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Sarasotans reject elected mayor proposal listen

03/11/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A measure to elect a mayor and expand the City Commission in Sarasota was easily defeated last night, despite the fact supporters of the measure outspent opponents by a prodigious amount.

Kelly Kirschner currently sits on the Sarasota City Commission, and was against the measure.

Currently, Sarasota city citizens elect a six-member Commission, and one of the commissioners is rotated annually to act as the sitting mayor.

The measure on the ballot last night would have eliminated the r...

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Bedier responds to Hasner who says he has ties to hate groups listen

03/10/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Ahmed Bedier responded to what he called the “grandstanding” by Republican Representative Adam Hasner the House Majority Leader, who said today, “This is simply drawing attention to the leader of this group [Bedier] and his well-documented ties to dubious individuals and other groups that promote hate, sympathize with terrorists, and have links to terrorist organizations like Hamas.”

“Hasner lives in the twilight zone. If he has serious concerns about the security of our nation, ...

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A job and education fair amid layoffs in Plant City listen

03/10/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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In Plant City there have been several large-scale layoffs during the last year. That has made non-farm employment opportunities difficult to come by for the 30,000 residents of this eastern Hillsborough County community.

Today the Plant City campus of Hillsborough Community College, or HCC, held a college and job fair for students and members of the public like Plant City resident Patricia Hayes.

On New Year’s Eve Hayes was laid off from Tampa Bay Academy aft...

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Ex-CIA director in Tallahassee to tout renewable energy listen

03/10/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Former CIA Chief James Woolsey told the House Energy and Utility Policy Committee that the nation's electricity grids are vulnerable to terrorists, and energy needs to be diversified away from a reliance on a centralized generation system.

Woolsey is a neocon who has seen the light when it comes to alternative energy. In addition to leading the CIA under Bill Clinton, he also served as Jimmy Carter’s Undersecretary of the Navy, and later became a big supporter of the Iraq war.

He has...

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Harvard trained doctor works with HIV/AIDS patients in Haiti listen

03/10/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Dr. David Walton is a Harvard trained physician who has worked with the group Partners in Health since 1997. He divides his time between Boston and Haiti, where he’s an expert on the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.

Walton is speaking right now on the USF-St. Pete campus, but was at WMNF’s studios earlier today.

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Dan Gelber introduces himself in Ybor City listen

03/10/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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There are relatively few declared candidates for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Mel Martinez next year.

Former House Speaker Marco Rubio had filed papers for the office on the GOP side.

Three Democrats - all from the Miami area– have declared: Congressman Kendrick Meek, North Miami Mayor Kevin Burns, and Sen. Dan Gelber from Miami Beach.

Gelber served the last few years as the leader of the House Democrats in Tallahassee, and made a name for himself for his p...

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Three Sustainable Authors

03/09/09 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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On today's program Peter Burkard, a 35 year local organic farmer, talked about his new book The Real Dirt.

Also, joining us by phone from Wisconsin, Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko discussed their books Rural Renaissance and ECOpreneuring, and their articles about sustainable living. Our three guests all shared the same basic principles of living lightly on the earth.

www.ruralrenaissances.org

Peter Burkard: pmborganic at aol.com

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Participants Walk for Human Rights in St. Petersburg listen

03/09/09 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Hundreds gathered on Saturday to participate in the third Annual Human Rights Walkathon in St. Petersburg.

The promotion of human rights united the diverse group of participants that came together to walk the many laps around North Straub Park. The Walkathon was organized to promote the rights that were established in the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” by the United Nations in 1948.

Linda Drazkowski is the founder of the Human Rights Group in Tampa Bay, which organized th...

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EPC in danger of being “streamlined” again? listen

03/09/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Two years ago, Hillsborough County citizens successfully stopped an effort by developers and some Commissioners to eliminate the wetlands division of the county’s Environmental Protection Commission, or EPC. But a new state-wide effort to eliminate all of Florida’s local regulatory agencies in an effort to “streamline” permitting for developers is supported by two state representatives from Hillsborough.

Republicans Faye Culp, who represents south Tampa and parts of western Hillsbo...

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Ex-Tampa Congressman revisits his vote on Iraq listen

03/09/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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U.S. military officials said yesterday that the U.S. will reduce its military presence in Iraq by 12,000 troops over the next six months as part of the first major drawdown since President Barack Obama announced his plan to end combat operations in the country next year.

A week from next Thursday will mark the sixth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq by U.S. and coalition forces.

When President Obama made his announcement of troop withdrawals from Iraq 10 days ago, WMNF contacted for...

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Activists promote bill to include gays in Florida's civil rights laws listen

03/09/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Next week in Tallahassee, gay rights group on rallying in support of four separate bills in the Legislature that would end the anti-gay adoption ban and add the words "sexual orientation and gender identity” to the state’s existing civil rights laws.

The two bills filed by Democratic Sen. Nan Rich would allow gays to adopt, the other would leave it to judges to determine where to place children when both parents are dead.

Another bill is sponsored by Delray Beach Sen. Ted Deutch. Hi...

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Robin Wright on Middle East, part II listen

03/09/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Robin Wright is an American journalist who has reported from over 140 nations, most recently for the Washington Post.

Her latest book, “Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East”, has just been published in paperback. In the 2nd part of an interview originally conducted last week, WMNF asked Wright about Iran. She writes, “Few societies are as complex or as nuanced as Iran, but understanding the diversity within political Islam is understanding its future”

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Global Crisis in potable water

03/08/09 Mary Glenney and Arlene Engelhardt
From A Woman's Point of View

As part of our International Women's Day celebration, Dr. Maya Trotz, a research fellow with the USF and Patel Global Institute, talked about the importance of clean and potable water not only in her native country of Guayana but also here in the Tampa community. She discussed her research and work with various student groups from grade-school students through post-doctoral fellows at USF.

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National Call-In Day for single payer health care

03/07/09 Arlene Engelhardt
From A Woman's Point of View

National Call-In Day for Single Payer Health Care is March 10. Please call your representatives, Kathleen Sibelius and the White House. Call or fax your representative. If you don’t know your congressperson’s district office phone or fax numbers, follow these easy steps: Go to www.VoteSmart.org. Enter your ZIP code in the top left of the page. Click on a congressperson. Click on “Complete Contact Information” under their photo. Their district office phone number and address are un...

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Students learn about organic gardening In St. Pete listen

03/06/09 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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For many students at St. Petersburg’s Lakewood Elementary, few were aware that food came from the ground, and not from their local supermarket.

But when an organic garden built by students from Eckerd College’s Environmental Science Department was planted on the school grounds, that all changed.

The students planted raised beds with a variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs. Lakewood students work with Eckerd students throughout the day, tending the plants.

Peggy McCabe is a ...

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