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Tuesday October 21, 2014

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photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Opponents of police violence say "Not One More Black Life"

Because of the death of a black youth in Ferguson, Missouri, the issues of racism and police killings have been in the national spotlight; but a group in St. Petersburg wants to make sure police violence against the black community doesn’t fade from view.

WMNF spoke with Kefira Baron, the St. Petersburg chair of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, about Thursday’s event called “Not One More Black Life.” It's this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Akwaaba Hall, 1245 18th Avenue South, in St. Petersburg,...

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photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Tampa civil rights group warns Muslims to talk to FBI only with lawyer present

A local civil rights group is issuing an “urgent warning” to Muslims not to talk to the FBI unless their lawyer is present; the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR-Florida, says it stems from a prominent New Tampa Muslim being questioned at home.

For more, WMNF interviewed, Hassan Shibly, an attorney and executive director of CAIR-Florida.

Later this week we’ll air the 2nd half of this interview in which Shibly emphasizes the danger of entrapment and outlines the case of Sam...

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Florida Governor Rick Scott.


photo by Kate Bradshaw/WMNF News (Dec. 2010).

Rick Scott's other awkward #fangate moment

As reported by Janelle Irwin in Saintpetersblog:

With all the buzz over this week’s fangate during the beginning of the Florida Governor’s debate, not too much else has been talked about. Gov. Rick Scott’s refusal to debate his opponent Charlie Crist during the first moments was perhaps the most awkward start to a debate ever.

In a tweet from former Gov. Crist today, he wants to make sure people are paying attention to another part of the debate.

“The beginning of ‪#flgovdebate got ...

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Ron Pollack, Executive Director Families USA

Executive Director of Families USA talks about working Floridians who don't make enough to afford healthcare

More than half (51 percent) of the nearly 1.1 million uninsured Floridians who would benefit from the state’s expansion of health care—nearly 551,000 residents—are working Floridians employed in occupations that most people rely on daily and are critical to the state’s economy, says a report released today by Florida CHAIN and Families USA.

These working Floridians are employed in industries ranging from sales and food services to the production and medical sectors, and are employed as h...

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Bikes for rent as part of a bike share program in Sevilla, Spain.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (2011).

Cyclovia lets bicycles and pedestrians take over downtown Tampa

A major road in downtown Tampa will close to car traffic this Sunday for a few hours to make room for pedestrians, bikes and other activities; Kennedy Boulevard will shut down as part of the Cyclovia celebration.

WMNF interviewed Kris Carson, a spokesperson for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

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Barb Haselden from No Tax for Tracks talks about Greenlight Pinellas

Voters in Pinellas County are already voting through mail-in ballots on Greenlight Pinellas, the transit tax swap that would enhance bus service and helped build a 24-mile light-rail network running from St. Petersburg to Clearwater.

Leading the opposition is No Tax for Tracks, led by St. Petersburg insurance agent Barb Haselden. Haselden came on the program to detail why her organization is opposed to the Greenlight measure.

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Steve Bousquet, Tallahassee Bureau chief of the Tampa Bay Times


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Tampa Bay Times Tallahassee Bureau chief weighs in on last night's gubernatorial debate

Last night in the second of three televised gubernatorial debates- there was a six minute delay in the live broadcast as Governor Scott was not on the stage. There was a dispute over a fan under his opponent Charlie Crists’s podium. Scott’s campaign initially said the fan was in violation of debate rules. But Crist’s campaign said it was agreed to ahead of time.

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with Steve Bousquet who is the Tallahassee Bureau chief of the Tampa Bay Times. He’s be...

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David Sheen.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Journalist will warn USF Tampa students about Israeli leaders inciting racist violence

Political and religious leaders in Israel frequently incite violence toward Palestinians, Africans and other non-Jews; that’s the message of Israeli journalist and filmmaker David Sheen.

Sheen will speak at 6:00 p.m Thursday at the University of South Florida in Tampa in the Marshall Student Center room 2708 about racism in Israel directed at non-Jews, Africans and Palestinians.

Sheen grew up in Toronto has lived in Israel for more than a decade.

Warning: some of the descriptions of...

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Big business using Breast Cancer Awareness Month to facilitate fracking and Journalist says North Dakota is the new oil country

When people seek out the autumn hues and travel miles to “peak” at the foliage, they no longer have to do that – the color of October is now PINK! "pink washing" is reaching its height. NFL is promoting the crucial catch, giving misleading “facts” about breast cancer screening. You can get pink plastic water bottles, pink doggie bandanas, pink gum – but to those who have been involved in exposing the overuse of the “pinking,” the most egregious pink wash they have seen is the hook up of Sus...

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