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Scholar says U.S. demonizes Iranian president

09/25/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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In the New York Times yesterday, a variety of Iranian officials and political experts said that in demonizing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the West has served him well.

The story reported that Ahmadinejad’s status at home and in the Mideast has been elevated; at the same time, he is increasingly isolated politically in Iran because of his go-it-alone style and ineffective economic policies.

Stephen Zunes is a professor of politics and chair of the Peace & Justice Studies P...

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Alternative thinking for sustainable living

09/24/07
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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The program started with a short interview with a Sarasota County librarian about Sustainability Month.

Our main guest was Dan Benjamin, an economics PhD. with Clemson University. He also writes articles for the Property and Environment Resource Center (PERC) in Montana, a non-profit that receives some funding from right-wing foundations.

Topics covered included Dan's writings on myths of recycling, benefits of climate change, and his take on forests: use them or lose them.

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Transit study reveals possible rail plan for Hillsborough listen

09/24/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) discussed its plan for the county’s transit with members of the public and stakeholders at the Channelside Cinemas near downtown Tampa today.

About 50 people heard about the MPO’s Transit Concept for 2050.

The purpose of the MPO is to make transportation policy; its board consists of representatives from local governments and transportation agencies. Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio commented on the comprehensive nature of the plan.

“Wel...

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Florida DNC member not happy with leadership listen

09/24/07 Michael Hibblen
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Florida Democratic Party officials today announced that they are refusing demands by national party leaders and will hold the state’s presidential primary at the end of January.

Jon Ausman, a Florida official with the DNC, is not happy with how state Party Chair Karen Thurman handled the situation over the last month.

The state had been warned by the Democratic National Committee not to move their primary up, or they would face penalties, including losing all of the state's delegates at...

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House candidate espouses white separatist ideas listen

09/24/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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John Ubele is running as an independent in the District 46 Seat for the Florida House of Representatives.

The 29-year-old lifelong Pasco County resident will try to unseat Republican incumbent John Legg.

Ubele also the operations manager for the Nationalist Coalition, a white separatist group that wants to create its own media, education system, government and white-only living space.

Ubele came by the WMNF studios last Saturday to discuss his candidacy. He begn by describing wha...

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‘Homosexual Agenda’ a topic at Family Impact Summit listen

09/21/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Yesterday WMNF reported on a press conference by lesbian gay bisexual and transgendered rights groups to protest the Family Impact Summit being held at the Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon. At the summit this morning, one of the panel discussions focused on what is called the "Homosexual Agenda."

Peter Sprigg is vice president for Policy with the Family Research Council and led the panel.

“Well, the goal of the homosexual movement is to win full acceptance of homosexual conduct, ho...

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Veterinarian creates program to spay, neuter

09/21/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A Pasco County veterinarian says the euthanasia rate in the region for pets is close to 10,000 per year – and she wants to do something about that.

So Dr. Diana Mattox has helped create a new program called Spay Pasco.

A fundraiser is scheduled for Sept. 29 in San Antonio for the new animal social service organization.

WMNF spoke with Dr. Diana Mattox today.

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Author examines U.S Intelligence agencies post-9/11 listen

09/21/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Amy Zegart is the author of new book, Spying Blind: The CIA, the FBI and the Origins of 9/11. In it, she argues that after the Cold War ended, the CIA and FBI failed to adapt to the rise of terrorism.

In the second part of our interview with Zegart, a professor of Public Policy at UCLA, WMNF asked about a passage in her book in which she writes: “The CIA”s failure to adapt to the rise of terrorism was not because of a effort, talent or lack of dedication.”

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Education Channel gets funding reprieve listen

09/21/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday

Anne Goldenberg is executive director of the Tampa Education Cable Consortium. WMNF asked her opinion on getting nearly half of the original $519,000 her organization was scheduled to receive from the Hillsborough County.

The channel was at risk of losing all of its $519,000 funding from Hillsborough County last night. Instead, the Commission allocated $250,000 to the Tampa Education Cable Consortium for next year.

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Hillsborough Public Access official discusses funding cuts listen

09/21/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Louise Thompson is executive director of the Tampa Bay Community Network, the agency that runs the public access channel in Hillsborough County.

WMNF spoke with her this morning. We asked how much hope did she have that a fourth commissioner would join the other three members who had previously indicated they would vote to maintain some county funding for the channel?

The Channel lost a a major chunk of funding last night, when the Board of County Commissioners voted 4-3 to completely ...

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Hillsborough cuts funding for public access listen

09/21/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Hillsborough County Commission unanimously approved a $4-billion budget last night, their first since the state mandated budget cuts to cities and counties provide property tax relief.

The budget eliminates 442 jobs, including 97 positions currently held by full-time employees. Overall, it cuts nearly $56 million from the budget.

One of the biggest losers in the battle for fewer taxpayer dollars is the county’s public access channel, Speak up Tampa Bay.

Many citizens last n...

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Pasco man released from jail after sentence commuted

09/20/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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RIchard Paey, the Pasco County man who has been jailed and is wheelchaired bound from multiple sclerosis, was released from prison today.

Siobhan Reynolds is the president and founder of the Pain Relief Network, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her group worked closely with the Paey family to secure his release from jail.

WMNF spoke with her on Thursday, after she learned that Paey's 25-year sentence had been commuted once the state clemency board gave him a full pardon for his drug traff...

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Solutions offered to curb greenhouse gases listen

09/20/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Congress will consider global climate change legislation this fall. In addition, many states are taking action to limit emissions of greenhouse gasses that contribute to global warming.

One way for emissions of gasses such as carbon dioxide to be controlled is through a process called cap and trade. Under cap and trade, an absolute ceiling of emissions is set, and businesses may trade with each other the right emit portions of pollution up to that cap.

Today, the federation of state Pub...

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Critic dissects Clinton health care proposal

09/20/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton would require all Americans to have health insurance, just as most states require drivers to carry car insurance.

Under her plan, unveiled in Iowa earlier this week, would offer tax subsidies to help those who can’t afford coverage. Americans could choose from private plans or a government plan.

Those who like their current insurance plan would be able to keep it. Those who are uninsured or who don’t like their work-based coverage would ...

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LGBT groups protest Family Impact Summit listen

09/20/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today is the opening of the Family Impact Summit at the Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon. Some of the panel discussions that will be held beginning tomorrow have titles such as ‘Homosexual Agenda,” “Homosexuality & Youth,” “Global Warming or Global Whining?” and “What every Christian Must Know About Islam.”

This afternoon several faith and social justice organizations held a press conference to protest this gathering, which they labeled the Hate Summit.

About 50 members of the gay...

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