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Local and federal authorities ready for Super Bowl listen

01/16/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Sixteen days before the Super Bowl takes place in Tampa, local and federal law officials met informally with members of the local media today to discuss logistics, and introduce the press to a Joint Information Center at the GTE Building just west of Ybor City.

This will be Tampa’s fourth time hosting a Super Bowl, but the first time since the 9/11 attacks, which has added a whole extra layer of security for big events across the country, like the NFL Championship game.

Officials sa...

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Reporter: President Obama's biggest challenges listen

01/16/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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David Sanger covers the White House for the New York Times, and is the author of the new book, The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power.

Among the revelations in the book is that the U.S. has funded the Pakistani government to the tune of nearly $100 million to safely store their nuclear weapons.

Sanger writes that this underlines a central concern among foreign policy officials in Washington: The fear that nuclear weapons could fall into un...

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Discussion on criminalization of the mentally ill

01/15/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good afternoon,

Welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Thanks to Mitch Perry for filling in for me while I was away. Our guest today is Florida Southern College Professor Risdon Slate who has co-written a new book with Wesley Johnson called The Criminalization of Mental Illness in Florida.

According to our guest: "In 1955, there were over 559,000 residents in state (mental) hospitals in the United States. Today there are less than 60,000 residents…… Where has some of ...

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Rick Baker speaks at Tiger Bay listen

01/15/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This afternoon, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker spoke to the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club at the Feather Sound Country Club. Baker, whose term expires in a year, did not indicate whether he would run for a higher office.

In a controversial move two months ago, the city of St. Petersburg annexed part of the island of Tierra Verde. It had been part of unincorporated Pinellas County. Many of the residents of the rest of the barrier i...

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Lou Gehrig Disease display in downtown Tampa listen

01/15/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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One hundred fifty mannequins wearing black T-shirts were aligned in rows in downtown Tampa’s Joe Chillura Courthouse Square this morning to recognize people suffering from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Dara Alexander is president of the Florida chapter of the ALS Association. “ALS is a neuromuscular disease. … [In Florida,] 350 people, approximately, each year, diagnosed and die with ALS.”

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Hillsborough Environmental Protection Commission considers fertilizer ordinance listen

01/15/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission, or EPC, voted unanimously today to hold public workshops on whether to limit the amount of nitrogen fertilizer applied to the lawns of county residents.

WMNF’s Seán Kinane has more.

Tampa Bay and most of the region’s waterways are loaded with nutrients, especially nitrogen, causing algae blooms which in turn cause a decline in seagrass cover due to reduced light penetration.

Scott Emery, an environmental consultant f...

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Tampa Bay History Center debuts Saturday listen

01/15/09 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Crews and volunteers were finishing up the final preparations on Wednesday for the grand opening of the Tampa Bay History Center.

The museum in Tampa’s Channelside District will open its doors for the public on Saturday in a new "green" edifice that will be the first Hillsborough County-owned sustainable building seeking LEED-certification, said C.J. Roberts museum president and CEO. He said that a 20-year endeavor has come to fruition.

The project cost $52 million and the construc...

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New collection analyzes every presidential inauguration speech listen

01/15/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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An aide to Barack Obama told Politico yesterday that the President-elect is nearly done with preparing for his inauguration speech next Tuesday. With at least three drafts behind him, the aid says Obama is striving for a tone that’s ‘soaring but accessible, simple but inspiring, urgent but confident all at once.

Last week Obama delivered a major address on the U.S. economy that was heavy with concrete details. Earlier this week, we spoke with Terry Golway, the co editor of the new ...

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Kendrick Meek on torture and federal bailout

01/15/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Earlier this week, Miami area Congressman Kendrick Meek became the first Democrat to officially enter the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Mel Martinez next year.

WMNF spoke with him today to talk about his candidacy, and asked about a couple of major issues pending in Congress such as what he made of the blockbuster revelations in Wednesday’s Washington Post. Susan Crawford, the senior official for the Pentagon’s military commissions, claimed that interrogators torture...

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Tampa City Council rejects eliminating street signs in Ybor listen

01/15/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Tampa City Council, working as the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency, rejected a proposal today to remove street signs that misspell the Spanish spelling of the word ‘seventh’ on 7th avenue in Ybor City.

The difference comes down to one letter – the exclusion of the letter p from the word “Septima’. Currently signs spell the word “Setima.”

The motion to remove the street signs - which would cost between $1,300 and $3,000 - was proposed by Councilwoman Linda S...

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Progresive groups target GOP on stimulus listen

01/14/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last December, leaders from more than 20 progressive and labor organizations such as the Service Employees International Union and MoveOn.Org coalesced after consulting with the Obama transition team and Congressional leaders on how best to fight for an economic stimulus plan that helps working people.

Calling themselves the Campaign For Jobs and Economic Recovery Now, officials have taken to the airwaves and the op-ed pages, hoping to convince reluctant members of Congress to pass such le...

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Gulf of Mexico Alliance holds workshop listen

01/14/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is a partnership between the five states bordering the Gulf: Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. Today at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa’s Chanelside district, the Alliance held a community input workshop.

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance has received $5 million in funding from NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and $3 million from the Environmental Protection Ag...

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Report: Bush administration denies plan to bomb Iranian nuke lab listen

01/14/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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On the front page of Sunday’s New York Times, reporter David Sanger broke the story about the Bush Administration denying a plea by the Israeli government to provide sophisticated, deep penetration bombs to attack Iran’s underground nuclear enrichment facilities.

According to the story, the administration also rebuffed Israel’s plan to fly through U.S.-controlled Iraqi airspace to reach the Iranian site. Sanger reported that the Israelis had not proposed a specific date for an attac...

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Congressman Young urged to support Obama stimulus plan listen

01/14/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today in St. Petersburg, about 30 local members of MoveOn.org rallied for half an hour in front of Congressman Bill Young’s office. The activists then delivered a petition to Young’s local staff, asking that he support President-Elect Obama’s Economic Recovery Plan.

Joe Illingworth is the Pinellas County Coordinator for MoveOn.Org. He discussed whether it is too early to pressure members of Congress to support legislation that has yet to be officially written.

Congressman Young ...

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FDR's first 100 days: Book details legislation with lasting effects listen

01/14/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Adam Cohen is the author of the new book, Nothing to Fear: FDR’s Inner Circle and the Hundred Days that Created Modern America, and he spoke recently with WMNF.

Among the New Deal legislation of the first 100 days was the Agriculture Adjustment Administration, the agency that created pivotal farming legislation. It was extremely controversial, because it paid some farmers not to grow produce.

This subsidy has been extremely hard to phase out, as played out during negotiations las...

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