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Documentary celebrates Estonian resistance listen

04/25/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A new documentary about a Soviet satellite nation gaining its freedom will debut this weekend in St. Petersburg and Sarasota.

The film is called The Singing Revolution, and it documents how between 1987 and 1991, hundreds of thousands of people in the small Northern European nation of Estonia gathered publicly to sing forbidden patriotic national anthems and listen to protest speech, risking their lives to declare the need for liberty.

The film is produced and directed by the husband ...

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Venezuelan ambassador cheered, jeered listen

04/25/08 Alvaro Montealegre
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Bernardo Alvarez Herrera, Ambassador of Venezuela to the United States, spoke yesterday at the University of South Florida in Tampa and at Eckerd College in St Petersburg.

At USF, an audience of about 100 people, despite detractors, greeted the ambassador warmly.

Herrera gave his perspective on happenings in the hemisphere, recent developments in relations between Venezuela and the U.S. and the challenges facing Venezuela. He discussed their view on pre-emptive war, the unity of Latin A...

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Animal testing opponents leaflet USF listen

04/24/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This week is World Week for Animals in Laboratories. Today the group Florida Voices for Animals passed out flyers at the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus in front of the main library and the medical library.

Mindy Lasley is an attorney and a member of Florida Voices for Animals. She said she wants to educate students about animal testing.

The Outreach Coordinator with Florida Voices for Animals, Nikki Benoit, said she hopes to provide awareness to students.

Lasley said...

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Report on Iraq, recession released listen

04/24/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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MoveOn.org today released the results of opinion polling saying that many Floridians blame America’s economic troubles on the occupation of Iraq.

Twenty-five people gathered in the West Tampa office of the Florida Consumer Action Network (FCAN) for the release of the Iraq and Recession Report. Following the release, MoveOn members delivered it to the local offices of senators Bill Nelson and Mel Martinez.

Jason Palermo, a program organizer with FCAN, said the results of the survey p...

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St. Pete talks about proposed ballpark listen

04/24/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The St. Petersburg City Council conducted another workshop on the waterfront stadium proposal by the Tampa Bay Rays.

Several members of the city’s administration came before the Council today to talk about a report they released late last week.

One of the bones of contention between what the Rays have proposed and what the city thinks is necessary is how far fans should have to walk to the stadium from where they park. The Rays think it’s okay to have fans travel three-quarters ...

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Interview with physicist Michio Kaku

04/24/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Dr. Michio Kaku hosts Explorations, WMNF's weekly science program. He is on a mission to popularize science. He is also a co-founder of "string theory."

In his latest book, Kaku takes on some of the "wildest" ideas of science fiction: teleportation, telepathy, force fields, psychokinesis, time travel, travel to other galaxies and more. He divides these ideas into Class One Impossibilities (possible given the current laws of physics and scope of technical ability); Class Two (possible but...

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Pheonix CEO of mass transit visits Tampa listen

04/24/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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As the Tampa Bay area ramps up efforts to bring mass transit to the region, the Tampa City Council today hosted the CEO of Valley Metro Rail in Pheonix to discuss how that transit agency built a rail network.

Richard Simonetta provided a Power Point presentation to the Council, reviewing the chronology of referendums that were proposed back as far as 1989. It wasn’t until November 2004 that the area finally had a regional tax that kicked the project off. The first 20 miles of light rail ...

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Tampa City Council discusses agreement on sending reclaimed water to Polk County listen

04/24/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Tampa City Council voted today to approve the first step in a $180 million deal that would send reclaimed water to Polk County.

The plan would be to send the waste water from Tampa and Hillsborough County to reservoirs owned by Mosaic Fertilizer, where it would be sold to its customers, including Tampa Electric.

The Memorandum of Understanding was presented to the Council last week for approval, but was delayed until today, mainly because of concerns expressed by Councilwoman Mary M...

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Ambassador meets with homeless advocates listen

04/23/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Bernardo Álvarez Herrera, the ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States, will speak tonight at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. This morning Ambassador Álvarez met with homeless advocates in South St. Petersburg.

This week, the so-called “Bishop of the Poor,” Fernando Lugo, was elected President of Paraguay. Ambassador Álvarez said Lugo’s victory proves there is an “irreversible trend” in Latin America toward “much more responsible, socially or...

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Sharpe on rallying support for mass transit listen

04/23/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Will public transportation like light rail ever make its way to the Tampa Bay area?

Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe hopes so. The two-time countywide elected Republican visited WMNF last week to talk about his hopes improved transportation in the region.

WMNF asked him what it will take to stimulate the public into paying for the taxes that will be required to spring the best laid plans into action.

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Interview with Venezuelan Ambassador to U.S., Bernardo Álvarez Herrera

04/23/08 Seán Kinane
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Bernardo Álvarez Herrera is the Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States. He will speak tonight at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. The talk will begin at 7:30 pm in Fox Hall. For more information, call 727-864-7979. Ambassador Álvarez was in South St. Petersburg this morning to speak with homeless advocates at a new transitional house for homeless adults hosted by Living Water Community Ministries. WMNF’s Seán Kinane was there and began his interview with...

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USF students protest budget cut plan listen

04/22/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today at the University of South Florida Tampa campus, more than 200 students marched to stop what they fear will be the consolidation of small departments.

Students and faculty from Africana Studies, Women’s Studies and other departments ended their march by cramming into a breezeway of the Administration Building. There they asked heated questions for over an hour of Ralph Wilcox, who is USF’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

After a rally on the Martin Luth...

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Mark Sharpe on light rail - Part II listen

04/22/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio has been one of the leaders in the bay area in trying to stimulate interest in light rail, and now Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe is right behind her.

In the second part of his interview with the local Republican, WMNF’s Mitch Perry spoke to Sharpe about his own journey from being a skeptic to now being a convert in extolling the virtues of public transit.

Tune in tomorrow for the last part of this interview.

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House Committee passes health care bill listen

04/22/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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In Tallahassee, a plan to provide health insurance for children with autism and other development disabilities was passed by a committee in the state House.

A new program to increase insurance availability and other services for children with autism and other developmental disabilities passed through its first House committee . The plan would also expand to cover speech, behavioral and other therapies for children with developmental disabilities like autism, mental retardation and cerebr...

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Castor on helping Americans cope listen

04/22/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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In early February, Congress passed the $146 billion economic stimulus package bill, but 3 months later the stimulus hasn't yet happened. That’s because checks have yet to be sent out for taxpayers and seniors and veterans living on fixed incomes.

Some economists had pointed to an extension of unemployment benefits as a quicker way to stimulate the economy – as it would have gotten money into the marketplace almost immediately by allowing people to keep drawing unemployment for an ex...

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