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Plant High students upset at last-minute change to walkout rules

Students from Tampa Bay and across the country streamed out of their schools Friday in the latest round of gun-safety activism following the February shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland. At a West Tampa town hall meeting about gun safety Thursday night, Plant High School students expressed frustration to a Hillsborough School… Read more »

Investigative Reporter Greg Palast Says There’s No Proof Widespread Illegal Voting in US Exists

Radioactivity 4 20 18 Today on WMNF’s Radioactivity investigative reporter Greg Palast (The Guardian, The BBC, Rolling Stone Magazine) says that while FOX News and President Trump say that millions of people voted illegally in the last election there is no evidence that is true. In fact he says a trial on the matter currently… Read more »

Andrew Gillum gets the most cheers as the Democratic gubernatorial candidates speak in Tampa

Fighting to lead their party in November and reversing two decades of Republican rule in Tallahassee, the four Democratic candidates for governor in Florida spoke in Tampa on Saturday night in front of several hundred members of the Hillsborough County Democratic Party. Philip Levine, Gwen Graham, Andrew Gillum and Chis King all gave their relatively… Read more »

The Life Elsewhere Science Fiction Special

Since the last Presidential election, how many times have you said, “This is all too fantastic to be true”? The most unlikely of Presidents and the perpetual bizarre circus surrounding him has perplexed even the most revered, brilliant scholars. Every day, pundits on cable TV chorus the same sentiment,“You couldn’t make this up, it’s hard to… Read more »

MidPoint 4/19 – Former U.S. Rep Alan Grayson & Hillsborough County Commissioner Stacy White

Alan Grayson will soon be announcing his comeback for a seat in the U.S. Congress, though what district in Florida he’ll be representing is still unknown. The Orlando-area firebrand, who was defeated in his last race for the Democratic nomination for Senate in 2016, has been steadily raising money for over a year now in… Read more »

Parkland parents urge steps to improve school safety

Florida Senators organized a forum on school safety at the Capitol. By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Parents of students who died in the Parkland, Florida, school shooting are calling for a range of steps to prevent gun violence, including measures to “harden” schools to minimize attacks and to identify potential shooters before they… Read more »

Leading Rock Journalist Discusses Her Biography of Leonard Cohen

Radioactivity 4 18 18 Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up— one of the leading rock journalists in the world— Sylvie Simms has interviewed and written about Leonard Cohen, Mick Jagger, Tom Waits, Neil Young, Johnny Cash and The Clash. Simmons is also a musician and she’ll be performing tomorrow night in Tampa at… Read more »

The Florida Constitution Revision Commission finalizes the November 2018 ballot

By Tom Urban, WLRN The Florida Constitution Revision Commission has placed eight proposed constitutional amendments on the November 6th general election ballot. They will join five others placed on the ballot by the Legislature or citizens’ initiatives. Most of the CRC’s final proposals had several ideas grouped together into single amendments.  One such plan would ban… Read more »

Ross Spano enters race to succeed Dennis Ross in Congress

Ross Spano has jettisoned his quest to become Florida’s next attorney general, and announced on Monday that he will now run for the now open congressional seat in Florida’s 15th District. “After careful consideration, prayer and much discussion with my family, I have decided to withdraw from the race for Florida’s Attorney General to run… Read more »

International Law Expert Says US Attack on Syria Would Violate US Constitution and UN Charter

Radioactivity 4 12 18 Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Yesterday President Trump suggested that an attack on Syria was imminent, after a reported chemical weapons attack on civilians in that country last week. Russia warned that a US attack on Syrian could lead to a clash between the US and Russia. Russian military forces… Read more »

MidPoint April 12- Pat Kemp, Linda Saul-Sena & Taryn Sabia on transit

While a proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line running from Wesley Chapel to St. Petersburg continues to be the major proposal that the Tampa Bay area transportation community is rallying around, there are a number of critics of the proposal, and three of them participated in Thursday’s MidPoint program. Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Kemp says… Read more »

Women’s Show 4/12 Through Women’s Eyes Film Festival

Through Women’s Eyes Film Festival on From a Woman’s Point of View It’s Springtime… Baseball in the snow, and luckily the beginning of the Stanley Cup playoffs.  And it is also film festivals!  Through Women’s Eyes 19th Annual International Film Festival – films by and about women takes place in Sarasota at Regal Hollywood Stadium… Read more »

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Sex worker solidarity group opposes “bathhouse ordinance” in Hillsborough

In the last few months the City of Tampa passed an ordinance trying to cut down on human trafficking by regulating businesses that pose as a massage parlors; but opponents of what’s called the “bathhouse ordinance” are concerned that it hurts victims of sex trafficking. Sydney Eastman, a volunteer with the Sex Worker Solidarity Network,… Read more »

Study: South’s native talent suffers without better schools

The Southerners with college degrees are more likely to be transplants than natives. Do we need better schools to reverse that? By JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The South’s increasingly diverse homegrown talent won’t share in the region’s economic growth unless state leaders commit to spending more on public schools and higher education,… Read more »

Bob Gualtieri takes the heat in sometimes contentious immigration debate

In January, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri held a news conference in Largo, where it was announced that Pinellas and 16 other law enforcement agencies in Florida would now have “housing agreements’ with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that would allow federal agents more time to pick up arrested undocumented immigrants from local jails. The… Read more »

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St. Pete businesses unveil voluntary plastics-reduction program; environmentalists want more

This Thursday, the St. Petersburg City Council will begin to discuss how to reduce the amount of single-use plastics in the city; and Tuesday morning a coalition of restaurant owners and civic groups unveiled a new campaign for businesses to voluntarily reduce the use of plastic straws. But for some environmentalists, that doesn’t go far… Read more »

Florida Friendly Landscaping on the Sustainable Living Program

On Monday’s Sustainable Living Program we talked with three University of Florida Agriculture Extension Agents about Florida Friendly Landscaping and Water Wise water conservation principles. Our Local Extension Service guests were Jim Moll from Pasco County, Brian Neiman with Pinellas County, and with Hillsborough County was Lynn Barber. Among the many topics we discussed was… Read more »

Tampa ‘Town Hall For Our Lives’ strictly a Democratic affair

The “Town Hall For Our Lives” organized by the March For Our Lives group along with Town Hall Project took place on Saturday. Democratic Rep. Kathy Castor was in attendance at the Metropolitan Community Church, along with other elected Democrats such as state Senator Darryl Rouson and Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren. Democratic candidates Deborah Bellanti… Read more »