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Florida Chamber of Commerce honors legislators listen

06/26/08 Concetta DeLuco and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Florida Chamber of Commerce gathered at the Pepin Hospitality Centre in East Tampa today to discuss victories during the 2008 Legislative session and issues the Chamber will focus on during the upcoming elections.

Brad Swanson is the West Central regional advocate for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. He said pro-business groups need to go “on the offensive” to counter other activist groups who have become well-organized and well-funded.

“It is a war that we’re engaged in cur...

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Tampa gives final approval for Joe microbrewery listen

06/26/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Over continuing objections from several members of the community, the Tampa City Council today gave final approval today for a brewpub owned by entrepreneur Joe Redner.

Redner’s microbrewery will open in the same building that he manages his businesses in West Tampa. Redner says his intention is to have beer tastings every Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. and to sell package beer to go throughout the week.

But several members of the predominantly black neighborhood continued to urge the Coun...

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More on "The Art of Watching and Being Watched" listen

06/26/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Paul Woodruff is a professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, and the author of The Necessity of Theater: The Art of Watching and Being Watched, where he argues that theater is essential to the development of healthy individuals and healthy societies.

In the second part of an interview conducted last week, WMNF asked Woodruff about playwright Bertolt Brecht. Woodruff writes that Brecht wrote his plays to provoke, and not to obstruct critical thought. Woodruff writes t...

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Rays' ballpark plan benched listen

06/25/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Tampa Bay Rays this afternoon withdrew a proposal to build a new ballpark on the waterfront this year.

The St. Petersburg City Council has been holding meetings for months in trying to understand the issue. They had to decide by Aug. 7 whether to put a measure on the November ballot to allow citizens decide whether they wanted the park.

The announcement was made this afternoon by team President Matt Silverman. Silverman did not say when the Rays will ask for another stadium, or whe...

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Business alliance asserts its independence listen

06/25/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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This morning at Hyde Park’s Mise en Place restaurant, the Tampa Downtown Partnership hosted a panel discussion focusing on the city’s independent businesses. All four panelists are members of the Tampa Independent Business Alliance (TIBA).

Carla Jimenez owns Inkwood Books and is on the board of TIBA; she is also on the national board of the American Independent Business Alliance. Jimenez said shopping at locally-owned businesses keeps money in the community. “When you spend a dollar ...

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Bi-partisan group calls for torture ban listen

06/25/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today a bi-partisan group of former national security and defense officials and religious leaders released a statement calling on President Bush to issue an executive order to ban torture.

Gen. Paul Kern, who led the internal Army investigation of abuses at Abu Ghraib, says that in his near 40 year Army career he always followed the Geneva Convention and taught soldiers to do likewise. He’s disappointed that the U.S. has lost its way in recent years.

Alberto Mora was the General Coun...

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Tampa budget workshop – fewer cuts in 2009 than last year listen

06/24/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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This morning the Tampa City Council held their second workshop on the city’s fiscal year 2009 budget. They received proposed budgets from several departments, including Police, Fire, Neighborhood Services, and Growth Management. Tampa’s Police Chief Steve Hogue said his department would need 132 million dollars next year and would slightly reduce personnel to 1318 employees. “I have submitted a reduction of about 16 positions this year.”

Hogue said fuel costs are leading Tampa’s ...

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Firefighters boycott Clearwater listen

06/23/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This month the Florida Professional Firefighters association voted to boycott the City of Clearwater for what Clearwater firefighters are calling “unethical and illegal treatment.”

Firefighters from Clearwater have set up a website called Save Clearwater Fire to publicize their reasons for boycotting the city. John Lee is president of Clearwater Firefighters local 1158.

“Well, we’re just asking our union members statewide to boycott the city of Clearwater due to the unfair treat...

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Uhurus hold conference on economic development

06/23/08 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Yesterday in St. Petersburg, the Uhurus met in St. Petersburg to talk about the city’s economic development plans and the Rays ballpark proposal.

The Uhuru Movement in St. Petersburg is a group dedicated to the unity of Africans internationally. They met yesterday at the Uhuru House in South St. Petersburg, where they hosted a conference about the economic development projects in St. Petersburg, the primary one being the construction of a new waterfront stadium.

Local business owners...

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Vic DiMaio on Obama's chances in Florida listen

06/20/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday

Earlier this year, DiMaio sued the Democratic National Committee for stripping the state of its delegates to its National Convention.

Although he insisted he was neutral in the Democratic Primary, it was mainly Hillary Clinton supporters who seized on the delegate problem, and insisted that that the DNC recognize all of Florida’s delegates.

Last month, the DNC’s Rules and By-Laws Committee settled for a compromise, restoring all of the delegates, but giving them only half a vote, wh...

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Reaction to Obama's rejection of public financing listen

06/20/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Barack Obama was attacked in many of the nation’s newspapers today for his apparent flip-flop on the issue of receiving public funding for his general election campaign.

Yesterday Obama announced that he will become the first presidential nominee not to accept public financing for the general election – which is expected to cost around $84 million beginning the day he receives the nomination, Aug. 28.

As the Obama campaign today hit back at John McCain for his alleged flip-flopping,...

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Crop workers more susceptible to heat death listen

06/20/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the chances of dying due to extreme heat are greatest in this country if you are a crop worker.

Last month, an undocumented Mexican immigrant, 17-year-old Maria Isabel Vasquez Jimenez, collapsed and died while pruning grave vines in 100 degree heat. Her death led more than 500 farmworkers and their advocates to protest in California’s state capital, demanding safer conditions on thousands of vineyards and orchards.

Dawn Castillo, with the ...

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Author speaks on "The Necessity of Theatre" listen

06/20/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Paul Woodruff is a professor of Philosophy and Classics at the University of Texas at Austin. He’s just written a book called, The Necessity of Theatre: The Art of Watching and Being Watched.

In the book, he writes that he wants to demonstrate that theatre is not a dying art form.

WMNF spoke with him earlier this week. We’ll hear more from him on next week’s Evening News.

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World Refugee Day celebrated at USF listen

06/20/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today is United Nations World Refugee Day 2008. WMNF reports from two celebrations of refugees at the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus.

USF’s African Students Association (ASA) was one of the student groups that organized a session in the Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza around lunchtime. In addition to speakers and tables with information about refugees, several ASA members set up a makeshift refugee camp with carpets to sit on and swept it using a handmade broom.

Another st...

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Tiger Bay Debate on Whether Hillsborough should have elected county mayor listen

06/20/08 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today the Hillsborough League of Women voters and the Hillsborough tiger bay club held a debate in Tampa. Former county commissioner Jan Platt and former state representative Mary Figg spoke to those in attendance about the charter on the ballot to alter how county government is conducted. The amendments, if passed would create an elected county mayor, whereas now the Hillsborough county commission appoints a county administrator. Figg, a proponent of the amendments, says these changes are n...
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