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Heads could roll over Ethics in Education Act

06/30/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Florida’s new Ethics in Education Act goes into effect tomorrow and it may force school districts to fire longtime employees. The law requires school districts to check the criminal records of teachers and other employees who are in contact with students. Employees who have been convicted of a felony in certain crimes may be disqualified for employment under the law.

The Ethics in Education Act was co-sponsored by panhandle Republican Sen. Don Gaetz. Gaetz is a member of the Senate's Edu...

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Al-Arian arraigned on contempt charge listen

06/30/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Former University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian was formally arraigned today in federal court in the Eastern District of Virginia. Thursday Al-Arian was charged with two counts of contempt of court, stemming from his refusal to testify before a Virginia grand jury.

Al-Arian’s daughter, freelance journalist Laila Al-Arian, was at Monday’s arraignment in Alexandria, and said the judge is considering releasing Dr. Al-Arian on bond while he is awaiting trial on contempt charges....

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Swiftboat vet for McCain attacks Wesley Clark

06/30/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday

Barack Obama's campaign today said it rejected a comment made by Gen. Wesley Clark about John McCain yesterday on CBS’s Face the Nation.

Today, the McCain campaign launched a "Truth Squad" - a group of political and Vietnam contemporaries who will counter attacks on the senator's military record.

Col. Bud Day was a prisoner of war with John McCain, who was part of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth squad that that attacked Sen. John Kerry's own Vietnam record four years ago. WMNF...

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GOP power broker Ralph Hughes dies

06/30/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Ralph Hughes, One of the most influential power brokers in Hillsborough County politics in recent times, has died at the age of 77.

The owner of concrete and construction material manufacturers, Hughes was, in the words former County Commissioner Joe Chillura, “the father of conservatism in Hillsborough County."

A year and a half ago, Creative Loafing said Hughes helped raise more than $23,000 for local politicians in 2006, the third most of any company or individual in local cam...

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Bi-partisan coalition fights internet poker bill listen

06/30/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On the last day that Congress convened before recessing for the 2006 elections, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act was passed in the House and Senate.

Sponsored In the Senate by former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, the somewhat confusing legislation forces banks and credit card companies to block electronic transactions to internet gambling businesses.

After the bill passed the Senate, Frist said “For me as majority leader, the bottom line is simple: Internet gamblin...

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Sustainable Living: Biofuels

06/30/08
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Our guests were Ed Reynolds, a local bio-diesel home-brew specialist, and Lyle Estill, author of Small is Possible and founder of Piedmont Biofuels Co-op in North Carolina. Both guests were on the entire program. Lyle stressed the importance of the sustainble aspects of small operations like his, and living in a local sustainable oriented community.

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Community activists meet in St. Petersburg

06/27/08 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday

Make Art Not War is a group of local artists and activists dedicated to working together to build bridges among the community. Last night, they held a free concert at Cafe Bohemia in St. Petersburg.

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Dee Layne, candidate for County Commission

06/27/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday

Friday was the deadline for candidates to qualify to be on the ballot for this fall’s elections. Denise Layne is a Democratic candidate running for Hillsborough County Commission, District 6, the seat currently held by Republican Brian Blair.

WMNF asked Layne why she is running. She faces two democrats, Kevin Beckner and Joe Redner, in the primary election. The winner will face either incumbent Brian Blair or his Republican primary opponent, Don Kruse.

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Excerpt of Naomi Klein interview

06/27/08 Mary Glenny
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday

Naomi Klein is an activist and author; her most recent book is titled The Shock Doctrine, The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.

WMNF Women’s Show host Mary Glenny spoke with Klein today. You can hear this interview in its entirety tomorrow morning on the Women’s Show, beginning at 10 a.m.

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Naomi Klein responds to Al-Arian indictment

06/27/08 Mary Glenny
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday

Naomi Klein is an activist and author; her most recent book is titled The Shock Doctrine, The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.

WMNF Women’s Show host Mary Glenny spoke with Klein today and asked for her reaction to the latest indictment of Dr. Sami Al-Arian.

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Al-Arian indicted on contempt charge listen

06/27/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday

Former USF professor Dr. Sami Al-Arian, who has completed his sentence and was awaiting deportation, was indicted Thursday on two counts of contempt of court in the Eastern District of Virginia.

Dr. Al-Arian was tried in Tampa in 2005 and found not guilty of eight charges.

Al-Arian signed a plea agreement in 2006 under government threats of a second trial. He pled guilty to one count of assisting associates of a terrorist group with nonviolent activities. His sentence was supposed to ...

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Pinellas indian mound restored listen

06/27/08 Doris Norrito
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday

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Thanks to community action and University of South Florida archaeologists and anthropology students, a state treasure built by some of Pinellas County’s earliest residents, the Tocobaga Indians, is being assured of its legacy.

The Pinellas Mound is an ancient Native American temple mound built over a thousand years ago. This morning community leaders, archaeologists and anthropology students, neighbors and friends took the final step in protecting the site by planting native Florida pla...

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Civil liberties advocate Sid Goetz dies at 94 listen

06/26/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Sid Goetz, a former president of the South Pinellas County Chapter of Americans United For Separation of Church and State, died Monday at age 94.

Goetz had enjoyed a successful career as an attorney in Long Island, New York before retiring to Florida in 1981. He taught at Stetson Law School and St. Petersburg Juinor College, and was active in various civil liberties organizations in Pinellas County. In 1993, he helped found the Thomas Jefferson Society.

Ray Arsenault, a history professo...

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Key Clinton supporter backs McCain listen

06/26/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are meeting right now at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington D.C., along with some of Clinton’s biggest fundraisers.

It’s part of the reunifying of the Democratic Party – and in particular – the Obama and Clinton camps.

The St. Petersburg Times reported today that among those Clinton fundraisers that will meet with Obama tonight include Tampa’s Ana Cruz, one of the Clinton campaign’s biggest advocates in the region.

Cruz told the Times ...

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Schwarzenneger speaks at Climate Conference listen

06/26/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenneger was the keynote speaker at Florida Gov. Charlie Crist’s second annual Summit on Global Climate Change in Miami today.

The two coastal governors have thrilled environmentalists nationally by taking the lead on global warming while critics say the current administration has done little.

Schwarzenneger talked about being serious about working to eliminate the country’s addiction to foreign oil, which he said including rethinking nuclear power.

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