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County transit officials to tread lightly on rail listen

11/15/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In the wake of the Hillsborough transit referendum getting shot down in the polls, officials are grappling with the question of what to do next. Members of the county’s transportation agency are opting to tread lightly as they look for new ways to go forward on transit.

Facing the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Board this morning, transportation advocate Pierre Mathurin says he has a regret.

"I wish that I would have done more to encourage people to vote for countywide transporta...

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Hillsborough Homeless Coalition honors Homeless Heroes listen

11/15/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last Friday, the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County presented their 2010 "Homeless Heroes" awards at their annual meeting in Westshore.

According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, The US's economy's ongoing recession has left more than an estimated 1.5 million Americans without a roof over their heads. Floridians in particular have been among the hardest hit with job losses, foreclosures, and people seeking government assistance in the state among the highest in the nati...

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Yael Dayan: it takes more than birth to be Jewish listen

11/12/10 Doris Norrito
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Yael Dayan says Jewish identity is a concern of everyday life for Jews. She grew up in Israel and describes herself as a secular Jew. Beyond religion, beyond the common Hebrew language and traditions, Dayan says common values bind Jews from all over the world.

Around the world Jews were usually a minority, and that led to discrimination. Dayan said that in Israel, for the first time, Jews became a majority, and that such a big change created other problems.

Dayan acknowledges the divers...

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Due in part to stimulus, East Tampa health clinic opens listen

11/12/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The health care debate has shined light on the millions of Americans who live in fear of illness and injury because they can’t afford health insurance. But affordable health care is closer than many people think. Tomorrow marks the grand opening of an East Tampa health clinic that takes in patients regardless of whether or not they’re covered.

The burgundy paint on the walls of the new building looks barely dry. But the waiting area at Tampa Family Health Center’s newest facility is ...

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USF students and faculty fast to raise funds for charity listen

11/11/10 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Go hungry for a day so another won't have to- this was the pledge some USF students and faculty took when they participated to the Fast- A-Thon organized by the Muslim Students Association at USF on November 10. This year, the event raised more than $5,000 for charity. The funds were donated to a local food pantry, a free health care clinic and for flood victims in Pakistan.

No food, no water for 12 hours for a good cause - this was the pledge that student Avan ...

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Local schools test out bike share programs listen

11/11/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The University of Tampa is rounding out the first month of its bike share program. This green initiative comes amid a nationwide conservative backlash.

The concept is nothing new. Some schools provide communal bicycles so students can traverse a university’s sprawling grounds without having to get into the car. Programs range from those with high-tech tracking systems to those that let students hop on any unoccupied cycle. Katie White, University of Tampa's Assistant Director of Campus R...

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Political action committee formed to save the St. Pete Pier listen

11/11/10 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The St. Petersburg City Council voted last August to demolish the Pier, the waterfront landmark that has defined the St. Pete skyline since 1973. A new group wants to put the fate of the pier in the hands of voters during next year's municipal elections. WMNF was there for the organization's first meeting as an official political action committee.

Tom Lambdon formed the Vote on the Pier political action committee to try to force a referendum on ...

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Interviews with Two Veterans: Former Congressman Sam Gibbons and Veterans for Peace Activist Dwight Lawton

11/11/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good afternoon. I'm Rob Lorei. It's Veteran's Day and today we have two interviews with former members of the US military.

First up retired Tampa Congressman Sam Gibbons who was a young paratrooper during D-Day in WWII.

Later we'll hear from Dwight Lawton of St. Petersburg. Lawton served on a US Navy destroyer in the early 1950's reaching the rank of lieutenant. For many years he's been active in peace and social justice causes- including as a leader with the group Veterans for Peace....

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Hillsborough continues talk of countywide panhandling ban listen

11/10/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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With no relief for rampant unemployment and underemployment in the Tampa Bay area, many jobless and working poor take to curbsides and medians in the hope that enough passersby will spare a dollar or two. Many see it as a hazard, which is why Hillsborough County is considering revamping a countywide ban on the practice. Today Tampa and county officials held its second workshop to kick around possible ways of curbing the practice.

Assistant Tampa Police Chief John Bennett says a recent ag...

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David Rovics on progressive activism listen

11/10/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tonight, David Rovics, considered to be one of the most radical singer/songwriters in the nation, is performing at Cafe Bohemia in St. Petersburg. His music has been featured on Democracy Now!, BBC, and Al-Jazeera. Earlier today, Rovics sat down with WMNF's Kelly Benjamin and spoke about the state of progressive activism in the United States.

"In the United States there was a growing anti-capitalist movement, it's hard to define it more specifically than that bec...

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Interview With Sean Faircloth Executive Director Of The Secular Coalition For America

11/10/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Our guest today is Sean Faircloth, executive director of the Secular Coalition for America.

Faircloth will be speaking this Saturday morning in Clearwater about church-state issues, the Founding Fathers and the rise in the number of people who consider themselves "non-religious" in the U.S.

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Pinellas schools consider swapping fundamental, Montessori programs listen

11/09/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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It’s no secret that many public schools in Florida are disappointing at best. The Pinellas County School Board is trying to makes some tweaks to the system to boost results, but one of these changes has two South Pinellas communities up in arms. Deputy Superintendent Jim Madden says the draft of the county’s Student Achievement Proposal takes a long view of student success.

"We're trying to look at our district from say, like the 30,000 foot level, and saying 'how are we structured sc...

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Discussion of Progressive Christianity & a Discussion of Former President George W. Bush's New Book

11/09/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll discuss progressive Christianity with Fred Plumer who is president of The Center For Progressive Christianity.

Later in the program we'll hear some excerpts from NBC's interview last night with with former President George W. Bush on the occasion of the release of his new book about his presidency.

[NBC interview with G.W. Bush](http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40076644/ns/politics-decision_...

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Gov. Crist says he may pardon Jim Morrison listen

11/09/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Outgoing Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said today he may pardon Jim Morrison. The former lead singer of The Doors was convicted of indecent exposure and profanity during a 1969 concert in Miami.

"Yeah, I am considering it. Gary has been encouraging me to consider it for quite some time. I think we want to get a sense of how the other cabinet members, what their feeling might be, but I'm certainly willing to consider it."

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Charter, private fishing boats may be regulated separately listen

11/08/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Florida is dubbed the fishing capital of the world, but overfishing has threatened this key industry for years. Charter fishing boat operators, environmental groups, and other stakeholders are meeting in Tampa this week to discuss a policy that may change the way fishing is regulated.

The concept is called "sector separation." It would result in a separate set of rules for those who, say, fish off bridges or their own boats, and those who make a living taking people out on charter boats. E...

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