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Prosecutor: Try Bush on murder charges

06/17/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good Afternoon, Welcome to Radioactivity. Today marks the 36th anniversary of the Watergate break-in at Democratic Party offices in Washington. The crime and the subsequent coverup by members of the Nixon administration led to the resignation of the president two years later.

Some are wondering about the conduct of the Bush administration – which led our country into an invasion of Iraq- whether the administration was truthful in leading the country into a costly war, and whether the ad...

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Nelson vs. Crist on offshore drilling listen

06/17/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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John McCain tonight announced he wants to lift the federal moratorium on offshore drilling and allow individual states to decide whether to allow oil and gas exploration.

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson is among the Democrats denouncing McCain.

McCain’s announcement comes as gas prices are at an all time, leading a majority in a new poll to agree with such a plan. But Nelson took issue with the way the question was asked.

That new poll is a Rasmussen survey released today that showed 67 p...

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TBARTA hosted by Hillsborough County listen

06/16/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) board members have been visiting each of the seven counties in the region to learn about local growth, financial, and transportation concerns. This morning they were in Hillsborough County to meet with city and county leaders at the County Center in downtown Tampa.

Last week, some members of TBARTA traveled to the cities of Charlotte, Dallas and Denver to see how those communities have created their successful mass transit systems. ...

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McCain won't back ban on offshore drilling listen

06/16/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Sen. John McCain today said he will urge lifting the two-decade-old federal moratorium on gas and oil exploration that covers most of the U.S. coast and let states decide whether to allow drilling. That opinion is a reversal for McCain, who has supported the federal ban in the past.

Speaking to reporters in Alexandria, VA, McCain said the U.S. must embark on a national mission to reduce its dependence on foreign oil.

Holly Binns, field director for Environment Florida, calls off-shore ...

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NBC criticized on Tim Russert coverage listen

06/16/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A public wake for former NBC newsman Tim Russert will take place tomorrow afternoon at St. Albans School in Washington, with a private funeral mass and burial scheduled for Wednesday morning. A private memorial service, to be televised live on MSNBC, will be held Wednesday afternoon at the Kennedy Center in Washington.

All of the nation’s Sunday morning news programs mentioned the death of Russert, who died Friday afternoon of a heart attack.

MSNBC went all night long on Friday in cov...

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Thurston Clarke on RFK - Part 3 listen

06/16/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday

In his oratory, Barack Obama has drawn comparisons to Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy.

And the recently concluded Democratic primaries in some ways compare to Kennedy’s 1968 run, now documented in the book, The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days that Inspired America, written by journalist Thurston Clarke.

Much has been made about the demographics of Obama’s support this year: blacks, young people and college educated people. Opponent Hilla...

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Residents protest contaminated Lockheed Martin site

06/13/08 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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It has been more than 10 years since Lockheed Martin discovered a soil and groundwater contamination in the small town of Tallevast, located between Sarasota and Bradenton in Manatee County. But residents of Tallevast were not aware the contamination even existed until just three years ago. They gathered to protest as Lockheed held a public meeting on how the company plans to clean up the site.

Last night Lockheed held a meeting on the site of the contamination, to inform the public how th...

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Brian Moore – Socialist Party USA Presidential Candidate listen

06/13/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last fall, while the presidential hopefuls from the two major parties were gearing up for a season of primary elections, the Socialist Party USA chose Brian Moore as its 2008 presidential nominee.

Moore of Spring Hill, FL, beat out four other Socialist Party USA candidates on the third ballot at the national convention in St. Louis last October. But unlike Democrats and Republicans, the elected nominee from the Socialist Party USA, one of several socialist parties in the country, does not...

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New study looks at work environment listen

06/13/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Ellen Galinsky is the founder of Families and Work Institute and lead author of a new National Study of Employers.

Galinsky is also directing a project on career flexibility in academia as well as the Supporting Work Project, a Ford Foundation project that is funding communities across the country to connect lower-wage employees to publicly funded work support through their employers.

WMNF asked her about her study of American businesses, which consisted of 1,100 organizations with 50...

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USF realigns departments, faces more cuts listen

06/13/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida’s universities received notice of further budget cuts this week – at the same time that the University of South Florida is announcing tuition increases, restructuring, and a dean’s resignation.

On Thursday USF announced a realignment of academic departments, colleges and schools. The university’s largest college was most affected. Under the restructuring, the College of Arts and Sciences will be divided into three schools: Behavioral and Social Sciences, Humanities, and Sci...

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Reaction to death of Tim Russert listen

06/13/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tim Russert, the longtime host of NBC’s Meet the Press and the Washington Bureau chief for NBC News, died this afternoon, after a heart attack. He was 58.

Russert was considered one of the pre-eminent political reporters of his time, and his death was announced at 3:39 p.m. in a bulletin on NBC News by former NBC Nightly News Anchor Tom Brokaw.

Russert was working at the NBC studios in Washington when he went into cardiac arrest around 1:40 p.m. Medics arrived on the scene just thr...

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TECO asks to raise rates listen

06/13/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Yesterday, Tampa Electric Company said it plans to ask the Public Service Commission later this summer for permission to raise the basic rate rates for both TECO and People’s Gas.

Rick Morera, a spokesman for Tampa Electric, commented on the request.

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Group hires lawyer for shooting witnesses listen

06/12/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This morning, supporters of Javon Dawson, a teen who was shot and killed by a St. Petersburg police officer last Saturday, unveiled their “Justice for Javon Dawson Committee.”

Omali Yeshitela is the Chair of the African Peoples’ Socialist Party. He said Dawson’s death was unnecessary and blamed the police.

The St. Petersburg Police claim that Officer Terrance Nemeth fired two shots after Dawson aimed a gun at him. They released photographs of a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revol...

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Microbrewery on tap for Redner listen

06/12/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Tampa City Council today gave a first approval for a wet zoning that would allow for a microbrewery to be run in West Tampa by entrepreneur Joe Redner.

But as with all things having to do with the Mons Venus owner, it was not without controversy. Several members of the Lincoln Gardens area of West Tampa said the project was not compatible with the neighborhood. They also had traffic concerns and questioned the Council’s acceptance of Redner’s promise to fill in a nearby ditch. Tha...

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Channelside to get new parking garage listen

06/12/08 Mitch E. Perrry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Tampa Port Authority has plans to build a new parking garage next to the current structure in the Channelside District.

But several members of the Tampa City Council tried to persuade the Authority today to allow retail shops to be located on the first floor of the structure to create a more vibrant area directly across the street from a current row of shops.

Charlie Clue is with the Tampa Port Authority; he says Tampa is now the seventh largest cruise port in the country.

Counc...

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