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Mandolin Magic Concert set for March 28 listen

03/23/09 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Hungarian American Cultural Association’s benefit concert will take place on March 28 at Glenridge Performing Arts Center in Sarasota.

The Mandolin Magic concert is organized by the Hungarian American Cultural Association Kossuth Club in collaboration with the Sarasota Mandolin Orchestra to provide scholarships for college-bound seniors in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

The orchestra, conducted by Antonina Nigrelli, consists of professional musicians from all over the world who ...

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Water Conservation during the drought

03/23/09 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Our guests on today's program were Robyn Felix, with the Southwest Florida Water Management District (Swiftmud) and John Lambie, one of the founders of the Florida House and a home conservation consultant.

We discussed the water shortage in our area and steps that Swiftmud has and has not taken to help. We talked about conservation, cisterns and what we can do to help save water. The call-in listeners tended to blame the phosphate industry, agriculture, home-owner deed restrictions, globa...

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Religious minority persecuted in Iran listen

03/23/09 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Bahá'í faith focuses on peace, justice and unity. But in Iran, Bahá'ís are being persecuted for their religious beliefs. Bahá'ís are barred from higher education, unable to find work, and sometimes arrested and executed.

In Clearwater yesterday afternoon, a local Bahá'í center held a conference to raise awareness of this persecution.

The Bahá'í religion was founded in Persia in 1844, and it has more than 5 million followers all over the world. Since its origins, Bahá'ís...

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Girls on Film in concert for WMNF

03/21/09 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Rio, Girls on Film is a four-piece female new wave band from Tallahassee. Girls on Film will be part of Synthetic Pleasures concert for WMNF, a night of electro beats, old wave synths and glamtronic noise at 9 p.m. March 27 at the Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba, Ybor.

http://www.girlsonfilm.nu/index.html

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Sarasota Film Festival Opens

03/21/09 Mary Glenney & Arlene Engelhardt
From A Woman's Point of View

Holly Herrick, Programmer, Sarasota Film Festival discussed the upcoming festival - particularly films of interest to women and discussing issues affecting women.

Deborah Kampmeier, director, "Hounddog" discussed the controversy surrounding the rape scene in her film and the lead played by the young Dakota Fanning. "Hounddog premiered at Sundance in 2007. “Hounddog”, Friday, April 3, 8 p.m. http://www.hounddogmovie.com/

Ingrid Veninger, director, “Only” and writer, produc...

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St Pete Times business columnist Robert Trigaux on the economy listen

03/20/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Anger over how federal bailout funds are being spent by AIG and others is boiling over; news about housing and unemployment continues to get worse. It is in this climate that St. Petersburg Times business columnist Robert Trigaux spoke today about the economy to the Tiger Bay Club of Tampa.

Trigaux focused on how several challenges are affecting Florida’s economy. Housing foreclosures, insurance, the environment, tourism, and the stock market, continue t...

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Sarasota citizen files suit against noise ordinance listen

03/20/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Two Florida residents, represented by the ACLU, have filed a lawsuit challenging Sarasota’s noise ordinance. The law allows for police to seize and impound vehicles when drivers are charged with playing their music too loud. The lawsuit was filed in state court against the city of Sarasota and Police Chief Peter Abbott.

The lawsuit was brought on behalf of Mark Cannon, a resident of Sarasota, and Latrese Allen, a resident of Bradenton. Cannon was stopped for “loud music” and his v...

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Voting Rights Advocacy groups visit Tallahassee listen

03/20/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last fall, voting rights activist groups protested the implementation of a new law called “No Match, No Vote.” That law, which went into effect in early September of last year, requires that voters have their personal identification match state or federal databases to be able to cast their ballots in the general election.

Recently, Florida Secretary of State Kurt Browning said that no voters were prevented from casting ballots at the polls because of the law.

But Elizabeth Westfal...

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Prison designed to reintegrate inmates opens in Polk City listen

03/20/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today in Polk City, the first prison in Florida to focus on reintegrating prisoners in society had its grand opening.

Demilly Correctional Institution is a 350-person, all-male facility, that was formerly a Department of Juvenile Justice facility acquired by the Department of Corrections.

Gretl Plessinger is a spokesperson for the Florida Department of Corrections Office. She was in Polk City today for the opening ceremonies.

Florida joins states such as California, Kansas, Ohio, M...

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Green Jobs FOR the People listen

03/19/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The new group Green Jobs FOR the People held a conference call this morning to strategize how to help disadvantaged populations in Hillsborough County secure sustainability jobs through the economic stimulus bill.

Tampa City Council member Mary Mulhern, was on the call from out of town.

“I just agree that we could solve some of our biggest problems right now."

Mulhern says that using stimulus funding to create green jobs for people who need it the most will solve three important p...

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Tampa Bay groups protest Iraq War anniversary listen

03/19/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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On March 19th 2003, then-President George W. Bush ordered the “Shock and Awe” bombing that began the military attack known as Operation Iraqi Freedom. Today, six years later, two people held signs in South Tampa asking people to honk for bringing all U.S. troops home. Veterans for Peace member Jay Alexander cites the number of active duty U.S. military personnel that have died in combat as the reasons for today's mid-day demonstration.

“Well, there’s 4,259 reasons and six years on,...

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Bennett backs waterfront development referendum listen

03/19/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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St. Petersburg City Councilman Jamie Bennett today endorsed a measure proposed by a neighborhood group that would require a public vote on any major development along the waterfront.

The group POWW – Preserve Our Wallets and Waterfront, became a force last year in St. Pete with its opposition to the Tampa Bay Rays building a new ballpark on the current site of Al Lang Field.

So last month, the group released a document declaring that there be no development along the waterfront withou...

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Report: Nearly 5.8 million Floridians were uninsured in the past 2 years listen

03/19/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A new report from a health care advocacy group says that almost two of every five Floridians under the age of 65 were uninsured for some period of time in the past couple of years.

Ron Pollock is executive director with Families USA, the organization that released the study. He said approximately 5.8 million Floridians were uninsured for at least six months within the past two years, that's 38 percent of the state’s population.

Tampa area Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Castor says ...

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Tampa gets tough, bans sprinkler watering listen

03/19/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Addressing a drought situation that appears to only be getting worse, the Tampa City City Council today voted to ban the use of lawn sprinklers, beginning April 3.

The vote was 5-1, only John Dingfelder opposed the measure.

Brad Baird, Water Department manager for the city, said the drought and the lack of potable water available from the reservoir and desalination plant forced the drastic action.

Currently, Tampa citizens can irrigate once a week -- Tuesday for addresses that end in...

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Memories of the old 22nd Street South listen

03/18/09 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The economic and cultural renaissance of the historic 22nd Street South in St. Petersburg takes community and city effort. And changes can already be seen.

New mom-and-pop businesses, schools, a bank, and new neighborhoods rise in Midtown. Will this place thrive again?

Many activists fought and fight for the revitalization of this district: Peggy Peterman, Rosalie Peck and Jon Wilson, council member Wengay Newton, and the list goes on.

Back in 1965, Peggy Peterman often wrote abou...

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