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MoveOn ad roils officials in Washington

09/11/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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As Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker testified on Capitol Hill for a second consecutive day, Congressional Republicans kept the heat on Democrats regarding a newspaper ad published in the New York Times yesterday.

The ad disparaging Petraeus was from the liberal internet advocacy group MoveOn.org. The ad alleged that Petraeus would not give his honest, professional assessment of the situation on the ground in Iraq, but instead would be "cooking the...

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Gravel echoes Colin Powell on terrorism listen

09/11/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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In an upcoming issue of GQ Magazine, former Secretary of State Colin Powell says that terrorism is not the greatest threat to the nation. Asked to elaborate, Powell says he doesn’t mean to say that there isn’t a terrorism threat. He says, there is one. But "we are taking too much counsel of our fears." Later in the article Powell says, “this is not a threat to our survival! The only thing that can really destroy us is us. We shouldn’t do it to ourselves, and we shouldn’t use fear for politi...

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Guiliani: I have what it takes to win listen

09/11/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today is Tuesday, Sept. 11th. That’s the first time the day and date have matched up since 2001. Many presidential candidates today will reference that fateful day six years ago.

None has used it more on the campaign trail than the former mayor of New York City, Rudy Guiliani.

Guiliani is viewed as a hero to Republicans, According to a CBS News/New York Times poll out today. But that image has not translated into a large edge over other GOP candidates when it comes to fighting terroris...

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Sustainable Living: Organic gardening

09/10/07
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Today's guest was Peter Burkard, a local organic grower.

Peter talked about his farm, what he's growing and how to get new gardeners started. He gave an interesting introduction about how important farming is, and how big brother doesn't want us to do something the capitalists can't control.

Burkard recommendeds that we make our own compost instead of buying fertilizer, and gave us suggestions on the easier vegetables to grow.

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Troubled desal plant on symposium agenda listen

09/10/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The 22nd annual WateReuse Symposium is taking place this week at the Marriott Waterside in downtown Tampa.

One of the panel discussions dealt with the Tampa Bay Seawater Desalination Plant. This largest seawater desalination facility in North America has been through its share of problems and is still not operating at full capacity.

The original developer, Stone & Webster, was hired in 1999 to complete the project by the end of 2002. But Covanta Energy took over in 2000 when Stone & We...

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Gravel says U.S. must pull out of Iraq listen

09/10/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Former U.S. Sen. Mike Gravel was in Tampa over the weekend. The Democratic presidential candidate spent two days in the bay area before traveling to Miami last night for the first ever bilingual debate, televised on the Univision network.

Gravel said he wouldn’t trust anything said by Gen. David Petreaus when he addresses the U.S. House of Representatives in about 48 hours.

In the new edition of New Yorker Magazine, out today, writer George Packer, author of “The Assassin’s Gate,” a b...

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Tampa man knew Jack Kerouac listen

09/08/07 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday

It’s been 50 years since Jack Kerouac’s classic On the Road was published. His writings are often considered a catalyst for the counterculture.

What isn’t so well known about the man who coined the phrase the beat generation, was that he lived his last years in St. Petersburg, where he died in 1969 at the age of 47.

Former USF English professor and Tampa resident Lawrence Broer knew Kerouac. Earlier this week, the 68-year-old told WMNF about the first time he encountered Kerouc.

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CFO Sink doesn't want PIP coverage to expire listen

09/07/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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When state leaders called off plans for a special legislative session later this month, they likely guaranteed the elimination of no-fault auto insurance on Oct. 1.

The change is expected to have major implications for Florida drivers who have relied for decades on no-fault coverage – also known as Personal Injury Protection (PIP) – to help pay medical bills after crashes.

Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink discussed with WMNF’s Rob Lorei today the ramifcations of PIP being e...

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Florida’s revised voter registration law attacked listen

09/07/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Brennan Center for Justice today asked the Justice Department not to approve Florida’s revised law on voter registration drives. The Center says the law’s new provisions discriminate against minorities and violate the Voting Rights Act.

Two years ago, the state Legislature approved a law that would have imposed deadlines and large fines against non-partisan voter registration groups if they did not file new registrant’s forms within a limited time frame. However, the League of Women V...

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Sarasota lawmaker balks at proposed budget cuts listen

09/07/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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To trim the state budget, Governor Charlie Crist has proposed dipping into tax money typically earmarked for environmental and drinking water programs. Crist said the 7 percent of real estate transaction tax money that usually goes to those programs can be shifted to other needs, as can 44 million dollars from another water project trust fund. That was among several ideas Crist released this week for how the state can save money as it tries to deal with a budget shortfall. ...

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Forum tonight on civil rights, national security

09/06/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tonight the Tampa office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Greater Tampa Chapter of the ACLU will hold a civil rights forum titled ”Balancing Security & Liberty.”

The free public event will feature national experts who will discuss issues surrounding torture, kidnapping, domestic spying, secret detentions and the U.S. Patriot Act.

Our guests for this segment are Ben Wizner, ACLU National staff attorney, and Danette Mask, staff attorney & director CAIR Orlando...

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Political writer discusses Democratic tug of war listen

09/06/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Ever since Howard Dean announced more than four years ago that he represented the “Democratic wing” of the Democratic Party and received thunderous applause for his anti-war views, the battle for the heart of the Democratic Party has surfaced in public, most notably on the internet, where young bloggers have become a force for a more liberal, politically savvy change.

Matt Bai of the New York Times Magazine has been covering this battle over the past several years, and has just written ...

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Hillsborough OKs extra homestead for low-income seniors listen

09/06/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners approved a plan today that will give low-income senior citizens an additional $15,000 homestead exemption.

Commission Brian Blair’s plan originally called for an additional $25,000 exemption. That would have cost the county $791,000 per year for the 5,000-6,000 low-income elderly homeowners who would benefit. But Blair suggested the less costly option using recurring dollars from a state-mandated millage reduction fund.

“I don’t think that ...

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Public access TV advocates beg Hillsborough to reconsider cuts listen

09/06/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last night, dozens of citizens asked Hillsborough County Commission not to completely cut funding of the county’s cable access and education channels.

In the first of two public hearings on the proposed 2008 budget, citizens spoke for nearly 2½ hours in their first opportunity to challenge the $55-million in budget cuts proposed by County Administrator Pat Bean.

Bean has proposed eliminating completely the $355,000 plus for the Tampa Bay Community Network, and $419,000 for the award win...

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Debate goes two ways over one-way streets listen

09/06/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A recent bid to make some of central Tampa’s most used roads into two-way streets has been rejected by both state and city officials. But today, some City Council members said they weren’t willing to accept that.

Longtime complaints by local residents, particularly in Seminole Heights, prompted the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to ask the state Department of Transportation (FDOT) to conduct a study on converting some streets. One-way streets under considerat...

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