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A MUSLIM JEWISH DIALOGUE (PART THREE)

06/27/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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For the past several months WMNF has participated in an ongoing series of dialogues both on the air and off the air between Jews and Muslims and sometimes involving people of other faiths and non-faiths...

Today we're joined by four guests who will take part in our third on-air program.

We're joined by Ann Haendel and Barry Augenbraun who are members of the Bay area's Jewish community.... And Pilar Saad and Ahmed Bedier representing the local Muslim community.

The format is a lit...

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Tampa Mayor & City Council discuss $20 Million in cuts - will announce layoffs tomorrow listen

06/27/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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This morning the Tampa City Council met with Mayor Pam Iorio to discuss how around twenty million dollars might be cut from the city’s fiscal year 2008 budget. Tomorrow Mayor Iorio will announce layoffs of city Employees.



“It is going to be a significant number of employees that we will be laying off tomorrow.”



The budget cuts were necessary because of the State Legislature’s recently passed property tax cut mandating that cities and counties slash ...

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John Edwards to campaign in Tampa Friday night listen

06/27/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A new poll of the Democratic candidates in Florida shows the same pattern that has been consistent over the last year - Hilary Clinton continues to have a strong lead, 18% points ahead of Barack Obama. Al Gore, who may not be a candidate at all, attracts 13% support, and John Edwards comes in 4th, at 11%.

That Quinnipiac poll mirrors several national polls, that shows the former Vice Presidential candidate from North Carolina struggling…However, in the key primary states like Iowa and...

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Crist vetoes bill that would penalize citizen petitioners listen

06/27/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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After considerable lobbying by good government groups, Governor Charlie Crist yesterday vetoed a bill that would have required voter signatures on initiative petitions to be submitted within 30 days. Ben Wilcox is with Common Cause of Florida. The home page of his group’s website prominently advocated for supporters to contact the Governor to tell him to veto Senate Bill 900, (roll tape#1 o.q.”can actually use”) In vetoing the bill, Governor Crist said that the provision would ‘si...

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Crist reverses himself, approves University Tuition Hike listen

06/27/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In a major reversal , Governor Charlie Crist told the Presidents of Florida’s 3 biggest universities, including USF’s Judy Genshaft, that he WILL allow those research schools to raise tuition gradually over the next few years, as long as they wait until 2008 to begin.

The announcement means that Crist will allow the so-called “tuition differential ‘ law to take effect. It gives the University of Florida and Florida State University the ability to raise tuition by as much as 40 p...

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ACLU rally to restore habeas corpus in Tampa

06/26/07 Chris Geyer & Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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ACLU rally to restore habeas corpus in Tampa June 26, 2007 Sean Kinane and Chris Geyer



Today in downtown Tampa, the ACLU held a demonstration to draw attention to the loss of the writ of habeas corpus and to tell people what they can do to bring it back. WMNF’s Chris Geyer has more.



Mike Pheneger is a decades-long member of the ACLU, as well as a retired Colonel who spent 30 years working on Intelligence for the US Army. He pointed out what Habeas Corpus...

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Church Vandalized in Sulphur Springs – a hate crime against supporters of Muslims? listen

06/26/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last weekend the Christ the Servant Apostolic Catholic Church in the Tampa neighborhood of Sulphur Springs was vandalized. But religious leaders in the community are concerned that the vandalism might be a hate crime because the phrase “Traitors Support Terrorist” was written on an inside wall of the church. This afternoon the Council on American-Muslim Relations, or CAIR, held a press conference at the church on North Nebraska Avenue. Bishop Chuck Leigh is the pastor of Christ the ...

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ACLU calls “free speech zones” at St. Pete Pride parade 'unconstitutional' listen

06/26/07 Seán Kinane & Chris Geyer
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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This Saturday is the 5th Annual St. Pete Pride Promenade and Street Festival. But the City of St. Petersburg has a controversial ordinance regarding so-called “free speech zones” and event permit enforcement. Yesterday the American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU, sent a letter to St. Pete Mayor Rick Baker and Police Chief Charles Harmon calling for changes to this ordinance before the Pride festival. The Director of the West Central Florida Regional Office of the ACLU, Becky Stee...

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Internet Radios Go Silent listen

06/26/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Thousands of Internet radio streams have gone silent today in protest of new music royalty rates that Webcasters say could drive almost all of them out of business. According to the New York Daily News, Internet radio, has exploded from an estimated 37 million monthly listeners in 2005 to an estimated 52 million today. But new royalty rates scheduled to go into effect July 15 could potentially shut down many Internet readio stations. (roll tape#1 o.q.”internet broadcaster”)Vicki Sant...

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Pinellas County Mulls Budget Cuts listen

06/26/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Pinellas County leaders reviewed a list of proposed budget cuts this morning. But with only weeks before the final budget must be sent to the Property Appraiser’s office, County Commissioners realized after the meeting they must make time to meet again to review the proposed cuts. County Administrator Steve Spratt and his staff prepared a report on all of their proposed cuts to get down to the 7% rollback of last year’s budget, based on the mandated cuts approved by the legislature and ...

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Eyewitness to Combat in Iraq

06/26/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Eyewitness to Iraq on RadioActivity Jun 26 2007 13:00

EYEWITNESS TO THE IRAQ INVASION: A SOLDIER'S COMBAT EXPERIENCE IN BAGHDAD Very few combat soldiers from Iraq have come back to talk openly about the situation there. In this interview a one-time Tampa resident, Clifton Hicks, talks frankly about his experience as a combat soldier in Iraq from late 2003 to early 2004. He discusses his limited training; the confusion surrounding encounters with armed Iraqi civilians; the killing of civil...

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Sicko listen

06/25/07 Dawn Morgan
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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32 cities across the nation, including Sarasota, got to sneak a peek at Michael Moore's latest film Sicko this past Saturday. WMNF's Dawn Morgan has more.

Story

The Regal Hollywood 20 multiplex in Sarasota offered just one showing of Sicko Saturday evening, and it played to a sold out crowd. </...

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Sarasota says they don't have any money for new Reds Stadium

06/25/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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As local Governments go thru the painful process of making budget cuts in the aftermath of the special session on property taxes earlier this month, in Sarasota, one casualty appears to be funding for a new spring training home for the Cincinnati Reds.

Last year, a new facility to replace venerable Ed Smith Stadium seemed a sure thing – but with Tallahassee imposing a 7% rollback on the county’s budget, county commissioners last week said they simply can’t fulfill their initial pl...

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Advocates get behind new legislation supporting Low Powered FM Radio Stations

06/25/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A bill was introduced in Congress last week to open up the local airwaves to more diverse, independent, Low Power FM radio stations. But the "Local Community Radio Act of 2007" (HR 2802) is being opposed by powerful lobbyists for radio conglomerates like the National Association of Broadcasters.

Pensylvania Democrat Mike Doyle is a co sponsor of the bill (roll tape#1 o.q.”over the radio”)

In 2000, Congress authorized the FCC to issue Low Powered FM, or LPFM licenses. But they atta...

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Interview with Internet critic Andrew Keen

06/25/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Andrew Keen was part of the first wave of the Internet revolution, in the 1990’s, creating a site called audiocafe.net in 1996.

But something profoundly happened to him over the years, resulting in an ephiphany in 2004, when he realized what the Internet was becoming …As he writes in his new book, “The Cult of the Amateur”, he said he saw that the Web 2.0 revolution has peddled the promise of bringing more truth to more people, more depth of information, more global perspect...

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