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NORML reacts to Phelps drug buzz listen

02/03/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Just days after a photo of him indulging in marijuana hit the internet, several of Michael Phelps sponsors say they are standing by him.

Apparel company Speedo and luxury watchmaker Omega have announced their support for the Olympic star, who electrified the world last summer by taking home a record eight Gold Medals.

On Sunday, Phelps acknowledged "regrettable" behavior and "bad judgment" after the photo appeared in the British tabloid News of the World. The paper said the picture wa...

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Does Smarter Growth amendment discriminate against military? listen

02/02/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Florida Hometown Democracy amendment, which would allow people to vote on changes to their local land use plans, did not qualify for the 2008 ballot. It may be on next year’s ballot, but so might a competing amendment supported by business and development groups that is being called discriminatory by some veterans’ advocates.

If passed, the Smarter Growth amendment, which is backed by the Florida Chamber of Commerce, would allow citizens to vote on a proposed land use change only ...

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Kriseman passes on St. Pete mayor's race listen

02/02/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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St. Petersburg House Democrat Rick Kriseman announced today that he will not run for mayor in St. Pete this year.

The state representative made the announcement on his website. Kriseman was recently re-elected to the State House. Previously, he served on the St. Petersburg City Council for six years. He said he thought long and hard about whether he should enter the race.

Another prominent Democrat who has said he is considering running for mayor is Pinellas County Commissioner Ken We...

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Democratic senator discusses Sansom, culture of Tallahassee listen

02/02/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Friday, House Speaker Ray Sansom announced he was recusing himself from his authority so he could concentrate on the various investigations ongoing regarding his acceptance of a job at Northwest Florida Juinor College.

But in stepping aside instead of resigning, Sansom cited an obscure House rule allowing him to remain as the speaker but delegate the responsibilities of the position to someone else until he feels he is "fit" to resume.

Dave Aronberg is a Democratic state Senator. ...

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Steelers coach reflects on big win, chat with president

02/02/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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There was a thrilling ending to last night’s Super Bowl, with the Pittsburgh Steelers beating the Arizona Cardinals in the closing moments last night at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

This morning, the winning coach, 36-year-old Mike Tomlin, addressed the media. He said he was humbled by the enormity of being a big part of one the most observed events in the country. Tomlin said he was a product of all the people who have taught and mentored him over his short career, including former T...

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