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Cable Access Channel Fights Back with Hitler Ads listen

10/26/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Speak Up Tampa Bay, the Community access channel in Tampa and Hillsborough County, lost $355,000 from its operating budget after County Commissioners cut funding for the channel, claiming budget cuts as the culprit.

The Channel sued, and beginning tomorrow (Saturday) will begin airing ads asking its viewers to help out in its legal battle. And one of the ads is quite provocative, featuring the visages of Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin and Fidel Castro, before ultimately fading into the fac...

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Lama Surya Das on Vice and the Spiritual Life listen

10/26/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Lama Surya Das is the author of the new book, “The Big Questions: How To Find Your Own Answers to Life’s Essential Mysteries”.

In the 2nd part of our interview with the American Budhist Lama, WMNF asked him to answer the question he poses in chapter 11 of his book: Can a spiritual Life Include Sexual Passion, Meat, Drugs and Alcohol?

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Florida Democrats to gather in Orlando listen

10/26/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tonight the Florida Democratic Convention begins in Orlando, a 3 day event in which more than 3,000 delegates, and several national Democrats will convene to discuss party politics.

But with the exception of former Alaskan Senator and long shot candidate Mike Gravel, no Democratic candidates for President will there. That’s because they’re adhering to a boycott, part of the the Democratic National Committee’s sanctioning the state for moving its Presidential Primary up to January 29...

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Author discusses the dangers of gas engines

10/25/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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"As Special Advisor to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and former head of the California EPA, Terry Tamminen has been an architect of one of America's most progressive energy independence plans," according to his publicist.

In his book Lives Per Gallon, Tamminen contends dependence on oil-based car fuels is killing us.

Tamminen sets forth in "Lives Per Gallon" a creative, practical strategy to end our dependence on oil based on the successful lawsuits by state governments against tobacco...

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Miami housing activists become squatters listen

10/25/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A group of community activists in Miami that had previously organized a homeless camp called Umoja Village is now helping homeless families and individuals get roofs over their heads by squatting in vacant housing.

Take Back the Land, a project of the Center for Pan-African Development, last weekend moved a family into a one-bedroom apartment that was unoccupied.

Jason Thompson, Cassandra Cobbs and their two young children had been living in their van, according to Max Rameau, an activ...

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Juvenile justice hearing is Oct. 29 in Tampa

10/25/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Former Florida Lt. Gov. Frank Brogan is chair of the Blueprint Commission, created by Florida’s Department of Juvenile Justice. The panel was formed in response to several concerns such as repeat juvenile offenders, and the overrepresentation of minority youths and the alarming growth of girls in the juvenile justice population.

The Commission will bring together citizens and juvenile justice stakeholders who care deeply about the public safety and at-risk youth of Florida. The role of t...

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South Tampa residents study canal dredging plan

10/25/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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For years, several hundred homeowners in South Tampa have had their backyard canals severely clogged, but nothing has ever been done to clean that up due the prohibitive costs.

But the city has been working on a dredging plan with members of the community that , in conjunction with money from the city and a federal grant, would include an $8,000 assessment on homeowners who would have their canals cleaned up.

But not everybody in the community is down with that proposal. Divisiveness e...

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10/25/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last year, an analysis of the city of Tampa’s minority contracting practices revealed that the city fell short in hiring minority and women owned businesses for major contracts.

Mayor Pam Iorio's administration has been working since that time to produce an ordinance to address those disparities that could withstand a constitutional challenge.

The city’s Minority Business Developer Greg Hart made a two-hour presentation today. He said a key part of getting an effective program toget...

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Are Pinellas schools on verge of resegregating?

10/24/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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The Pinellas School Board is discussing a new student assignmnet plan. And some people feel it will return the schools to the days of racially-divided, separate and unequal schools.

Joining us for this hour: community activist, publisher and one-time NAACP board member Gypsy Gallardo.

Gallardo described the various points of people have regarding returning to neighborhood schools, which will inevitably be more divided along ethnic lines.

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Pinellas schools on verge of resegregation?

10/24/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Pinellas School Board members are holding a series of hearings on a new student assignment plan that some people think will result in the re-segregation of Pinellas schools.

For the first time in about three decades, Pinellas is no longer under a federal desegregation order. So, as busing for integration ends, the school board is considering a new school assignment plan.

Some Board members want to return to neighborhood schools, but others in the community fear that will result in reseg...

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Charlie Justice on property taxes at Tiger Bay listen

10/24/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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State Sen. Charlie Justice, who represents parts of Pinellas and Hillsborough counties spoke today at the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.

The Legislature is in special session to propose a constitutional amendment to reduce property taxes, but because the House and Senate are so far apart, senators have returned to their home districts for the entire week, Justice said.

Last session, the Legislature moved the date of the Florida presidential primary to Jan. 29...

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Bush blasts Castro regime in Cuba listen

10/24/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In his first major policy speech on Cuba in four years, President George Bush urged Congress to maintain the economic embargo against the Communist nation, which in recent years has come under more scrutiny from some lawmakers.

Speaking at State Department in front a crowd of both that the New York Times described as almost evenly divided between Latin American diplomats to his left and Cuban exiles to his right, Bush ripped on the government led by Fidel Castro; it has seen a change in l...

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American Lama discusses the big questions listen

10/24/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Nationally best selling author Lama Surya Das is an esteemed American Buddhist leader.

In his new book, The Big Questions: How To Find Your Own Answers to Life’s Essential Mysteries, explores 14 vital questions based on his own life experiences as well as Buddhist perspectives and universal wisdom teachings.

WMNF spoke with him this morning, and began by asking him how a Long Island, New York, native became one of the country’s lamas and meditation masters.

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More on the state of media listen

10/24/07 Dawn Morgan
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Yesterday WMNF’s Dawn Morgan began an interview with media scholar Robert McChesney, communications professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and author of the new book Communication Revolution. McChesney also co-founded the media reform group Free Press.

For more information, visit Free Press.

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The rift between RFK and J. Edgar Hoover

10/23/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Historian and author Burton Hersh writes about the tense relationship between Robert F. Kennedy, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and the father of the Kennedy clan, Joe Kennedy.

Hersh’s book is Bobby and J. Edgar: The Historic Face Off Between The Kennedys and J. Edgar Hoover That Transformed America.

Hersh is a part-time resident of the Tampa bay area and he will be appearing this Saturday at the St. Petersburg Times Festival of Reading.

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