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Wexler urges impeachment hearing for Cheney listen

12/14/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Three Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee are calling for the Judiciary Committee and Congress to immediately hold impeachment hearings for Vice President Dick Cheney.

South Florida’s Robert Wexler has been joined by Illinois’ Luis Gutierrez and Wisconsin’s Tammy Baldwin in writing an opinion piece called, “A Case for Hearings.”

But as Congressman Wexler said on a conference call set up for liberal bloggers, no newspaper wants to touch it.

Ohio Congressman ...

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"The Nuclear Jihadist," Part II listen

12/14/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Journalists Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins have written a startling new book about AQ Khan, the father of the Islamic bomb.

Khan was a research scientist who stole European nuclear plans, masterminded Pakistan’s successful atomic program and established a network for smuggling technology and blueprints to other countries seeking nuclear capabilities.

Intelligence agencies watched Khan for decades, but U.S. political leaders refused to allow them to apprehend him. In the second...

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Baseball report: Steroid-use widespread listen

12/13/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Major League Baseball is taking another blow with the release of a report by former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell on performance enhancing drugs in baseball.

But the report acknowledges that it is not definitive.

A former prosecutor and senator from Maine, Mitchell was appointed by Commissioner Bud Selig to conduct the investigation in March 2006, shortly after the release of the book, Game of Shadows, which documented the use of steroids by the game’s biggest star, Barry Bonds, who is ...

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Measure to thwart ballpark could get on ballot listen

12/13/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Officials with the Tampa Bay Rays were scheduled to meet with Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch today.

Welch told the St. Petersburg Times today that he was disappointed the Rays had not reached out to commissioners since the board will play an important part of the proposal to redevelop Tropicana Field.

Redeveloping the current home of the Rays is central for the financing of the proposed new $450-million waterfront ballpark, which faces a number of challenges.

The Rays a...

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National Governors Association on Clean Energy in Tampa

12/13/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This morning, Republicans in the U.S. Senate blocked an energy bill that would remove billions in government subsidies to the largest oil companies and divert at least a portion of those dollars to the development of renewable energy sources.

Sixty votes were needed to move forward with a vote but only 59 senators voted in favor of the measure. Sen. Bill Nelson voted in support, but Florida’s junior senator Mel Martinez was one of 40 who voted against moving forward.

Republican presi...

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Sarasota County bans smoking on beaches

12/12/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Sarasota County Commissioners voted 4-1 yesterday to ban smoking on all county park beaches. Commissioner Shannon Staub, who represents District 3, the southern part of the county, said the ordinance would take effect within the next 90 days as the county erects signs notifying beachgoers.

The fine for smoking on Sarastota County beaches will be $97. But Sarasota County Parks and Recreation Supervisor Rob LaDue said that first offenders should just receive a warning.

Straub said the lit...

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Study: Cholesterol levels at lowest in 47 years listen

12/12/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Associated Press is reporting that Americans' cholesterol is going down. For the first time in nearly 50 years, the average level for adults is in the ideal range.

A national blood test finds the average total cholesterol is 199. Doctors like patients to have total cholesterol readings of 200 or lower. Researchers link the decrease to cholesterol-lowering drugs in people 60 and older.

An epidemiologist at the National Center for Health Statistics says that's the age group where peo...

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Authors discuss "The Nuclear Jihadist" listen

12/12/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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“The Nuclear Jihadist” is the true story of how one man: AQ Khan from Pakistan, facilitated the spread of nuclear weapons technology to Pakistan, Iran, North Korea and Libya, and how the U.S. government knowingly allowed that man to smuggle and deal the most dangerous secrets in the world.

The book is written by Douglas Frantz, a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, formerly with the New York Times, and his wife, Catherine Collins, who has reported for the Chicago Tribune, the *Los An...

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Citizen activists push for voting reforms

12/11/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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A new group has started a petition drive to elect Hillsborough County Commissioners from seven single-member districts, replacing the current system which consists of three at-large commissioners and four district commissioners.

Two Hillsborough activists backing this plan are Pat Kemp with Citizens for Equal County Representation and Mariella Smith with United Citizens Action Network. They were in the WMNF studios to discuss the concept. Their hope is that single member districts will ma...

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State education board meets in Tampa listen

12/11/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today Florida’s Board of Education met at the Tampa Airport Marriott. It was the first meeting for newly appointed Commissioner of Education Eric Smith.

Florida’s economic crash, fueled in part by a disastrous housing market, has resulted in lower tax revenues. In his Commissioner’s Report, Smith said that the state’s schools should expect declining funds.

“During the last 3 months, general revenue collection for the ’07-’08 school year has failed to reach expectations an...

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Pulitzer Prize winning reporter on nuclear arms listen

12/11/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today called a U.S. intelligence report concluding Iran stopped its nuclear weapons program four years ago a "step forward." The comments marked a change from Ahmadinejad's usually harsh anti-Western rhetoric.

Although Iran denies it ever had such a program, Ahmadinejad told reporters that an "entirely different" situation between the two countries could be created if more steps like the intelligence report followed.

Iran has said its nuclear pro...

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Food banks struggling this holiday season

12/11/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Christmas Day is just two weeks away. For many people, it’s a time for parties and presents. But for others, it‘s the toughest time of the year.

And it’s the time when food banks and pantries feed more people than at any time of the year. But this year is different.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's annual hunger survey released last month showed that more than 35½ million people in the United States were hungry in 2006. While that number was about the same as the previou...

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Florida voting law challenged in court

12/11/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today in Gainsville, a coalition of voting rights advocates went before a U.S. District Court judge to challenge a state election law that they say could disenfranchise tens of thousands of eligible voters next year.

The law prevents voters from registering if their driver's license or Social Security information does not match what is on the registration form.

Arguing in the courtroom today was Elizabeth Westfall, a senior attorney with the Advancement Project, a Washington based soci...

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Castor on CIA torture tape listen

12/10/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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WMNF’s Seán Kinane asked Rep. Kathy Castor whether she favors an independent investigator to look into the destruction of videotaped interrogation of terrorism suspects by the CIA.

“I’m looking forward to going back to Washington and talking with my colleagues, especially some that are on the Intelligence Committee, and gauge their opinions on it. But it’s unfortunately, not a surprise out of this administration that has mislead us for so many years -- whether it’s energy policy...

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Castor tours Clean Energy Research Center listen

12/10/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a landmark energy bill that could increase vehicle fuel efficiency standards and require that 15 percent of electricity be generated from renewable sources by 2020. But the Senate is expected to pass a version of the bill that is much weaker on renewable energy standards.

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor voted for the energy bill. Today she visited the Clean Energy Research Center on the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus to learn about t...

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