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Crotzer closer to getting paid for false imprisonment listen

05/06/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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In Tallahasee today, final paperwork was prepared to finally pay Alan Crotzer $1.25 million for his wrongful imprisonment.

The St. Petersburg man spent 24½ years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Crotzer was released in January 2006, but the Legislature failed in previous attempts to provide financial compensation for his false incarceration.

The Tampa Tribune reports that Crotzer, who has been working for a nursery in Tallahassee, now plans to go back to school, and also pl...

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Evolution in everyday life

05/06/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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David Sloan Wilson, is an evolutionary biologist who teaches at Binghamton University in New York.

His books include Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin's Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives, (2007); Darwin's Cathedral: Evolution, Religion and the Nature of Society, (2002); and Unto Others: The Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behavior, with Elliott Sober, (1998).

Wilson also directs a program that applies evolutionary theory to different academic disciplines. ...

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Gelber recaps legislative session listen

05/06/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Political analysts say that perhaps Gov. Charlie Crist’s biggest victory in the legislative session that concluded on Friday was his plan to extend low-cost, limited health care benefits to Floridians who lack coverage.

WMNF’s Mitch Perry spoke yesterday to Florida House Minority leader Dan Gelber and asked him who this legislation will actually help.

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Dan Buetner on living longer - Part 2 listen

05/06/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Dan Buetner is the founder of Quest Network, which has created more than a dozen online, interactive global expeditions. His team’s work led to a 2005 National Geographic cover story “Secrets of Living Longer,” which was a finalist that year for the National Magazine Award.

In the second part of his interview with the author of The Blue Zone: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, WMNF asked Buetner about some 7th Day Adventists in Southern Californ...

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Colombian trade deal ratification sought listen

05/05/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A “free-trade” deal has been negotiated between the United States and Colombia, but it awaits Congressional approval. Last month, Democrats in Congress said they would indefinitely delay a vote on ratification.

Today in Tampa, the Colombian Ambassador to the U.S. joined Florida’s junior Sen. Mel Martinez and some members of the business community to urge Congress to quickly vote to ratify the Colombia Free Trade Agreement.

Colombian Ambassador Carolina Barco said that under Presi...

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Pinellas Living Green Expo

05/05/08 Jessica Glenza
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last weekend marked Pinellas County’s third annual Living Green Expo. Designed to raise public awareness about climate change and the availability of local green resources, the expo featured more than 100 exhibitors and vendors.

On Saturday the Living Green Expo hosted the signing of the Mayor’s Green City Action Accord, where 19 mayors gathered, committing to more sustainable practices. Pinellas County is officially the state’s first green county, and St. Petersburg is the state’...

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Workshop held on Tampa’s Comprehensive Plan listen

05/02/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This morning on the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus, city employees, USF researchers and others gathered to discuss ideas for Tampa’s future. The purpose was to identify research priorities relating to the city’s draft Comprehensive Plan, which will be finalized later this year.

Judi Jetson, director of the USF Collaborative for Children, Families & Communities, told WMNF about the purpose of the workshop she organized.

Cyndy Miller is Tampa’s director of growth mana...

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Democrats take voter registration lead in Pinellas listen

05/02/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In recent elections, the former GOP stronghold of Pinellas County has skewed more Democratic. And, at least as of today, they are now once again the dominant party there.

Pinellas County Democratic Executive Committee head Toni Molinaro said she had been speaking with the St. Pete Times all week on this development.

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Pinellas commissioner discusses light rail listen

05/02/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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As leadership in the Tampa Bay Area seems to be getting closer to putting together a package to bring light rail to the region, the community is looking at other cities for guidance.

Last week Richard Simonetta, chief executive officer of Valley Metro Rail, the transit authority in Pheonix, presented an overview to the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority (TBARTA).

Pinellas County Commission Chairman Ronnie Duncan serves as vice chair of TBARTA. He told WMNF this week that he tr...

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Tampa begins National Bike Month listen

05/02/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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May is National Bike Month, and to observe the occasion, more than three dozen cyclists rode into downtown Tampa on Friday.

With gasoline rising toward $4 a gallon, the incentive to ride a bike has never been greater. Just outside of Mayor Pam Iorio’s office, National Bike Month was noted, with dozens of cyclists being a part of the festivities.

One of those cyclists was Bob Glaser, chair of the Tampa Downtown Partnership. He referred to a local group responsible for the event, T...

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On race and reconciliation listen

05/01/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The racially divisive history of the United States, and more importantly, how the country can heal from centuries of violence and racism, were topics of discussion in St. Petersburg on Wednesday Evening. WMNF’s Seán Kinane reports on the final installment of Studio@620’s Roundtable on Social Justice Series, which addressed race and reconciliation.

During the recent controversy over excerpts of sermons by Barack Obama’s former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, some have said that th...

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Al-Arian ends hunger strike listen

05/01/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Former USF engineering professor Dr. Sami Al-Arian suspended his most recent hunger strike on Monday and has since been moved from solitary confinement to the general population of the Hampton Roads Regional Jail in Portsmouth, Virginia.

Al-Arian has been in jail for more than five years; he completed his sentence last month yet he remains in jail awaiting the deportation called for in his plea agreement, said Mel Underbakke, who is with Friends of Human Rights.

Al-Arian ended his hung...

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Legislature plans cuts to children's services

05/01/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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According to the Florida Coalition for Children, a Tallahassee-based advocacy group, the state Legislature will cut services to children by $18.9-million below last year's levels, and will slash $30.3-million more that's needed to pay for a growing number of adoptions and youths too old to stay in foster care.

Last year in Florida more than 3,000 foster children were adopted, up from 1,500 in just the past three years. The new budget would cut subsidies to adoptive parents by $3.8-million....

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St. Pete moves forward on plan for the Trop listen

05/01/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The St. Petersburg City Council voted today to authorize negotiations with two developers to re-develop Tropicana Field to pay for the proposed waterfront ballpark for the Tampa Bay Ray.

Councilman Herb Polson was the only board member to dissent.

As the council continues to gather information about putting up a possible ballot measure on the proposed park, opponents have questioned if contaminated soil below the site of Tropicana Field exists, and if that means the taxpayers could be f...

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Tampa officials unhappy with Hillsborough County listen

05/01/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tensions between the city of Tampa and Hillsborough County are increasing regarding a move to have Hillsborough firefighters provide emergency medical services at Raymond James Stadium.

On Monday, the Tampa Sports Authority voted 6-5 to allow county paramedics to move in on what previously has been the domain of Tampa EMS workers.

City Attorney David Smith said Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio is not happy with that vote. Smith said the city may sue if the Hillsborough County goes through with th...

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