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Expect sparks to fly in tonight's GOP debate listen

11/28/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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With five weeks to go before the Iowa Caucuses, the stakes are high for tonight's debate.

YouTube says that almost 5,000 video questions have been submitted, more than twice the number posed for the Democratic debate in July. CNN is likely to use about 40.

The last Democratic debate – also hosted by CNN, featured moderator Wolf Blitzer use the first 15 minutes to question Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama on the latest charges they were throwing at each other.

But tonight’s debate,...

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Vietnam Vet hopes to challenge Bilirakis

11/28/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last night on the Evening News we heard from Michael van Hoek, a Democrat who has announced his candidacy to run for Congress in Florida’s Ninth District next year against GOP incumbent Gus Bilirakis.

Tonight, we hear from another Democrat who has entered the race. He’s Bill Mitchell, a Tampa attorney and Vietnam veteran who considered running last year, but stepped aside after Phyllis Busansky got in the race.

WMNF’s Mitch Perry spoke to Mitchell today, and began by asking about...

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Rays unveil plans for waterfront ballpark listen

11/28/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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After months of backroom maneuvering, the Tampa Bay Rays and the city of St. Petersburg announced the official plans for a new waterfront 34,000-seat baseball park at the site of Al Lang Field.

News about the stadium broke on the St. Petersburg Times website 19 days ago – but other than a 27-second statement later that night, the Rays have not said a word about the park to the public.

Today,s nearly hour-long news conference was held at Al Lang Field; it featured Rays slugger Carlos...

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Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson Discusses Allegations That White House Was Involved In CIA Leak Scandal

11/27/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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An excerpt from the soon-to-be-released book by former presidential press secretary Scott McClellan reveals that President Bush and Vice President Cheney led him to tell journalists that top White House aides played no role in the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson.

In the book excerpt posted on the publisher’s website, the former White House press secretary discussed a famous 2003 press briefing during which he told reporters that Karl Rove, the president's political adviser, and ...

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Homeless demonstration advances GOP debate

11/27/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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With the CNN/YouTube Republican debate tomorrow in St. Petersburg, members of the homeless community and activists are drawing attention to the city’s treatment of the homeless by holding a four-night sleep-in at the site where the debate will be held.

Yesterday they were forced to move across the street from the Mahaffey Theater to the sidewalk in front of the Hilton Hotel on 4th avenue south at first street southeast.

The Rev. Bruce Wright is pastor and director of Refuge Ministries...

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Activist discusses today's MidEast Peace Conference

11/27/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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In Annapolis, Maryland, today the Bush administration is sponsoring the first Middle East peace conference since it came to power in 2001.

After years of relative inaction, President Bush has brought world leaders together - including the leaders of Israel and the Palestinians – with an ambitious goal: to reach a peace deal before Bush leaves office in January 2009.

The latest news is that Israeli and Palestinian leaders have reached agreement on a joint document intended to launch...

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Court ruling hurts Florida Hometown Democracy initiative listen

11/27/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Supporters trying to get the Hometown Democracy Amendment on the ballot next year suffered a blow after a Leon County Judge upheld a state law allowing people to revoke their signatures on an initiative petition within 150 days.

The suit was brought by advocates for the amendment, which would slow down growth throughout the state by requiring voter approval for local comprehensive land use changes.
They wanted to thwart an organized campaign against the proposed amendment.

A group ca...

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Mitt Romney speaks in St. Pete on health care listen

11/27/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tomorrow evening is the Republican CNN/YouTube debate at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. This morning, one candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney spoke about health care to about 20 health care workers and the media at St. Petersburg’s All Children’s Hospital.

Romney is leading the polls in New Hampshire, which will hold the country’s first primary election on Jan. 8.

Romney said 47-million uninsured Americans don't have access to health care. Romney said uninsur...

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Does YouTube debate lure young voters? listen

11/27/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The CNN/YouTube debate is not the only partnership that combines traditional mainstream media organizations with new media groups.

Yesterday, ABC News and the popular social networking site Facebook announced a partnership in providing coverage of the 2008 presidential election.

Both You Tube and Facebook are extremely popular with young people who historically in the U.S. have been considered to be less involved in politics than other demographics. Whether that’s changing is uncerta...

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Novice candidate vows to take on Bilirakis listen

11/27/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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It was just a year ago that Gus Bilirakis moved up from the state Legislature to Congress by defeating Democrat Phyllis Busansky in the race to succeed his father in Florida’s Ninth Congressional District.

Two Democrats have officially filed to run against Bilirakis in 2008.

One is Bill Mitchell. The other is Michael Van Hoek, a relative political newcomer who has been active in the Hillsborough Democratic Executive Committee in recent years.

WMNF asked Van Hoek, if he becomes the ...

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Andrew Carnegie, peace activist listen

11/26/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Andrew Carnegie is considered one of America’s first modern titans.

Emigrating from Scotland to Pittsburgh as an impoverished 13 year old in 1848, he would go on to create a vast empire of steel manufacturing and become the richest man in America. But in addition to being a successful industrialist, Carnegie was a self-educated writer, peace activist and above all, a philanthropist who was determined to give away all of his accumulated wealth in his lifetime.

David Nasaw is the au...

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Poll: 69% oppose funding for waterfront ball park listen

11/21/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A St. Petersburg Times poll released today shows that 57 percent of city voters support the idea of a downtown, waterfront baseball park if no city tax dollars are spent for it.

If city taxes are part of the deal, the poll finds solid opposition of 69 percent.

As of now, the Tampa Bay Rays are not asking for any new city funding. The team is asking for $60 million in sales tax rebates, an idea that several state lawmakers say do not support.

St. Petersburg citizens will be asked ne...

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Everything you think you know is wrong

11/21/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Authors John Lloyd and John Mitchinson have written a new book, The Book of General Ignorance, which debunks a lot of common knowledge about the world.

Some examples: the American continents are named after an Italian explorer, that carbon is the most common substance on earth, that WWII ended in 1945 and humans have five senses. From biology and astronomy to history and literature, Lloyd and Mitchinson offer more than 200 examples where we should mistrust conventional wisdom.

Lloyd i...

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Books that have changed lives listen

11/21/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Roxanne J. Coady is the founder of the R. J. Julia booksellers in Madison, Connecticut.

The store hosts more than 200 author events each year. A few years ago, Coady asked many of the authors who appeared at the store to write about a book that changed their lives.

The Book That Changed My Life has just been published in paperback. All proceeds will go to a nonprofit literacy organization called Read to Grow.

WMNF recently interviewed Roxanne Coady. We began by asking her which ...

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Debate over Florida Hometown Democracy Act

11/20/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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The chief opponent and supporter of the proposed Florida Hometown Democracy constitutional amendment debated last Friday at the Tiger Bay Club of Tampa.

If the proposal gets enough signatures and makes it to the ballot and if 60 percent of voters support it next November, the Florida Hometown Democracy amendment would require that voters approve any changes to local land use plans.

In the first half of today's program we'll hear the opening part of the debate, and then we'll open the p...

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