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Robin Wright on Middle East - Part I listen

03/04/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Journalist Robin Wright has reported from more than 140 countries in her career. She most recently covered foreign policy for the Washington Post.

Her latest book, Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East, has just been published in paperback.

WMNF spoke with Wright yesterday, and asked her about U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s announcement that two top State Department officials will travel to Damascus to hold a series of meetings with Syrian officials this w...

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Obama sign a violation of code or protected speech? listen

03/03/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Update, March 11: Heine has put his sign up for sale on eBay. In an email message, Heine says "If the KKK Christians want this sign down so badly, let them put their money where their mouth is, and buy it. Buy it for Jesus."

A sign outside a Pinella...

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Gainesville vote on repealing protection for LGBT residents draws opposition listen

03/03/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Later this month, citizens in Gainesville go to the polls to vote on whether to remove nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people in that northern Florida city.

The initiative is being sponsored by the group Citizens for Good Public Policy. It was organized after the Gainesville City Commission approved a revision to the city’s discrimination ordinance adding “gender identity” to the list of protected classes prohibiting discrimination in employment, public accommodation, housing...

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Paving Paradise: Vanishing wetlands

03/03/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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WELCOME TO RADIOACTIVITY. I’M ROB LOREI. Coming up today, we’ll hear from two local authors who have written a new book about Florida’s vanishing wetlands. And later we’ll hear from anti-genocide activist John Prendergast.

First up:

When European settlers first came to Florida- up to three quarters of Florida’s 35 million acres were under water at least part of the year. What’s happened to those wetlands is the subject of a new book called *Paving Paradise: Florida's Vanishi...

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Genocide In Africa

03/03/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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You're listening to WMNF's Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Our next guest is speaking tonight at 7:30 at Fox Hall at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. He is John Prendergast.

Prendergast is a world-renowned Africa expert, humanitarian and Co-Chair of the ENOUGH Project, an initiative to end genocide and crimes against humanity.

During the Clinton administration, Prendergast was involved in a number of peace processes in Africa while he was director of African Affairs at the National Sec...

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Bill Foster formally joins St. Pete mayor's race listen

03/02/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Even though he has been in the race for weeks, former St. Petersburg City Council member Bill Foster officially announced today that he is running for mayor.

“I’m honored and privileged to announce my candidacy to become the next mayor of the city of St. Petersburg.”

Foster made his announcement on Monday in downtown St. Pete’s Pioneer Park, following a prayer by Clarissa Hersey-James of Breaking Free By Faith Outreach Ministries. Foster calls h...

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New HIV vaccine debuts in Ybor City listen

03/02/09 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Amid the festivities at Southern Exposure, the nation’s first all-gay carnival held in Ybor over the weekend, a press conference was held on Saturday to announce the next steps in the development of a new HIV vaccination.

Referred to as the “GaYbor District,” Ybor currently hosts the nation’s highest gay population. At the Hampton Inn, the Atlanta-based GeoVax Labs Inc. educated some of the city’s residents and weekend visitors about the intended effects and next phase of their ...

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Pinellas seeks input on how to trim local government

03/02/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Pinellas Board of County Commissioners plans to cut at least 20 percent from its overall general fund for the next fiscal year, which begins in October.

Because of that, the Board is hosting public hearings unusually early in the budgeting process this year, beginning tomorrow night in Palm Harbor.

Mary Burrell is a spokeswoman for Pinellas County. She says these early meetings are a little unusually early this year, but that’s because the cuts will be substantial.

The County C...

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Ocean and coastal protection gets mixed review listen

03/02/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Florida Coastal and Ocean Coalition today gave the Sunshine state a mixed grade for its efforts the past two years to reverse the decline of ocean and coastal resources.

In 2005, the Florida Legislature passed the Oceans and Coastal Resources Act to advance what it saw as Florida’s responsibility to be a national leader on oceans and coastal protection.

The Florida Coastal and Ocean Coalition was formed the following year to help Florida realize its vision of being a national lead...

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Political analyst dissects Legislature's challenges this year listen

03/02/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Florida Gov. Charlie Crist says he wants to use as much as $8 billion in federal stimulus money to plug holes in the state budget over the next couple of years. But some Republicans don’t think that’s the way to go.

Wayne Garcia is the political editor of Creative Loafing, the Tampa Bay area’s alternative newspaper. He spoke about this issue and others on the eve of the legislative session.

That’s Wayne Garcia with Creative Loafing. On his political blog, called Political Wh...

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Garcia comments on Foster's entry into St. Pete mayor's race listen

03/02/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Bill Foster’s entry into the St. Pete mayor’s race adds another interesting personality into the mix of candidates to replace Rick Baker this fall.

Creative Loafing’s Wayne Garcia spoke with WMNF today about Bill Foster, and the other candidates vying to lead Florida’s fourth largest city, for a primary election that is still half a year away.

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Charlie Justice on the upcoming Legislative Session listen

03/02/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In assessing what will happen in the Legislature this year, as the state finds itself several billions of dollars in a deficit, Sen. Stephen Wise, R-Jacksonville, said recently that the final budget this year will be looked at as a "disaster."

Charlie Justice represents parts of Hillsborough and Pinellas County in the Florida Senate. The St. Petersburg Democrat arrived in Tallahassee today to begin the legislative session. He said he shares some of Wise’s pessimism.

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Alternative medicine: Get it together

03/02/09 Dr. Carol L. Roberts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Juli Steinocher, MA, LMHC, will be live in-studio to talk to Dr. Roberts about how the practice of energy psychology and energy medicine can bring new insights into mental health and social well-being. Juli uses these techniques in her own practice, as well as traditional counseling. Some of the conditions she treats include phobias/anxiety, relationship conflicts, emotional issues related to physical illness, and daily stress.

Juli Steinocher can be contacted at (727) 894-6463 or by emai...

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