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Ruthie Foster

05/15/10 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

The phenomenal Ruthie Foster comes back to Tampa and is one of the headliners for WMNF Tropical Heatwave. Ruthie, who recently won the award for the best female blues vocalist of the year, will show all the reasons she was chosen. Ruthie has been making quite a name for herself since she entered the singer/songwriter scene in 1997. "She makes a sound from down around the center of everything; she shakes the rocks"

http://www.ruthiefoster.com

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Christabel and the Jons

05/15/10 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Want to hear a group working in an old-timey milieu and yet with a sound all their own? Christabel and the Jons just might be your ticket. They alternate between upbeat country shuffles,torchy, sophisticated, retro jazzy pop and occasional indie-folk with a playful backdrop. The guitar might belit up in places by accordion, trumpet and violin.

Sounds like a proto-typical Heat Wave band.

http://www.christabelmusic.com

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Sista Otis

05/15/10 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

The "original Good Time Girl" who already at the age of 29 is a Detroit legend comes to Tropical Heat Wave. Sista Otis discussed her career and love of Detroit and New Orleans.

She is performing from 11 pm to midnight at the Ybor Room as part of WMNF Tropical Heat Wave-May 15th at the Cuban Club in Tampa.

http://www.sistaotis.com

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New parties in health care reform lawsuit listen

05/14/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In Tampa this afternoon, Florida Attorney General and gubernatorial hopeful Bill McCollum has announced that more parties have joined him in his lawsuit against the federal government over health care reform. The Attorney General says the suit now consists of twenty states, one powerful DC lobbying group, and two small business owners. McCollum reiterated his basis for the suit.

He added that the petitioners think there’s also a states’ rights issue at play.

The lobbying group that join...

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AG McCollum says he supports AZ immigration law listen

05/14/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Yesterday Attorney General Bill McCollum said he now supports the controversial immigration reform the Arizona legislature passed last month. While he had originally called the law “far out,” he says that key changes make it more palatable.

McCollum now supports Arizona’s sweeping immigration reform, which gives local law enforcement the right to demand legal papers of suspected undocumented immigrants with little or no evidence. Despite the changes, the law still draws fire from scores o...

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Tampa Theatre organist Rosa Rio dies at 107 listen

05/14/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The legendary Tampa Theatre organist Rosa Rio has died at the age of 107. She began playing organ at movie theaters nearly a century ago.

Tara Schroeder, Tampa Theatre’s Director Programming and Marketing, was a co-worker and a friend. "She was loved by everyone," said Schroeder.

Rosa Rio was interviewed for StoryCorps early in 2009. She said, "I just love the organ."

There will be a publi...

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Rouson cautious about special Legislative session on oil drilling listen

05/14/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Governor Charlie Crist has said he wants to call a special session of the Florida Legislature to discuss oil drilling. The Legislature could place an amendment on November’s ballot that, if passed by citizens, would forever ban fossil fuel drilling in state waters.

Rep. Darryl Rouson (D), who represents parts of St. Petersburg in the state Legislature, told WMNF he supports a constitutional ban on drilling in Florida waters, but thinks agreement should be reached before taking the time to...

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Hillsborough Commission will allow transit tax question on ballot listen

05/14/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday

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After letting more than 160 people put in their two cents, the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners decided to let the voters choose whether they want to raise the sales tax by one cent in November.

The tax would fund a transit overhaul that includes light rail. It has been an issue that has divided the commissioners. Commissioner Mark Sharpe, one of the major proponents of the measure, said before the hearing that despite the wide range of opinions represented, he didn’t think any ...

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Governor asked to veto abortion/ultrasound bill

05/13/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Planned Parenthood and its allies are holding rallies across the state today to urge Governor Crist to veto the bill which requires all women seeking a first trimester abortion pay for and hear a description of an ultrasound of their fetus.

According to our guest, Planned Parenthood SW/Central Florida CEO Barbara Zdravecky, the bill, HB 1143, includes substantive policy-changing language restricting access to abortion, despite never vetted through a single committee, nor being allowed f...

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"Seize BP" holds rally in St. Petersburg, and across the US listen

05/13/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Yesterday, activists in St. Petersburg protested BP’s response to the oil spill in the Gulf. The protest was one of a score of demonstrations that took place across the country that insist that BP use its billions of dollars in profits to clean up the spill and pay for economic damages associated with the 4 million gallon leak.

Passing drivers honked their horns in support,...

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USS Liberty survivor tells his story

05/13/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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On June 8, 1967, the US Navy intelligence ship USS Liberty was attacked in international waters by the air and naval forces of Israel. Two-thirds of the nearly 300 men on the ship were either killed or wounded.

Our guest, Ernie Gallo, was a sailor on the ship and he says the Israeli forces attacked with full knowledge that this was an American ship and later lied about it. Survivors have been forbidden for 40 years to tell their story under oath to the American public. Ernie Gallo will be...

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FBI: Jacksonville Mosque a target of terrorism listen

05/13/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The FBI says a Jacksonville Mosque was targeted with a pipe bomb on Monday. Surveillance video shows a man with what law enforcement officials say is gasoline setting the bomb.

Ramzy Kilic is the executive director of the Tampa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR. He said, 殿n act of terrorism to me, from that description.”

[a news report from Jacksonville with surveillance video](...

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Anti-drilling protesters seek to influence Crist listen

05/12/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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After Governor Charlie Crist met with officials from BP and government agencies in St. Pete today, he spoke with environmental activists.

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Protestors urge nationalization of BP listen

05/12/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today, protesters gathered in St. Petersburg to rally against oil giant BP for its role in the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blast that resulted in an uncontrolled oil leak. WMNF's Joshua Holton reports.

More WMNF coverage of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill:

[BP's track record on safety and are the chemical dispersants harmful to the environment?](http://www.wmnf.org/ne...

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James Howard Kunstler Interview listen

05/12/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tomorrow, the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on a referendum that proposes a one-cent sales tax for rail and other transit projects. It would be up for a vote this November.

Last Sunday, The St. Petersburg Times ran an op-ed penned by Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio calling on the county to invest in a comprehensive modern mass transit system that would create jobs, sh...

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