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Summer Gardens: Tropical plants, veggies

07/28/08 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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John Starnes, St. Petersburg Times garden writer, rose breeder and edible plant guru joined co-host Debbie Butts, local farmer and self-proclaimed plant geek, to talk about summer vegetables and tropical edible plants. They also mentioned butterfly gardens and the Barefoot Gardener organic gardening (Yahoo) group (www.thebarefootgardener.org) that meets locally. As usual, they took calls and emails from listeners during the second half of the show.

At the beginning of the show co-host Jo...

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Liberty Manor gets a makeover listen

07/28/08 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Saturday, hundreds of volunteers gathered to begin renovations on Liberty Manor, a home for disabled and homeless military veterans located in Tampa. After becoming subject to costly code violations in May, the Pepsi Bottling Group Foundation and Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay, both nonprofit outreach groups, became partners and coordinated the repair services for Liberty Manor.

Nearly 15 months after being established in March 2006, Liberty Manor I was targeted by the Fire Marshall for ...

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Buchanan applauds housing act listen

07/28/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Saturday, the Senate passed a bill designed to bail out two of the country’s largest mortgage lenders and help reduce the skyrocketing number of home foreclosures. It had passed in the House earlier in the week and President Bush is expected to sign it into law any day.

This morning in Bradenton, Congress member Vern Buchanan met with homeowners and Manatee County housing advocates about the bill he supported.

Buchanan represents the 13th District, which includes parts of five coun...

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Author discusses politics, new book listen

07/28/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Calvin MacKenzie is the co-author of the new book, The Liberal Hour: Washington and the Politics of Change in the 1960s.

In the book, McKenzie and co-author Robert Weisbrot argue that Washington, D.C., was not simply a target of reform, but was actually the era’s most effective engine of change.

WMNF spoke with MacKenzie today.

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St. Pete church expresses condolences on Tennessee tragedy listen

07/28/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In Knoxville, Tennessee, police say an unemployed man accused of opening fire with a shotgun and killing two people at a Unitarian church apparently targeted the congregation out of hatred for its liberal social policies.

Knoxville Police Chief Sterling Owen said a letter had been been recovered from the SUV of 58-year-old Jim Adkisson, by investigators seeking clues about the motive behind the attack.

Authorities said he was an apparent stranger to the Tennessee church where gunfire pu...

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Author discusses world economics

07/26/08 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Loretta Napoleoni, author, journalist and economist, discusses the economies of the world.

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A talk with novelist Mary Anna Evans

07/26/08 Mary Glenney and Arlene Engelhardt
From A Woman's Point of View
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Mary Anna Evans, superb Florida mystery writer, tells us about another Fay Longchamp, tireless African-American archeologist, mystery. She weaves an entertaining story that is used by many teachers as a way to tell Florida history and archeology.

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Sue Tenzer tribute

07/26/08 Mary Glenney and Arlene Engelhardt
From A Woman's Point of View
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Sue Tenzer worked tirelessly for Kids in Crisis. Her friends organized a benefit for the organization in her memory.

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Baha'i Junior Youth Program listen

07/25/08 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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>Today in Clearwater, children and teens planted a community garden for residents of the MacArthur Apartment Complex. The youth involved belong to the Bahai church and part of the faith’s junior youth project. Kids aged, 12-14, chose a project they wanted to do for the community and this year was the first time a garden has been planted. Adeli is the projects organizer, and although this is her first year leading such a project and Adeli says the project is part of teaching the kids the im...
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DJJ's Peterman emphasizes Reinvestment Act at conference listen

07/25/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Yesterday, WMNF reported on the first day of a conference in Tampa which brought together state and local officials to discuss ways to divert people with addictions and mental illnesses from being incarcerated in the criminal justice system. Today the conference concluded with an emphasis on helping juveniles.

Friday’s Keynote Speaker was the Secretary of the Department of Juvenile Justice, or DJJ, Frank Peterman, Jr., who was appointed as Secretary by Governor Charlie Crist in February....

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Lawrence Lessig speaks at Netroots listen

07/25/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Lawrence Lessig is a professor of law at Stanford Law School, and a political activist.

Earlier this year, he created a web-based project called Change Congress, where he said he hopes to provide technological tools to voters to hold their congressional representatives accountable, and reduce the influence of money in politics.

Lessig spoke Saturday at the Netroots Nation conference of liberal bloggers in Austin.

For more information on Lessig, go to his website at [Change-congre...

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Obama in Palestine listen

07/24/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Yesterday, Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the town of Ramallah in the Occupied West Bank. WMNF spoke today with a reporter in the West Bank, Kendra Puryear who is reporting for the Independent Middle East Media Center in Palestine.

Thanks to WMNF reporter Doris Norrito for arranging this interview.

Photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF (May 2008)

Independent Middle East Media Center - IMEMC

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Conference on Criminal Justice Mental Health and Substance Abuse Reinvestment Act listen

07/24/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A two-day conference began today in Tampa for counties that are trying to reduce the number of people with mental health and substance abuse issues who get trapped in the criminal justice system. The Conference helps counties implement programs funded by the Criminal Justice Mental Health and Substance Abuse Reinvestment Act, passed by the Florida Legislature in 2007.

The Reinvestment Act will allow counties to address the problem of mental illness in the criminal justice system. That’s ...

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Loans and finance advise offered to immigrants

07/24/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to WMNF's Radioactivity…I’m Rob Lorei… coming up today we’ll hear about a new, local micro-loan program for immigrants.

But first, we received a lot of comments about yesterday’s open phone program. A lot of the comments were about energy, third parties and the upcoming presidential election. Here’s what some listeners had to say.

First up we’ll meet the founder and president of project prosper- a local non profit which provides micro-loans to docum...

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Financial regulator asked to step down listen

07/23/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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On Sunday, the Miami Herald published an investigation titled “Borrowers Betrayed.” It revealed that state regulators allowed thousands of ex-convicts to enter the mortgage business. In response, Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink has called for the commissioner of the state’s Office of Financial Regulation, Don Saxon, to resign.

According to the Herald’s eight-month investigation, more than 10,000 mortgage brokers who had criminal records were licensed between 2000...

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