Arts and culture

In the 1960s and '70s, if you were in a doctor's office, or a funeral home, or a motel in Florida, chances are a landscape painting hung on the wall. Palms arching over the water, or moonlight on an inlet. Tens of thousands of paintings like this were created by a group of self-taught African-American artists, concentrated in Fort Pierce, Fla.

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For retired singles looking for love, Florida has all the right places -- or at least most of them.

A new survey by the 50-plus dating website ranks the Top 10 U.S. Cities for Retired Singles Looking for Love. Seven are in Florida:

1. Ocala
2. Cape Coral
3. Bradenton
4. Delray Beach

5. Mesa, Ariz.
6. Naples
7. Clearwater
8. Boynton Beach
9. Vancouver, Wash.
10. Salem, Ore.

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As U.S. cities are experiencing some of the warmest temperatures on record, it's easy to take for granted the ability to feel almost instant relief from oppressive heat with the push of a button or the flip of a switch. Today about 87 percent of U.S. households have an air conditioning unit.  

When 93-year-old Rachel Veitch picked up the newspaper on March 10 and realized that the macular degeneration in her eyes had developed to the point where she couldn't read the print, she knew it was time to stop driving.

But there's much more to the Orlando, Fla., woman's story.

The decision meant she would no longer be getting behind the wheel of her beloved 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente, a car she calls "The Chariot." Veitch has pampered her ride for nearly five decades and 567,000 miles.

MarketWatch calls this CNN and Fox's 'Dewey Defeats Truman' moment. For several surprising minutes this morning, both media companies wrongly announced that the Affordable Care Act had been overturned by the Supreme Court.

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Tampa, you're so vain, you probably think this study is about you.

Actually, it is! Men's Health has completed a highly-scientific study of vainness, and Tampa has come out on top.

We even beat Miami (No. 8, take THAT South Beach.)

I've always thought of the Tampa Bay area as more "Margaritaville" than "Miami Vice." But numbers don't lie.

How, you may ask, did Men's Health come up with these rankings? It's based upon these factors:

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The City of Lakeland has a message about its bus system this week: buses aren't just for those who can't afford a car. They're teaming up with artists to make riding the bus a little more fun, and on Tuesday WUSF's Robin Sussingham went along for the ride with Bev Hendricks, who is one of the event's organizers.

As part of "Art on the Bus" week, Hendricks brought her violin to Lakeland's downtown bus station, and prepared to play on the bus. She's the former executive director of the Imperial Symphony Orchestra and now does mostly volunteer work for several arts organizations.

Sarasota is one step closer to buying a sculpture by artist John Henry. 

It's called "Complexus" and stands seven stories high.  Early this week, the Sarasota City Commission approved The Sarasota Art Fund (SPAF) request to purchase the work and give it to the city.

"Art in public view plays a vital role in a city's appeal, quality of life and economic viability. That's why so many of us are extremely motivated to keep 'Complexus' in Sarasota," said SPAF president Thomas J. Savage.

This media morality tale involves Sen. Marco Rubio, a rumor, and one day of media spin.

The day began with ABC News reporting that Sen. Marco Rubio was not being vetted by the Romney campaign.

“What I have learned is that he has not been asked to do even the first step. He has not been asked to fill out any questionnaires, he has not been asked to turn over any personal documents by the Romney vetting team.”

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Jurors will resume their deliberations over the fate of famed pitcher Roger Clemens this morning. The seven-time Cy Young Award winner  is on trial for perjury after his denials to Congress that he used steroids or human growth hormone.

Clemens’ legal saga has gone on for more than four years including one mistrial. It’s changed the public image of the veteran ball player, but it’s also drawn his family closer together. During closing arguments Tuesday, Clemens’ four sons sat behind him in the courtroom.

“And that’s the way it is.”

When Walter Cronkite ended “CBS Evening News” with that signoff, millions of people believed him. The major networks and newspapers exposed Americans to a diversity of viewpoints – at least in theory.

But in the digital world, we each live in our own bubble, according to Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute’s Sense-making Project.

It could very well end up being the song of this summer. Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," a sunny pop song about a nascent crush, is No. 2 on the pop charts and No. 1 on iTunes.

But, perhaps the bigger sign that it has just crept everywhere is when someone on the Internet mashes up a President Obama remix.

If you grew up with Mr. Rogers like I did, you're going to love this video.

It's a musical remix of some of Fred Rogers' simple yet profound ideas -- including this one: "You can grow ideas in the garden of your mind."

Symphony of Science's John Melodysheep Boswell teamed up with PBS Digital Studios to produce "Garden Of Your Mind" and it's gone viral, with more than 4 million views in its first week.

Mr. Rogers presented us with a vision of the world where things can be scary, but we'll get through it if we treat each other as neighbors.

I’m excited to announce that we’ve received one of the most prestigious honors in broadcast journalism, a national Edward R. Murrow award.

This is for an audio documentary we featured on Florida Matters about a man who jumped off the Sunshine Skyway Bridge…and survived.

In light of my conversation this week about errors and corrections with Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute, I thought it would be good to let our audience see how we deal with errors in our stories.

Here's our current policy. It is always a work in progress. Please let us know what you think in our comments section:

A newspaper in South Carolina accidentally prints the f-bomb in a sports story.

A headline in a Pittsburgh paper is supposed to read “Suit Yourself,” but a strange reflection makes the “u” in suit look like an “h” – with unfortunate results.

Are errors increasing in newspapers (both in print and online)? And what about other broadcast and non-traditional media?

What is the fate of women in Egypt after the revolution? That is the question former WUSF intern Carmel Delshad tried to answer in her award-winning,  interactive project, I Marched Along.

USF Athletics

For the first time ever, the USF Softball team is on their way to the NCAA Women's College World Series.

Head Coach Ken Eriksen said his team was actually looking forward to the long trip to Oklahoma City, as it's the first chance many of the them have had to rest since winning a nail-biting, three-game series over Hofstra this past weekend to make the tournament.

USF Athletics

While the USF Softball team prepares for its first trip to the Women's College World Series, the USF Baseball team will stay home after not being chosen for an at-large slot in the NCAA Men's Tournament.

Photo by Bobbie O'Brien

"Bring it on!" That was Michelle Faedo's response when asked if she would put her Cuban Sandwich up against one from Miami.

WUSF interviewed Michelle and her husband, Robert Faedo, when Tampa City Council was considering its vote to make the "Cuban" its signature sandwich in April.