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Scionti on CSX rail line and immunity – Part 1 listen

03/21/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A 61-mile commuter rail line through Orlando and other sections of Central Florida moved closer to becoming a reality yesterday. A state House panel gave a first approval to the $491-million purchase of rail lines from the company CSX; but not before the House infrastructure committee voted 8-2 to make the state pay for damages or injuries on the commuter rail even if CSX is at fault.

Rep. Rich Glorioso, R-Plant City, sponsored the amendment.

Rep. Mike Scionti, D-Tampa, was one of only ...

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Federal lawsuit against DNC dismissed listen

03/21/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A federal appeals court today dismissed a lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee (DNC) over the party’s decision to strip Florida of its delegates to the national convention.

But the decision by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta gives the challengers an opening to revisit the lawsuit and carry on the legal challenge.

Tampa Democratic Party activist Victor DiMaio filed the lawsuit last year accusing the party of disenfranchising Florida’s Democratic voters ...

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Psychiatrist discusses "terror" of dying listen

03/21/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Dr. Irvin Yalom is the author of Staring at the Sun: Overcoming the Terror of Death.

In it, Yalom, an emeritus professor of psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine, confronts the demanding challenge that everybody faces: overcoming the terror of death.

In the second part of an interview we conducted earlier this month, WMNF spoke with Dr. Yalom.

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NAACP honcho discusses baggy pants bill listen

03/21/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A bill being considered by the Florida Legislature that attempts to crack down on droopy pants in schools has lost some momentum.

Gov. Charlie Crist appears to oppose SB 302, saying “What’s important is what you learn, not what you wear.”

The state’s National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, or NAACP also opposes the bill. WMNF spoke with Norman Brown, president of the St. Petersburg chapter of the NAACP.

If SB 302 passes, students who wear low-riding pants ...

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Jail review panel meets in Tampa

03/21/08 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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If you live in Tampa Bay and own a computer, chances are you’ve seen or least heard of the Jan. 29, YouTube video of Hillsborough Deputy Charlotte Marshall dumping Brian Sterner, a quadriplegic being booked into jail, and then proceeding to search him while on the ground.

Since the video was posted almost three months ago it has received more than 193,000 views. However, turnout at today’s second independent review commission on jails at Jefferson High School in West Tampa was sparse. ...

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Congressional candidate hit by cyber attack listen

03/20/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Dunedin resident Samm Simpson ran for Congress as a Democrat two years ago, losing to longtime Pinellas GOP Rep. Bill Young. She intends to run against him this fall, though she could face competition for the seat.

An unusual thing happened to Simpson the other day, as she told WMNF a short time ago.

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75th anniversary of Civilian Conservation Corps

03/20/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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March 31 marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Civilian Conservation Corps and some people are suggesting that it be revived.

Here to discuss the topic:

Joan Sharpe, of the CCC Legacy Organization.

Stan Cohen, author of "The Tree Army"- A pictoral history of the Civilian Conservation Corps

Neil Maher, PhD and author of "Nature's New Deal"

Hank Suling, CCC alumni from Vero Beach

Jay Alexander, grassroots organizer for reactivation.

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Suggestion on cutting budget draws fire listen

03/20/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Councilman Thomas Scott appeared to be an army of one this afternoon when he said he hoped the city could investigate a memo by a Tampa police official that said the city could save $6 million in salaries and other benefits by cutting 15 positions within the Police Department.

The memo was sent by Tampa police Sgt. Borthland Murray last month to the Council. A followup memo by Police Chief Stephen Hogue categorized Murray’s claim as "wildly inaccurate.”

Laura McElroy, a ...

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Meat Out asks USF students to veg out listen

03/20/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A local group promoting an end to animal cruelty passed out information today at the University of South Florida in Tampa. They asked students to give up meat just for today, National “Meat Out” Day.

Nikki Benoit is the Outreach Coordinator for Florida Voices for Animals, a nonprofit education organization. People concerned with climate change should take a pledge to give up meat for a day, according to Benoit.

Colleen Mulcahey is a staff member and student at USF. She helped pass ...

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Documentary asks why U.S. citizens don't vote listen

03/20/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The third annual Sunscreen Film Festival opened in St. Petersburg on Wednesday. Films are being screened through Saturday night at the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel and the Baywalk multiplex.

Lulu Fries’dat's film Holler Back: (Not) Voting in America Town is showing at 2:45 p.m. Friday at the Vinoy. Fries’dat came to WMNF studios this afternoon to speak about her documentary which she filmed in Allentown, Pensylvania – a key battleground state for the 2004 election.

For more informati...

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Public opposition kills Bayway toll increase listen

03/20/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday

There will not be higher tolls on the Pinellas Bayway this year.

According to state lawmakers, a proposal that would have raised the cost of going to Fort De Soto Park from 35 cents to $2.50, and raise the toll to St. Pete Beach to $1.25 from its current 50-cent charge is now off the table.

Public pressure led to the plans collapse. Last week, more than 400 people showed up at a town hall meeting at the St Pete Beach Community Center.

Travis Jarman, co-chair of the Citizens Bayway...

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Tampa-TECO negotiations still ongoing listen

03/20/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council members were supposed to receive an update today on the latest in negotiations between Pam Iorio's administration and Tampa Electric Co. on a new franchising agreement.

But City Attorney David Smith said he’d prefer that he brief the Council on separate deals with the McKay Bay Waste facilty station and a lighting agreement, and he asked that the issue be postponed from April to June.

That request upset City Councilman Thomas Scott, who has been chastised by local ...

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Protesters mark Iraq War anniversary listen

03/19/08 Emily Reddy
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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About 250 people gathered in front of the federal courthouse in Tampa this evening for a rush-hour protest of the Iraq War. Today is the five year anniversary of the start of the conflict.

For many gathered in downtown Tampa today, it was just one more in a long succession of actions against the Iraq War.

Chris Ernesto has been protesting the war in Iraq with St. Pete for Peace once or twice a week since the war began. Along with the reasons they’ve always had for opposing the war...

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Rays, City Council discuss stadium proposal listen

03/19/08 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Greater Pinellas Point Civic Association held a meeting last night in St. Petersburg to discuss the Tampa Bay Rays stadium proposal. Citizens were invited to ask questions of a panel made up of people who are both supportive and opposed to the proposed stadium.

The panel consisted of Michael Kalt, senior vice president of Development and Business affairs for the Tampa Bay Rays; Jamie Bennett of the St. Petersburg City Council; Rick Musset of the City administration; Kenny Locke, who r...

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Eleanor Clift on Obama speech listen

03/19/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Eleanor Clift is a contributing editor for Newsweek magazine and a regular panelist on the nationally syndicated show The McLaughlin Group. She’s just published a new book, Two Weeks of Life: A Memoir of Love, Death and Politics.

WMNF spoke with her this morning about her thoughts on Barack Obama’s speech on race and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

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