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Author talks about the rise of organic food in U.S. listen

09/15/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Paul Roberts is the author of the new book, The End of Food. He is also author of the best-selling The End of Oil.

In the second part of our interview with Roberts, we asked him about the organic food movement in the U.S., which has flourished in the past decade.

In The End of Oil, Roberts writes that the ascendency of organic food is stifled, co-opted by the same system that has produced large scale industrial food production. He says we shouldn’t expect radical change because...

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Hundreds participate in St. Pete AIDS Walk listen

09/15/08 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Lots of sunshine provided the backdrop for the fourth Annual AIDS Walk St. Petersburg on Saturday. Hundreds gathered in North Shore Park to provide support and participate in the event with the goal of raising funds and awareness for AIDS research and prevention.

The walk was sponsored by AIDS Service Association of Pinellas (ASAP), a division of the Hospice of Florida Suncoast and a nonprofit agency that provides services to people living with or affected by AIDS.

Carlos Milan is the ...

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Castor and Graham weigh in on offshore drilling bill listen

09/15/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tomorrow in Washington, the House of Representatives is slated to debate a bill that would allow oil drilling 100 miles off the U.S. coast. It would also allow coastal states to decide whether to allow drilling as close as 50 miles off their shores.

It comes after a summer in which the Republicans have hammered away at the Democrats to include offshore drilling as a means to combat high oil prices. That push culminated earlier this month at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, w...

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ACLU begins voter registration outreach campaign listen

09/15/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida today launched a voter registration outreach campaign targeting people with past felony convictions whose rights have been restored, as well as those who are unsure of their civil rights status.

The campaign comes on the heels of seven years of work educating the public about rights restoration and attempts to get the word out to re-enfranchised voters – a job at which the FRRC says ...

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Culp discusses why she should be re-elected listen

09/15/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last Friday on the Evening News we aired an interview with Yvonne Yolie Capin, a Tampa Democratic Party activist running for the state house this fall against GOP incumbent Faye Culp in District 57.

The District encompasses much of Tampa, including all of South Tampa, as well as Town 'N Country and Westchase in northwestern Hillsborough County.

Capin criticized Culp during an interview with WMNF last month. She said Culp, who is running for her fourth and last term as state represe...

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Carolyn Wonderland, her life and music

09/13/08 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Carolyn Wonderland came into the studio and we talked about her music but also her many activities, especially her community involvement and her time of homelessness.

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More from Alaska on Sarah Palin

09/13/08 Mary Glenney and Arlene Engelhardt
From A Woman's Point of View
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Karen Button, journalist from Alaska talked about Sarah Palin from personal knowledge.

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Man dies after deputies taser him 3 times listen

09/12/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A Plant City man was killed last night after Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputies zapped him three times with a taser gun.

Roney Wilson, 46, was with his family in Plant City last night when he became violent.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Wilson became violent after he neglected to take his medication. He smashed the windshield of his mother's Nissan pickup with his fist, which prompted his mother to spray him with a garden hose to try to subdue him. That’s when a family m...

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Connie Schultz discusses 2008 election listen

09/12/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Connie Schultz is a Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

From 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, she’ll be in St. Petersburg speaking with NPR’s Juan Williams in a discussion at the Poynter Institute on Election 2008.

Today Schultz spoke with the host of WMNF’s Book Babes show, Margo Hammond, about this election, and about Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

For more information, go to Poynter.org or call (727) 821-9494.

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Castor: Progress made to expedite disability claims listen

09/12/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tampa area Congresswoman Kathy Castor announced today that her pressure on the Social Security Administration to expedite disability claims in the Tampa Bay area has resulted in some positive developments . The wait for those who file for disability has expanded increased dramatically in the past decade. According to Castor's office, backlogged disability claims in the Social Security Administration’s processing system has doubled to about 576,000 cases over the past 10 years. In July, C...

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Tax law expert says Obama tax plan is sound listen

09/12/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Barack Obama’s presidential campaign is responding to claims by John McCain's camp that Obama’s tax policy will be bad for Americans.

Darryll Jones is a professor of tax law at the Stetson University College of Law. Jones said his analysis of the tax plans of McCain and Obama makes it clear that more people will benefit under an Obama administration.

“It’s just not true that Senator Obama intends to raise taxes for most Americans. You’ve got to make over a quarter of a milli...

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Veterans commemorate anniversary of 9/11 attacks listen

09/11/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Veterans Council of Hillsborough County commemorated the seventh anniversary of the September 11, 2001n attacks with a ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park east of Tampa.

Following a three-gun salute, a recorded version of Taps was played over the public address system. About 70 veterans and others remembered the nearly 3,000 victims of the 2001 attacks with salutes, flags and speeches.

Major General Michael Diamond, director of the Coalition Coordination Center for U.S. Central Com...

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Haitian relief and cultural relativism

09/11/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Welcome to WMNF's Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. First up today, Hurricane Ike swept through Haiti and Cuba this week- killing dozens of people.

In Haiti, the situation is particularly bleak because four tropical storms have hit the country in the last month, killing more than 300 people. In some places roads and bridges remain impassible. Two local people have launched a grassroots effort to help the people of Haiti. They are Paul and Betty Nelson. I spoke with them earlier about the situ...

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City Council rejects property tax cut listen

09/11/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last night the Tampa City Council rejected a proposal by a citizens advisory group to reduce property taxes in the city, and instead voted to keep it at the same as last year’s level.

The Citizens Advisory Group suggested reducing the property tax rate by 5 percent, and covering the $8 million in lost revenue with money from reserve funds.

But the Council rebuked the group’s idea on a 6-1 vote. Councilmember Mary Mulhern was the lone dissenter.

The Citizens Advisory Council was...

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Interview with the founder of the Daily Kos

09/10/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to WMNF's Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up in a moment: an interview with the founder of one of the most influential blogs in the country, the {Daily Kos](http://www.dailykos.com). But first some listener comments about yesterday's program about Republican vice presidential nominee Sara Palin.

Our guest is the author of the new book Taking on the System: Rules for Radical Change in a Digital Era. He is Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, the founder of Daily Kos, one...

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