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07/26/10 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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We started today’s program with a couple in Pinellas County that started Gateway Organics, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm, two years ago. Hank and Pamela Sindlinger are preparing for this season’s crops for about 75 members and a few local chefs on their farm in Clearwater. To find out more about supporting a local organic farm visit their web site.

Next up we had the executive secretary for the Fellowship for Intentional Communities ...

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Allen: well kill may happen in early August listen

07/26/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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After a stormy weekend in the Gulf efforts to kill the gusher at Deepwater Horizon are once again up and running. Officials say they’re expecting to kill the well as early as the second week of August.

Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen said the latest effort to kill Macondo Well is underway and a permanent fix for the gusher may be merely weeks out.

"Monday through Wednesday of this week, preparing the well. Wednesday through Saturday and Sunday, running the casing pipe. To be in a posi...

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ADA Awards Held at MOSI in Tampa listen

07/26/10 Lachelle Roddy
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act was celebrated in Tampa on Saturday. MOSI hosted the annual Disability Advocacy Awards honoring individuals who improve the lives of disabled people in the Hillsborough County area.

Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan attended the event and declared July 24th as official Disability Awareness Day.

“Therefore be it proclaimed that the board of county commissioners of Hillsborough County Florida have hereby set aside J...

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USF scientist: oil plumes from BP well listen

07/26/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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As we reported Friday, a team of Florida researchers has confirmed that two gigantic oil plumes beneath the surface of the gulf are indeed the result of the Deepwater Horizon blowout. Scientists are now trying to see what threat the plumes pose to sea life.

At first getting BP to cough up an oil sample from its broken well wasn’t easy. When they finally did the researchers compared it to microscopic droplets of oil they’d found floating in enormous clusters dozens of miles away from th...

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Dianne Wilson on the Gulf

07/24/10 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Dianne Wilson, shrimper woman extraordinaire and life long activist for human environmental rights be it in her home area of Sea Breeze, Texas to Bhopal and now the Gulf, discusses the present situation in the Gulf.

She weaves what is happening in the Gulf of Mexico and the oil catastrophe to the many environmental tragedies that have been happening throughout the globe during her lifetime. "We are all strands of the same living web, and if you tear one area, sooner or later you tear ...

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Safe Cosmetics?

07/24/10 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Stacy Malkan co-founded of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and is the author of Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry.

Malkan talks about the status of the cosmetics industry and the products we are commonly exposing ourselves to. Stacy also gave her impressions of the recent legislation presented by Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) which would toughen safety standards for beauty products and require regular government testing for hazardous ingredients.

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Presumed Guilty

07/24/10 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Do you assume the Mexican legal system was essentially similar to the US system of justice? We'll watch the documentary Presumed Guilty and find out the true nature of Mexican justice.

Layda Negrete and her husband Roberto Hernandez, who call themselves Lawyers with Cameras, follow the case of Antonio Zuniga, who was found guilty of homicide and sentenced to 20 years in prison. Antonio was accused of shooting a man that he neither knew and had never seen, though he was working the en...

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Sea Breeze International Film fest

07/24/10 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Nomadic Tendencies is presenting the Sea Breeze Film Festival, which will present films of all genres and lengths from all over the world. The festival will screen 26 films, including ten feature films, five documentaries, three student films and three animated films. Ten countries will be represented. The Sea Breeze Film Festival will be in Gulfport for three days, Friday, July 23-25, at the Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th ave. S.

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St. Pete to enforce street sleeping ban listen

07/23/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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St. Petersburg is about to start enforcing an ordinance that makes it illegal to sleep in the streets if there are free beds in local homeless shelters. Not complying could mean a night in jail. Homeless advocates like Bruce Wright of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign are crying foul.

"I find it reprehensible and criminal that Mayor Foster, any of the counsel that would support him, and any law enforcement that would act upon it. To do such a thing."

Speaking at a rall...

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St. Pete council approves broader comp plan ahead of Amendment 4 listen

07/23/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In an attempt to thwart the Florida Hometown Democracy Amendment, the St. Petersburg City Council approved a new land use plan yesterday critics say would let developers continue to have their way. Supporters say the new plan simplifies land use issues, but local activists, like Jill Yelverton of Dade City, see it as a blow to democracy.

"These kind of tricky maneuvers designed to circumvent the will of the people are exactly why Florida Hometown Democracy Amendment 4 is necessary in the...

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USF marine scientists confirm underwater plumes are dispersed from BP well listen

07/23/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Researchers from the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science in St. Petersburg say they have the first proof that dispersed oil below the surface of the Gulf came from BP’s Deepwater Horizon Well.

The USF researchers say they have used a “chemical fingerprinting process” to identify the source of subsurface clouds of “degraded underwater oil”

"Essentially we found two layers. The first layer was two miles long by six miles wide, by about 100 feet deep. The s...

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The controversy over the firing of Shirley Sherrod from the USDA

07/22/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Earlier this week a long time USDA employee from Georgia was fired for remarks she made to an NAACP chapter meeting in March of this year. A few minutes of the speech were played by conservative and mainstream media outlets suggesting that Sherrod, an African American, discriminated against white farmers in carrying out her official duties as a USDA employee.

This week the NAACP issued a complete copy of Sherrod's 43 minute speech. In context and unedited, the speech indicates that, contr...

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Sunset Beach residents granted reprieve from rezoning for now listen

07/22/10 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Sunset Beach has become so popular that some residents in this Pinellas community complain about weekend traffic congestion, illegal parking and rowdiness. But the situation may change if the Treasure Island City Commission approves the rezoning of an unauthorized parking facility used by Caddy’s on the Beach.

Residents at the public hearing on July 7 said that Treasure Island reminds them of...

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Extension of unemployment benefits passes Congress - Castor reacts listen

07/22/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Before the House passed the extension of unemployment benefits this afternoon, we asked U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor for her reaction to the imminent legislation.

"Well to all of our neighbors who have struggled in this worst recession in our life time, finally the U.S. Senate was able to muster the vote to pass the unemployment compensation bill. The house will take it up today and President Obama will sign it right away. But these are people who have payed into the insurance, the unemployment...

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Castor signs on to bill lifting ban on travel to Cuba listen

07/22/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today U.S. Representative Kathy Castor (D-Tampa) announced she is the first member of Congress from Florida to sign on to a bill that would lift the ban on travel to Cuba. "It’s time to modernize those travel restrictions,” Castor told WMNF.

"Well today I signed up to open up the bill that would allow travel to Cuba by all Americans, known as the Travel Bill sponsored by Congressman Bill Delahunt of Massachusetts. I signed onto the bill for two main reasons. One, to continue to put pr...

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