producing artistic director says this wasn't an easy decision.

 

David Jenkins has worked for years with famed playwright Israel Horovitz, so he said it was "stunning" to hear about the allegations from nine women.

Sarasota Musica Viva

Dec 1, 2017

The world-class musicians of the non-profit chamber music group Sarasota Musica Viva are in the midst of their third full season performing at venues in and around the Sarasota region.  The group is known for introducing audiences to new and rarely performed pieces as well as fresh arrangements of traditional chamber works.

Adam Shaw, bass in hand, peels a sweat-soaked strip of blonde hair away from his face and steps up to the mic. He growls into the microphone as a swarm of fans, clad in black, bounce on their feet around them, screaming back at the band.

Ferdie Pacheco, the ringside physician to Muhammad Ali and TV commentator known in the boxing world as the "fight doctor," died Thursday, his daughter announced on Facebook. He was 89.

New Music New College

For nearly two decades, the New Music New College series has been holding contemporary music concerts in Sarasota. It’s featured works from artists ranging from John Cage and John Luther Adams, to pieces composed by New College students.

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The Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg hopes to attract both Star Wars fans and fashionistas to their newest exhibition.

"Star Wars, and the Power of Costume" opens this weekend for members of the museum and on Monday for the general public.

Veronica Williams

Friday is Veteran's Day. For many military families, an understanding of service is common knowledge, but St. Petersburg native Willie Rogers was 97 years old before his daughters learned about his status - as one of the first black men to serve as military aviators and support staff in the U.S. armed forces during World War  II.

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This weekend, for the fifth year in a row, Symphony on the Sand is coming to Coquina Beach at Anna Maria Island. It's happening on Saturday, starting at 4:30 p.m.

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The Tampa Theatre is one of the oldest movie palaces in the country - and it's showing its age. It's being closed for six weeks, and parts of it will be returned to its former splendor.

Exquisite Corpse Games

St. Petersburg is hosting an evening of artistic collaboration at the Exquisite Corpse Games.

The bar parlor game has grown into an international collaboration of artistic ideas. The Museum of Fine Arts will host the third annual unveiling Thursday at 6 p.m., which is free to the public.

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Five world premieres will mark The Florida Orchestra's five decades of music-making in the Tampa Bay community. 


It was 100 years ago this week that Russian violinist Jascha Heifetz made his American debut at New York's Carnegie Hall in 1917. Considered by many to be one of the greatest violinists in history, he was just 16 years old at the time. NPR's Rachel Martin spoke with commentator Miles Hoffman about that appearance and the career that followed.

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Hispanic and African American children who live in poverty are falling behind, according to an annual report on child well being. 

As part of NASA's twins study, astronaut Scott Kelly spent a year in space while his twin brother, astronaut Mark Kelly, stayed on Earth. That year on the space station makes Scott Kelly the American record holder for consecutive days in space. To get through that year, he had a routine.

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What place does respect have in today’s society, and why does it seem to be missing? These are some of the questions a series of community conversations in St. Petersburg hopes to answer.

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The new season of a "Prairie Home Companion" can be heard on WUSF every weekend.

And on Wednesday, its host will be in Tampa to play a concert at the Straz Center.

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