From left to right: Tom DiFiore from Bay Area Legal Services; Cheryl Shroeder Ex Dir West Central Florida Central Labor Council; Aaron Carmella Field Director West Central Florida Federation of Labor; Ann Vanek-Dasovich Florida AFL-CIO. photo by: Rob Lorei

Pinellas and Hillsborough to join South Florida counties in combating wage theft

By Rob Lorei Hillsborough and Pinellas counties will soon be joining several South Florida counties in passing local ordinances aimed at protecting workers from wage theft. Wage theft is when employees are withheld  rightly owed wages or benefits, sometimes through forcing workers to work off the clock, denying paychecks, or garnishing employee tips.  It especially affects service… Read more »

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Florida This Week; Local Reverend wants less children arrested for misdemeanors

By Rob Lorei On today’s Radioactivity, we air the latest Florida This Week, a political talk show moderated by Rob Lorei that is broadcast on local PBS station WEDU on Friday nights. This episodes tackles the big stories in Florida News and Politics: Charlie Crist’s bid for Congress, the special session on senate seat redistricting, the teacher… Read more »

John King jr. (L) &
Arne Ducan (R)
photo by Samuel Johnson

US Department of Education lambastes Pinellas County for educational disparities

Last Friday afternoon U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited Campbell Park Elementary, one of the South Saint Petersburg schools singled out in a Tampa Bay Times investigation noting severely underperforming schools. Outgoing US secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, emphasized the educational disparity in Pinellas schools is man made. Duncan opines that probable causes were… Read more »

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Peter James On Serial Killers. Norman B On Exciting New Music.

International best-selling crime thriller novelist, Peter James joins the program to talk about his latest novel, You Are Dead. This is the 11th in James’ award-winning Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series, this time, with a vicious serial killer as the villain. Peter  illustrates his meticulous research strategy with fascinating anecdotes and tells true accounts of riding alongside police detectives… Read more »

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42 guns stolen from Tampa shop; suspects video released

Forty-two handguns have been stolen from a gun shop near Tampa; Hillsborough County Sherriff’s Major Chad Chronister says four burglars broke a three-foot hole in the concrete wall of Shooting Sports on North Dale Mabry Highway early this morning. Chronister says surveillance video shows the burglars smashing display cases. That’s where the guns were stored… Read more »

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Wesley Chapel man accuses Florida Senate of Stalinist tactics for removing seal with Confederate symbol

This week the Florida Senate approved a rule change that would remove the confederate battle flag from the chamber’s seal; but that effort to get rid of the controversial symbol embraced by racists like the suspect who killed several people in a Charleston Church is itself getting push-back from a Wesley Chapel man. During public… Read more »

Kevin Beckner

Hillsborough passes wage recovery ordinance

Hillsborough County now has a way to help employees who are getting short-changed by their bosses; the County Commission unanimously passed a “wage recovery ordinance” Wednesday morning to resolve disputes when a worker claims wage theft. During public comment, Tampa resident Mike Reedy told commissioners the ordinance would help keep disputes over wage theft by workers… Read more »

Charlie Crist

Crist running for Congress; Jolly calls him huckster

Charlie Crist is running for Congress; the former Republican governor of Florida announced Tuesday morning in St. Petersburg he will run in the Pinellas County district that is likely to be redrawn to include Clearwater and St. Pete. But the current office holder, David Jolly, is calling Crist a huckster and a fraud. Crist emphasized the environment, education… Read more »

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Interviews With Authors

In the latest edition of Life Elsewhere, Norman B reviews some of his favorite books, authors and interviews.  1. Rebecca Scherm is the author of Unbecoming, a remarkable and moving debut novel, “It’s a thriller, a psychological study, a love story and disquietingly disturbing as it is brilliant!” says Norman B. Rebecca reads from her book and explains how her fascination with Grace Kelly molded her femme fatale, noir-like… Read more »

Ray Locker, US Today journalist and author of Nixon's Gamble

USA Today journalist pulls back veil on Nixon in newest book

Today on Radioactivity, we are joined by Ray Locker, USA Today Enterprise editor and former reporter for the Tampa Tribune, about his newest book  Nixon’s Gamble. In the book, Locker looks at how the Nixon administration created a secret new national security power structure that undermined U.S. policy and values and still affects Washington today.

AFSCME Executive Director Andy Madtes

Public employee union leader blasts corporate tax-dodgers

By Rob Lorei This Saturday the fifth annual St.Petersburg Science festival will be held from 10 am to 4 pm on the Bayboro waterfront at the USF St.Petersburg campus. One of the festival’s organizers,E. Howard Rutherford from USF St.Pete’s College of Marine Science, joins us  to talk about the festival that aims to engage children… Read more »