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Limits set to protect grouper, other fish listen

01/31/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today in St. Petersburg, the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council voted to move forward with efforts to help stabilize the population size of gag grouper and other fish species. The Council passed an amendment that the public can comment on before it is enacted.

Roy Crabtree is the regional administrator with the Southeast Regional office of the National Marine Fisheries Service and a member of the Gulf Council.

“There are a number of alternatives that are designed to reduce fi...

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Tampa Council complains about parking listen

01/31/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last month, the city of Tampa suspended parking meter fees in Ybor City between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. during the holiday season to stimulate the economy.

But it’s now 2008. Those meters are back in effect, but an incident where Tampa City Councilwoman Linda Saul Sena was ticketed in the entertainment district had the Council discuss studying the pros and cons of how paid parking affects the local economy today.

Councilwoman Mary Mulhern said she thought it was a discussion in which th...

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Florida DNC official on Florida delegates listen

01/31/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Two days after Florida’s Democratic primary, the issue of whether the delegates will count at the National Convention is still very much in doubt.

U.S News and World Report is reporting that Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean will attempt to broker the issue of Florida and Michigan delegates well before the Convention in Denver this August.

But the magazine adds that Dean has been "quitely appointing members to the DNC credentials committee whose loyalties are to the...

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Interview With Princeton political scientist

01/31/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Our guest is Melissa Harris-Lacewell, associate professor of Politics and African American Studies at Princeton University.

Melissa is the author of the award-winning book, Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought (Princeton 2004). She is currently at work on a new book: For Colored Girls Who've Considered Politics When Being Strong Wasn't Enough.

Her academic research is inspired by a desire to investigate the challenges facing contemporary bla...

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'Confessions of a Political Hitman'

01/31/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Our first guest is Stephen Marks, a former opposition researcher for candidates and political insiders. He’s written a new book called Confessions of a Political Hitman (Sourcebooks). He joins us now on the phone.

For more information, visit his website.

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Why California Latino voters lean toward Clinton listen

01/31/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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On Tuesday night, Hillary Clinton beat Barack Obama among Latinos in Florida by a 2-to-1 margin. That follows a similar pattern that occurred among Latino voters in Nevada.

With several states with strong Latino populations part of Super Tuesday’s series of primaries and caucuses, some analysts say this trend is something that Obama needs to address quickly in his tight battle with Clinton for the Democratic nomination.

Getting more of the Latino vote is critical for Obama in the bigg...

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Gulf Aquaculture opponents speak out listen

01/30/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met today in St. Petersburg to discuss several issues, including the possibility of allowing large-scale fish farming in the Gulf.

All 150 seats were filled and dozens more people were standing inside the room or waiting to get inside during the public comment portion of the meeting. Marianne Cufone, director of the Fish Program at Food and Water Watch, a consumer action organization, told WMNF why she opposes the Council’s plan for this typ...

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McCain beats Romney in Florida; Guiliani quits

01/30/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Florida Republican voters handed John McCain a solid 5-point victory last night, giving the Arizona senator momentum as he heads into Super Tuesday’s 20 plus primaries and caucuses.

The McCain victory has already affected the GOP landscape. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani, disappointed by his third-place finish after campaigning for nearly 60 days in the state, announced today that he dropping out of the race and will endorse McCain.

The victory for the sometimes iconoclastic...

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New book details life of Russian double agent listen

01/30/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Although the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the U.S. ended in the early 90s, the two counties continue to spy on each other.

From 1995 to 2000, a man known as “Comrade J" was the highest-ranking U.S. operative of the SVR- the successor agency to the KGB. He directed all Russian spy activity in New York City, and personally oversaw all covert operations against the U.S. and its allies in the U.N.

Then he defected in 2000 and revealed that he had been a double agent for the FBI...

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Romney, McCain stump in Tampa listen

01/29/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Fifty-seven convention delegates are at stake in today’s winner-take-all Republican presidential primary in Florida. The two candidates who are leading in the polls, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Arizona Sen. John McCain, were both in downtown Tampa today.

Mitt Romney addressed about 120 of his supporters at the Tampa Convention Center. Despite the political baggage that might accompany supporting an unpopular president, Romney praised President George W. Bush’s state ...

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Changing nature of the Religious Right

01/29/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Our guest, investigative journalist Sarah Posner's new book God's Profits (PoliPoint Press) examines the financial and political activities of prominent prosperity gospel televangelists who "use their reinterpretation of the Bible to profit from the hopes and fears of their congregants, thus reaping the means to wield huge influence within the Republican Party."

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Clinton camp says Florida vote counts

01/29/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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As we reported last night, Hillary Clinton came to Florida on Sunday for three fundraisers, including one in Sarasota. She did not hold any campaign events, sticking to the pledge she made after the Democratic National Committee stripped the state of its delegates for moving its primary to January.

Clinton also said last week that she wants the delegates from Florida and Michigan to be seated at the convention next summer in Denver.

Now, a New Hampshire newspaper is blasting Clinton for...

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Berkeley professor's new book, "Privacy in Peril"

01/29/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Sometimes there are accounts in the media of identity theft, where stored personal data gets misdirected for criminal purposes.

But a Berkeley University Professor says Americans should worry less about the illegal uses of personal data, and more about the perfectly legal uses of our data by the government and private industry.

James Rule teaches at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at the University of California at Berkeley. His new book is called, “Privacy in Peril: How...

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Sustainable chemicals

01/28/08
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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We started the program with a segment on "Focus on the Nation" events in the area. Kofi Dalrymple, a student at USF, made the presentation. Our main guest was John Woland, phD, Chemical Engineering Professor at USF. Our discussion centered on his research creating synthetic gas from biomass.

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Giuliani campaigns at St. Pete-Clearwater Airport listen

01/28/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The day before Florida’s presidential primary, the person who has bet virtually his entire candidacy on this state campaigned in Clearwater. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is polling a distant third among Republicans, spoke to about 100 supporters this afternoon in a hanger at the St. Petersburg-Clearwater airport.

“If we win in Florida, we’re going to win everyplace else. Florida is going to lead the way,” Guiliani told supporters.

According several recent polls,...

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