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SOA Watch Founder Fr. Roy Bourgeois Speaks on US Human Rights Abuses (Part 1) listen

02/23/10 Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Close to a hundred people packed the small Lakewood United Church of Christ in St. Petersburg Friday night to listen to a man who has spent the last two decades working to shut down the School of the Americas, or SOA, now known as WHINSEC. The US Army facility has trained some 60,000 Latin American military personnel in counter insurgency and torture since it opened in 1946. Its list of graduates is a veritable who’s who of some of the world’s most n...

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District 58 write in candidate Jose Vazquez hopes for a shot at Tallahassee listen

02/22/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tomorrow is the special election to fill the State House seat that was left empty when Michael Scionti left for a position in the Obama administration’s Department of Defense.

Hunter Chamberlin is the Republican nominee for [State House District 58](http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/districtdetails.aspx?MemberId=4475&SessionId=64&SenateMemberID=4402&CongressionalDistrictID=1...

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Bike Month & Community Gardens

02/22/10 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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We started today’s program talking about our upcoming local Bicycle Month in March. Our guests were some of the organizers: Karen Kress with the Tampa Downtown Partnership and Julie Bond with the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida.

Bike Month activities will include biking contests, workshops, races, and other events throughout the month. Visit Tampa Bay Cycle for the complete schedule. The main safety issue that ca...

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Sarasota County Commissioners ReDo Orioles Deal listen

02/22/10 Virginia Hoffman
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In July 2009, Sarasota City and County Commissions approved a $31 million dollar deal to build the Baltimore Orioles a new spring training baseball stadium. But last Friday, the Commissioners met to redo that vote.

Cathy Antunes, a spokesperson for Sarasota Citizens for Responsible Government called the redo meeting a charade. Antunes read a list of reasons why and her group brought along an 18-foot tall inflatable rat to prove their point.

Sarasota Citizens for Responsible Government...

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Special Election for State House District 58 seat Tuesday listen

02/22/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tomorrow is the special election to fill the State House seat that was left empty when Michael Scionti left for a position in the Obama administration’s Department of Defense.

Janet Cruz Rifkin won last month’s Democratic primary, and Jose Vazquez is a write-in candidate. Hunter Chamberlin is the Republican nominee for State House District 58.

Information from Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections:

February 19, 2010 - Tampa, FL - Hillsborough...

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Kathy Castor breaks ground on new healthcare clinic listen

02/22/10 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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More healthcare options are coming to the Tampa Bay area. This morning, US Congresswoman Kathy Castor broke ground on a new health clinic that will be coming to East Tampa.

The new 15,000 sq. foot community healthcare center will be located on the corner of N. 22nd Street and Osborne Avenue in East Tampa. Charles Bottoms is the CEO of Tampa Family Health Centers, the non-profit organization that instituted the creation of the medical clinic. He said the new center will offer diverse healt...

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Activists request Florida Forever funding statewide and at Sacred Lands listen

02/22/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In his budget request for the current year, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has included funding for the purchase of environmentally sensitive lands through a program called Florida Forever.

But it is uncertain whether the state’s legislature will resume funding the program.

Democratic state legislator Rick Kriseman, who represents parts of Pinellas County, says he ...

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The Tampa Bay for Haiti Coalition hosts Haiti Memorial listen

02/22/10 Alexis Chamberlain
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Friday in Tampa, Haiti’s ambassador to the United States, Raymond Joseph, acknowledged exiled former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Artistide’s desire to assist Haiti and return to the country with medical supplies and other emergency equipment.

Joseph made the comment after the City of Tampa hosted the first U.S. memorial to pay its respects to those lost in last month’s earthquake.

*Jean-Bertrand Arist...

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Hometown Democracy Debate at Tiger Bay listen

02/19/10 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Hundreds of thousands of Florida voters signed the petition for Amendment 4, the Hometown Democracy amendment, which requires voter approval on changes in land use. Advocates on both sides of the issue duked it out today at the Tiger Bay club in Tampa. Dan Lobeck, a Sarasota attorney specializing in land use decisions, spoke in support of the amendment.

The Comprehensive Land Use Plan determines maximum densities and intensities of a community. The plan also maps out other rules for the fu...

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Haitian Ambassador holds town hall meeting listen

02/19/10 Rob Piccirillo
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last night, the Haitian Ambassador to the U.S., Raymond Joseph, spoke at the University Area Community Development Center in Tampa. The town hall meeting was held to discuss the current state of Port-au-Prince, Haitian relief efforts and the future of the country.

Ambassador Joseph urged a room of concerned Haitian and American citizens to have mercy on Haitian leadership for the way they responded to the earthquake that leveled Port-au-Prince last month.

Joseph assured the audience...

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TBARTA works on 50 year transportation plan. listen

02/19/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Traffic congestion may never fully ease in the Tampa Bay area, but regional transit officials want to do something about the clogged highway system, by providing some alternatives to cars. Today in Tampa, the Board of the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority presented its transportation plan for the next 50 years.

If you don’t have a tree that can shade you for this life, you can at least plant a seed that will bring someone else shade for the future. This was the mentality of many T...

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Environmental groups file lawsuit to get Florida Panther habitat protection listen

02/18/10 Virginia Hoffman
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rejected a request to designate parts of South Florida as critical habitat for the Florida panther. Today in Sarasota, environmental groups announced they have responded with a lawsuit.

The national Sierra Club and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida had petitioned for panther habitat to be protected. Eric Huber is a senior staff attorney with the Sierra Club.

Carl Pope, Executive Director of the Sierra Club, called the failure to designa...

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Alex Sink works to secure loans for small businesses listen

02/18/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today more than a dozen small business owners gathered to hear financial advice form the state’s Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink. At the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Sink heard some of their struggles and optimism, while giving suggestions for improving Florida’s economy, and galvanizing job creation.

Small businesses play an important part in Florida’s economy. But Alex Sink says the unpredictable economic climate has made it difficult for businesse...

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Helen Thomas asks: "Why more war?" listen

02/18/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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For fifty years Helen Thomas has reported on more U.S. presidents than any living journalist. She is famous for her phrase, “Thank you Mr. President,” which she has said at the end of White House press conferences.

Last night, Helen Thomas visited Orlando to promote her new book, *“Listen Up, Mr. President: Everything You Always Wanted Your President to know and do.”* she spoke to a crowd of more than 50 people at Valencia Community College.

Presidential p...

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Father Roy Bourgeois, School Of The Americas Watch Founder

02/18/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Our guest today is Father Roy Bourgeois, M.M., founder of SOA Watch and Nobel Peace Prize nominee. He will speak at Lakewood United Church of Christ, 2601 54th Ave. S. in St. Petersburg, on Friday, Feb. 19, at 7:00 PM.

Fr. Bourgeois founded SOA Watch in 1990 to close the School of the Americas, renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation in 2001 (SOA/WHINSEC).

The SOA/WHINSEC is based at the Fort Benning U.S. Army base in Columbus, GA, ...

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