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Saffire: The Uppity Blues Women on Farewell Tour

04/04/09 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Saffire: The Uppity Blues Women are one of the most successful and entertaining acoustic blues groups today. Ann Rabson and Andra Faye talk about their love of Skipper’s and the WMNF audience as they treat us with a concert on their farewell tour. Julie Black’s CD release party will be the opening for the concert on Friday, April 10 at 8 p.m.

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Sarasota Film Festival wraps up

04/04/09 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Samantha Buck, the director of 21 Below, talks about her film which captures the “real life” of a family in crisis. Jenny McGuire and Sophia Raab, producers, also participate in the discussion.

Ry Russo-Young is director of You Won’t Miss Me, the story of a struggling actress who is being released from a psychiatric care facility.

Kristin Isaacson, “Over the Hills and Far Away”, When Rowan Isaacson was diagnosed with autism at an early age, his parents sought answers for how to m...

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Book: A baseball star's fall from grace listen

04/03/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Major League Baseball begins its regular season this Sunday night, when the world champion Philadelphia Phillies host the Atlanta Braves. The defending American League champion Tampa Bay Rays begin their season Monday afternoon in Boston.

Several new books about baseball have just been published, including "The Rocket That Fell to Earth: Roger Clemens and the rage for Baseball Immortality" by Jeff Pearlman. Pearlman examines the life of the former pitching great, whose life came crashi...

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FL House Panel passes gambling bill listen

04/03/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A House panel this morning passed a vote on its proposed gambling compact, a much more modest approach than what has already passed through the State Senate.

The House Select Committee on Seminole Indian Compact Review passed a proposal that would produce at least $100 million dollars in annual revenue for the state. West Palm Beach Democrat Mary Brandenberg said she thought it was premature to be voting on what she barely called a proposal, much less a bill.

But it’s only the first st...

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Campaign begins for medical marijuana ballot measure listen

04/03/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last month, the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a law allowing the use of medical marijuana on a doctor's recommendation. If it were to be signed by the state’s Governor, they would become the 14th state to allow medical marijuana.

Now an Orlando woman is going to try to get a similar law passed in Florida.

Kim Russell is the founder of People United for Medical Marijuana . She’s working on circulating petitions for the 2010 electoral ballot asking residents to legalize m...

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Ahmed Mohamed is in single cell confinement in Pinellas jail listen

04/02/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The jury in the federal trial of Yousef Megahed did not reach a verdict today. They have been deliberating since Tuesday following a more than two week trial. Megahed and fellow USF student Ahmed Mohamed were arrested in August 2007 in South Carolina after they were stopped for speeding. They were charged with illegally transporting explosive materials based on what the students say were home-made fireworks found in their trunk. But there is concern about the prison conditions under which Moh...

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Planned Parenthood, MTV team up for against STDs listen

04/02/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has designated April as a time to raise public awareness about the impact STDs have on the lives of Americans and the importance of discussing sexual health with health care providers and sexual partners. The CDC estimates there are approximately 19 million new STD cases each year, almost half of them among young people between the ages of 15 and 24.

So today in St. Petersburg, Florida Planned Parenthood affiliates announced a nationwide partn...

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Juan Cole on Wahhabism listen

04/02/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In University of Michigan professor Juan Cole’s new book, Engaging the Muslim World, he writes about Wahhabism, the distinctive form of Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia. He writes that it has generated a great deal of concern among outsiders.

Many western observers, in explaining everything with reference to a single religious tradition, ultimately reduce Saudi Arabia to a caricature, he says. In our interview conducted with him last week, WMNF asked Cole about Wahhabism and Saudi Arabia.

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Kendrick collects signatures to get on ballot listen

04/02/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A day after Congressman Kendrick Meek announced that he has raised nearly $1.5 million in the early days of his campaign for the U.S. Senate, he announced today that he intends to qualify for the ballot by gathering signatures by petition.

Meek will have a year to collect the 112,000+ signatures he needs to qualify. Sometimes local candidates qualify for a ballot by gathering petitions, but it is nearly unprecedented for a candidate running statewide in Florida – home to approximately 18 ...

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Tampa's ban on lawn sprinkling starts Friday listen

04/02/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Less than 24 hours before Tampa’s new radical water conservation law is to go into effect, two City Council members changed their minds on the matter, nearly thwarting it from becoming law. But the proposal to reverse their original ruling did not gain a majority, and the ban will begin as scheduled on Friday.

Two weeks ago, Council members, on a 5-1 vote, decided to ban all lawn sprinkling in the city to contend with the current drought conditions plaguing the city. That’s more restrict...

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Religious travelers experience Israel and Palestine views listen

04/01/09 Doris Norrito
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tours to Israel have always enjoyed popularity. But visits to the Israeli occupied Palestinian West Bank are discouraged by news of terrorist attacks and government warnings. Palestinian run tour groups offer a different view for travelers to the Holy Land.

Last November, the First World Religious Travel Expo and Educational Conference was held in Orlando. For the first time, Palestine tour trips were represented. Although both Israeli and Palestinian tours include visits to sacred Christi...

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Attorney General Bill McCollum forms working group on mortgage fraud listen

04/01/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today, Florida’s Attorney General Bill McCollum formed a working group on mortgage fraud. McCollum met with law enforcement, attorneys, and state officials in Tallahassee to coordinate how they will deal with mortgage fraud.

McCollum says there are about four different kinds of mortgage fraud going on in Florida.

Mark Ober, the elected State Attorney in Hillsborough County, says his office has an economic crime unit that investigates mortgage fraud.

Attorney General Bill McCollum say...

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Federal Renewable Electricity Standard could be passed soon listen

04/01/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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WMNF reported that yesterday the Florida Senate moved a step closer to passing a bill requiring that utilities generate a portion of their electricity from renewable sources.

Renewable electricity standard, or RES, legislation is also moving through the U.S. House and Senate. A strong RES will unleash the renewable energy potential of the southeast...

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Meek reports huge fundraising numbers listen

04/01/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Currently, there are three candidates running for the Democratic nomination: a state Sen. Kendrick Meek, former House Minority Leader Dan Gelber from Miami Beach, and North Miami Mayor Kevin Burns.

Meek is a former state legislator who was first elected to Congress in 2002, taking over the seat held for years by his mother, Carrie Meek. If Meek were to win, he would be the first black to hold statewide office in Florida.

Senior Strategist Steve Hildebrand says the new fundraising number...

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Hillsborough drafting ballot language for light rail amendment listen

04/01/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners today took their first concrete step toward getting a possible sales tax referendum on the 2010 ballot that would help pay for a mass transit system.

The Board approved a motion to have the County Attorney and staff work with a task force to come up with draft language for the proposed referendum – but not before one commission said he didn’t think the measure would pass anyway.

Lucia Garces is the with the Administrative Planning & Infrastructure Depar...

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