News & Public Affairs

search:

Bid to bring Red Sox to Sarasota appears dead listen

10/14/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

After month of negotiations, the city and county of Sarasota announced in a joint press release this morning that negotiations with the Boston Red Sox to play their spring training games in town was over.

The news stunned some observers, including some County Commissioners.

Elsie Souza is with Citizens for Sox, a local activist group that was behind the effort to bring the Red Sox to Sarasota. She was angry about learning that the negotiations had apparently ended abruptly.

The Cinc...

Be the first to comment

Greg Palast on voter suppression

10/14/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

Investigative reporter Greg Palast has co-written a new comic book called Steal Back Your Vote.

In it he makes the allegation that the 2004 election was stolen and he talks about ways that Republicans are allegedly trying to steal the vote in the coming presidential election. He’s co-written an article with Robert F. Kennedy on this same topic that will appear in the upcoming Rolling Stone magazine. And he appears in the film that WMNF is sponsoring tonight called *Stealing America V...

1 comments

The impact of the home foreclosure crisis

10/14/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

Welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei.

Coming up today we’ll take a look at home foreclosures here in the Bay area and investigative reporter Greg Palast talks about efforts to suppress the vote over the past several presidential elections. But first one listener comment- it’s an announcement about a hearing this week about the future of a giant Walmart that the company wants to build along the Anclote River in Tarpons Springs.

First up today, home foreclosures. Our gu...

Be the first to comment

Barton Gellman on Dick Cheney, Part II listen

10/14/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

The New York Times said the following in its book review Monday about Washington Post journalist Barton Gellman’s new biography on Dick Cheney.

“Much attention has already been devoted to the administration’s malignant torture and surveillance policies, erected on the wobbly foundation of a monarchical view of the presidency by the likes of Addington and John Yoo, a deputy assistant attorney general. But Gellman reveals that the F.B.I. director, Robert Mueller, and top people in ...

Be the first to comment

TBARTA interviews executive director candidates listen

10/13/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show
Medium_483
Medium

In a public meeting of its selection committee today, the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) interviewed three candidates for its executive director position. The committee considered scrapping the process but ultimately chose to recommend all three candidates to the full board for consideration.

TBARTA received $2 million from the Legislature during the last session, but unless changes are made, it must be spent by the end of the fiscal year. T...

Be the first to comment

Earth Charter Climate Change Summit held at UT

10/13/08 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

Earth Charter U.S. held its Climate Change Community Summit at the University of Tampa on Saturday. Among the participants at the daylong event was keynote speaker Alexander Likhotal, advisor to former Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Gorbachev. Likhotal discussed some solutions to the primary issue of the meeting, climate change.

People from around the world had the opportunity to attend the Earth Charter Summit either physically or electronically via webcast, yet there was only a handful ...

Be the first to comment

NFL commissioner, city officials tout benefits of Super Bowl listen

10/13/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

In a little over 100 days, one of the biggest events in the world will take place in Tampa. Super Bowl 43 will be played at Raymond James Stadium on Feb. 1.

Today in Tampa, local politicians and members of the business community crowded into a ballroom at the Marriott Waterside Hotel to boast about what the game will do for the Tampa economy and community.

The guest speaker was National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell. Goodell fielded questions in front of a crowd of about 5...

Be the first to comment

Sustainable business awards include controversial picks listen

10/10/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show
Medium_482
Medium

The annual Global Earth Charter Community Summit and Earth Scouts Festival will be held tomorrow at the University of Tampa. As a prelude, today the university hosted the First Annual Earth Charter Sustainable Business Awards Ceremony to recognize local businesses committed to social, economic and environmental responsibility.

The Earth Charter Summit is based on a document that, according to its website, promotes a sustainable world through “Human Rights, Elimination of Poverty, Promot...

Be the first to comment

Africa-American Advisory Board meets listen

10/10/08 Mark Anderson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

On Oct. 9, the Hillsborough County Elections Office African-American Advisory Board hosted its second community forum to discuss issues facing voters in the Nov. 4 election.

The African-American Advisory Board was formed earlier this year, and had its first meeting last summer. Last night, approximately 25 citizens attended the educational session. The concerns voters raised were in three areas: issues with the new format of voter information cards; the new state “No Match, No Vote” la...

10 comments

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz responds to McCain campaign's tactics listen

10/10/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

Democratic Representative Debbie Wasserman-Schultz represents portions of Broward and Miami-Dade counties in Florida’s 20 Congressional District.

Formerly a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for president, Wasserman-Schultz is now an enthusiastic supporter of Barack Obama. WMNF asked her about the McCain conference call regarding ACORN.

Be the first to comment

McCain links Obama to ACORN scandal listen

10/10/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

John McCain's campaign today seized on a spate of negative news about the community activist group ACORN, and claimed that Barack Obama’s ties to the group need to be vetted further by the media.

As they have done with former Weather Underground member Bill Ayres, the McCain camp on a conference call today claimed that Obama’s links to the group should cast aspersions on his candidacy.

ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, is a national activist group wit...

Be the first to comment

Voting concerns persist around the country listen

10/09/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show
Medium_481
Medium

When Floridians vote on Nov. 4, four factors could come together to cause long lines.

All Floridians will vote on optical scan machines, including those in counties that until recently used touch screen machines. The ballot is long, with many political races and ballot initiatives. Many more people are registered to vote. And finally, voter enthusiasm is high for what many regard as an historic presidential election.

At the same time, some people who try to register are not being allo...

Be the first to comment

Clark discusses her Election Day strategy listen

10/09/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark, under fire for why she has eliminated most early voting sites, explained to the St. Petersburg City Council today why she is doing so.

Clark, who is being challenged on the ballot this year, is allowing early voting only at the Supervisor’s offices in Clearwater, Largo and St. Petersburg, as required by law. Other supervisors throughout the state are setting up sites not only at their offices, but at city halls and libraries.

Clar...

1 comments

McCain urged to attack Obama on cultural issues listen

10/09/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

Although some Democratic Party strategists now say Barack Obama may win easily in the Electoral College on Election Day, there is plenty of evidence to indicate that it is far too soon for such lofty predictions.

John McCain;s campaign has been pushing Obama's connection to Bill Ayres for the past week, and today it unveiled a web ad linking the two. Ayres is referred to as a terrorist throughout the ad, which talks about his "friendship" with Obama.

Elements of the conservative righ...

1 comments

TECO raising rates, adding services listen

10/09/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

Tampa Electric Co., which has already announced plans to raise basic electric rates and pass on higher fuel costs to customers next year, announced today increased fees on some services as well as fees for new services.

Twice this year, TECO announced a basic rate hike of 22 percent and a 9 percent increase in fuel costs that, if approved by state regulators, will take effect next spring.

Today TECO announced an increase in initial service connections to new homes from $38 to $75.

TE...

Be the first to comment

Healthy State Local Journalism Center

 
Your Ad Could Be Here