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Guardian angels needed for Hillsborough children

08/20/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Thousands of abused, neglected or abandoned children in the Tampa Bay area currently don’t have a voice in the court system.

Every year in Hillsborough County and throughout the state, thousands of children are trapped in hopeless homelife situations. Even when they are removed by law enforcement, many of these children have no one to speak on their behalf in court.

That’s why Guardian ad Litem programs exist. A guardian is appointed by the courts to represent the interests of infan...

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Opposition grows to property tax amendment

08/20/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Trim notices are going out to Pinellas County homeowners this week, but according to published reports, Tampa Bay area taxpayers aren’t going to be getting much relief.

That comes after the Florida Legislature enacted measures this year that were supposed to dramatically reduce stateproperty taxes.

But according to the St. Petersburg Times, even after property tax reform legislation passed this year, the typical savings for homeowners with a homestead exemption in Pasco County amounts...

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Will Florida let PIP no-fault insurance go away? listen

08/20/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Florida’s no-fault automobile insurance requirement is set to expire on Oct. 1. Personal injury protection, or PIP, covers up to $10,000 of medical expenses for someone injured in an auto accident, regardless of who is at fault.

Because of fighting between different interest groups and lobbying by the insurance industry, renewal of PIP without major changes is unlikely to happen.

If the Legislature does not renew PIP, auto insurance rates may go down. But some consumer groups say that ...

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Aidan Delgado, Conscientious Objector (Part 1) listen

08/17/07 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.

Delgado 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 was just released in bookstores.

He will speak in Sarasota on Sept. 4 and at Inkwood Books in Tampa on Sept. 6.

Delgado was first based in...

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Lawyer for USF student discusses S.C. case listen

08/17/07 True Talk
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Two University of South Florida students were arrested in South Carolina after they were pulled over for speeding and some materials believed to be explosives were found in the trunk of their car.

The pair were charged with possessing an explosive device, but the students say they were carrying fireworks.

On Wednesday, Andrew "Andy" Savage was hired to be the new attorney for one of the students, Youssef Megahed.

Savage was a guest this morning on the WMNF program, True Talk, with ho...

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Lobbyists, officials mingle at League of Cities Conference

08/17/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This weekend in Orlando is the annual Florida League of Cites Conference, a taxpayer-funded gathering of elected officials.

An article in yesterday’s Orlando Sentinel drew attention to a number of events at the conference that are paid for by lobbyists and special interest groups.

The article said, “… federal and state lawmakers recently approved legislation aiming to limit such gifts from lobbyists” but that “local officials are not bound by the same restraints.”

WMNF contacted T...

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Wikipedia edits tracked back to FBI, CIA listen

08/17/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A new tracing program called WikiScanner allows users to track the computers that are used to make edits to entries in Wikipedia.

The online encyclopedia allows users to post and edit the information contained in its pages.

Reuters reported that people using FBI and CIA computers have edited Wikipedia pages on Guantanamo prison and the Iraq war.

Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, told WMNF how the WikiScanner program work...

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Ferlita, Hagan engage in heated debate listen

08/16/07 Mitch E.. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Immediately after the vote on the wetlands issue, Commissioner Ken Hagan suggested that the County Commission reschedule its Land Use meeting, so members could all attend the funeral of Sgt. Ronald Harrison, the Hillsborough County Deputy Sheriff killed yesterday morning.

On the heels of another scheduling controversy, Hagen said he wanted to ensure that everybody could attend the funeral.

Yesterday, the Commission switched its meeting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Initially, County Administrat...

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Wetlands division saved by hybrid approach listen

08/16/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Following a daylong public hearing, the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission voted this afternoon to accept a compromise or what was called a hybrid solution to preserve the county's Wetlands Division.

The Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners comprise the seven-member EPC board.

In June, Commissioner Kevin White suggested eliminating the Wetlands Division, ostensibly due to the mandatory budget cuts the county is facing.

Both sides of the issue turned out. F...

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Dog owners obsessed with working out with their pets

08/16/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Americans are obsession with their pets, so much that a new phenomenon has emerged: people working out with their pets.

And why not? Not only are more Americans out of shape, so are their dogs. Or so says Dr. Craig Prior, a doctor at Murphy Road Animal Hospital in Nashville.

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Barry Bonds, steroids and the home run record

08/16/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Just last week, San Francisco Giants star Barry Bonds hit his record setting 756th home run, breaking the record held for 33 years by Hank Aaron.

Since then, Bonds has hit three more homers, as he plays what could be his final season.

To say that the record has been met with less than nationwide enthusiasm would be an understatement.

Working against Bonds are his surly personality and doubts about whether he has used illegal performance enhancing drugs.

Last week, *New York Daily ...

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Kos bloggers debate Bush impeachment listen

08/16/07
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Earlier this month, more than 1,000 liberal bloggers, activists, and interested observers flocked to Chicago for the Yearly Kos Convention.

The event is named after one of the most popular left wing blogs on the Internet, dailykos.com.

WMNF asked the bloggers about the controversial issue of impeachment.

In the House of Representatives, 19 members, are sponsoring legislation for articles of impeachment to be introduced against Vice President Dick Cheney; 28...

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USF grad analyzes civil rights movement, black caucus

08/16/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Our guest- Rhone Fraser, a USF graduate student and a WMNF news volunteer is the author of "A Surviving Legacy: Nonviolent Resistance in the Congressional Black Caucus, 2001-2007."

The piece is Fraser's thesis. He will study for his PhD at Temple University.

Fraser writes: "Select members of the Congressional Black Caucus through their votes, speeches, arrests and nonviolent forms of protest practice a renewed kind of nonviolent resistance against a neoconservative political agenda adv...

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Hillsborough considers fate of wetlands agency

08/15/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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This Thursday, Aug. 16, the Hillsborough County Commission will revisit the issue of whether there should be a county agency which regulates wetlands.

Developers and big land owners are trying to end local oversight.

On this program we heard excerpts of public comment from the July 26th, 2007, EPC meeting on the future of wetlands protection. Those comments included statements from environmentalists, residents, engineers, and builders.

This program also featured interviews with two e...

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NBA referee admits he bet on games

08/15/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tim Donaghy, a former National Basketball Association referee who was under investigation for his connection to a gambling ring, turned himself in to federal authorities today and pleaded guilty to two felony counts related to gambling.

During his plea hearing, Donaghy admitted to betting on games in which he officiated. He said he would communicate his picks of the winners of NBA games to gambling associates, and was paid for the correct picks. He also said he told associates which refer...

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