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The championship Tampa Bay Lightning is losing one of its own -- not to another hockey team -- but to the National Football League.

The Lightning's CEO Tod Leiweke resigned Friday to take over as the Chief Operating Officer for the NFL. Lightning owner Jeff Vinik said he's sad about losing his top manager who has helped to transform the Tampa team into a top hockey franchise in just the past five years.

While talking to reporters, Vinik fondly remembered his first meeting with Leiweke. He said they didn't talk sports or "power plays", they talked about community.

Joseph Gamble

Longtime Floridian Joseph Gamble has a new exhibition at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in Tampa. It's his largest exhibition ever, which encompasses a sort of retrospective of his entire body of work, and photographs he's taken at Cape Canaveral. Gamble, who has taught photography at The University of Tampa, now teaches at Colorado Mountain College. 

Yoselis Ramos

Tampa community leaders gathered Tuesday morning for a groundbreaking at the Perry Harvey Senior Park in downtown Tampa. 

The park celebrates the history of Central Avenue- the hub of black-owned businesses that flourished during segregation along that street, the black entertainers who passed through, and the local civil rights activists who left their footprints in Tampa.

 

Dorothy Harvey Keel is one of Perry Harvey's daughters. "I wish that he was here to experience it so that he would know people were appreciative," she said.

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Garrison Keillor, creator and longtime host of the popular “A Prairie Home Companion” radio show, says he means it this time: He’s retiring.

In an interview Monday with The Associated Press, Keillor said he plans to step down as host after next season, following four decades of entertaining listeners with his baritone voice and folksy comedy sketches about Lake Wobegon, his mythical Minnesota hometown “where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.”

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Reflections

Jul 20, 2015
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Kyesha Robinson asks her mother, Rene Robinson-Flowers about her childhood- being a St. Petersburg native. She also asks her mother what it was like to go through school during the start of integration.

The riots at Dixie High School happened in 1971 over bringing down the Confederate flag and removing it as an unofficial symbol of the school.

Music Used:

“Let It Be” by the Beatles from the album, Let It Be.

M.S Butler

The Barnes and Noble at Brandon Town Center hosted a read-a-thon of the Harper Lee classic "To Kill a Mockingbird," on Monday.

The 12-hour reading event was held to celebrate and build anticipation for the long-awaited release of "Go Set a Watchman," an earlier version of  the original Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

Ninth-grade Hillsborough County English Teacher and part-time book store employee Amanda Marriott could barely contain her enthusiasm for the release of the new novel.

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Ageless Friends

Jul 13, 2015
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In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, friends Patricia Bailey and Norris Comer talk about their friendship transcending generational barriers—there’s almost 50 years of age difference between them. They tell us the story of how they met and what they think of the other. 

Music Used:

“Better Together” by Jack Johnson from the album, In Between Dreams.

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Childhood Innocence

Jul 6, 2015
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In this intallment, Cora Royal tells her friend, Clarice Pennington, about her childhood and the experience of segregation in St. Petersburg. 

Cora Royal was a teacher, and Clarice Pennington was a principal in Pinellas County. Both women are retired.

Music Used:

"One Nation Under the Groove," by Funkadelic from the album, One Nation Under the Groove

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There are various events this weekend around Tampa Bay, celebrating the Fourth of July:

Fireworks Cruise

Channelside, Tampa

July 3

Tickets include a 2.5 hour cruise, reserved table, buffet, water views of Tampa at sunset, live DJ entertainment, and fireworks show.

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Escape

Jun 29, 2015
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In this installment, we hear from mother and daughter, Lucia and Alma Ayala, about the day Lucia decided to leave her abusive husband and travel with four little kids from Connecticut to Miami, Florida. Alma shares with her mom what that trip was like for her as a little girl, and the imprint it left on her.

Alma Ayala attended Yale University.

Music Used:

"Vivir Mi Vida” by Marc Anthony from the album, 3.0.

