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Neighborhood News Bureau

Community news

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The Neighborhood News Bureau is a project built and maintained
by students and staff at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg’s
Department of Journalism and Media Studies with the mission of serving the
Midtown neighborhoods and surrounding communities of South St. Petersburg.

Portfolio

Spring 2016

Theweeklychallenger
04/28/2016
The courageous wives

BY INDHIRA SUERO ACOSTA, Neighborhood News Bureau Contributor ST. PETERSBURG - Fifty-one years ago 12 African-American police officers made history when they fought for the right to serve and protect their city. A right no white officer has ever had to fight for. They filed a federal lawsuit to be able to patrol the white neighborhoods, [...]

Theweeklychallenger
04/28/2016
DIY Network's 'Desperate Landscapes' visits St. Pete

BY LAURA MULROONEY, Neighborhood New Bureau ST. PETERSBURG - It comes as a surprise that a person who's taken it upon herself to travel the country and beautify bustling cities would ever live in an environment that she'd be embarrassed of. Ya La'ford, artist and educator, and her husband Victor received a dramatic outdoor renovation from [...]

Theweeklychallenger
04/22/2016
Help needed in getting 4 youths to the DMAXX Sports Youth All American Game

BY DAVID STONER, Neighborhood News Bureau ST. PETERSBURG - DMAXX Sports has selected four Pinellas Park Thunderbirds players to participate in the DMAXX Sports Youth All American Game held this June, in New Rochelle, N.Y. However, travel costs may prevent the athletes from attending.

Theweeklychallenger
04/22/2016
Pitching promises

BY LAURA MULROONEY, Neighborhood News Bureau ST. PETERSBURG - Ya La'ford hits another one out of the park with her newest installation at gate six inside Tropicana Field. La'ford teamed up with the Rays and their community partner, a local chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America last week to create a new mural titled [...]

WUSF Public Media
04/15/2016
Florida Matters: Telling Tampa Bay Stories - Midtown

Tuesday at 6:30 PM | Sunday at 7:30 AM on WUSF 89.7 Monday at 10:00 PM on WSMR 89.1 Carson Cooper is a familiar voice. He has become a favorite of WUSF listeners as the local host of NPR's "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 since he took the job in 2000.

Theweeklychallenger
04/14/2016
Gibbs alumnus stars on CBS comedy

BY ESTEBAN RODRIGUEZ, Neighborhood News Bureau ST. PETERSBURG -From acting like a class clown to starring in the lead role on a primetime television show, St. Petersburg's own Justin Hires has taken the road to stardom while leaving plenty of smiles along the way. Born in 1984, Hires was raised in south St.

Creative Loafing: Tampa Bay
Activists call for recognition of, investigation into 1914 lynching

A handful of activists with the Uhuru Solidarity Movement gathered Thursday on the steps of St. Petersburg City Hall to demand the city take responsibility for the 1914 lynching of John Evans. A mob of some 1,500 white men, women and children lynched Evans, and was purportedly headed by St.

Theweeklychallenger
03/25/2016
Let's kick some butts

BY SARAH MASON, Neighborhood News Bureau ST. PETERSBURG - Students involved in SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco), a youth program organized by the Pinellas County Department of Health, at James B. Sanderlin IB World School did their part cleaning up Dell Holmes Park in the Highland Oaks Neighborhood of south St.

Theweeklychallenger
03/17/2016
Seasoned Saints Luncheon

BY RAVEN JOY SHONEL, Staff Writer ST. PETERSBURG -The Nursing Home Ministry at Mt. Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church put together a wonderful service for area nursing homes Sat., March 12. This annual program, which takes place on the second Saturday of March, has been going strong for some 20 years with Deaconess Mary Wooten, or [...]

Theweeklychallenger
03/10/2016
What society can learn from the military about diversity

BY LAURA MULROONEY, Neighborhood News Bureau ST. PETERSBURG -"After about two weeks you find strength through your diversity," as former Navy Petty Officer Donald Holly anecdotally recalled his time spent drifting through the depths of the ocean in a submarine. "You learn to identify the things that don't really matter...

Theweeklychallenger
03/10/2016
Celebrating literacy: The 6th Annual Literacy Festival

BY IVELLIAM CEBALLO, Neighborhood News Bureau ST. PETERSBURG - "Readers are leaders!" The children chanted as they participated during the walk for reading. Last Sat., March 6, the city of St. Petersburg celebrated the 6th annual James Weldon Johnson Community Library Literacy Festival. The library gives the community a reason to celebrate, according to its support [...]

Theweeklychallenger
02/25/2016
What's Past is Prologue

BY SAMANTHA SOTOS, Neighborhood News Bureau ST. PETERSBURG - Since Dr. Gregory B. Padgett was eight years old, he knew he wanted to be a college professor. "Some people say, 'This is what I do' but for me, this is what I am," said Padgett.

Theweeklychallenger
02/18/2016
There's light at the end of the 'Sunnel'

BY LAURA MULROONEY, Neighborhood News Bureau ST. PETERSBURG- Ya La'ford and the Florida Holocaust Museum hosted the third installment in a series of storytelling events Feb. 12 at the "Blue Sunnel." The Blue Sunnel mural was designed and painted by La'ford, an internationally known artist, with the intent to remind city residents that one can find hope [...]

Theweeklychallenger
02/18/2016
Hurston & Bethune at the Woodson

BY IVELLIAM CEBALLO, Neighborhood News Bureau ST. PETERSBURG - Two lively women sang a freedom hymn as they walked into a small, open gallery with no seats left empty. The Florida Humanities Council hosted a Chautauqua performance starring the historically important African-American women Mary McLeod Bethune and Zora Neale Hurston at the Dr. Carter G.

Theweeklychallenger
02/11/2016
Support the Black and Gold

BY SARAH MASON, Neighborhood News Bureau ST. PETERSBURG - Friends, family and teachers came together Saturday night at the Museum of Fine Arts to show support for the Lakewood High School Jazz Ensemble and the 54th Ave South Jazz Combo's Black and Gold Benefit Concert.