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Retired Israeli general supports Iran nuclear deal

A retired Israeli Brigadier General told an audience at the University of South Florida in Tampa Thursday he supports the nuclear weapons agreement between Iran and the U.S. and other world powers. Shlomo Brom was part of a forum called Iran’s nuclear agreement and violent extremism in the greater Middle East: the implications for U.S. foreign… Read more »

Kim and Jamie Robe, middle, owners of a Nissan Leaf and a Chevy Volt, both electric cars.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Owning an Electric Car

By Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity we listen to the latest edition of Florida This Week, a political talk show moderated by Radioactivity host Rob Lorei. This Episode’s panel ( Tampa Tribune Columnist Joe Brown, ABC action news Reporter Brendan McLaughlin, Political Consultant April Schiff, Democratic strategist Barry Edwards) tackles the biggest stories in Florida politics,… Read more »

Adolphus Parker

Homeless Helping Homeless to reduce services after raid

A grassroots homeless charity group in Tampa is in danger of reducing services because of a police raid and code citations last week. Homeless Helping Homeless provides several services including emergency shelter. But the group is being forced out of its primary headquarters. Adolphus Parker is president and founder and says he thinks Homeless Helping… Read more »

"Prince Salman bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud at the Pentagon April 2012" by DoD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo - Flickr: 120411-D-BW835-028. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Prince_Salman_bin_Abd_al-Aziz_Al_Saud_at_the_Pentagon_April_2012.jpg#/media/File:Prince_Salman_bin_Abd_al-Aziz_Al_Saud_at_the_Pentagon_April_2012.jpg

Foreign policy expert gives insight into meeting between President Obama, Saudi king Salman

by Rob Lorei This morning  on Radioactivity, we speak with Robert Naiman, policy director at Just Foreign Policy,  independent and non-partisan organization dedicated to U.S. foreign policy reformation that is based on diplomacy, law and cooperation. Naiman offers his perspectives into the meeting between President Obama and King Salman of Saudi Arabia today that will address a cooperative… Read more »

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Hot 2015 leads to coral bleaching in Florida Keys

This summer’s record-breaking heat has led to a predictable outcome: there’s a serious coral bleaching episode in the Florida Keys. Mote Marine Laboratory coral health and disease program manager Erinn Muller says the current bleaching could be as bad as last year’s. “I don’t know the spatial variation within it. But the water temperatures in… Read more »

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Memories Of Wes & Nicky

     On August 30, 2015, Wes Craven died of brain cancer at his home in Los Angeles. He was 76 years old. Craven, a prolific film director, writer and producer was best known for his work on horror movies. His noted films include, A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise featuring the Freddy Krueger character, the Scream series, The Hills Have Eyes, Last House On… Read more »

Tampa skyline as seen from the Amelie Stadium parking garage. photo by Ronnie Boon via Wikimedia

Public voices displeasure with Tampa citizen review board proposal by Mayor Buckhorn

Concerned members of the public packed this morning’s Tampa city council meeting to sound off on what they feel is targeted use of red-light cameras, police brutality, and Mayor Bob Buckhorn proposal for a citizen review board for police activity in which 9 of the 11 appointees would be assigned by him. Many felt that… Read more »

Eric Ward & Tampa City Council.

Tampa City Council will workshop mayor’s police review board — but with more appointees

Later this month Tampa City Council will workshop the idea of a citizen board to review police activity. That decision came Thursday afternoon in what started out as a citizen-driven call for oversight of the Tampa Police Department but morphed into what the City Council attorney says could be the “most significant” thing that he… Read more »

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Florida scientists warn about ocean acidification

There are at least three major ways that skyrocketing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are affecting the oceans and species, like humans, that depend on them; you probably already know about soaring temperatures and about rising seas, but scientists discussed the third – ocean acidification – at a roundtable panel Wednesday in Sarasota. Higher concentrations… Read more »

local activist Daniel Thelusmar. photo by Rob Lorei

The 30 million word gap between rich and poor children; Local charity helps displaced Haitian Dominicans

    Today we look at the latest research in early childhood development with Dr. Dana Suskind, founder and director of the Thirty Million Words Initiative at the University of Chicago. ‘Thirty Million Words’ to a 1995 study that found that children from affluent backgrounds are exposed to over 30 million more words than low-income children by… Read more »

Local Fight for 15 activists  met with elected officials at the Seminole Heights Library in Tampa Tuesday night. photo by Kofi Hunt

Fight for 15 activists and elected officials discuss low wages of child care workers

Last night local elected officials and minimum wage advocates met at the Seminole Heights Library in Tampa for a dialogue on the poverty-level wages of childcare workers. The town hall meeting was held by the local fight for 15 chapter, which is part of a national movement for a 15 an hour minimum wage. The… Read more »

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Kriseman told Cuba its consulate should be in St. Pete

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman has returned from what he called a “very worthwhile trip” to Cuba. During a press conference at City Hall Tuesday afternoon, Kriseman said he was blown away by the beauty and the arts in Havana. The St. Petersburg delegation met for two hours with the deputy director for American affairs… Read more »

Walt Disney World entrance in 2010. photo By Jrobertiko (Denis Adriana Macias) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Attorney says Disney displaced US employees with foreign guest workers

By Rob Lorei The presidential race so far has brought a lot of attention to illegal immigration and its affect on low wage jobs, but there is growing attention on the practice of major companies using the H1B work visa to replace US workers with imported, cheaper foreign workers. The H1B visa was originally intended… Read more »

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MidPoint for August 27 – Frank Sharry of America’s Voice talk about GOP immigration plans

Frank Sharry is the founder and executive director of America’s Voice, an immigration reform group.  They had great hopes two years after the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive immigration bill to move the system forward. But the immigration debate has been stuck in neural ever since, and in fact has lost momentum,  in part because… Read more »

Florida This Week panel with moderator and Radioactivity host Rob Lorei. Photo by Florida This Week/WEDU

Florida This Week looks at congressional maps mess; Bush v. Trump on immigration

By Rob Lorei Today we listen back on the latest Florida this week from local PBS station WEDU, a political discussion show moderated by Radioactivity host Rob Lorei. This week’s panelist ( 70th district rep. Darryl Rouson, Political Consultant Adam Goodman,  Former TV Reporter and Documentary filmmaker Lynn Marvin Dingfelder, New College Professor Frank Alcock) look… Read more »

Laila Abdelaziz

Critic says Buckhorn’s Police review board not independent

On Friday, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced a new Citizens Review Board to keep an eye on the city’s police department; on WMNF’s MidPoint, Seán Kinane spoke with Laila Abdelaziz, a critic who is part of a movement that thinks an independent board is needed instead. Abdelaziz is legislative and government affairs director at CAIR Florida… Read more »