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Hillsborough administrator Pat Bean not fired ... yet listen

06/03/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Hillsborough County administrator Pat Bean barely escaped being fired today.

She has been on paid leave since March, while commissioners decide how to get rid of her without paying an entire severance package worth $450,000. Commissioner Rose Ferlita moved to terminate Bean without cause

Ferlita’s motion failed. Commissioner Mark Sharpe said there was cause to fire Bean because she gave herself and County Attorney Renee Lee a 1 percent pay raise.

Commissioners said they were seriou...

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Castor hears from environmentalists, local businesses on spill listen

06/03/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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As oil is reportedly starting to wash up in Pensacola and even the Keys, Tampa Bay’s beaches are also bracing for a blow. Today U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor met with local leaders who are already feeling the effects of the disaster in the Gulf. At the meeting, hoteliers, environmentalists, and other stakeholders called for a multifaceted approach lessening the effects of the oil – and holding BP accountable.

Take an evening jog in the coastal town Treasure Island, say from Sunset Beach to Jo...

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Castor will not say if aid to Israel should be cut following death of American listen

06/03/10 Seán Kinane & Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A U.S. State Department official says one of the at least nine people killed in the Israeli raid on an aid flotilla Monday was a 19-year-old man, Furkan Dogan, who has dual U.S. and Turkish citizenship.

Reports from Turkey indicate he had been shot five times in the head and once in the chest by the Israeli military during the raid.

Israel has rejected calls from the United Nations and from a number of countries for an international investigation of its deadly raid on the Gaza-bound aid...

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Researchers: oil plumes in Gulf are pretty much a certainty listen

06/02/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today at USF St. Pete’s College of Marine Science researchers said the Gulf oil slick is now 80,000 square kilometers or the size of South Carolina. And that’s just what can be seen. What they don’t know is how much remains beneath the surface in plumes. Last weekend, BP claimed that there were no sub-surface plumes. But Ian MacDonald, a professor of oceanography at Florida State University, said the science says something different.

McDonald added that more confirmation of this come...

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A Debate Over Israel's Raid On The Gaza Humanitarian Flotilla

06/02/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Today we present a debate over Israel's raid on a humanitarian ship on Monday. The ship was filled with tons of aid for the people of Gaza. Nine of the aid activists on board the ship were killed. Our debaters are Ahmed Bedier, co host of our True Talk show and Paul Hirschson is Deputy Consul general of Israel to Florida and Puerto Rico.

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Protestors: Stop giving Israel money listen

06/01/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A high-seas raid by the Israeli military yesterday resulted in the deaths of at least nine human rights activists headed for Gaza on a flotilla. In response, more than thirty protestors gathered in front of the federal building in Tampa today to condemn Israel’s actions.

The diverse crowd stood peacefully in the shade holding placards with messages like “stop funding Israel,” and “Palestinian self-determination is not terrorism.” Jordan Harrah’s sign said “Israel is a terror...

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New biography of TV commentator Glenn Beck

06/01/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Welcome to Radioactivity. Coming up we’ll talk with the author of a new biography of radio talk show host Glenn Beck. But first some listener comments about last Thursday’s interview with the Pinellas peace activist who had spent the last several months living in the Palestinian territories observing the effect of the Israeli occupation. Tape

Our next guest is a freelance writer who spent a lot of time here in Tampa doing research for his new book COMMON NONSENSE: GLENN BECK AND THE T...

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American Emily Henochowicz shot in eye by Israelis listen

06/01/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Yesterday’s attack on the Free Gaza flotilla is not the only case of the Israeli military shooting international activists. Also yesterday, a 21-year-old American artist, Emily Henochowicz, was shot in the eye by a tear gas canister while she was peacefully protesting the attack on the flotilla. She is an activist with the International Solidarity Movement in the West Bank. She is expected to survive the attack, but has lost her left eye.

Today, we spoke with...

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