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Hillsborough to inspect every fire hydrant listen

08/15/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In the past few weeks, it’s been reported that the city of Tampa has failed to test about 70 percent of the city’s more than 11,000 fire hydrants.

City officials now say they will inspect all of those hydrants within the next two months. That news comes after a fire hydrant failed to work for Hillsborough County firefighters last week at a blaze in Northdale.

The home burned down. However, Hillsborough County Fire Chief Bill Nesmith said the faulty hydrant had no impact on firefight...

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Seminole bars may ban patrons younger than 21 listen

08/15/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last night the Seminole City Council held a public hearing on an ordinance that would ban underage patrons from certain bars in the Pinellas County city of Seminole.

The ordinance would ban anyone younger than 21 from bars that have a capacity of more than 100 people. Two clubs – Page II on Park Boulevard and Boomerz on Seminole Boulevard - would be affected most.

Brian Morris, general manager of Boomerz, said the new ordinance, if approved, would affect his business considerably, a...

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Local GOP politico arrested, accused of theft listen

08/15/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Angelo Cappelli, a rising star in local GOP politics, is in a Pinellas County jail today.

Cappelli ran against Democrat Bill Heller last year for the House District 52 seat.

He was arrested and charged with first degree grand theft and perjury today, according to St. Petersburg Police.

Police spokesman Bill Profitt said if convicted, Cappelli could serve up to 5 years in prison.

Cappelli was fired by Sun Trust back in June, who said at the time they were investigating him though...

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Group: Elect Hillsborough commissioners a new way listen

08/15/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Four of the Hillsborough County Commissioners represent districts within the county; the other three are elected countywide.

But some community activists hope to change that.

The publisher of La Gaceta newspaper, Patrick Manteiga, told WMNF 10 community activists met at his office last night to discuss placing a referendum on either the 2008 or 2010 ballot that would make all seven county commissioners represent single-member districts within the county.

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Richardson spokesperson speaks in Tampa listen

08/15/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Patsy Trujillo is New Mexico’s Deputy Secretary of Aging and Long Term Services under Gov. Bill Richardson.

She is also a spokesperson for Richardson’s presidential campaign; she met this afternoon with about a dozen Democratic Party leaders, union representatives and environmental activists. At the crowded La Teresita restaurant in West Tampa, they spoke with Trujillo about what they want to see in the next president.

Trujillo thinks Richardson would make the best presidential cand...

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More than 1 million deaths in Iraq, group says

08/14/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Our guest today is Robert Naiman, national coordinator and senior policy analyst at Just Foreign Policy.

"Just Foreign Policy is publishing updated estimates of Iraqi deaths due to the U.S. invasion and occupation starting in 2003. And the way that we constructed this estimate is to extrapolate from the Lancet study that was published last fall," Naiman says.

"The Lancet study was based on a survey completed in July 2006. So, although at the time it was the best, indeed the only scient...

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Imus settles lawsuit, likely to get back on the air

08/14/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Don Imus has reached a contract settlement with CBS that will pay the disowned shock jock a reported $20 million.

Imus had $40 million left on his contract when he was booted by CBS in April after making racist comments about the Rutgers University Women's basketball team.

Within a week, Imus lost his daily platform on both MSNBC and on the syndicated CBS radio network.

But for weeks now, there have been reports that after having hired a high powered first amendment attorney, Marti...

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Rick Perlstein dissects Karl Rove

08/14/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Karl Rove will soon be leaving his roles as top strategist and policy expert in the Bush administration, but some Democratic Party operatives say that doesn’t mean he won’t have an impact on the next election.

Donna Brazile, Al Gore’s campaign manager in 2000, tells USA Today that "Karl outside the White House is more dangerous to Democrats than Karl inside the White House."

Brazile's view: He'll have lots more free time now to dream up ways to boost President Bush's standing, "...

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Martinez addresses St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce listen

08/14/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Sen. Mel Martinez spoke this morning in St. Petersburg to the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce at the Poynter Institute.

Martinez discussed issues of interest to the business community and other Floridians. He said he could not imagine that the state of Florida would not renew the Personal Injury Protection requirement for drivers.

Martinez also addressed the country’s health care crisis and said that his solution would involve the private sector more than the government.

“May...

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Sustainable Living: Hot water

08/13/07
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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On today's program we talked with Rich Glueck a local solar domestic hot water specialist.

We covered the different types of SDHW systems, general costs, rebates, payback and more.

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Can new Tampa Museum of Art be a "green" building? listen

08/13/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Tampa City Council on Thursday discussed whether the new Museum of Art would be an environmentally sustainable, or "green" building, perhaps even seeking LEED certification.

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and takes into account five areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.

WMNF spoke with City Councilman John Dingfelder about the possibility of making the museum and ot...

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St. Pete mayor supports rail link with Tampa listen

08/13/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Tampa Tribune this morning reported on details of a possible commuter rail line linking St. Petersburg and Tampa along Interstate 275.

It is one of the ideas being considered by the newly created Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority. The group's mission is to come up with a plan and strategy to fund area transportation by July 2009.

WMNF asked St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker what he thought about a rail line linking his city with Tampa.

“I’m on the new transportat...

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ACLU speaks against secret wiretapping by Bush administration listen

08/13/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act was passed in the aftermath of the FBI’s COINTELPRO program to prevent the executive branch from spying on Americans without warrant.

In the aftermath of the attacks on September 11th, 2001, President Bush authorized the National Security Agency to begin a secret program of warrantless wiretapping within the United States.

A judicial ruling found it to be illegal and in January, just days before an appeals court was to hear the government’s ...

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USF student held in S.C. is innocent, family says listen

08/13/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Friday, the family of one of the USF students caught with bomb-making materials during a traffic stop visited him in prison in South Carolina.

Mariam Megahed is the sister of 21-year-old Yousef Megahed, one of the two men charged with possession of explosives.

Sherriff deputies in Berkeley County, South Carolina, pulled over Megahed and Ahmed Mohammed for speeding a week ago Saturday.

According to reports, officers became suspicious as they approached the car, because the men qu...

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Beat goes on at Treasure Island Beach listen

08/13/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Treasure Island City Commission last week passed an ordinance that would set a curfew requiring any activity that takes place on the beach to end at 10 p.m. during daylight savings time and at 9 p.m. the rest of the year.

The measure is seen as a compromise of sorts after complaints of unruly behavior at the Treasure Island Drum Circle. It prompted one City Commissioner to contemplate banning the gatherings all together.

The syncopated beat begins as you approach the beach, hundreds...

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