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Climate change impacts public health. listen

02/12/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Climate change affects the world in many ways, but one of the least discussed problems arises from its impact on public health. George Luber is the Associate Director for Climate Change for the National Center for Environmental Health, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Luber said such a complex system as the Earth’s climate deserves better understanding. Luber says climate change could cause widespread adverse public health effects.

*From the direct effects of severe he...

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Activists urge Crist to stay Grossman execution listen

02/12/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last month, Governor Charlie Crist signed a death warrant for Martin E. Grossman, who is on death row for the 1984 murder of 26-year-old wildlife officer Margaret Peggy Park. The execution, which is scheduled for Tuesday at 6pm, would make Grossman the fourth person in Pinellas County to receive the death penalty, and the 69th statewide. But a coalition of religious and human rights groups is urging Governor Crist to stay the execution. Rabbi Menachem Katz, Grossman’s spiritual advisor, sai...

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Hillsborough county gathers for the 18th Annual Black Heritage Celebration listen

02/12/10 Alexis Chamberlain
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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It was all things baseball today at the Hillsborough County Center as the county’s Black Heritage Committee paid tribute to four local Negro Leagues baseball players.

This year’s Black Heritage Celebration, The African-American Contribution to Baseball, recognized Clifford Brown, Walter Gibbons, Raydell Maddix and Billy Reed, who played for the semipro teams the Pepsi-Cola Giants and Tampa Rockets in their prime.

Dave Reynolds, a local sportscaster and self-proclaimed baseball fan...

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Bill Foster hosts public forum listen

02/12/10 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last night, the Mayor of St. Petersburg held the first Mayor’s Night Out, where the Mayor and representatives from more than ten municipal departments gather to hear the voice of residents. Promising to stay as long as necessary, the mayor and others answered questions ranging from speeding complaints to stop signs. But the one issue that most people wanted to discuss was the proposed firing of Boyd Hill Nature Preserve’s small staff of park rangers.

The small nature preserve abutting ...

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A History of Waterfront Parks in St. Petersburg. listen

02/11/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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For 100 years, St. Petersburg has been known for its downtown public parks along the water’s edge. The Waterfront Centennial Committee is commemorating the occasion by honoring the civic leaders who made this possible. Last night was the first part of a series by the Florida Humanities Council called “Perspectives on the Parks.” A few dozen people went to the discussion at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.

St. Petersburg history buffs took a step back in time last night, as a...

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Cold weather continues, and so does the threat of climate change. listen

02/11/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Does the recent cold snap prove global warming is wrong? Not according to Lonnie Thompson, an adviser to Al Gore’s film, An Inconvenitent Truth. He spoke at the University of South Florida in Tampa today

Rising seas aren’t the best forecast for the Tampa Bay Area, when so much of the local economy depends on the port and other waterfront activity. But scientists are urging the public not to let the climate change get out of hand. Lonnie Thompson was consulted for his extensive resea...

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Florida Business Network for a Clean Energy Economy wants federal legislation listen

02/11/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Members of the business community in Florida recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to push for climate legislation, including a cap on carbon pollution and a market to trade emissions. They have joined with other businesses across the state to form the Florida Business Network for a Clean Energy Economy.

Susan Glickman with Natural Resources Defense Council says their goal is to lobby Florida’s U.S. Senators to support climate and energy legislation....

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Hands Across the Sand oil drilling protest

02/11/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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On Saturday, February 13 at 1PM, thousands of Florida citizens, visitors, business people and organization members will unite under the banner of “Hands Across the Sand” to demonstrate their objection to drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. We're joined by Lenne Nickolas-Ball-Owner, Sirata Beach Resort, St. Pete Beach; Robin Grabowski-President/CEO, Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce; and
Cathy Harrelson-Chair/Co Organizer, Hands Across the Sand, Love Tourists Not Drilling. They are amo...

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Hillsborough County Transportation Task Force on transit funding. listen

02/10/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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There was hot debate today about the future of transportation at the Hillsborough County Commission. Their Transportation Task Force is working out plans for governance and oversight of the latest road, bus and rail projects, but time is running short to decide who will oversee regional transportation funding.

Working with Hillsborough Area Regional Transit, or HART, the County’s Transportation Task Force is reaching out to municipalities, as they plan for transportation priorities. To ...

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Gay South Florida Man Settles with DCF on Subsidies listen

02/10/10 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Yesterday, the Florida Department of Children and Families agreed to assist a gay south Florida man in defraying the costs of raising his adopted son.

Wayne LaRue Smith fostered his son since 2001. In 2006, he was granted plenary guardianship and two years later Smith legally adopted him. But Smith was then denied access to subsidies for the child, such as college tuition and Medicaid. Those subsidies are provided to other children adopted from state care but were denied to Smith on the gr...

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Consumerism as Religion

02/10/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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COMING UP WE’LL TALK WITH A RELIGION INSTRUCTOR WHO SAYS THAT CONSUMERISM HAS IN ESSENCE BECOME THE MAIN RELIGION IN THE US.

DELL DECHANT IS AN INSTRUCTOR AT USF AND ASSISTANT CHAIR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES. HE’S THE AUTHOR OF THE BOOK- THE SACRED SANTA. HE SAYS THAT CONSUMERISM HAS BECOME A RELIGION IN THE US-- RIVALLING OR SUPPLANTING TRADITIONAL RELIGIONS.

IS THAT RIGHT? WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT? WHAT IS RELIGIOUS ABOUT SHOPPING?

HE’LL BE GIVING A TALK LATER T...

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Tampa City Council meets with Hillsborough County Commission to discuss transportation listen

02/09/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The election season is just months away, and local officials are already planning how to approach voters with ballot initiatives. Today was a big day for local government, as Tampa City Council and the Hillsborough County Commission talked about the school district, and how they will move local rail plans forward in the fall.

Now that Florida has been granted one and a quarter billion dollars in federal stimulus money to fund high speed rail from Tampa to Orlando, local officials are fig...

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Hillsborough Transit Planning Forum listen

02/09/10 Mark Anderson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Around 50 people gathered in Sun City Center this morning to hear more about transit improvements in Hillsborough County. County Commissioners asked for citizen feedback before scheduling the ballot referendum that would raise sales taxes by 1 cent to fund transit improvements.

Later this year, Hillsborough County voters will make the call on the tax hike proposal, which would provide $180 million annually for road, bus and rail transit. The commission is seeking citizen feedback prior t...

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Kendrick Meek campaigns for Senate with Jim Davis in Tampa listen

02/09/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The race for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by George LeMieux won’t be settled until November, but it is already heating up. That’s especially true on the Republican side where Governor Charlie Crist has lost a commanding lead over former Speaker of the Florida House Marco Rubio. But the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, U.S. Representative [Kendrick Meek](http://www.kendri...

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Third party alternatives to the maintstream parties

02/09/10 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 speak with representatives of several third parties- alternatives to the two mainstream parties. Our guests are Jennifer Sullivan who is with Green Party of Florida, JJ McCurry who is the chair of the Libertarian Party of Florida, Peter Allen who is state chair of the Independent Party (peter4governor@yahoo.com), and Bob Kundst of the [Independent Democrats](http://www.d...

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