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County to crack down on "pill mills" listen

05/19/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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It’s not just the beaches that are attracting to people to Florida from out of state. The Sunshine State has also earned a reputation for its lax regulation of pain medications. Five hundred people reportedly die from pain pill overdoses every year in the Tampa Bay area, and countless others suffer from debilitating addictions. Today the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners unanimously passed an emergency ordinance to crack down on the so-called pain management clinics that have cropp...

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Indian Mounds may reveal the present listen

05/19/10 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday

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With all the high rises, box stores and freeways that dominate much of Florida’s landscape today, it can be hard to imagine that there was life before sprawl. On May 17 in Pass-a-Grille, the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum held an event that celebrated the first Floridians: the Timucua, Tequesta, Jeaga, Ais and the Tocobaga tribes. The guest lecturer was archeologist and pottery artist Loren Blakeley, who said that hands-on educational programs like this one emphasize the future through the ...

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Florida's Reliance On Coal Is Expensive

05/19/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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A new report from an energy watchdog group says Florida utilities now spend more than a billon dollars a year importing coal from other states.

The report, from the [Union of Concerned Scientists](http://www.ucs.org, says Florida is one of 38 states considered to be a net importer of coal. Report co-author Steve Clemmer says the state is also now one of just 11 spending more than a billion dollars a year importing the fossil fuel.

The report calls on Florida utilities to stop...

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Black Panther Activist To Appear In Tampa Next Week

05/19/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Harold Taylor who lives in Panama City was arrested in Florida on Jan. 23, 2007, on charges related to the 1971 killing of a San Francisco police officer. He, along with seven other former members of the Black Panther Party and supporters, was arrested in cities across the nation related to this crime. Similar charges were brought against Taylor and two other men in 1973 but were thrown out after evidence revealed that the men were forced to confess after undergoing several days of intense to...

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Wildlife officials paint grim picture for life in gulf listen

05/18/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today, wildlife experts from several federal agencies had some bad news about the effects of the Gulf oil leak on marine life. There are five endangered sea turtle species that dwell in the Gulf, and nesting season began this month. Steve Murawski of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries division said there has been a higher number of turtle strandings this year.

Murawski said the apparent spike may be skewed, given that they are monitoring the coast more intens...

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A Non-Toxic Way To Clean Up The Gulf Oil Spill?

05/18/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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As that oil leak in the Gulf continues to grow, there are increasing concerns that the dispersants being used to break up the spill might also cause untold damage to the ecosystem. Our next guest is Victoria Finley, who is Vice President of Business Development for Osprey Biotechnics, an industrail microbiology company in Sarasota which might have a non-toxic way to address the clean up of the BP leak.

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USF reseach vessel to check for oil in loop current listen

05/18/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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There are conflicting opinions on how fast the oil is traveling, and some officials are saying they don’t think it’s even entered the loop current yet. USF researchers said yesterday that they think it has, and that oil should hit the Keys by Sunday. Officials are already studying tarballs that have showed up in the region. Dr. William Hogarth, Dean of USF’s College of Marine Science, says USF researchers are slated to scope out the loop current as early as tomorrow.

A USF spokespers...

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Lewis Black Commentary on Glenn Beck

05/18/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Recently, Fox Television host Glenn Beck took issue with some commentators criticizing the new Arizona law allowing law enforcement officers to question people about their citizenship, even if the initial contact came because of a possible civil infraction. It’s become known in some circles as the Arizona “papers please law", but the comparison to Nazis asking people for their papers has drawn criticism from Beck. In turn, Beck’s complaint drew [this bit of commentary](http://www.huffin...

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Young Women Challenge Mass Media Concepts of Beauty

05/18/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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First up today: young girls and teens are bombarded with images of beauty — from cable tv shows, the networks, magazines, films and even facebook. According to the American Psychological Association, the three most common mental health problems among girls -- eating disorders, depression, low self esteem -- are all linked to depictions of girls and teens in the media. 90% of girls in recent study conducted for the Girl Scouts said they couldn’t measure up to beauty standards.

Our f...

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USF Researchers return from oil leak site listen

05/17/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Yesterday, the New York Times reported that enormous oil plumes have formed in the Gulf of Mexico, causing some scientists to think the leak is far worse than officials currently estimate. One is as large as 10 miles long, 3 miles wide and 300 feet thick.

Meanwhile, today USF researchers have returned from a ten-day Gulf expedition. While they say it will take at least a week to analyze their findings, Marine Science Dean William Hogarth says weathered oil from the nearly month-old leak i...

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FCAN Oil etc.

05/17/10 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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We started off today’s program with a short interview with Pat Murphy, author of several books and papers on Peak Oil, and other sustainable living topics. Pat is executive director of the Arthur Morgan Institute in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Our conversation focused on the Gulf Oil Spill from his perspective, and updates on his latest new books The Green Tragedy - Leed’s Lost Decade and “pinning our Wheels.

Next up we talked with representatives of the Florida Consumer Action Netwo...

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Innocence Project cofounder on Supreme Court juvenile justice ruling listen

05/17/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Today, the US Supreme Court ruled that juveniles convicted of crimes not related to murder cannot be sentenced to life without parole. There are currently more than 2500 juvenile offenders serving this type of sentence. More than half are first-time offenders, and many were convicted of crimes other than murder.

The case that resulted in this decision originated in Florida.

WMNF spoke with Judith Scully, a professor at Stetson University’s College of Law. Scully, who co-chairs Stetso...

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Mad In Mississippi listen

05/17/10 Tom Baur
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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They’re Mad in Mississippi.

50 miles south of Ocean Springs, Mississippi BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion un-corked a demon in the Gulf of Mexico. Minute by minute, gigantic plumes of death enlarge as thousands of gallons per minute of toxic chemicals erupt and feed them. All along the gulf coast the BP Blowout has ignited fear and anger.

Disaster, destruction, and despair are just a few of ...

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Pinellas County Extension aims to reduce water pollution listen

05/17/10 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Lakefront residents Harold Der Garabedian from Seminole and Marianne Carter from Clearwater share a common problem: invasive weeds that choke up their lakes.

“I have been there for 42 years and it’s a beautiful lake. I want to keep it that way,” said Der Garabedian. He wants to control the Alligator Weed that takes over Lazy Lake by his house.

“Over the past 16 years that we have been there, the pond has died,” Carter said. "We don’t have the turtles we had and we don’t ...

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Florida CFO Alex Sink on the 2010 races for Florida Governor and US Senate listen

05/17/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, Alex Sink, is the leading Democratic candidate for Governor. WMNF caught up with Sink earlier this month and asked her about the state’s interesting race for U.S. Senate: “in a three-way race, anything might happen,” and about her race for Governor.

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