Tampa Bay Lightning

Although the Tampa Bay Lightning fell just shy of winning hockey's coveted Stanley Cup - the team's general manager captured top honors Wednesday night.

The Lightning's Steve Yzerman was voted the National Hockey League's general manager of the year and received the trophy at the NHL's Awards Show in Las Vegas.

The league's 30 club general managers, a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media voted on the award at the conclusion of the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The final voting totals include points for first, second and third place.

Bigger Gains Expected from St. Pete Pride

Jun 24, 2015
"WorldPride 2012 - 164" by Tom Morris via Wikimedia Commons

St. Pete Pride, the annual LGBT celebration in downtown St. Petersburg is here for it's 13th year and organizers expect a $15-20 million economic impact. 

"We've seen hotels throughout downtown St. Pete just booking like crazy," executive director of St. Pete Pride, Eric Skains said. "A lot of them are sold out. The typical ones are already sold out and a few are booking up quickly that really normally don't."

Local Community Celebrates 150 Years

Jun 24, 2015
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Just south of Plant City is a place with a history of agriculture and adversity. Bealsville was settled by 12 freed slaves and their families following the Emancipation Proclamation in 1865. This week, residents of the small, unincorporated Hillsborough County community will celebrate Bealsville's 150th anniversary.  

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Sacrifices

Jun 22, 2015
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In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Michael and Amy Facundo tell the story of how they met at a high school football game, and how their love grew out of the sacrifices they’ve had to make for each other.

Amy Facundo is a school teacher in Immokalee where a majority of her students come from migrant families.

Music Used:

“Some Kind of Wonderful” by Michael Bublé from the album, Crazy Love (Hollywood Edition)

New Exhibit Takes Museum-Goers Back...Yard

Jun 17, 2015
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The 1950's marked the birth of Levittown, TV dinners, and kitchen automation--not to mention about 3.8 million babies per year. Another innovation that gained popularity in this decade was the backyard as we know it.

I toured the newest exhibit at the Tampa Bay History Center, "Patios, Pools and the Invention of the Backyard." It features six displays that bring viewers to the back lawn of the 1950’s through pictures, drawings and ads. 

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The stars and the scrubs alike took a spin with the Stanley Cup before it finally wound up in Joel Quenneville's hands. The Blackhawks coach wouldn't have it any other way.

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Humor & Little Things

Jun 15, 2015
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In this installment, we hear from married couple Jesus Benjamin and Anita May Flores.They met right before Ben went into the military. They kept in contact and fell in love through a year of letter-writing. They’re still together after 31 years and they tell us their secret to a lasting marriage. 

Jesus Benjamin and Anita May Flores. Ben says their place of refuge is Passe Grille Beach- the place they went to before they got married, and the place they still go to now.

Music Used:

“Still the One" by Orleans from the album, Walking and Dreaming. 

Fans of the old "Championship Wrestling from Florida" promotion most likely remember two people: announcer Gordon Solie and legendary pro wrestler "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes. Rhodes, whose real name was Virgil Riley Runnels Jr., died Thursday at the age of 69. He made his name, first as a 'bad guy,' wrestling for promoter Eddier Graham at the Ft. Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa before becoming known as a 'good guy,' appearing for various promotions around the country and world.

The second season of a professional sport called “GRID” begins Saturday.

It features 5 men and 5 women performing various fitness moves on a 4 quadrant grid. One of the athletes must be over 40. Last year’s Most Valuable Player was 29 year old Taylar Stallings. WUSF's Lisa Peakes reports:

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Gradual Love

Jun 8, 2015
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In this installment, Ann Roberts asks her mother, Doris Bowen, about her late husband and Ann's father--Jim Elmer Bowen. Bowen talks about her late husband in terms of gradual love, high blood pressure and motorcycle adventures.

Music:

“Radar Love" by Golden Earring from the album, Moontan. 

 StoryCorps Tampa Bay airs every Monday on WUSF 89.7 at 8:44 a.m. during Morning Edition and at 5:44 p.m. during All Things Considered.  

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