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Miami demonstrators target Burger King

11/30/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In Miami, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers have been marching much of the day toward the corporate headquarters of Burger King.

The farmworkers group is holding the march to urge the fast-food giant to require tomato farmers provide higher wages and better working conditions for the migrant workers who pick the tomatoes.

Former WMNF reporter Andrew Stelzer is covering the event. We spoke to him at about 4 p.m. today.

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers will also be holding a Fair Fo...

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Supporter: Romney is not anti-Hispanic listen

11/30/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A key advisor on Mitt Romney’s Florida campaign team says he hopes the media begins hammering Rudy Guiliani on his habit of making misleading comments.

Al Cardenas is the chair of Gov. Romney’s Florida Steering Committee. Speaking to reporters on a conference call this morning, Cardenas addressed the fallout of Wednesday night’s opening exchanges between Romney and Guiliani, in which the candidates ripped each other for being too soft on illegal immigration.

WMNF asked Cardenas if...

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Olympian reflects on World AIDS Day listen

11/30/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Greg Louganis is an Olympic diver who won gold medals in both the 1984 and 1988 Summer Games.

A year before the ’88 Games in Seoul, South Korea, Louganis came out as a gay man.

In 1995, he revealed in his autobiography that he was HIV positive.

On this day before World AIDS day, WMNF spoke to Louganis, who was speaking about the virus as as a representative of Medco, a pharmacy benefits manager and mail order pharmacy. We began by asking about the medication he’s been on si...

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Is Medicaid Work Incentive for Florida?

11/30/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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People who are medically eligible to obtain the government health insurance Medicaid might not receive it if they earn too much money to qualify for the need-based program.

A coalition of advocacy, government, and business groups are working to craft legislation that would allow Floridians with disabilities to work but still be able to opt-in to Medicaid insurance.

This morning at the public library in downtown Tampa, about 40 stakeholders learned about the proposed program, called Work...

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Media critic analyzes GOP debate listen

11/30/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Conservative bloggers continue to bash CNN today, after the cable news network admitted it dropped the ball during Wednesday night’s GOP debate by allowing Brig. Gen. Keith Kerr to ask about the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell“ policy banning open gays from the military.

Shortly after the debate it came to light that Kerr is a member of an LGBT group associated with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Critics say Kerr was not the only questioner with a liberal bias who w...

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Economic costs to Florida of climate change listen

11/29/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A new report by the group Environmental Defense details the effect of climate change on Florida’s economy.

The report is based on research by an economist from Tufts University. It is called Florida and Climate Change: The Costs of Inaction and compares two specific climate scenarios based on how much carbon dioxide pollution is emitted into the atmosphere during this century.

Jerry Karnas, the Florida climate project director for Environmental Defense, unveiled the report in a teleco...

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Tampa City Council questions privitization plan listen

11/29/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Earlier this month, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio stunned city employees and other City Hall observers when she announced that private companies would begin handling security and janitorial services.

The mayor said she was making the move to offset the city losing revenue because of property tax reform. At the time, some City Council members expressed dismay, but today they went further, by asking the administration to explain in more detail why it’s happening and whose lives are being upended....

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Medicare tour stops in Sun City Center listen

11/29/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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People who qualify for Medicare health coverage have until Dec. 31 to change their plan during the fall open enrollment.

To publicize this opportunity, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are sponsoring a Medicare bus tour called “Working Together for Better Health.”

At a tour stop his morning in Sun City Center, Dr. Richard Wild, who is chief medical officer of the CMS in the Atlanta region, encouraged the 30 or s...

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David Nasaw on Andrew Carnegie, Part II listen

11/29/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last night WMNF aired the first half of our interview with David Nasaw, author of “Andrew Carnegie,” about his award-winning biography of one of the most successful American businessmen of all time.

Tonight we air the second part of the interview. Nasaw’s book won the 2007 New York Historical Society American Book Prize earlier this year, and was named as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Biography.

WMNF asked Nasaw about Andrew Carnegie’s relationship with his steel work...

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Debate aftermath: Inside the GOP Spin Room

11/29/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday

After the debate, reporters and film crews ventured into the Spin Room in the Mahaffey Theater, where supporters of the candidates explained why their candidate did so well during the debate.

Actually, one candidate showed up in the room – Southern California Congressman Duncan Hunter.

The debate began with a fiery exchange on who is tougher on illegal immigration. New York Congressman Peter King said Rudy Guiliani got the better of that battle.

Attorney Ben Ginsberg is a major p...

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Excerpts from CNN/YouTube GOP debate

11/29/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Last night in St. Petersburg the eight Republican candidates for president took part in their first CNN/YouTube debate.

As we listen to several excerpts we want to get your feedback. You can e-mail me at dj@wmnf.org; you can also call the WMNF studio at (813) 239-9663.

Last night there were questions about whether the Bible was the literal word of God, questions about support for gun ownership and questions about how to reach more African-Americans. But one issue dominated the first th...

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GOP debate gets nasty on immigration

11/29/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Republican debate took place last night at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg.

It began with a spirited nearly half-hour exchange, between frontrunners Rudy Guiliani and Mitt Romney on who had been more pro-illegal immigrant in the past.

The first YouTube submitted question was from Ernie Nardi from Brooklyn, who called New York City a Sanctuary City for undocumented immigrants, a charge Guiliani denied. But Mitt Romney immediately disputed that.

Guiliani then alluded to a re...

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Protesters gather outside GOP debate

11/28/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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An interview with Samm Simpson, one of the organizers of a rally going on this afternoon from 2 to 10 p.m. in downtown St. Petersburg.

“Rise Up! The System is Broken” Unity Rally bills itself as a demonstration where hundreds-to-thousands of like-minded Floridians will set aside political differences and peacefully assemble to protest a broken political process and the policies it produces.

According to organizers, the day’s festivities include voter registration, a free preside...

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Local Muslim activist responds to rabbi's comments

11/28/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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First up today we’ll revisit one of yesterday’s topics. On the program we had Rabbi Scott Weiner of the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace. Weiner was commenting about yesterday’s meeting in Annapolis between President Bush and the leaders of israel and the Palestinians. After the program, Saleeh Mubarak, an activist in the Tampa Muslim community wrote WMNF to comment about the interview. He’s with us on the phone today. Saeeh, welcome to WMNF.

Among the issues discussed: whethe...

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USF vaccinates students against meningitis listen

11/28/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Beginning in January, all University of South Florida students who are new residents of dormitories or Greek housing will be required to be vaccinated against bacterial meningitis.

The move is in response to the death in September of 19-year-old student Rachel Futterman. Today, USF vaccinated students in the ballroom of the Marshall Center. Two dozen students were lined up to get shots soon after the inoculations began at noon.

Dr. Egilda Terenzi, a director at USF’s Student Health Se...

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