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A look inside Islam listen

01/19/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A new civil rights group for Muslims sponsored a showing of the new film “Inside Islam: What a billion Muslims really think.” The film was at USF in Tampa last Saturday night, and was designed to challenge the notion that Islam and the West are on a collision course.

Muslims in 40 countries participated in a Gallup public opinion poll that showed what Muslims think about the most controversial issues surrounding their religion. Last Saturday hundreds of people attended the film at USF...

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Beyond Vietnam - A Time to Break Silence

01/18/10 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Today we bring you an historic speech by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was recorded on April 4, 1967, exactly one year before he was assassinated.

By 1967 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. became one of America’s nation's most prominent critic of the Vietnam War. He cautioned that the morally bankrupt U.S foreign policy was producing enemies. King spoke at Riverside Church in New York City.

For a copy of the speech, call 1-800-735-0230 or go to the website of the [Pacifica Radio Archi...

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Rev. Charles McKenzie on MLK listen

01/15/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Rev. Charles McKenzie Jr. is the Florida coordinator for the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. He has recently written books on both Barack Obama and on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rainbow / PUSH Coalition

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African community mobilizes for Haiti listen

01/15/10 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This morning African community leaders spoke at the Uhuru house in St. Petersburg about how to mobilize aide for Haiti locally. Aisha Fields, Director for the all African peoples development and empowerment project spoke this morning about the need for the African community in Tampa to marshal humanitarian efforts for Haiti.

The conference was called to really call on the African community here in the Tampa Bay area to come together, to recognize our sameness with the Africans who live he...

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Klandestine Relationships - Daryl Davis listen

01/15/10 Rob Piccirillo
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Can a Ku Klux Klan member be converted away from racism? Well, that’s something Grammy Award-winning pianist Daryl Davis spoke about last night to a few hundred USF students at USF-Tampa’s Phyllis Marshall Center. The presentation, which is part of USF’s University Lecture Series, was following by a short question-and-answer session and book signing.

Daryl Davis is a professional musician who has played with Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters, but it wasn’t until a card-carrying memb...

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Activists protest Petraeus appearance listen

01/15/10 Tom Baur
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Thursday evening protesters gathered in front of the Rennaisance Vinoy Resort to denounce the St Petersburg Chamber of Commerce for choosing Central Command General David H Petraeus to give the keynote speech at their 110th annual dinner.

It was a great day for a protest at St Petersburg’s Straub park on the shores of Tampa Bay. 68 degrees...

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Florida's aquatic problem with invasive species listen

01/15/10 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A broad coalition of groups from the Association of Fish and Wildlife agencies to Dow Agro-sciences is hosting a weeklong summit on invasive species in Washington D.C. The summit is part of the National Invasive Species Awareness Week that is hoping to bring the problem of invasives to the forefront. Aquatic invasives are disrupting Florida waters.

The lionfish is a spiny, venomous fish of contrasting red and white stripes that can grow to over a foot long. Nat...

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Peace activists protest Gen. Petraeus in St. Pete listen

01/14/10 Tom Baur & Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today peace activists from St. Pete for Peace and Veterans for Peace protested outside an event hosted by the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, where the keynote speaker was Gen. David Petraeus.

The groups were rallying to "support the troops who refuse to take part in war crimes,” as well as protesting Gen. Petraeus' appearance and the Chamber of Commerce's push to curtail civil liberties at BayWalk.

We will bring you a full report tomorrow.

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Skip Holtz steps down from East Carolina to replace Jim Leavitt as USF head coach listen

01/14/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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East Carolina coach Skip Holtz will be the next head coach for the USF Bulls, accepting USF’s offer this morning. The University has been looking for a coach since firing Jim Leavitt last Friday. The lawyer for USF football player Joel Miller is asking Ex-USF football coach Jim Leavitt to apologize for hitting him, the move that cost Leavitt his job. Miller’s legal team held a press conference today at their d...

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The Impact Of Phosphate Mining On Central Florida's Environment

01/14/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Our guest on WMNF's Radioactivity for this segment was Dennis Mader, president of the group People for Protecting Peace River. PPPR has just produced a documentary revealing the environmental impact of phosphate mining in Central Florida just east of Tampa.

FMI http://www.protectpeaceriver.org

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Interfaith dialogue and concert to take place this weekend

01/14/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Rev. Abhi Janamanchi and Dr. Roy Kaplan appeared on this segment of WMNF's Radioactivity to talk about this weekend's Interfaith Dialogue and concert at the UU Church in Clearwater. According to their press release the event is designed to raise funds that are urgently needed to aid relief operations in Haiti and to commemorate the birth anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater (Octagon Arts Center) will host a multicultural, interfaith music conc...

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Tampa’s Central Park Village revitalization receives $38 million from federal Recovery Act listen

01/14/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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$38 million of federal stimulus funds will go toward revitalization of Tampa’s Central Park Village area. The former public housing project will be re-built with some private investment as mixed-use development branded “Encore.”

In addition to the Recovery Act funds for the Central Park Village / Encore project, Democratic member of Congress Kathy Castor says housing initiatives in Pinellas and Pasco counties will receive $50 million.

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Rep Kathy Castor says she will not support the Senate version of the health care reform bill listen

01/14/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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As the U.S. House and Senate are trying to agree on a final health care reform bill, Tampa-area member of Congress Kathy Castor says she will not support the Senate version of the bill. That version does not include a public insurance option.

Florida Senator Bill Nelson thinks the final bill will closely resemble the Senate version because it passed with exactly the 60 votes required to avoid a threatened Republican filibuster.

But Castor said ...

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Relief efforts underway after Haitian quake. listen

01/14/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Yesterday members of Tampa’s Haitian community coordinated relief efforts for Tuesday’s deadly earthquake in Haiti. Although contact is not yet established with the quake victims, local groups are planning their next steps.

In recent years, Haiti has endured four hurricanes, a political coup de’tat, and a [severe corrosion of bas...

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PSC rejects FPL rate hike - power company says it stops capital expenditures in FL

01/13/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) rejected most of a rate hike request from Florida Power & Light (FPL).

According to a press release from FPL (see below), in response the power company "will immediately suspend activities on projects representing approximately $10 billion of investment over the next five years" in the state.

The projects include development of two new Turkey Point nuclear reactors (beyond that required for Nuclear Regulatory Commission licencing), updat...

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