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During olive harvest Palestinians concerned about losing land listen

12/15/09 Doris Norrito
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Olive trees are the source of livelihood for many Palestinian farmers. This year, the harvest was poor. Drought and insects added to the destruction of olive groves by Israelis, devastating the Palestinian economy and further obstructing chances for peace.

The small farm village of Rummaneh lies directly on the Green Line, the border meant to separate Israel from Palestinian lands. Abu Khaled prunes the trees while his children and grandchildren pick and sort the olives. It’s a happy time...

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Civil rights group protests Bradenton Taser death listen

12/14/09 Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) held a protest in Bradenton on Saturday in response to the latest Taser death.

According to the Bradenton Herald about 50 people marched from the Manatee Judicial Center to the Bradenton Police Department to protest the death of 38 yr. old Derrick Humbert, who died after being tased in the back by police in September.

Police say Humbert fled from officer...

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Medicare open enrollment deadline just weeks away listen

12/14/09 Tom Baur
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Medicare's Open Enrollment for 2010 ends December 31st. Until then Florida seniors with Medicare may select a health plan for their 2010 coverage and can add, drop or change their prescription drug coverage. Seniors should carefully weigh their options because each year the cost and coverage of plans change.

Volunteers with SHINE, Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders, are trained by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs to assist seniors through Medicare open enrollment by comparing...

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Tampa joins 3000 candle light vigils for Copenhagen Climate Conference listen

12/14/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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With one week left in the Climate Conference in Copenhagen, religious groups across the globe are congregating with fellow secular advocates to demand a binding climate agreement from world leaders. With about 500 events in the US, local faith based organizations in Tampa also held a vigil on Friday.

Cold and windy weather didn’t deter more than a dozen climate change advocates who huddled in front of Senator Bill Nelson’s Tampa office last Friday night. Faiths Unit...

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Tampa Bay Water Board meeting updates the reservoirs renovation status listen

12/14/09 Lauren Martinez
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The largest reservoir in Florida was supposed to be the standard for future reservoirs. However, interior cracks appeared on the surface of the $140 million facility just one year after completion in 2005. During today’s Tampa Bay Water board meeting, members hashed out details on how to repair the reservoir.

John Kennedy, the Tampa Bay Water Engineer and Project Manager for the renovation project updated the reservoir's status. Originally they were in contract with the National Research ...

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Kari Fulton describes 100,000-strong march for climate justice in Copenhagen listen

12/14/09 Kelly Benjamin and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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During the protest on Saturday, WMNF’s reporter in Copenhagen, Kelly Benjamin spoke with activist Kari Fulton. Fulton is from Washington, D.C.

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Vandana Shiva criticizes the death of democracy in Copenhagen listen

12/14/09 Kelly Benjamin and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Saturday, as part of a 100,000-person-strong march through the streets of Copenhagen, WMNF’s Kelly Benjamin recorded a speech by renowned environmentalist Vandana Shiva.

In the speech she criticized the behavior of polluting countries such as the United States at the climate conference as “the death of democracy.” Shiva concluded, “We will be the change we want to see and no one is going to stop us.”

Stay tuned to more reports throughout the week from WMNF’s reporter in Copenhagen,...

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Syn gas and caring for the dead

12/14/09 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Our first guest was Lisa Carlson, author of “Caring for the Dead” a great source of information on sustainability at the end of life, including everything you need to know about state regulations, body donations, problems with pre-pay funerals, and how to make the best choice for our loved ones and ourselves. The book is presently out of print, but she is updating it and should have a new addition out this coming year. Lisa is also the founder and available for help at [Funeral Ethics](http:...

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Honors students bring sex, gender and race to the Globe listen

12/11/09 Rob Piccirillo
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last night, a group of USF St. Petersburg honors students held a free community event at the Globe Coffee Lounge in downtown St. Petersburg. The purpose was to discuss how language oppresses people of different races, genders and sexualities.

Homelessness, violence against sex workers, discrimination against men in family court – those were just a few of the topics students chose to discuss for their final course projects. Professor Jill McKracken let her students name the course and the...

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TBARTA meets after transportation bill passes listen

12/11/09 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In a special session this week, the State Legislature voted to pass the bill which will provide funding for commuter and light rail in central and south Florida. Many in the state felt that this legislation was critical to acquiring the federal funds necessary to build high-speed rail between Tampa and Orlando. Today, the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) discussed what the passing of that legislation means for the future of TBARTA’s transportation efforts. Bob Cliffor...

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Human Rights Day Panel listen

12/11/09 Glenn Pendergrass
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last night, in recognition of Human Rights Day, The United Nations Association of Tampa Bay, Global Healing and the Eckerd College for Spiritual Life and Campus Ministries sponsored a panel discussion on Human Rights.

On December 10th 1948, the UN adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Right. At Eckerd College 61 years later, a panel of scholars, clergy, activists and ambassadors of peace gathered to answer the question “Are Human Rights Universal”? Luz Nagle, a professor at Stet...

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Cuban environmentalist on climate change listen

12/11/09 Kelly Benjamin and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Roberto Perez Rivero is an environmental coordinator with a Cuban nature foundation, and is attending the Copenhagen climate conference.

WMNF asked him how Cuba has started to combat climate change.

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Yes Men protest Coca-Cola’s environmental record listen

12/11/09 Kelly Benjamin and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Culture jamming pranksters the Yes Men showed up in Copenhagen tonight impersonating shamed Coca-Cola representatives. They asked people to pledge never to drink Coca Cola again until the drink company changes its environmental practices.

Coca Cola is a major sponsor of the "Hopenhagen." It’s a project generated by the International Advertising Association representing the global advertising industry in support of the United Nations.

However, the Coca Cola sponsorship is seen by some ...

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Rep Alan Grayson on why Fed should be audited listen

12/11/09 Virginia Hoffman
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Orlando-area Member of Congress Alan Grayson appeared in Sarasota on Sunday for a Democratic Party fundraiser.

When asked about teaming up with Ron Paul’s bill to audit the Federal Reserve, he said it is the kind of bipartisan solution people are looking for.

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Human Rights Council Breakfast listen

12/11/09 Jennifer Tuohy
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Nearly 350 people attended the Tampa/Hillsborough County Human Rights Council’s 36th annual awards breakfast this morning. The Theme was “Human Rights of Hope, our Future Speaks out Now”.

The Tampa/Hillsborough Human Rights Council advocates and promotes the legitimate and human rights of all residents of Hillsborough County.

This morning the Council recognized 4 individuals for their contributions to human rights in our community:

• Donna Schulz, Law Enforcement Coordinati...

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