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Vietnam vet overcomes addiction and homelessness

11/11/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to WMNF's Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up: an interview with a Vietnam veteran who survived post traumatic stress, homelessness and drug addiction to turn his life around.

But first some comments about last week’s program both online and on the phones there were several complaints about last Thursday’s interview regarding the hydrogen assisted power for cars and trucks. You can see the discussion online at wmnf.org/news.

Today this country marks Ve...

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Scribe urges more government spending listen

11/11/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A new USA Today/Gallup poll shows nearly 7 out of 10 adults, or 68 percent, say they have a favorable opinion of President-elect Barack Obama; and almost as many, or 65 percent, say they think the country will be better four years from now.

That’s much higher expectations than for either Bill Clinton or George W. Bush after they were first elected. In both cases, slightly more than 50 percent said they thought the country would be better off in four years.

Andrew Kohut, director of t...

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Gay rights advocates protest passage of Amendment 2 listen

11/11/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last week, Floridians approved a measure that will ban same-sex marriage in Florida.

Today an activist group calling itself JusticeFirst Florida held a news conference in Broward County. They say the amendment’s passage will not silence them or their support for same-sex marriage.

John Peter Daily is a coordinator with the Justice First coalition.

Charles Martin is with the National Black Gay Men’s Advocacy Coalition. He says he was not surprised that the measure passed as easily...

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Local reaction to passage of Amendment 2 listen

11/10/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last week, more than 62 percent of Florida voters supported Amendment 2.

The amendment defined marriage as between one man and one woman and also outlawed recognition of any partnership that is the substantial equivalent of marriage.

Today, WMNF spoke with supporters and opponents of Amendment 2 to get their reaction to its inclusion in the state’s constitution and what it might mean for Florida.

Terry Kemple is president of the Community Issues Council and volunteered with effo...

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Busansky reacts to being elected Supervisor of Elections listen

11/10/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Thursday, after nearly 48 hours of delays in counting early votes, Democrat Phyllis Busansky found out that she had defeated incumbent Republican Buddy Johnson to become Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections.

WMNF spoke with Busansky today to get her reaction to the victory and to the issues that came up during the election. Busansky said she feels "Great. Absolutely, totally, great. … It’s a great honor and I’m just very excited about it."

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Audubon receives grant to protect beach nesting birds listen

11/10/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The St. Petersburg Audubon Society has received a $9,000 TogetherGreen national innovation grant to assist volunteers in protecting beach-nesting birds along the Gulf Coast this summer.

This morning, WMNF spoke with Dave Kandz, the conservation chair of the St. Petersburg Audubon Society.

The grant will enable volunteers to protect beach-nesting bird colonies along Gulf Coast beaches beginning in April.

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Castor backs Job Creation and Unemployment Relief Act listen

11/10/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Friday, President Elect Barack Obama called for swift passage of an economic recovery package. Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, wrote to Obama encouraging him to support the Job Creation and Unemployment Relief Act, H.R. 7110 that passed the House 264-158 in September.

WMNF asked Castor what that bill would do for Florida, if signed by the president.

“[The Tampa Bay area is] one of the top communities across the country with foreclosures, and that’s just not acceptable.â€...

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Tribune lays off columnist Daniel Ruth listen

11/10/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Tampa Tribune today laid off longtime columnist Daniel Ruth. WMNF spoke with Ruth this afternoon. “If anybody needs a broken-down old columnist, I’m available.”

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Election 2008

11/08/08 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Arnie Arneson, radio and TV host of Political Chowder, talks about the election Tuesday - and her coverage of it from Chicago for Australian radio, the excitement of being in the press tent at Grant Park during President-elect Barack Obama's acceptance speech.

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Economy is topic of Obama's first press conference listen

11/07/08 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today the U.S. Department of Labor put the nation’s unemployment rate at a 14-year high: as of October employers had cut 240,000 jobs.

In President-elect Barack Obama’s first press conference since the election, he addressed job loss and the struggling economy as his top priority as he transitions into the White House. Obama spoke about relieving strain on middle class Americans and extending unemployment benefits, as crucial first steps toward fixing the economy.

A stimulus packag...

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Beckner defeats Blair for Commission seat listen

11/07/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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After nearly 48 hours of vote counting, Hillsborough County finally knows who its next commissioner will be. Democrat Kevin Beckner soundly defeated incumbent Republican Brian Blair.

WMNF spoke with Beckner outside the Supervisor of Elections Office on Falkenberg Road last night and asked how he felt about the victory.

“Absolutely ecstatic right now and very happy and very grateful to the people of Hillsborough County.”

With about 3,700 provisional ballots yet to be counted Frid...

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Tampa celebrates Veteran's Day early listen

11/07/08 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In recognition of Veteran’s Day, traditionally celebrated on Nov. 11, about a hundred people gathered at Joe Chillura Square in downtown Tampa today to honor those, living and dead, who served in the U.S. armed forces.

The event was sponsored in part by the Military Affairs Council for the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. Retired Army Major Gen. Fred Raymond, who serves on the council, said the affair was held to show appreciation to the veterans as well as pay homage to those current...

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Tampa City Council denies TECO franchise agreement listen

11/07/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last night the Tampa City Council rejected a long-term franchise agreement with Tampa Electric. T

City Council member Linda Saul-Sena was one of the four to vote against the franchise agreement with TECO.

"I think its so important that we do act locally," she said.

The other members who voted to reject the agreement were John Dingfelder, Mary Mulhern and Joeseph Caetano. Charlie Miranda and Thomas Scott voted in favor of the agreement.

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Busansky suceeds Johnson as Supervisor of Elections listen

11/07/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Republican incumbent Supervisor of Elections Buddy Johnson conceded defeat to his Democratic challenger Phyllis Busansky after two days of delays in counting most of Hillsborough County’s early votes.

Last night, WMNF asked County Commissioner and canvassing board member Rose Ferlita about Busansky’s victory over Johnson. Ferlita called the election process “not acceptable,” from voters being given incomplete ballots on Election Day, to provisional ballots being left unsecured in ...

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Hydrogen Assisted Vehicles; more on the election

11/06/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to WMNF's Radioactivity program. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up later, we'll open the phone lines to again talk about the outcome of Tuesday's elections. But first: Joe Shea is an organizer of the non-profit HHO Games & Exposition, "Celebrating America's Energy Future," a Veteran's Day car show that will introduce the inventors of many different low-cost hydrogen-on-demand (HHO) kits designed to achieve huge savings as a gasoline additive in every kind of truck and automobi...

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