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Sarasota voter to decide on instant run-offs listen

10/02/07 Mitch E.Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Next month, citizens in Sarasota will vote on Instant Runoff Voting (IRV).

IRV gives voters one vote, but allows them to rank candidates in order of preference.

The system has been used in the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada for years, and has been adopted by some San Francisco and other U.S. cities in recent years.

Anthony Lorenzo is the chairperson with the Coalition for Instant Run off Voting in Florida. Although the system is not well know in the U.S., Lorenzo says his group...

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Farmworkers group targets Burger King

10/02/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) is organizing another campaign, this time to call on Burger King to buy tomatoes from growers who pay farmworkers a fairer wage.

The organization has already won victories from McDonald’s and Yum Brands, the parent company of Taco Bell. The companies agreed to only buy tomatoes from growers who pay workers double the rate that has been in effect for more than two decades. They are seeking a code of conduct from the company and better communication...

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Activist to speak at Eckerd College tonight listen

10/02/07 Dawn Morgan
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tonight at Eckerd College as part of the President Events Series, activist and educator Dr. Elizabeth Corrie will present a lecture entitled "Washing Dishes and Other Revolutionary Tactics: What it Takes to Change the World."

Dr. Corrie is the cousin of Rachel Corrie, the late peace activist who was killed by an Israeli army bulldozer while defending a Palestinian home in Gaza in 2003. Four and a half years later, Rachel’s parents continue to search for accountability in the death of the...

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Anti-war activist speaks at Eckerd College listen

10/01/07 Dawn Morgan
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Dr. Elizabeth Corrie is an anti-war activist and teacher in Atlanta. She's also Rachel Corrie's cousin.

Dr. Corrie believes the politics of foreign policy have prevented a proper investigation.

And Dr. Corrie knows a little bit about empowerment. She's currently the interim director of the Youth Theologian Initiative.

Dr. Corrie will speak on Tuesday, Oct. 2nd during Eckerd College's Justice and Awareness week.

Since her cousin's death, Beth Corrie has seen Rachel's parents co...

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"Sputnik Mania" documents first space satellite listen

10/01/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Thursday, Oct. 4, marks the 50th anniversary of the launch by the Soviet Union of the world’s first artificial satellite, Sputnik I.

The launch of Sputnik is widely seen as the beginning of the space age and as the start of the space race between the Soviet Union and the United States.

Sputnik weighed about 184 pounds, was the size of a basketball, and needed about 98 minutes to make each of its elliptical orbits of the Earth. A new feature-length documentary film called *Sputnik Mani...

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Speak Up Tampa Bay sues Hillsborough County listen

10/01/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Ten days after the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners voted to cut its funding, organizers behind the county’s public access channel Speak Up Tampa Bay announced they are going to court to try to reverse that decision.

Today begins the new fiscal budget year. And with that, Speak Up Tampa Bay, also known as the Tampa Bay Community Network, is soon to feel the pinch of being $355,000 lighter in their finances.

The Board voted 4-3 last month to deny the channel any funding from ...

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Environmentalists sue Cypress Creek developers listen

10/01/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Three environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit today in Washington, D.C. to try to stop environmental damage caused by the Cypress Creek Town Center development in Pasco County.

The Sierra Club, Clean Water Action and Gulf Restoration Network filed the 50-page lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for violations of federal environmental laws.

The development is near the headwaters of the Hillsborough River.

Denise Layne, with t...

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Censored author discusses his new novel listen

10/01/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This is Banned Books Week, as labeled by the American Library Association.

Earlier this year, the organization listed the Most Challenged Books of the Year. They include two novels by Toni Morrison: Beloved and The Bluest Eye.

Also on the list is Athletic Shorts, by teen fiction writer Chris Crutcher. Crutcher’s newest novel, Deadline, is about a high school senior who learns he has a fatal illness which allows him only a year to live.

But the author handles the dark subje...

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Senate Democrat down on PIP and budget talks listen

10/01/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Steven Geller is the Senate Minority Leader in the Florida Legislature, the top ranking Democrat.

He told WMNF this afternoon he is not in favor of adding Personal Injury Protection (PIP) to the special session beginning on Wednesday.

The Legislature is convening to tackle the budget deficit, and Geller says he’s not going to be forced to pick between cutting more from schools or social services. He calls that a "false choice" that Senate and House Republicans may be creating before ...

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Obama coffers filling; Thurman faces challenge listen

10/01/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama announced today he had raised $19 million in the past 3 months, bringing his total fundraising for the year to nearly $80 million.

Obama was in the Tampa Bay area, at private fundraisers in both St. Petersburg and Tampa yesterday afternoon. Those appearances are not considered campaign events, and thus Obama was not considered to be in violation of the pact he and the other major candidates have made with the Democratic National Committee. ...

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