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Tampa Bay listeners respond to news of injury to Occupy Oakland's Scott Olsen

10/26/11 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Tuesday night Oakland Police attacked Occupy Oakland protesters for a second time. They fired tear gas and less-lethal weapons like rubber bullets and bean bags. One person was particularly injured. He's 24-year-old Scott Olsen, a military veteran and member of Veterans for Peace. The Guardian (UK) reported he was in critical condition with a skull fracture and brain swelling.

WMNF listeners phoned in with their thoughts about the Occupy movement.

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Tampa Housing Authority's Encore project ahead of schedule listen

10/26/11 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The area was home to Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles. The twist has its Roots there. Now The Tampa Housing Authority and The US Department of Housing and Urban Development are bringing new life into what was known as Central Park Village in Downtown Tampa. Today, the city gave a tour of the development that is 5 months ahead of schedule with more than 95 percent of the infrastructure completed.

“It consists of about 1500 units. Half of them are markets units half of them a...

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Protesters criticize Rick Perry's Social Security proposal outside pricey St. Pete Beach fundraiser listen

10/26/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Top GOP contenders are trying to get attention from Republican voters in the Sunshine State ahead the primary. And though he may have recently slid drastically in the pools, Texas governor Rick Perry is no different. Perry was in St. Pete Beach for a thousand-dollar-a-plate fundraiser, and so were a few protesters.

Texas governor Rick Perry now is polling at just six percent of the GOP vote. While cable news commentators debate whether he’s still relevant, critics of his platform are sei...

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In January Obama called on authorities to protect free assembly and free speech ... in Egypt listen

10/26/11 Seán Kinane & Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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President Barack Obama has not called for restraint by police in their response to the Occupy movement that is sweeping the country ant the world. That’s despite this address on January 28 when the President called on authorities in Egypt to respect the rights of free assembly and free speech of the demonstrators occupying Tahrir Square.

"My administration has been closely monitoring the situation in Egypt, and I know that we will be learning more tomorrow when day breaks. As the situa...

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Seth Mnookin on medicine, science and fear listen

10/26/11 Dawn Morgan
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Science writer and journalist Seth Mnookin's third book, released earlier this year, is The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science and Fear.

WMNF's Dawn Morgan spoke with Mnookin about the fear explosion in the media and what doctors and parents alike can do to combat misinformation.

"It was something that I noticed in conversations with my friends. A lot of them were either young parents or expectant parents. And that hadn’t been a topic that had been on my radar previo...

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ACLU reaction to federal judge's ruling that drug testing of welfare applicants is unconstitutional listen

10/25/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Yesterday a federal judge in Orlando granted an injunction to stop the state from drug testing welfare recipients. The ACLU's lead attorney trying to get the Florida law ruled unconstitutional is Maria Kayanan. She said the ruling shows that Fourth Amendment rights should be held up, even for poor people.

“So it was both a reaffirmation of constitutional values and a strong critic of what the legislature had done and how it had done it without any foundation, any sound studies, and any...

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Florida Department of State launches "Culture Builds Florida" listen

10/25/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Florida’s Secretary of State announced the launch of Culture Builds Florida today. Almost 200 artists and businesses attended the launch of this initiative to help promote Florida’s arts and cultural communities, and their positive impact on the economy.

Arts and cultural programs are usually the first thing on the chopping block when the state of Florida whittles down the budget, but Florida Secretary of State Kurt Br...

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Roy Kaplan on The Myth of Post-Racial America & eyewitness to Occupy Tampa general assembly

10/25/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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oming up today we'll talk with Roy Kaplan, PhD who has written a new book called THE MYTH OF POST RACIAL AMERICA (Rowman and Littlefield). We'll look at the unequal society in the U.S. which is a legacy of slavery.

Later we'll hear an excerpt from a general assembly meeting of the group Occupy Tampa. What is their attitude toward democracy, process, community and peace? We'll hear a portion of the assembly which took place last Saturday night in downtown Tampa and we'll also take your pho...

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Police confiscate Occupy Tampa table; group plans park cleanup listen

10/25/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Occupy Tampa demonstrators say that late this morning Tampa Police told them to remove of all their gear from the sidewalk along Ashley Drive. Police also confiscated one of the tables groups use to distribute information.

Skylar Winslow is one of the “Tampa 6” who was arrested last Friday for lying down on the sidewalk during the day.

Earlier in the day, around sunrise, we spoke with Greg Priem, who was also arrested last Friday. He said there have been plans to organize a cleanup ...

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Occupy Wall Street goes green listen

10/25/11 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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As the Occupy Wall Street encampment trudges through it's sixth week in Manhattan, efforts are being made to make the it more sustainable. They’re implementing a recycling program, composting, and even a bicycle-powered electricity generator.

WMNF's Kelly Benjamin is in Manhattan and spoke with Bill Di Paola, the founder of TIME'S UP, New York City's oldest grassroots direct action environmental group.

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Occupy Sarasota holds third rally listen

10/24/11 Doug Driscoll
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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While interest in the Occupy movement continues to grow, on Saturday Occupy Sarasota held its third rally in their continuing efforts to organize and grow. Their demonstration was along the bay front at Island Park, in the shadow of statue representing the iconic photograph of a returning World War II soldier kissing a nurse.

About 100 people lined Tamiami Trail in a single line, waving signs and discussing future plans for Sarasota’s contribution to the Occupy ...

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Occupy Tampa still on sidewalk; have given up park for now listen

10/24/11 Seán Kinane & Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Since the group began demonstrating more than four weeks ago, Occupy Tampa has been in search of a place to permanently camp. For fifteen nights now the group has occupied a roadside sidewalk near Curtis Hixon Park. On Saturday night some members of the group occupied part of that park. ...

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Florida Senate bill could be catalyst for HART & PSTA merger listen

10/24/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Some board members the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority started planning their strategy to address new state legislation that could either dissolve the organization, or merge it with the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, or PSTA. HART attorney Chip Fletcher discussed the implications of Florida Senate Bill 192 during this morning’s Major Projects Committee.

HART and ...

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Curtis Hixon Park is Occupied; If arrests, group will pay for bail, Linda Moreno will represent them

10/22/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday

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Sunday update: there were no arrests overnight Saturday night - Sunday morning.

Saturday night some members of Occupy Tampa took part of Curtis Hixon Park for a permanent occupation. It happened a few minutes after 10 p.m., when the park closed. In a General Assembly meeting that began after 7 p.m., the finance working group proposed that if anyone is arrested tonight, 75% of Occupy Tampa's funds would be used to bail them out (that comes to a little over $2000). Occupy Tampa accepted tha...

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Interview with three of the Occupy Tampa protesters arrested earlier Friday

10/21/11 Beth Bell & Seán Kinane
Last Call Friday
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Six Occupy Tampa demonstrators were detained this morning by Tampa Police, beginning just before 9 a.m. They were handcuffed, frisked, placed in police cars and taken away.

They were taken to Orient Road Jail, arrested and booked.

The protesters were lying or sitting on the sidewalk.

Today on Last Call, listeners asked questions of ACLU lawyer John Dingfelder and three members of the "Tampa 6," who had just bailed out of jail: Gregory Priem, Skylar Winslow and Andrew Kovanis.

Here...

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