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Activist groups storm New Orleans HUD office

08/31/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This week marked the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of the Gulf Coast region.

In the aftermath, levees that had been neglected for years were breached. Water completely flooded parts of New Orleans; killing hundreds of people, and leaving thousands of internally displaced refugees homeless.

But some New Orleans-area housing projects that are in a condition suitable for residents to return, remain closed. One of those is the St. Bernard’s Parish housing project...

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USF students indicted in Tampa

08/31/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In Tampa today, a federal grand jury indicted the two University of South Florida students who have been in prison since being arrested in South Carolina earlier this month.

Youssef Megahed and Ahmed Mohamed, both originally from Egypt, were charged with the transport of explosive materials across state lines. If convicted, they each face 10 years in prison.

Mohamed was charged with a second count, sharing information about how to manufacture a destructive device with the intent that th...

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Mortgage crisis hurts renters too listen

08/31/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The subprime mortgage crisis has also affected renters.

Yesterday, the Center for Housing Policy released a report called The Housing Landscape for America’s Working Families 2007. The report found that the number of low- to moderate-income renters who spend more than half of their income for housing has doubled since 1997.

Jeffrey Lubell is executive director of the Center for Housing Policy. He said Tampa Bay is among the worst 25 percent of markets for renters in the country. WMN...

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Conscientious objector interview, Part 3 listen

08/31/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Aidan Delgado was a student at New College of Florida in Sarasota when his Army Reserve unit was activated and sent to Iraq in 2003.

He has written a book about his experience in the war and how he decided to become a conscientious objector, or CO. The book is called The Sutras of Abu Ghraib – Notes from a Conscientious Objector in Iraq and has just been released in bookstores.

Delgado will speak in Sarasota on Sept. 4 and in Tampa on Sept. 6.

WMNF began the final part of our int...

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Labor union members discuss U.S. workforce

08/30/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Four days before the country celebrates Labor Day, some labor union members joined WMNF's Rob Lorei to talk about the issues affecting labor locally and nationally.

Guests included R. Floyd Suggs, president of the West Central Florida Federation of Labor & Business Manager, IBEW 108; Patt Drecchio, chair of the state and local Committee on Political Education (COPE) Committee and Retired IBEW 824; Tim LaLonde, chair of the Federal COPE Committee & Business Agent, IUOE 925; Josh Anijar, zon...

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Primary battle round 3: Local Dems sue listen

08/30/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Two Tampa-based Democrats announced this afternoon that they will sue the Democratic National Committee for its decision last week to take away their delegates.

Democratic political consultant Victor DiMaio and his lawyer, Michael Steinberg, filed suit this afternoon against the Democratic National Committee for taking away all of Florida’s delegates to the National Convention. The DNC sanctioned Florida because the state party moved the presidential primary up a week, to Jan. 29.

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William Cope Moyers interview, Part 2

08/30/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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William Cope Moyers is the son of legendary journalist Bill Moyers. He was also an accomplished newspaper reporter himself, first in Dallas and later in St. Paul, before moving to Atlanta for CNN.

During that time, he was also became seriously addicted to drugs. Cocaine, crack cocaine, specifically. No fewer than four times did he try to get clean before it finally dawned on him that he would soon be dead if he didn’t change his life.

He tells his story in his memoir, *Broken: My Stor...

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"Trash Mountain" landfill plan draws opposition listen

08/30/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Manatee County Commission will hold a public hearing Tuesday to decide whether allow a change in the land-use classification to allow a proposed landfill adjacent to the Hillsborough County line.

At an earlier hearing, five of the commissioners supported moving forward, but two commissioners were opposed. This afternoon, WMNF’s Sean Kinane spoke with one of the two, Joe McClash, who represents the countywide District 7 on the Manatee County Commission.

“I guess some people are ...

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Tampa Council rejects Bucs bid to serve booze at games

08/30/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In a surprising move, the Tampa City Council today rejected a proposal that would allowed hard liquor to be served throughout Raymond James Stadium for Tampa Bay Buc games and concerts.

Last month, the Council gave initial approve for the request. But at the second reading earlier this month, they held off until they could get more information on the impact of more alcohol might mean.

Booze has been sold at the stadium, but only for those fans in the elite club seating area and luxury ...

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Tampa plans environmentally friendly museums listen

08/30/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Earlier this month, Tampa City Council members complained that three museums soon to be built in the city might not be incorporating environmentally friendly standards. Members demanded that leaders of the museum report to the council on how green they actually will be.

Ken Rawlins, the interim executive director of the Tampa Art Museum, said the new museum will not be LEED certified -- that's the special designation created by the U.S. Green Building Council -- but it will have plenty of ...

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Nelson states his case; Democratic fundraiser balks listen

08/30/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is taking his argument with the Democratic National Committee to the editorial pages.

In a guest opnion piece in today’s USA Today, Nelson says the battle between the national party and state Democrats about the date of next year’s presidential primary is a case of fundamental rights vs. party rules.

Nelson acknowledges that the current primary is system is "broken," but he writes that the answer is not to deny people the right to have their vote counted.

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Study shows pattern of denials by insurance industry

08/29/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Two years after Hurricane Katrina decimated the homes of thousands of Gulf Coast residents, the American Association for Justice (AAJ) today released a report exposing how insurance companies systematically denied paying policyholders fair and just claims following this and other natural disasters.

Gary Farmer Jr is a partner with the firm of Freedland, Farmer, Russo Behren & Sheller. He spoke to WMNF today about the new report.

AAJ released its report on the insurance industry on the s...

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Democrat to challenge Johnson for elections post

08/29/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A relative unknown in Hillsborough Democratic politics announced today that he is running next year to try to defeat Supervisor of Elections Buddy Johnson.

Lee Nelson, 30, has lived in Hillsborough County for five years, which is nearly as long as Johnson has held the job. Johnson was selected by then-Gov. Jeb Bush to replace Pam Iorio, who quit the position to run for mayor of Tampa in early 2003.

Johnson’s tenure has been a controversial one. There have reports of giving handsome ...

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MoveOn protests target Bilirakis, other lawmakers

08/29/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Yesterday afternoon the online activist group MoveOn.org held coordinated rallies and candlelight vigils in front of the offices of Republican members of Congress.

MoveOn called this its National Take a Stand Day. The purpose: to remember the human cost of the war and to urge members of Congress to stand up in September to end the Iraq War.

One rally was held in front of U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis’ Temple Terrace office during rush hour. About 30 people stood alo...

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Florida Republicans may lose delegates too

08/29/07 Mitch E. Perry
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Although much has been made about the Democratic National Committee penalizing the Florida Democratic Party for moving its presidential primary, the Republican National Committee is penalizing the Florida Republican Party as well.

The New York Times reported today that the RNC plans to penalize five states holding early primaries, including New Hampshire and Florida, by refusing to seat at least half of their delegates at the national convention next year.

Meanwhile, a new poll shows ...

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