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Amendment 2 supporters rally in Tampa listen

04/17/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This afternoon a group supporting the amendment that would define marriage as the union between one man and one woman in Florida’s Constitution held a press conference to announce their new name, strategy and website. It was one of several similar coordinated events around the state to promote Amendment 2, which will be on this November’s ballot.

Terry Kemple, president and founder of the Community Issues Council, announced the new slogan and website for the campaign to enshrine a ban...

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Campaign finance proposal is dead listen

04/17/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A plan floated by Tampa City Councilman John Dingfelder to bring campaign finance reform to Tampa City clections died today.

The idea was one Dingfelder had discussed for a full year, ever since he ended up being involved in the most expensive race in city history.

The councilman had formed a committee in recent months to come up with a plan that would ban corporate and PAC donations, reduce the individual contribution from the current $500 to $200 and create more transparency of campai...

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A look at the newspaper industry - Part I listen

04/17/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Another film festival is taking place this weekend in Tampa. Among the films being screened at the the Ybor Festival of the Moving Image is a documentary examing the fragile condition of the American newspaper industry. It’s called, Stop the Presses: The American Newspaper in Peril, and is co-directed and produced by Tampa native Manny Mendoza.

The film will be shown Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday at the Hillsborough Community College Performing Arts Building in Ybor ...

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Blogger: Debate didn't give Pa. voters answers listen

04/17/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In the aftermath of last night's presidential debate, several media critics have bashed ABC News and moderators Charles Gibson and George Stephanopolous.

In the Guardian of London, reporter Niall Stanage’s column was entitlted, The Dumbest Debate in America?, and he lambasted the questions as being "superficial and disingenuous."

David Brooks of the New York Times blogged last night that he understood the complaints, but thought the questions were excellent. “The journa...

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Panel meets to discuss Hillsbourough jail listen

04/16/08 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The independent review commission of the Hillsborough County Jails met last night across from the Falkenberg Road Jail in Tampa.

Col. David Parrish stood before the Review Committee and spoke about the new Standard Operating Procedures for handling inmates, things such as new inmate medical and mental health screenings and more thorough tests for drugs and alcohol, wheelchair accessible inmate transportation.

Not surprisingly, much of the focus of the new procedures was on how to deal ...

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World War II veterans speak at USF listen

04/16/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today four World War II veterans shared their war stories with students in a special topics class at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus.

Gary Mormino is co-director of the Florida Studies Program at USF and the professor of the class that invited the four World War II veterans.

William Emerson, wore a flight jacket and told the students about his reaction to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

Eugene Williams was born in St. Petersburg in 1924 and was a ...

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Interview with historian Howard Zinn

04/16/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Our guest for this segment is Howard Zinn, groundbreaking historian, author of the seminal A People’s History of American Empire and one of the most prominent progressive voices of the last 50 years.

Howard Zinn is releasing the latest incarnation of his landmark book as illustrated in vibrant comic form by Mike Konopacki and edited by Paul Buhle. His original book has become a bestseller and a standard text in many college and high school history courses. That book is now being made ...

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Campaign finance reform proposed in Tampa

04/16/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Today we'll discuss a proposal to enact campaign finance reform in city of Tampa elections. The idea is the brainchild of two-term City Councilman John Dingfelder. He wants to bar corporate and PAC donations, reduce the individual contribution from the current $500 to $200, and create more transparency of campaign contributions.

Joining Councilman Dingfelder were Tampa neighborhood activists John Jones, Susan Long and Pat Kemp.

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Hillsborough Commission wants survey on ELAPP listen

04/16/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners today said they support a survey being taken to determine where the community stands on continuing a program to buy environmentally valuable lands.

There had been concerns that they did not – or at least not County Administrator Pat Bean – but she denied that was the case today.

But Bean had told the Tampa Tribune that at a time when people are struggling to put food on the table and pay their property taxes, “do we ask them for more money to ke...

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Workers picket Verizon in Tampa listen

04/16/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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For the second time in as many weeks, this morning about a dozen Verizon workers picketed in front of their office building in downtown Tampa.

These workers aren’t asking for higher wages, or better health care benefits. But they are unhappy. They say management is not allowing them to do their jobs. But management says selling is part of their jobs.

Bobby Jones is an equipment technician for Verizon. Jones says Verizon has applied some pressure to customer service representatives ...

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Homeless court discussed at Stetson Law listen

04/15/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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This afternoon at the Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, the co-founder of the country’s first Homeless Court addressed students about how they can help their communities after graduation.

Steve Binder is a deputy public defender in San Diego. He said Homeless Court is a special session of the superior court in San Diego that is held at local homeless shelters. Local advocates are considering instituting a Homeless Court in Pinellas County.

George Bolden is the grants and ...

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Crist signs Brings Your Guns To Work bill listen

04/15/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Gov. Charlie Crist has signed a bill into law that allows Florida residents to keep guns locked in their cars at work.

The bill says businesses cannot prohibit employees or customers from keeping a legally owned gun locked inside their cars, as long as the owner has a permit to carry a concealed weapon. However, soome sites such as schools, prisons, nuclear power plants, military facilities and buildings that store explosives would still be off limits.

Adam Babbington, director of Coali...

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Push on for Instant Runoff voting in Sarasota County listen

04/15/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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In November, Sarasota became the first city in Florida to approve an Instant Runoff voting system. An overwhelming 78 percent voted for the different style of voting, which is being adopted by more communities in the U.S. Now those same grassroots organizers are trying to get the entire county of Sarasota to adopt the procedure.

Anthony Lorenzo is with the Coalition for Instant Runoff Voting, the activist group that spearheaded the effort in 2007.

For more information, visit [CIRV.org]...

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Supporters seek release of Al-Arian listen

04/15/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Supporters of former USF professor Sami Al-Arian today demanded that the U.S. government release him from custody and then deport him.

Friday was the scheduled release date for Al-Arian on the single count that pled guilty to in his federal terrorism trial in 2005. That’s when he was moved from a federal jail in Warsaw, Virginia, to an immigration facility in Howard County, Maryland.

Ramzy Kilic is the civil rights coordinator for the Tampa office of the Council on American Islamic R...

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Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council meets listen

04/14/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council met today in Pinellas Park to discuss regional transit and what future development might look like in the Tampa Bay Area.

The Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council’s mission is to provide “a forum to foster communication, coordination and collaboration in identifying and addressing issues and needs regionally” among the 43 jurisdictions in Manatee, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties.

Deborah Kynes is a Dunedin City Commissioner and th...

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