Search is still on for the killer of seven-year-old Somer Thompson in Clay County, Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority says it's time to roll on some projects and President Obama and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi touring Florida.
Search is still on for the killer of seven-year-old Somer Thompson in Clay County, Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority says it's time to roll on some projects and the Food and Drug Administration is thinking about new limits on the sale of oysters.
Mile in Her Shoes / Creating Sustainable Communities
While the image of male USF students walking around campus in high heels is pretty funny, the reason why a few hundred of them recently did so is decidedly serious. This week's University Beat on WUSF-TV takes you to "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes," an event designed to raise awareness about relationship violence and sexual assault. Also: Students in USF Saint Petersburg’s Leadership program are teaming up with faculty and local community members on “Creating Sustainable Communities,” a project inspired by author and educator Margaret J. Wheatley. This week’s University Beat on WUSF 89.7 FM tells you more about the project and Dr. Wheatley’s upcoming appearance at USF Saint Pete.
The Florida Orchestra opened its Masterworks series with Rhythms on Fire, a colorful splash of passionate Latin and Spanish classical music, including Astor Piazzolla’s Double Concerto for Guitar and Bandoneón, a popular tango instrument. Piazzola was an Argentine Bandoneón player and tango composer who fell in love with classical music, became classically trained and created a unique fusion of tango with classical that became internationally popular. WUSF 89.7 classical music host Coleen Cook previewed the concert with an internationally renowned master of the Bandoneón, Argentina’s famous tango master Daniel Binelli, who worked with composer Astor Piazzolla.
Much of the Gulf coastline could be under water by the end of the century, according to a group of visiting scientists, federal officials lift ban on commercial citrus shipments from Florida to the 10 other states and U.S. territories that grow the crops and tax referendum to help fund light rail system is proposed.
Facing the Mortgage Crisis
This week we're going through the many levels of civic engagement that you can find in Florida. Carson Cooper introduces us to the up-and-coming political &new-wave," and describes how the use of high-tech social networking is becoming the norm. Irene Mayer talks with members of a Pasco County group, Protectors of Florida’s Legacy, that succeeded in turning down a Class 1 Landfill proposal in Dade City. The group argued that the project would have potentially damaged the natural resources in the area, and created an eyesore for the community. Irene also sits down with a community organizer from the NAACP, and a local activist from Florida Voices for Animals, to see how they use different approaches to achieve their goals. Larry Elliston introduces us to Stefani Busansky. Inspired by her daughter's 2001 diagnosis of cerebral palsy, Busansky turned her dream of a playground where kids of all abilities could play together into a reality. Also: The number of foreclosures in Florida has quadrupled since 2006. In Bradenton and Sarasota alone, foreclosures rose 600 percent between 2006 and 2008. This week on Florida Matters, we’re examining the impact of foreclosure on our community. We’ll answer listener-submitted questions about mortgage problems and connect you with resources to help if you’re facing the prospect of losing your home.