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"Ask Mitt Anything" event doesn't last long listen

08/07/07 Mitch E. Perry & Sean Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Mitt Romney is expected to get a boost in his campaign this weekend.

The Iowa Straw Poll is this weekend, and the former Massachusetts governor is expected to win that non-binding vote – partly because he’s worked hard and is doing well in polls there. And his toughest competitors, Rudy Guiliani, John McCain, and Fred Thompson, aren’t participating.

Last night, Romney appeared before approximately 300 people packed into the ballroom of the West Tampa restaurant La Teresita.

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Tampa Bay Lightning sold today listen

08/07/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Tampa Bay Area’s Professional hockey franchise, The Tampa Bay Lightning, have been sold. No terms of the deal were announced.

The new ownership group, called Absolute Hockey Enterprises, is headed by Doug MacLean, who for the past nine years has been general manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Before that, he coached the Florida Panthers.

At a news conference this morning, MacLean emphasized that the team will not be going anywhere.

MacLean said there will be nine or 10 prin...

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USF Muslims plead innocent in SC case listen

08/06/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Two USF Students who were arrested early yesterday in South Carolina pleaded innocent.

24 year old Ahmed Mohamed and 21 year old Yousef Megahed have been charged with possession of explosive devices in Berkeley County, South Carolina.

Wayne De Witt is the Sherriff with Berkeley County . He says the two men were arrested Saturday night around 6PM in Goose Creek, South Carolina, just outside of Charleston, for speeding. He said what led the police to be suspicious was that they had a la...

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Dems debate at Yearly Kos Convention listen

08/06/07 Mitch E. Perry & Beth Wolfe
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In Chicago this weekend, approximately 1,500 liberal bloggers and their fans came together for the 3 day event known as Yearly Kos.

The event is named in honor of the widely read liberal blog Daily Kos. On Saturday, all of the Democratic candidates for President, save for Joe Biden, showed up to debate the issues of the day.

The event was moderated by New York Times Magazine political writer Matt Bai.

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Child protection task force meets in Tampa listen

08/03/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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One month ago, a toddler from Pinellas County, Courtney Clark, was found in Wisconsin. She had been missing from state care for nine months.

A 13-member Child Protection Task Force met for the first time today on the Tampa campus of the Stetson University College of Law. Department of Children and Families Secretary Bob Butterworth said he appointed the Task Force because of problems exposed in the Clark case and others.

Yesterday Democratic leaders in the Florida Legislature requested ...

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An interview with ex-congressman Jim Davis listen

08/03/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Jim Davis represented Tampa in Congress for a decade. Before that, he spent eight years in the Florida Legislature.

But after losing to Charlie Crist in the race for governor last fall, he’s been pretty much out of sight. He now works as an attorney for the law firm of Holland & Knight.

WMNF ran into the longtime politico at the Hillsborough Democratic Party ‘s Jefferson-Jackson Dinner last Saturday night in downtown Tampa.

Davis was last seen at the FCC hearing on media ownersh...

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Road to restore felons' civil rights still bumpy listen

08/03/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In April, Gov. Charlie Crist made national headlines when he persuaded the state Clemency Board to lower the barrier for ex-convicts seeking restoration of their civil rights.

During the campaign last year, Crist promised to automatically restore felons’ rights, but that’s not what happened.

The new rule allows for the nearly automatic restoration for most non-violent offenders. But thousands of others still need file paperwork to get their rights restored.

According to Democrati...

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Ex-Amnesty International honcho discusses Guantanamo

08/02/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Dr. Bill Schulz, former director of Amnesty International USA, is going to be the keynote speaker at a music conference at the Unitarian Church in Clearwater on Saturday, Aug. 4 at 7 p.m.

Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater is hosting an evening of music and a social justice message on Saturday, August 4 at 7 PM.

More than 200 singers, an orchestra, special musical guests and New York City-based world music percussion quartet Heritage OP will perform a cantata "Sources," followed by ...

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Feds asked to investigate fatal 1967 Tampa shooting listen

08/02/07 Mitch E.Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Tampa City Council today unanimously approved a resolution asking the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the death of Martin Chambers.

Chambers was 19 when he was shot in the back and killed by a Tampa Police officer in 1967, leading to days of riots in the city’s predominantly black neighborhoods.

Marzuq Al-Hakim of the National Black Slave Reparations Commission represented the Chambers family in addressing the City Council.

The Chambers shooting was originally ruled jus...

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DCF Secretary Bob Butterworth grilled in St. Petersburg listen

08/02/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Bob Butterworth was appointed Secretary of the Department of Children and Families this year by Gov. Charlie Crist.

This afternoon Butterworth, the former attorney general of Florida, addressed the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club in St. Petersburg.

Gov. Crist’s parents were in attendance and the governor appeared briefly. Many in the audience wondered why Butterworth had accepted Crist’s invitation to lead an agency that has been involved in numerous controversies and lawsuits.

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Author says nuclear power is coming back listen

08/02/07 Mitch E.Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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As the U.S. looks to find ways of generating more electrical power in the next decade, the controversial issue of nuclear power has become much more part of the conversation.

The nuclear industry fell to pieces after the Three Mile Island incident back in 1979.

But 28 years later, more than 30 new nuclear reactors are lined up for pre-approval. Because the plants do not release greenhouse gas emissions, the main source of global warming, they have many enthusiasts – including Gov. Ch...

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Tampa looks to fix code enforcement problem listen

08/02/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The city of Tampa has lost $66-million in code enforcement fines over the past decade. A report by the city’s Code Enforcement Department produced that startling number earlier this week.

Broken down, those figures includes $22-million in fines of homestead properties, and $43-million in fines for commercial and other properties.

But City Attorney David Smith said the Constitution forbids foreclosure on homesteaded properties, so he called that $22-million dollar figure irrelevant. ...

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No booze in the bleachers at Bucs' first home game listen

08/02/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Tampa City Council today refused to rubber stamp a wet zoning proposal for hard liquor to be served at Tampa Bay Bucanneer games.

Spirits are currently served at Raymond James Stadium, but only in the exclusive luxury suites and club seat sections of the facility. The proposal up for approval today would have granted every fan the opportunity to purchase liquor beginning next week.

One citizen pleaded before the Council not to allow it to happen.

Karen Hernandez is the head of Pu...

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Miami reneges, won't give land to Umoja Village listen

08/01/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last year, homeless activists in Miami took over vacant land and set up a shantytown called the Umoja Village.

Three months ago a fire destroyed it.

Last Thursday the Miami City Council voted unanimously to convey the land to residents and organizers of the Umoja Village called Take Back the Land. But in an apparent reversal, the City now says they will put out a request for proposals to develop affordable housing on the land.

Today WMNF spoke with Max Rameau from Take Back the Land,...

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Hillsborough not cutting Head Start funding listen

08/01/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Several supporters of expanding the Head Start Program in Hillsborough County came before the Board of County Commissioners today to ask the Board not to cut their funding.

Major budget cuts are being considered across the board as mandated by the state Legislature.

The federal program promotes school readiness by enhancing social and cognitive development. It is jointly funded by Washington and the County.

James Dawkins says the program will be hurt if it does not get continued fund...

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