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Tampa-area mosque arson being investigated as hate crime

In a news release, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue said an intentionally set fire damaged a prayer hall at a mosque early Friday in Thonotosassa just outside New Tampa; the mosque arson is also being investigated as a possible hate crime. At a press conference, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn urged people to reject the wave of Islamophobia… Read more »

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Tampa panel criticizes Trump’s “dangerous” immigration orders

In addition to new deportation rules announced Tuesday, the Trump administration is expected any day to update its ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries that a court has put on hold. It’s a combination of these policies that prompted a panel discussion Tuesday in Tampa’s Ybor City on what organizers called “President Donald Trump’s Dangerous… Read more »

A War Tax Resistor and One of the Country’s Leading Advocates for Seniors Discuss Donald Trump’s Views on Military Spending and Social Security

WMNF’s Radioactivity 2 21 17 Tuesday Good morning, welcome to radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today—President Trump wants to increase the military budget…. But what if you are religious and object to military spending and your money used for wars, and drones and instruments of killing? We’ll talk about that on the first part… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, Feb. 16 with DNC Commiteeman Alan Clendenin

Alan Clendenin is a Commiteeman with the Democratic National Committee, which means he will have a vote next week in Atlanta when the party selects its officers for the next four years, including chairman. On the program, Clendenin talked about the DNC chair race, the recent elections for party chair with the Florida Democratic Party… Read more »

Gyrocopter Pilot Who Flew onto US Capitol Lawn Wants Big Money out of Politics

Radioactivity 2 16 17 11AM Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll meet the gyrocopter pilot Doug Hughes who flew onto the US Capital lawn – hoping to draw attention to the need for campaign finance reform. For the flight he spent 120 days in prison. He’s out now and… Read more »

Women’s Show 2/16 – Separation of Church and State and Women’s March Going Forward

Thank you, thank you, thank you listeners! Even though neither Arlene or I were able to be there for the Fund Drive, thanks to you, we reached our goal – and thanks to Toni Van Pelt, Rob Lorei and Sean Kinnane for hosting.  This is one of the best fund drives the station has had… Read more »

St. Pete Murals – Updated

St. Pete’s mural game is fierce, and more walls have been beautified since September’s Shine Festival. There is a map of murals here (not completely up to date). We will try to get some pictures and information up about some of the newer ones. Grab a copy of the map and your guests, and take yourself… Read more »

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Tampa resident wants golf course to avoid pesticide Curfew

A Tampa resident is worried that the Tampa Sports Authority will fumigate a public golf course in her neighborhood with a toxic pesticide. Debra McCormack, CEO of the marketing company Tampa Communications and past president of the Forest Hills Neighborhood Association and wants to make sure the chemical Curfew (with 1,3-dichloropropene) doesn’t get used at the… Read more »

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USF freezes email of student stuck in Iran after Trump executive order

WMNF interviews a University of South Florida student who is stuck in Iran after President Trump’s immigration executive order; his email access has been cut off by USF. We hear that interview with Mehdi Zeyghami and speak with another person who is being directly affected by Trump’s executive order banning immigration from seven predominantly-Muslim nations; a judge has… Read more »

Women’s Show 2/2 Recap – The Tempest Continues – Gorsuch and more….

The tempest continues… “It is not a Muslim ban, it is to make America safe.”  “Iran – you are on notice.” Regulations – who needs them?  Gorsuch, you are the man, and media – shut up and listen.  This tempest is not in a teacup. First, JESSICA MASON PIEKLO, unapologetic feminist and social justice warrior, writer,… Read more »

Art & Authoritarianism + Influential & Ignored on Life Elsewhere

Last year before the election, Philip Kennicott, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Art and Architecture Critic, imagined with clever wit, what would happen to the Arts in America if Mr. Trump became President. His scenarios were fantasy, but the context for Kennicott’s creativity was built on facts: In a gallery in Chelsea, New York, a crudely made sculpture of… Read more »

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Will Hillsborough increase allowed levels of industrial toxins in wastewater?

Hillsborough County is considering an ordinance to deal with wastewater; environmentalists say overall that’s a good thing but there’s concern about one aspect: a proposal to allow higher levels of some industrial toxins in wastewater before it gets treated. Kent Bailey, chair of Tampa Bay Sierra Club met with some members of county staff Friday… Read more »

State Senator Darryl Rouson joins Thursday’s Midpoint

Florida Democratic state Senator Darryl Rouson (SD 19) joined the program for the entire hour. Criminal justice reform, transportation and voting rights were just some of the topics discussed during the program. Rousson represents parts of Pinellas and Hillsborough County in the Legislature. You can listen to the show here.