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David Kessler on 'The End of Overeating' - Part 2 listen

06/12/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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David Kessler is a professor at the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine. He was also the commissioner for the Food & Drug Administration from 1990 to 1997 for Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

He’s also the author of the new book, The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite, in which he tries to answer the question about why Americans overindulge and what they can do about it.

In the second part of our interview cond...

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Florida benefits from billions in stimulus funding says advisor to Crist listen

06/11/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Beginning this summer, Floridians will see “dirt moving” on transportation projects funded by billions of federal stimulus dollars. That’s according to Don Winstead, who is special advisor to Florida Governor Charlie Crist for the federal economic recovery act. He spoke to about fifty business owners at the Tampa Bay Area Business Expo this morning at the Tampa Convention Center.

Earlier this year, Congress passed, and President Barack Obama signed, the $787 billion American Reinvest...

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Hillsborough honcho gets backlash over raises for staffers listen

06/11/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Hillsborough County Adminstrator Pat Bean got a smackdown today at a county budget hearing today regarding recent pay raises for some of her top assistants.

It came as the Commission met to try to find a way to cut $144 million from next year’s budget. It also came a day and a half after hundreds of citizens packed the County’s chambers begging that certain services not be cut next year.

Commissioner Kevin Beckner brought the issue up, which was first reported in today’s *St. Pete...

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Right-wing violence on the rise

06/11/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Our guest today was Chip Berlet, a senior analyst at Political Research Associates. He just wrote the piece "Violence, Apocalyptic Aggression and Conspiracy Theories: Holocaust Museum Shooting, Antisemitic Conspiracy Theories, and the Tools of Fear," which states: "The alleged shooter at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum ... has an online book excerpt revealing his deep roots in historic White Supremacy and antisemitic conspiracy theories, including references to the hoax document 'The Pr...

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David Kessler on America's overindulgent apettite listen

06/11/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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David Kessler is the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration and the author of the new book, that looks at why 1/3rd of Americans are overweight, and why they have a hard time keeping off the pounds. It’s called “The End of Overeating:Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite.”

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Tampa Mayor says she will no longer issue proclamations for CAIR listen

06/11/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio’s office confirmed today that they will no longer award proclamations for CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations, and a critic of the group says it was his criticism of the group that led to her decision.

Joe Kaufman is the head of the South Florida group called Americans Against Hate. For years, he has accused CAIR of being associated Hamas, the Middle East organization that is listed by the U.S. Government as a terrorist organization, but is also the leg...

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New LEED certified green home to be constructed in South Tampa listen

06/11/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This morning in South Tampa, a local green building consulting firm broke ground on a home pursuing a LEED-PLATINUM level certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Darren Brinkley is the President of REAL building, which has designed several green buildings in the Tampa Bay area in the past 3 years. He said he has big ambitions for the new house.

Brinkley said one of the features that his REAL Design team is building is an automated natural ventilation system.

The house also...

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New seat belt law set to take effect in Florida listen

06/10/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A new law that goes into effect at the end of the month will allow law enforcement officers in Florida to pull over and ticket a driver, and any front seat passengers, for not wearing a seatbelt.

As part of their “Operation Belt$ or Else” campaign, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputy Steve Favors handed out a flyer and verbal warnings to drivers at the intersection of Dale Mabry Highway and Waters Avenue in Tampa this morning.

“The i...

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Health care reform debate heats up

06/10/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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The debate over health care reform is heating up in Washington, D.C. Our guest today, Dr. David Himmelstein, is a professor at Harvard Medical School and is a co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program.

Himmelstein recently co-authored a study which found that two-thirds of U.S. bankruptcies in 2007 were medically related and that 78 percent of people who had medical bankruptcies had medical insurance at the start of their illness. Himmelstein tells WMNF...

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Report: Florida's "Green Economy" grew nearly 8% over past decade listen

06/10/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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According to a new study, Florida’s clean energy economy grew nearly 8 percent between 1998 and 2007. The study by the Pew Charitable Trusts released today found that Florida was among the top 10 states in America’s clean energy, or Green Job economy.

Lori Grange is the interim deputy director with the Pew Center on the States.

To see the report, which lists a hard count of jobs created in the green economy over the past decade, visit PewTrusts.org.

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Columnist: Bush mostly to blame for deficit listen

06/10/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Congressional Budget Office forecasts that in the coming years, the federal government will be running the biggest deficits since the years just after World War II.

Republicans blame President Obama’s budget for this – but according to New York Times Business Columnist David Leonhardt, Obama’s ambitious agenda is responsible for only a small part of the deficits. However, Leonardt writes that the president does not have a realistic plan for eliminating it.

Leonhardt looked ...

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Bob Smith joins race for Senate seat listen

06/10/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last night, WMNF ran the first part of an interview with former New Hampshire Sen. Bob Smith, who officially announced on Monday that he will challenge Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Mel Martinez next year.

The Sarasota resident yesterday that he’s running because he believes the Republican Party has lost its way and become Democrat-lite in some ways, as exemplified by Crist’s support for Barack Obama’s stimulus plan ear...

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How to prepare for the digital TV transition

06/09/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up, we'll take your questions about this week's digital conversion of all broadcast television stations.

The federal government is expecting "significant problems" when the U.S. switches to digital TV this Friday, according to acting Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Copps. Most of the problems will come when consumers with antennas and converter boxes fail to re-scan their televsions after the switch.

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New Florida law allows export of prisoners to nearby states listen

06/09/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Beginning July 1, Florida will be able to export prisoners to other states because of a law signed by Governor Charlie Crist in May. It’s an effort to cut spending by reducing the need to build new prisons. But the Department of Corrections says they have no immediate plans to use that authority.

Victor Crist, a Republican from ...

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Facebook rules in new UT study listen

06/09/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The web analytics firm Compete is reporting that U.S. traffic to the social networking site Facebook has increased nearly 8 percent in the past month; more than 113 million people in the U.S. have interacted on the site.

The data also shows that MySpace continued to drop in popularity, while the media sensation Twitter’s growth has flattened. Facebook’s popularity led a University of Tampa instructor to conduct an analysis of its users, keying in on the privacy, or lack thereof.

Dr...

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