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Activists Discuss Upcoming Baywalk Decision listen

09/30/09 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The occupancy of the once-thriving complex is now at a dismal thirty percent. Some believe the only way to save it is to allow the owners of Baywalk to take over the sidewalk that skirts the main entrance; a site known for political demonstrations. Others, like NAACP president Ray Tampa, say the move would be blatantly unconstitutional and deliver a clear message about where the city’s true intentions lie.

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A coalition of groups that include the International People’s Democratic U...

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Obama announces $5 B in medical research funding listen

09/30/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Scientists will receive $5 billion in government funds for research grants into cures for cancer, heart disease, autism, and other diseases. President Barack Obama made the announcement this morning at the National Institutes of Health, or NIH, in Maryland.

Obama also touted investments in research on the treatment and prevention of heart disease, which he calls “the leading cause of death in the United States.”

The funding, from the $787 billion economic stimulus package known as t...

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Will St. Pete privatize a popular protest spot near Baywalk?

09/30/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Our guest is Dwight Lawton, a spokesperson for the St. Petersburg chapter of Veterans for Peace and a member of St. Pete For Peace. The group is concerned about tomorrow's St. Pete City Council vote, which could result in the privatization of a sidewalk in downtown St. Pete. The group recently issued a press release which said in part:

The proceedings will take place at St. Petersburg City Hall beginning at 8:30am, at 175 Fifth Street N (map). There will be a public hearing to discuss t...

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When health insurance is not enough to cover medical costs

09/30/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll hear from some free speech activists who are concerned that the City of St. Petersburg is giving control of a downtown sidewalk to a private company…. But first we’ll meet some local people who are facing a crisis because their health insurance benefits have run out. Lane DeGregory is a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter for the St. Petersburg Times. She's joined by photographer John Pendergraft.

Many Americans struggl...

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Jack E. Davis on Marjory Stoneman Douglass and the Everglades listen

09/30/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Jack Davis held a conversation at the Tampa Bay History Center this Sunday, discussing his new book An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century. Marjory Stoneman Douglass was a renowned Florida Environmental activist, writer, journalist and feminist who changed the way Floridians and Americans think about the importance of preserving the Florida Everglades.

Everglades National Park was opened the same year her book *Everglades: River of Gras...

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Hate groups on the rise in US

09/29/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Our guest is Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center. He closely monitors hate groups in the US and has documented a rise in such group activity since the inauguration of President Obama.

As director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project and editor of its award-winning, quarterly investigative journal Intelligence Report, Mark Potok leads one of the most highly-regarded operations monitoring the extreme right in the world today. In addition to editing the magaz...

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This Weekend's Solar Home Tour

09/29/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Our guests for this segment were Jamie Trahan of the USF Clean Energy Research Center and Lisa Montelione from Rising Force Construction. They discussed this Saturday's Solar Home Tour.

(From the group's press release):

More than a dozen homes and buildings in the greater Tampa Bay area will be featured on Saturday, Oct. 3rd, as part of the 14th annual ASES National Solar Tour. Organized by Students for the Marketing and Advancement of Renewable Technologies (SMART) under the auspice...

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Public Option amendments defeated by Senate Finance Committee listen

09/29/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Florida Senator Bill Nelson today helped defeat an amendment that would have added a public option to the health care reform bill. The Senate Finance Committee took up the public option for the first time. Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia said the public option in his amendment would act as a counterweight to what he called the “rapacious” insurance companies.

Rockefeller says that without his amendment, the America’s Healthy Futures Act would give away over a ha...

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Sink on SBA oversight listen

09/29/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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For more on oversight of the SBA WMNF spoke with Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink this afternoon after the meeting.

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Michael Moore hosts press conference supporting single payer listen

09/29/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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This morning filmmaker Michael Moore hosted a press conference in Washington, D.C. asking President Barack Obama and the Congress to support single-payer universal health insurance.

Moore told a story of how an employee from an insurance company called him after the film Sicko came out, because of how the company was treating a customer who was seeking treatment for PTSD after being raped.

Also speaking at the press conference, which was broadcast via teleconference, were representativ...

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Charlie Crist hits the morning cable news listen

09/29/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Governor Charlie Crist made the rounds of the cable news programs this morning . He was asked about his run for Senate, the primary battle he faces against a more conservative opponent, Marco Rubio, federal spending, and a comment he made last week. At a Republican leadership conference in Michigan on Friday, Crist predicted that President Barack Obama could lose his bid for re-election in 2012 just like Jimmy Carter did to Ronald Reagan in 1980. Today, CNN asked Crist to clarify.

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Foreclosure Workshop At Tampa Convention Center listen

09/28/09 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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With foreclosures rates at an all-time high across the nation, hundreds gathered at the Tampa Convention Center on Saturday for a foreclosure prevention workshop.

Karen Brown is sick over the thought that she might lose the first home she has ever owned. “I cannot eat. I have no appetite. My husband. They don’t understand my family. They notice I’m withdrawn from talking. I just don’t want to hear it. If I’m talking about it. I go to a corner by myself. I will cry and they ...

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Coal waste from Florida headed to Panama listen

09/28/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last December a major environmental disaster occurred when an ash dike ruptured near a Tennessee power plant, endangering schools and residences. 1.1 billion gallons of toxic coal fly ash slurry flooded out of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston Fossil Plant’s 84-acre solid waste containment area.

Fly ash is a by-product of coal combustion, and is produced by coal power plants everywhere, including TECO’s Big Bend plant on Tampa Bay. All of the fly ash from that power plant is ...

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Cleveland Elementary butterfly garden a volunteer effort listen

09/25/09 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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It’s morning and volunteers from Seminole Heights Community Gardens are already digging in the dirt. They are planting a butterfly garden at Cleveland Elementary. The plants and flowers are all native Florida species and use less water and reduce the need for fertilizers.

Janet Olt and her two daughters are tilling one of two smaller beds being planted on the school’s campus. Janet’s 17 year old daughter Lindsey says that kids do not understand where ...

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Humane Society offers free shots tomorrow listen

09/25/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is offering free shots to cats and dogs tomorrow in Riverview beginning at 1pm. Dogs must be on a leash, cats must be in a carrier. Sherry Silk is the executive director of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

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