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African-American life forum held in Tampa listen

04/09/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The University of South Florida’s Institute on Black Life held its Spring Symposium today at Beulah Baptist Institutional Church in Tampa. The theme was “Memory, Culture, and Community: African-American Life in Tampa.”

After Sala Senoka Zake, a student at Williams Middle Magnet School, sang the black national anthem Lift Every Voice and Sing, members of the community presented histories of religious institutions, historically black communities and landmarks.

Herman Monroe is t...

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Abortion rights groups vow to stop ultrasounds bill listen

04/09/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Yesterday in Tallahassse, the Senate Health Regulation Committee approved legislation requiring ultrasounds prior to an abortion in the first trimester of a woman’s pregnancy. A similar bill passed in the House last week on a 70-45 vote, led by Tampa Republican Trey Traviesa.

The Senate bill is being sponsored by Winter Park Republican Daniel Webster. “What’s the difference between the last six months and the first three? It’s just a matter of where that fetus in the development i...

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Interview with civil rights activist Bernard Lafayette

04/08/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Civil rights activist Dr. Bernard LaFayette is a national authority on nonviolence education and veteran civil rights activist. Dr. LaFayette earned his B.A. from the American Baptist Theological Seminary and his Ed.M and Ed.D. from Harvard University. He has served on the faculties of many colleges and universities including Alabama State University, where he was dean of the graduate school.

An ordained minister, Dr. LaFayette is pastor emeritus of the Progressive Baptist Church in Nashv...

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FAST assembly addresses citizen's concerns listen

04/08/08 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Faith and Action for Strength Together (FAST) is a Pinellas County faith-based orginization that works toward community justice.

FAST held its annual Nehemiah Action Assembly in Largo last night, where local community leaders, members of law enforcement and local government officials were invited to answer questions about issues that FAST members feel should be addressed.

The topics included education, affordable housing and crime. Members of FAST asked a series of yes-or-no questions t...

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Lowes receives change for Tarpon Springs store listen

04/08/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Pinellas County Commissioners today disregarded the recommendations of their staff and the staff of the Pinellas Planning Council (PPC) by unanimously approving a change in the county’s land use plan.

The amendment will allow construction of a Lowe’s big box hardware store on property previously zoned for industry on U.S. 19 in Tarpon Springs. Lowe’s will be required to spend about $4-million on traffic changes on the site.

David Healy, executive director of the PPC, told Commissi...

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Democratic surrogates mix it up in Tampa listen

04/08/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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It’s two more weeks before Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton compete in another primary, but today in Tampa, surrogates for the candidates battled it out among fellow Democrats.

Frank Sanchez was named just last week as the National Latino Fundraiser for the Barack Obama campaign. Speaking at the Democratic Professionals Council luncheon, Sanchez was asked how long did he thought the campaign would continue.

Representing the Hillary Clinton campaign was Alan Clendenin, who is a pledged...

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Tampa's green events calendar

04/07/08
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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On today's program we talked about some of Tampa Bay's upcoming events. Our guest included Professor Maya Trotz USF Civil and Enviromental Engineering, Sharon Hanna-West USF's College of Business. They talked about the Sustain-A-Bull events at USF. Also we talked about the ECO lution events and the Tampa Charrette with Taryn Sabia and Christoper Vela local Architects.

For more information, visit www.urbancharrette.org or www.goinggreentampabay.com.

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HART deals with financial struggles listen

04/07/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Board of Directors of the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) met this morning in the County Center in downtown Tampa. The board is faced with how to deal with cuts to both local and federal transit budgets.

David Persaud, HART’s chief financial officer, assessed the current financial climate heading into the 2009 fiscal year.

Persaud said that the 2010 deficits might be made up through reduced services or opportunities for federal grants. Jeff Boothe, with the law...

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Vote on keeping mentally ill out of prisons listen

04/07/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tomorrow in Tallahassee, in the House Healthcare Council, lawmakers will vote on the Community Mental Health/Substance Abuse Treatment and Crime Reduction Act, also known as the Supreme Court Plan. That’s because a report produced by six retired justices of the Florida Supreme Court last fall called for legislators to fund an $8 million diversion program that would keep the chronically mentally ill out of the criminal justice system and get them the treatment they need.

With the budget ...

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Susan Jacoby interview - Part 2 listen

04/07/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Susan Jacoby’s new book, The Age of American Unreason, is her attack on an America that is losing its intellectual standards. In its tone, it could be considered one of a series of books written over the years by academics who mourn the country’s basic lack of knowledge slipping every year.

It’s the type of book that both liberals and conservatives have written in the past. In fact, as Jacoby writes, seemingly it’s one place where those on all ideological stripes can come toget...

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Journalist: GOP hypocritical about McCain listen

04/07/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Some prominent conservatives who bashed John McCain before he became the nominee for president for the Republican Party have now embraced him.

According to Nation magazine contributor Rick Perlstein, some of the GOP’s hypocrisy on McCain is indicative that what represents true conservatism these days is more of attitude, an affect, than a true philosophy.

Perlstein is a senior fellow at the Campaign For America’s Future and the author of *Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and th...

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Debate on Amendment Two at Suncoast Tiger Bay Club

04/04/08 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Honda Grand Prix in St. Petersburg wasn't the only race going on, the race for Amendment Two was the topic of discussion at today’s Suncoast Tiger Bay Club meeting at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.

Amendment Two is looking to gain votes in order to ban gay marriage in the state of Florida. Debating the amendment was Nadine Smith of Equality Florida and Chair of Fairness for all families, a coalition of more than 200 groups against the amendment.

Defending the amendment was John St...

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A first in Tampa: 'Green' building listen

04/04/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tampa finally has its first green building that will achieve LEED certification. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is the sustainable building accreditation standard.

The building opened Monday on West Kennedy Boulevard and is the new home of the marketing company Walker Brands.

Nancy Walker, owner and president of Walker Brands, said one of her favorite sustainable design elements of the building is the recycled content, especially the pine floor.

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Critic of U.S. reasoning has best seller listen

04/04/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Susan Jacoby is the author of the best seller, The Age of American Unreason.

Combining historical analysis with contemporary observation, Jacoby dissects a new American phenomenon, the anti-rationalist landscape extending from pop culture to what she terms "junk thought."

In the first of a multi part interview, we spoke with Susan Jacoby earlier this week, and kidded her about the irony of her book, in which she ridicules American thought.

Stay tuned to the Evening News next week ...

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Housekeepers march for basic rights listen

04/04/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This afternoon elected officials joined housekeepers in picketing a West Palm Beach hospital, demanding the right to a living wage, affordable healthcare and better working conditions.

The demonstration was held in front of St. Mary’s Medical Center, but the protest was aimed at Medi-Dyn, a hospital housekeeping contract managerial service.

Monica Russo, president of the Service Employees International Union Healthcare Florida, said today’s protest was intentionally held on the 40th...

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