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'Outrage' suggests double life for Gov. Crist listen

07/17/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last night the WMNF Film Series hosted the Tampa Bay premier of the documentary Outrage. More than 200 people packed into the Tampa Pitcher Show to see the film that its website calls, “a searing indictment of the hypocrisy of closeted politicians who actively campaign against the LGBT community they covertly belong to.” Outrage prominently features Florida Governor Charlie Crist.

The audience applauded video of former Republican U.S. Representative Jim Kolbe who spoke on the floor ...

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International Criminal Court 11 years old listen

07/17/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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It was reported this week that Sudanese President Omar Hassan al Bashir dropped plans to visit Uganda, after that country’s foreign minister announced that Uganda would honor the International Criminal Court’s arrest warrant if Bashir entered the country.

The news is significant in that the African Union has previously announced that they would not honor the ICC’s arrest warrant out on Bashir.

Joining us to talk about that and other incidents involving the ICC is Don Kraus, the ...

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Assistants to Pat Bean demoted listen

07/16/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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On a 6-1 vote, the Hillsborough County Commission today demoted two of County Administrator Pat Bean’s top assistants, after trying unsuccessfully to rescind their pay raises.

Budget Director Eric Johnson and Debt Management Director Mike Merrill were 2 of 6 employees who were given promotions last November, and with them came pay raises of 10%.

But those raises had become lightning rods, considering that those employees already made over $100,000 a year, while the county is laying ...

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McCollum announces expansion of InVest program to reduce domestic violence homicides listen

07/16/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A pilot program that aims to reduce the number of fatal domestic violence cases in Florida is expanding into six new counties. Attorney General Bill McCollum announced today the growth of the Intimate Violence Enhanced Services Team, or InVest.

The InVest program is already in place in Alachua, Duval, Orange, Seminole, and St. Lucie counties. Attorney General McCollum, who is running for the Republican nomination for Governor, announced Thursday that the p...

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Health Insurance Industry Whistleblower

07/16/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Today on Radioactivity we present a portion of the Bill Moyers Journal program from last Friday night, in which a whistleblower, a one-time insurance industry PR official, expresses his regrets about his role in attacking proposals for health care reform. I'm Robert Lorei. Later we'll open the phone lines to hear what your thoughts are on national health care.

FMI Watch the original program here.

A reminder: tonight at 9PM...

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Council wants boaters to slow down on the Hillsborough listen

07/16/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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After receiving complaints from water taxi companies, the Tampa City Council in May asked their staff to review boating speeds through the part of the Hillsborough River that cuts through downtown.

Currently, there is a mile-long stretch from Kennedy Boulevard up to the Rick's on the River restaurant where there is no limit on boaters' speed.

Councilwoman Linda Saul-Sena told City Attorney Chip Fletcher that her concern was risk to water taxis and those in the rowing community.

But a...

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New report: foreclosure crisis in FL getting worse listen

07/16/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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According to a new report, the foreclosure crisis in Florida is getting worse.

RealtyTrac’s Market Foreclosure Report shows the Sunshine State posted the second highest number of filings and the third- highest rate of foreclosures in 2009.

The state reported 268,064 properties received a foreclosure filing in the first half of this year, a 7 percent jump from the previous six months and a nearly 42 percent hike from the first half of 2008. Only California posted a higher number for th...

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Equality Florida Rally at Media General listen

07/16/09 Lindsey Kratochwill
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The LGBT group Equality Florida helped to organize a rally and press conference at the Media General Headquarters in Tampa yesterday. That’s the home of NBC affiliate WFLA, News Channel 8.

They were speaking out against a controversial hour-long infomercial that the group called ‘anti-gay’, that was shown on the same day of St Pete Pride and the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.

The group that gathered outside of the building walked down to Kennedy Boulevard wearing red...

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Sun City Center residents discuss transit options listen

07/15/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Later this year, the Hillsborough County Commission will decide whether to place a referendum on the November 2010 general election ballot asking residents if they want to increase sales tax by a penny in order to pay for transit.

Today in Sun City Center, people living in south county weighed in on what future transit choices they prefer. Joy Gasser thinks that Hillsborough should rely on more than just a sales tax increase to fund transportation.

Eileen Courter lives in Sun City Cent...

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Hillsborough Victim's Assistance Program Faces Shutdown

07/15/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Today on Radioactivity we'll meet staffers from the Hillsborough Victim's Assistance Program.

The County Commission's budget plan proposes cutting more than $140 million in county spending from this year's $1.1 billion operating budget and furlough more than 1,100 employees.

Among the programs facing drastic cuts are the Victim's Assistance Program. It could be phased out under the plan now being considered. We're joined by three staffers from the program: Patricia Pupello, Stella Cara...

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County removes Ralph Hughes name from Moral Courage Award listen

07/15/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Hillsborough County Commission voted unanimously to remove the name of Ralph Hughes from its Moral Courage Award.

Last year, under strong opposition, the Hillsborough County Commission renamed their award in honor of Hughes, the controversial developer known for bankrolling Republican candidates over the years, who died a year ago.

But Commissioner Rose Ferlita today said that the Award, originally offered back in 1991 to honor those who stand up to the government for the community ...

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Public Meeting for Friendship Trail Bridge listen

07/15/09 Lindsey Kratochwill
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tuesday evening, the first of two public hearings to discuss the course of action for the Friendship Trail Bridge was held at the Weedon Island Cultural Center.

The Hillsborough public works department recently managed an engineering analysis of the structure of the bridge, which was closed in December. The analysis of the damage to the bridge was offered at the meeting by Dave Thompson.

With the findings of this analysis, four different alternatives were presented for consideration. Al...

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Hillsborough Commissioners honor the late Phyllis Busansky listen

07/15/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Hillsborough County Commission today honored the former Supervisor of Elections and County Commissioner by naming a senior center for her, as well as naming a new award for her. Today's meeting was the first since Phyllis Busansky died last month.

Busansky’s career with Hillsborough County politics went back to the early 1980’s, and her force of personality and accomplishments were remembered today by Board members.

Commissioner Rose Ferlita proposed naming a new award for the l...

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St. Pete: '2nd meanest city in the country for the homeless'

07/14/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A national homeless organization today called St. Petersburg the second-meanest city in the country for the homeless.

The National Coalition for the Homeless says St. Pete stands only behind Los Angeles in being unfair to the homeless. Overall, four Florida cities make the top 10, with Orlando listed 3rd, Gainesville, 5th, and Bradenton 9th.

Topping the reasons why St. Pete makes the Coalition’s list is the infamous January 2007 shredding of tents being lived in by the homeless, as w...

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Earl Lennard named Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections listen

07/14/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Governor Charlie Crist today appointed Earl Lennard as Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections, replacing the late Phyllis Busansky. Lennard served as Hillsborough County Superintendent of Schools from 1996 to 2005.

The 67 year old Lennard served as an educator for over 4 decades. He also served on a variety of local boards, and contemplated running for State Senate back in 2005. Although a registered Republican, he contemplated running as a Democrat. Governor Crist made the announ...

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