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Should Panama City Beach’s Spring Break be considered just the month of March or incorporate more months? It was a matter of contention during Tuesday's Council meeting.

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A Clearwater woman who became an advocate for domestic violence victims after her own horrific attack is now engaged to a man she calls her "Prince Charming" - an EMT who helped save her life.

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Brothers & Buddies

May 11, 2015
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In this installment, brothers Joshua and Zachary who were 12 and 15 years old last year, respectfully, stopped by the Storycorps booth last year to talk about their childhoods and each of their plans for when they grow up.

Music: 

“Jungle Gym" by Jack Johnson from the album, Curious George Soundtrack.

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.

Bill DeYoung

Bruce Atkins was 32 years old, an experienced mariner, and an apprentice harbor pilot in Tampa Bay. It was his last training mission, and he was shadowing Captain John Lerro, as Lerro steered the 606 foot cargo ship Summit Venture through  the  twists and turns of the shipping channel in the shallow bay.

May 9th, 1980, was a rainy, misty morning -- but not unusual Florida weather. No one predicted the sudden, freak storm with gale force winds, that seemed to come out of nowhere.

"It became a blinding, driving, rain, wind," Atkins recalls.

M.S Butler

Florida's Department of Children and Families said in 2014  there were at least 5,700 homeless people under the age of 18 in our state. Some of them teenagers living on their own. But there's one group that makes up a disproportionate amount of homeless teens in Florida and throughout the nation.

They've been called street kids, couch surfers or as St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman said back in March: “There is a federal bureaucratic term for the young people who will be served here—unaccompanied youth. But they are in reality homeless.”

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Military Life

May 4, 2015
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In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Sheila Rue talks with her mom Beatrice, about her father when he was in the military.  Roger Rue was in the Vietnam War in the late 60s and they talk about how being a military family at that time affected their lives. 

Sheila Rue is program director here at WUSF.

Music: 

“I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die Rag” by Country Joe and the Fish from the album, I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die."

Alison Miller / WUSF News

In the 1989 movie "Field of Dreams," Kevin Costner built a ballpark in his Iowa cornfield, not knowing why.  It turned out it was to re-connect him with his father.

That movie strikes a chord with former Tampa Bay traffic reporter and radio personality Les McDowell.

McDowell is the creator, producer and one of the stars of the cable TV Western series "Dry Creek". The show is shot on his ranch in Manatee County on a set he built himself out of scrap materials.

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Coming Home

Apr 27, 2015
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In this installment, Renet Cole asked her husband, James Cole about some of the happiest moments of his life when they stepped into the Storycorps booth last year in St. Petersburg. One of those happy moments for James Cole was when he returned home after being drafted into the Vietnam War.

James & Renet Cole. James is the owner of Cole’s Airport Barbershop at the Tampa International Airport.

Music Used:

"Soldier Boy," by The Four Fellows from the Glory Record Label.

Ron Garan

Retired Astronaut Ron Garan tells WUSF's Robin Sussingham in this interview, "we need to find the low-hanging fruit" of international cooperation. He is the author of the book The Orbital Perspective.

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Lost Son

Apr 20, 2015
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In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Deb and Michael Gilbert talk about their son Sean. Sean died eight years ago in 2007 from alcohol and drug addiction. Deb and Michael stepped into the storycorps booth last year in St. Petersburg and remembered Sean, starting with the day he was born. 

Music Used:

"Amazing" by Aerosmith from the album, Get a Grip.

This week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay was produced by Yoselis Ramos.

A string of insults aimed at a woman who works at a towing company were recorded by a surveillance camera. Now they've come back to sting sports reporter Britt McHenry. After the video emerged of McHenry, 28, dishing out profane verbal abuse, ESPN announced she'll be punished.

"Britt McHenry has been suspended for one week effectively immediately," the media company said.

Courtesy The New York Times

Sharon Preston-Folta grew up knowing that jazz great Louis Armstrong was her father.

When she was little, she and her mom rode the tour bus with him. And since she didn't see him often, it was "a celebration" when her dad was around.

Quincy Walters / WUSF News

 

There's an active gang in Tampa's Seminole Heights. Almost anyone can join. 

The initiation is unconventional. 

"You gotta smoke a cigarette and go in a haunted house," says Anthony Record, the group's ringleader. 

They are the Tampa Drawers Sketch Gang. They meet every Wednesday at the Quaid art gallery in Tampa. 

Eric Goodnight is being initiated. He's the founder of the Drink and Draw Social Club, a rival group (but not really).

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: The Boy Next Door

Apr 13, 2015
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Sixty-five years is quite a long time but that’s exactly how long Roseanne Van Deln Castro and Albert Castro have been married. The Castro’s stepped into the Storycorps booth in St. Petersburg last year to tell their story of how they met and how they decided to tie the knot.

Both Roseanne Van Deln Castro and Albert Castro are retired and enjoy traveling.

Music Used:

"Still Into You" by Paramore from the album, Paramore.

This week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay was produced by Yoselis Ramos.

Steve Newborn / WUSF News

A group of six 20-somethings - including three from the Tampa Bay area - decided they needed a little exercise while getting a tour of America. So they decided to hop on their bicycles and pedal across the country.

No, this isn't the typical coast-to-coast trip. They started in January in Key West - and are biking to Deadhorse, Alaska.

Nine thousand miles.

The call themselves "Keys to Freeze."

Marius Jovaisa

Lithuanian photographer and entrepreneur Marius Jovaisa loves a challenge.  He participates in triathlons and marathons. So when it came to work projects, he decided he wanted to become the first person on earth to take aerial photographs of Cuba.

After five years of negotiating red tape to gain the permissions needed to fly over the places he wanted to photograph and spending $1,000,000 U.S. on this project, he said he wakes up sometimes and can't believe it's done. 

Courtesy of lookatusnowmother.com

    

From as far back as she can remember, Emmy award-winning filmmaker Gayle Kirschenbaum's relationship with her mother was, "not good."

She grew up the only daughter of a glamorous mother. Kirschenbaum lived in fear of her mother's punishment, and had perpetual headaches and dizzy spells. Her film, "Look at Us Now, Mother," cobbles together old pictures and movies to tell the story of their relationship, which Kirschenbaum said was filled with shame and humiliation early on. 

Amanda Tynes

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Lawrence Tynes is suing the team, claiming unsanitary conditions at Bucs' facilities led to a MRSA infection that he says ended his career.

In a lawsuit filed in Broward County Circuit Court Monday, Tynes claimed the team "failed to disclose and actively concealed ongoing incidents of infection" among other people at the facility.

Furious 7, the highest-grossing movie so far this year, is the latest over-the-top, explosion-filled, car-centric installment in the Fast and Furious franchise.

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: A Young Man's Lessons

Apr 6, 2015
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In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, then-12-year-old Omari Isaiah Booker talks with his grandma, Theresa Lassiter. Omari and Theresa talk about the lessons he’s learned about money management, character, and love. 

Theresa Lassiter is a community activist in St. Petersburg. Omari Booker is now 13 years old and he says he will be the next black president.

Music: 

“Evening Shadows Coming Down” by Amos Milburn from the album, Essential Recordings (2001).

This week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay was produced by Yoselis Ramos.

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