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Anti-war group leads Veteran's Day observance listen

11/12/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Sunday in downtown Tampa, about 20 people gathered at Joe Chillura Square to observe Veteran's Day in an event was sponsored by the anti-war group Veterans for Peace.

Participants in the demonstration gathered at 11a.m. to read the names of all of the military personnel from Florida killed since the invasion of Iraq began in March 2003.

As part of the invocation, local Muslim activist Pilar Saad read an excerpt from the Koran and then addressed the U.S. war on terror, which is freque...

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Sarasota passes amendments to slow growth listen

11/09/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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On Tuesday, Sarasota residents voted to add an extra layer of community control over local development. They approved two ballot initiatives adding amendments to the Sarasota city and county charters that require a 4-1 supermajority approval by the commission for any exceptional building projects in either the city or the county.

Citizens for Sensible Growth in Sarasota County is one of the main groups that advocated for passing the amendments requiring a supermajority vote to change comp ...

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Will new name, new look make a difference for Rays? listen

11/09/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In the last 24 hours, Tampa Bay’s long suffering baseball franchise has re-branded itself by unveiling new uniforms and a new name: the Tampa Bay Rays. But whether it will turn around the record of the worst team in baseball remains to be seen.

Today in downtown Tampa, the Rays held their second public unveiling of their new uniforms with a lunchtime event, featuring players signing autographs, a free hot dog lunch and the display of the new jerseys.

In the short 10 year history of...

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Feds examine Florida's new voting laws listen

11/09/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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New Florida laws making it more difficult for groups to do voter registration drives are set to go into effect on Jan. 1 unless the U.S. Department of Justice finds that those laws discriminate against minorities.

The Department of Justice sent a letter to state election officials asking for detailed information on how Florida’s election laws, which were passed in the spring, might affect minority voters.

Sterling Ivey is a spokesperson for the Florida Department of State.

“The l...

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GOP Spanish language presidential debate back on listen

11/09/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Miami Herald reported today that most of the Republican candidates for president have agreed to participate in a Spanish language debate at the University of Miami next month.

Two months ago, only John McCain and Duncan Hunter had accepted an invitation from Univision. That forced the U.S.’s biggest Spanish language network to cancel the debate. Earlier that month all the Democrats had participated in a similar forum.

But on Thursday, three of the top GOP candidates -- Rudy Gui...

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Tampa march against violence this weekend listen

11/09/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tomorrow morning in Tampa, the anti-crime group Advocates for Safer Communities plans to walk throughout the western section of Ybor City with information about unsolved murders in the area.

The group is led by Darla Saunders, whose 18-year-old son Isiah was shot and killed just hours after he left his house in February 2005.

Isiah’s assailants have never been caught.

The Advocates for Safer Communities website has links to stories about seven people - six black men and one blac...

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Slate editor says his publication is going strong listen

11/09/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Jacob Weisberg is the editor of Slate magazine, the Microsoft-backed Internet magazine that has been on the web since 1996.

WMNF spoke with Weisberg yesterday to talk about his new book of George W. Bush quotes, or “Bushisms.” His newest edition is called The Ultimate George W. Bushisms.

Here is the second part of our interview.

Slate

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Veterans For Peace Mark Veteran's Day

11/08/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Several members of Veterans for Peace joined us for a discussion about the Iraq War, post tramautic stress syndrome, homelessness among veterans, health care for veterans and other issues related to combat.

Our guests were Elliott Adams, president of the national group Veterans for Peace; Zollie Goodman, an Iraq War vet who spent time in Fallujah; Anthony Maroun, a Marine who served in Iraq; Dennis Plews, a Vietnam vet who is now with Veterans for Common ...

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Organic grocery store down but not out

11/08/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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David Taylor, the founder/owner of Nature's Harvest, Tampa's oldest organic grocery store, stopped by to talk about filing for bankruptcy under Chapter 11.

The store is still open for business.

David talked about the tough competitive environment for locally owned businesses as they face increased competition from corporate chains.

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Editor of "Bushism" books produces latest text listen

11/08/07 Mitch E. Perry
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Slate magazine editor Jacob Weisberg is here now with his new book on malapropisms uttered by President Bush. It’s his sixth book of “Bushisms.” In this case, it’s called, The Ultimate George W. Bushisms: Bush at War with the English language.

WMNF spoke with Jacob Weisberg today. We asked if he ever worries that the president is going to clean up his grammer and perhaps make fewer comments that are fodder for comedians and editors.

Stay tuned to the Evening News tomorro...

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Fate of fuel standards bill still uncertain listen

11/08/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The U.S. Senate passed a bill in June to hike fuel economy standards to a combined fleetwide average of 35 miles per gallon by 2020 – that would be a 40-percent increase.

The House sidestepped the issue of fuel economy in August in the wake of the support of more than 160 members for a softer fuel economy increase that would raise it 28 to 40 percent by 2022 to a combined fuel economy of between 32 and 35 miles per gallon.

Automakers have also said the proposals would cost them at l...

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Tampa Council: Who speaks for city government? listen

11/08/07 Mitch E.Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Stung by Mayor Pam Iorio contradicting a recent policy decision they enacted, Tampa City Council members today discussed the question who truly speaks for city government.

The mayor rejected a Council-approved motion to ask the Hillsborough Legislative delegation to draft a bill in that would allow Tampa, as well as Plant City and Temple Terrace, to get representation on the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission (EPC).

The original motion was proposed by Councilwoman...

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Darryl Rouson speaks at Suncoast Tiger Bay

11/08/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Attorney Darryl Rouson spoke this afternoon at the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.

Rouson is one of 25 members of the Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission and is contemplating a run for the State House of Representatives as a Republican.

Rouson criticized local law firms for not hiring enough black lawyers and also took a shot at the Tiger Bay Club for its dearth of invited black speakers.

Not enough blacks are being appointed to serve as judges i...

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Hillsborough commission plays musical chairs listen

11/08/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners named new officers today.

Ken Hagen replaces Jim Norman as the chairman. Hagen filled in for Norman ably a year and a half ago when Norman stepped down briefly for health reasons.

Mark Sharpe was named vice chair and Brian Blair was named chaplain.

There was little controversy over any of the other committee assignments, although Rose Ferlita was disappointed that she could not maintain her seat on the Tampa Port Authority.

Ferlita, who represent...

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Modern Day Slavery In America

11/07/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Our next guest is John Bowe, who writes that slavery exists in the United States today and is propelled by the demands of a globalized economy.

In his new book Nobodies: Modern American Slave Labor And The Dark Side Of The New Global Economy, Bowe looks at examples of slavery here in Florida, also in Oklahoma and in the U.S. territory of Saipan.

For more information, visit Bowe's website.

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