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Julie Salamon, author of "Hospital" - Part II listen

06/06/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In her new book, Hospital, journalist Julie Salamon examines intensely the inner workings of one particular hospital in Brooklyn called Mymonides.

In addition to a table of contents, the opening of the book lists a cast of characters, over 60 individuals who are given individual treatment in her detailed book.

WMNF asked her if there was any specific individual who she particularly admired from studying the hospital.

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McCain blasted on Everglades restoration listen

06/06/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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John McCain visited the Everglades this afternoon, the first time he’s ever had the opportunity to personally observe the River of Grass.

His appearance energized Democrats to criticize him for his opposition to funding the Everglades in legislation that survived a presidential veto last year.

McCain said he opposed the legislation, because it also contained funding for other projects that hadn’t been scrutinized. But former Florida Senator Bob Graham, said that wasn’t true.

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Rays stadium closer to November referendum listen

06/05/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The St. Petersburg City Council today took a step closer to placing a referendum on November’s ballot for a new waterfront stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Council member Leslie Curran asked if the Rays would withdraw their request to be on this November’s ballot, but Rays’ President Matt Silverman said they would not be willing to reconsider.

A St. Petersburg Times/Bay News 9 poll released this week said most residents want the issue on the ballot, but an overwhelming majority ...

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Book details Kennedy brothers' bond

06/05/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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From the book's press release: Published to coincide with the 40th anniversary of RFK’s assassination, Brothers is the untold story of the Kennedy administration, from the perspective of the inner circle of men who served President John F. Kennedy. It is also the story of the two brothers, working together, sharing an unprecedented bond, and the never-before-told tale of Robert Kennedy’s secret, search to track down JFK's killers before his own assassination.

Brothers is based on ...

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McCain blasted for not supporting catastrophe fund listen

06/05/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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With John McCain continuing to campaign in Florida today, two Sunshine state Democrats took aim at him for his reluctance to support a National Catastrophic Insurance Fund.

South Florida Congressman Ron Klein, a superdelegate who endorsed Barack Obama this week, and Minority leader in the House, Dan Gelber, who also recently officially endorsed Obama, spoke on a conference call today with Florida reporters.

In addition to the high premiums Florida homeowners are paying for insurance, ...

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Tampa will draft plan for reclaimed water listen

06/05/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The city of Tampa will soon hire a consultant to produce a master plan for reclaimed water, to analyze the best way to use the valuable resource.

Steve Dagnault, the city’s administrator of Ppublic Works and Utility Services, announced today. Dagnault says the city recently crafted an agreement with Tampa International Airport, and is just now planning on getting reclaimed along the Bayshore for irrigation there. He also says the city hopes to have reclaimed used as Curtis Hixon Park is ...

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Neighbors complain about pesticide use listen

06/05/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Tampa City Council took action today regarding complaints about a pesticide being sprayed at a city-owned golf course.

Babe Zararias is located in North Tampa. That course, and two others owned by the city, have been treated for the past seven years with Curfew, a chemical sold by Dow Chemical to keep golf courses clean.

Kenny Simms, director of Golf Courses for the city, said Curfew, which is used specifically to control nematodes, a parasite that attacks Bermuda grass, has proven ...

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IKEA breaks ground on Ybor City store listen

06/04/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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This morning, several Tampa officials took part in the groundbreaking ceremony for the area’s first IKEA store.

Before she uncovered the ceremonial first shovelful of dirt for the Swedish furniture store that will open next summer, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio said it would give her city an economic boost.

The Ybor City IKEA will be the third store in Florida, and the 37th in the United States.

Members of Tampa’s City Council also took part in the ceremonial groundbreaking, including ...

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Wayne Garcia on potential of Obama-Clinton ticket listen

06/04/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Wayne Garcia is the political editor for Creative Loafing, Tampa Bay's alternative newspaper. Garcia says that up until recently, he agreed with Jimmy Carter and some others that an Obama-Clinton ticket would not work – but now he says, it may be the only ticket that could be victorious this November.

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Hillsborough loses $87-million in taxes listen

06/04/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County Administrator Pat Bean said today that a lower tax base and reductions in sales taxes will cut the County’s revenues for the next fiscal year by $87-million.

Bean spoke to County Commissioners today, a day before they will seriously examine the budget in a workshop. She said the housing crisis lowered property taxes, but the main reduction came from the implementation of Amendment 1, which roughly doubled the amount of each home’s value exempted from property taxes,...

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Confederate flag draws pointed reaction listen

06/04/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tampa elected officials weighed in today on the Confederate Flag controversy. WMNF spoke with several members of the Tampa City Council as well as Mayor Pam Iorio.

“I think that such a large confederate flag right off our interstate system is inappropriate. I think it’s divisive for our community, for any community,” Iorio said.

Tampa City Council Chair Thomas Scott represents District 5, which includes East Tampa. “My hope is the Board of County Commissioners will address that,...

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Iorio: Time for Democrats to pull together listen

06/04/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio announced her endorsement of Barack Obama when he came to town late last month. Today, WMNF asked Iorio about her reaction to Obama earning enough delegates to clinch the Democratic nomination for president.

“Well, I think that’s a great milestone in American politics," Iorio said. "Now’s the time for all Democrats to gather together. … We’ve had two great candidates with great ideas for this country. And now’s the time for us to pull together, pull behind...

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McCain campaign takes aim at Obama listen

06/04/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The campaign of Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, responded to Senator Barack Obama’s speech to AIPAC on a conference call today.

Connecticut Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman, who was the Democratic vice presidential candidate in 2000, said there was a disconnect in what Obama said about Iran on Wednesday compared to things he has said or done earlier in the campaign or in the Senate.

“I was troubled earlier in the year, during the campaign season when...

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Hillsborough can't remove Confederate flag listen

06/04/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners today acknowledged that they can do nothing legally to remove a huge Confederate Flag that was hung yesterday at the junction of Interstate 75 and I -4, and is scheduled to be unveiled publicly next year.

However, Commissioner Jim Norman suggested that organizers think of hoisting a large American flag at the spot instead, and he urged the Sons of Confederate Veterans to work with members of the NAACP on such a compromise.

In 2005, a county land use h...

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Unions protest McCain Fundraiser

06/03/08 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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John McCain was in St. Petersburg last night holding an upscale campaign fundraiser at the Vinoy. Just outside, the AFL-CIO and various anti-war groups protested the event.

Josh Hannijar is the Zone Coordinator for the Florida AFL-CIO. Hannijar, along with rank-and-file members, were there protesting John McCain’s economic policies.

Shortly after the anti-McCain protesters organized, a smaller group of McCain supporters joined the fray, holding identical John McCain sign. Jonathan Ge...

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