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Einstein bio looks at origins, evolution of a genius

05/27/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Coming up is an interview with the author of a new biography of Albert Einstein, the first since all of his private papers became public. But first, some listener comments about last Thursday’s program on which we talked about high gasoline prices.

A century ago Albert Einstein, while working a government patent office in Switzerland, released several scientific papers that set the groundwork for photoelectric cells, television, nuclear power and lasers, space travel and semiconductors. ...

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Solar battery project unveiled in St. Petersburg listen

05/27/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Solar power is one of the most cost-effective and least polluting forms of energy generation. But critics of solar say it will not provide a considerable proportion of the nation’s energy because it is an intermittent source of energy.

Today at USF St. Petersburg, Progress Energy unveiled two prototypes of what they call SEEDS – Sustainable Electric Energy Delivery System – that will store electricity generated from photovoltaic (PV) solar panels until it is needed.

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Stadium Proposal Gets Public Hearing listen

05/23/08 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last night at the St. Petersburg City Hall, the St. Pete City Council held a public discussion forum to discuss the new Rays stadium proposal.

With about six hundred people in attendance, the City Council heard the opinions of residents both for and against the construction of a new stadium.

The number of people who voiced their opposition to the new stadium out-numbered those who supported it two-to-one.

Earlier in the day, the City Council met with Rays representatives and execu...

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TBARTA board meeting listen

05/23/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority, or TBARTA, held their monthly board meeting this morning in Tampa. They heard presentations about how changing demographics will change transit needs in the future and saw results of a survey of residents in the seven counties in the region.

John Fregonese is a planning consultant based in Portland Oregon who briefed the TBARTA board on how the region’s future transit needs could be affected by a population that is getting older and has smal...

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Court date set for DNC lawsuit listen

05/23/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A day after a new lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee was filed for its refusal to recognize Florida’s delegates, a court date was set for the first legal action taken against the national party.

Tampa political consultant Vic DiMaio sued shortly after the DNC announced last August it would penalize the state Democratic Party for moving the Florida primary date. The suit was originally dismissed by a Tampa court, but was heard by a U.S. appellate court in March. Today DiMai...

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Iorio discusses Obama endorsement listen

05/23/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Before Sen. Barack Obama took the stage at his campaign rally in Tampa on Wednesday, the host city’s mayor, Pam Iorio, announced her endorsement of Obama for president.

Today, WMNF’s Seán Kinane spoke with Iorio about her endorsement and why it came this week.

“[I’ll] certainly make sure he knows what Tampa’s needs are and how the federal government can be of help,” Iorio said.

Photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF

[WMNF coverage of Barack Obama rally](http://www.wmnf.org/news_s...

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'Eyes Wide Open' anti-war exhibit listen

05/23/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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During this Memorial Weekend, the anti-war exhibit, “Eyes Wide Open,” will be on display at Largo’s Central Park.

Sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee, better known as the Quakers, the exhibit consists of thousands of pairs of shoes, lined up in rows, representing all of the servicemen and women killed in Iraq.

The exhibit will be on display throughout the Memorial Day weekend from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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St Pete City Council examines stadium proposal listen

05/22/08 Seán Kinane and Joyce Newnam
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday

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The St. Pete City Council held a workshop this afternoon to discuss the proposed financing plan for the construction of a new waterfront stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays and the re-development of their current home.

In their financing plan unveiled last week, the Rays contend that the existing debt that is owed on Tropicana Field would be covered by the sale of the property to either of the two developers who have submitted proposals to purchase and redevelop the property.

Joe Zeoli, man...

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Geller on why he's suing the DNC listen

05/22/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Senate Democratic Leader Steve Geller today announced that he has filed suit in federal court to force the national Democratic Party to recognize the votes cast by 1.75 million Floridians during the Jan. 29 presidential primary and seat the state’s delegation with full voting authority.

Geller is an uncommitted “super delegate.” There are two other plaintiffs, a Barack Obama delegate and a Hillary Clinton delegate.

The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for ...

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Clinton not willing to compromise on Florida delegates listen

05/22/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A day after Hillary Clinton reiterated her call for having all of the delegates count in Florida, comparing it to the fight to free the slaves and the current situation in Zimbabwe, her campaign kept the pressure up on a conference call with political reporters.

The Clinton campaign today argued that their candidate would be better in a head to head match up against John McCain in the fall, using new polls released today by Quinnipiac University that show Clinton beating McCain in three cr...

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City Council addresses parking in SoHo listen

05/22/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The most popular destination spot for partying in Tampa is along South Howard Avenue in what is called the “SoHo” district. But its popularity is creating major parking problems in the area for residents and businesses.

At a workshop held at the Tampa City Council today, Council members weighed options on what to do to help out residents who consider the explosion of cars parked in their neighborhood, especially on weekend nights, to be a detriment to the community.

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Neighbors Battle High Voltage Line

05/22/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Our guests during this segment, Susan Watson and Joy Ingram, live in the Seffner area of east Hillsborough County. They are battling plans by Tampa Electric to build a high voltage power line (the Willow Oak Wheeler davis line) through what they say is a pristine forest/wetland area.

The site is the home to at least one nesting pair of bald eagles. An administrative law judge has already ruled in favor of the utility company. The next step in the process is the Governor and cabinet must a...

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Pension Crisis in US listen

05/22/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In his new book, While America Aged, best selling journalist Roger Lowenstein explores how and why corporations and governments made ruinous pension and health care promises to American workers. Those promises are now coming due, and they threaten to hit the U.S. like a tsunami.

WMNF spoke with Lowenstein, who also writes for the NY Times Magazine, earlier this week. We began by asking him about The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, or PBCG, a federal agency created to defend the ...

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Fitzgerald Town Hall listen

05/21/08 Virginia Hoffman
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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State Rep. Keith Fitzgerald for Legislative District 69 spoke to constituents at a Post-Session Town Hall Meeting last night.

Fitzgerald started his Town Hall with a happy tone due to excitement over a face to face meeting with presidential candidate Barack Obama. As the subject changed to the Post-Session theme, he became serious. Claiming the downturn in Florida is not just because of the economy but because of poor revenue policies in general. He is disappointed and angry that the Legis...

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Iorio endorses Obama at rally in Tampa listen

05/21/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Sen. Barack Obama claimed a major milestone with his win Tuesday in Oregon, wrapping up a majority of the Democratic Party’s pledged delegates. WMNF’s Seán Kinane reports from a crowded Obama rally at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa that kicks off a three-day Florida tour.

During his first campaign stop since last fall in the country’s largest swing state, Obama all but claimed victory and the Democratic Party’s nomination for president.

Before he took the stage, Obama was ...

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