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Builder discusses value of green schools

06/15/09 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Our very special guest on today's Sustainable Living Program was Charles Girard, the green contractor that has been working on the LEED Platinum Classrooms at the Learning Gate Charter School in Lutz.

Charles is also working on a documentary on sustainable living, and just returned from filming in Australia. We talked about the benefits of modular construction, the future of green building and the students' view of sustainable building practices at their environmental studies school.

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Tampa Bay Water to fix reservoir at estimated cost of $125 million listen

06/15/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This morning the board of Tampa Bay Water directed its general manger to implement a long-term fix for the region’s damaged reservoir. It is expected to cost about $125 million.

Cracks that formed more than two years ago in the state’s largest reservoir have been temporarily patched. The 15.5-billion-gallon-capacity reservoir -- which was essentially empty in the beginning of May – is being filled and now conta...

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Congresswoman Castor on Pew study on green jobs listen

06/15/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last week, WMNF reported on a new study from the Pew Charitable Trusts on the clean energy economy over the past decade. It said that Florida green job economy grew nearly 8 percent over the past decade.

Today Hillsborough area Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Castor said the release of the report comes at a critical time.

During a recent debate about the Clean Energy Bill, Castor says she added an amendment to promote renewable power in the Energy and Commerce Committee. She says she wa...

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Gelber and Aronberg look forward to primary listen

06/15/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Excited by Barack Obama’s victory in the Sunshine State in last year’s presidential election, Florida Democrats hope to win some of the Cabinet positions currently held by Republicans.

Kendrick Meek and Alex Sink are by far the frontrunners in their races for senator and governor, respectively. The Democrats will have a contested race for Attorney General, as two South Florida senators, Dan Gelber and Dave Aronberg, have announced their candidacies.

Both were at the Hilton Hotel in...

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Kendrick Meek earns more endorsements listen

06/15/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Miami area Democratic Representative Kendrick Meek added to his growing list of supporters today when fellow Congress members Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Ron Klein endorsed him.

All three Representatives have worked together for years, beginning in the Florida House and Senate, and now in Congress.

Wasserman Schultz was enthusiastic in announcing her support for Meek.

Broward County area Democrat Ron Klein knocked out longtime Republican Clay Shaw in 2006, and was rumored at one poi...

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Lutz optician has the gift of giving listen

06/15/09 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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OneSight, a nonprofit organization, provides eye care at no cost globally. One of their volunteers is Sandra Salas. The Lutz optician and other doctors will travel to Paraguay in June to provide free eye care for those who need it.

She said that in Mexico where she volunteered two years ago, the organization donated 30,000 eyeglasses thanks to the donors. If you would like to donate eyeglasses or find out more about the organization, go to OneSight.org.

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Shuffleboard event to benefit community gardens listen

06/15/09 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The second Annual Summer Shuffleboard Event organized by Green Florida was held at Mirror Lake Shuffleboard Complex on June 13. The event was a fundraiser for community gardens in Tampa Bay. The community enjoyed an evening of local food and beverages, live music by Loose Oranges, a silent art auction and shuffleboard courts.

Green Florida recently launched Paris Gardens project in memory of Paris Whitehead-Hamilton, the child gunned down in Bartlett Park in April. These gardens may reduce...

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Letterman's attack on Palin's daughters condemned

06/13/09 Arlene Engelhardt
From A Woman's Point of View

David Letterman made sexist, inappropriate jokes about Sarah Palin's daughters two nights in a row. NOW condemned his jokes and inducted him into their Media Hall of Shame. Read the full story here.

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Abortion Story

06/13/09 Mary Glenney & Anonymous Listener
From A Woman's Point of View

A listener wrote about her desire to have a second child, and the difficult decision she made to abort the fetus she was carrying that had a rare genetic abnormality. Her story: The topic of abortion is a big one in my life. I have always been a devoted feminist, meaning I am completely supportive of all things which give women a greater voice in our violent, male-dominated world. It is astonishing to me in this modern age how women are still oppressed and controlled and silenced in so many ...

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Cindy Sheehan in St. Pete on June 17

06/13/09 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Internationally known activist and author Cindy Sheehan will be in St. Petersburg on Wednesday, June 17. Cindy has authored three books and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize after the death of her son in Iraq. She is most famous for her 2005 vigil at the doorstep of George Bush's Crawford Ranch.

Cindy will discuss her recently published Internet booklet, Myth America: 10 Greatest Myths of the Robber Class and the Case for Revolution, at two venues in downtown St. Petersburg on We...

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Are the war on terror, women’s reproductive rights?

06/13/09 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

After witnessing the impact of President George W. Bush's reinstatement of the Global Gag Rule, Michelle Goldberg, journalist, author, and longtime critic of Bush's policies on sexual and reproductive health, decided that a book about the global battle for reproductive justice was long overdue. So she wrote The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World.

The cover art depicting a woman holding the Earth on her shoulders is more than appropriate for this deeply-resear...

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AARP members want Congress to address Medicare doughnut hole listen

06/12/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A couple of volunteers for the AARP made a visit to the St. Petersburg District office of Pinellas area Congressman C.W. Bill Young today.

They brought doughnut holes to Young’s office, in order to press him to help address the co-called ‘doughnut hole’ gap in coverage in the Medicare prescription drug benefit.

In that program, once drug costs reach certain levels, hundreds of thousands of older Floridians fall into the “doughnut hole.” At that point, Medicare beneficiaries mu...

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United Students Against Sweatshops protest at NBA Finals in Orlando listen

06/12/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The National Basketball Association Finals are going on this week in Orlando. After last night’s game, the Los Angeles Lakers lead the Orlando Magic three games to one.

But not everyone is in central Florida to watch Kobe Bryant take on Dwight Howard. Nearly a dozen members of United Students Against Sweatshops, or USAS, are pressuring the NBA to end its relationship with Russell Corporation. ...

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Tampa Bay planners dialog with Dutch to learn their approach to climate change listen

06/12/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The effects of climate change on Florida are likely to include rising sea levels and increased frequency and intensity of hurricanes. These will all increase the future risk of flooding around the Tampa Bay region’s low-lying geography. To get ideas about how to mitigate and adapt to a flood-prone future, planners and engineers have begun a dialog with a country that has a history of overcoming similar challenges.

Fifty-five percent of land in The Netherlands is below sea level, and th...

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Analyst discusses the Iranian election listen

06/12/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Muhammed Sahimi is a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Southern California and a blogger for the Huffington Post and other publications.

He says that Iran will see real change if the challenger in tonight’s election, Hossein Mousavi, is victorious.

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