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Six protesters from Occupy Tampa detained while laying or sitting on sidewalk during the day listen

10/21/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News 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. A police spokesperson says they would be arrested and read their Miranda rights later. The protesters were lying or sitting on the sidewalk. Before he was detained, Andrew Kovanis said he wants a judge to rule if his arrest is legal.

“They’re telling us that we have to get off the sidewalk; that we have to be awake by ...

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Controvery over Senator Marco Rubio's claim to be a refugee from Castro

10/21/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)

The AP is reporting:

"Freshman U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is dismissing allegations he embellished his family's history by claiming his parents were exiles.

"The Florida political leader has always publicly identified as part of the Cuban exile community. His Senate website says his parents came to America following Fidel Castro's 1959 takeover.

"But media reports Thursday revealed they'd emigrated to the U.S. in 1956. Rubio's father was a bartender and came for economi...

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Celebrate the Local Food movement Monday in Tampa

10/21/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)

Good morning and welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. My guests today are Robin Milcowitz and Eddie Shumard who are organizing the Food Day event at The Roosevelt.

The event is in support of the newly formed National annual Food Day and the film Urban Roots about the incredible local food movement happening in Detroit will be shown. Vendors from the local food system spectrum will be there in order to show visitors what it takes to make a complete food system happen in a food desert ...

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Women of Influence recognition for journalist Soledad O'Brien and Rep. Kathy Castor listen

10/21/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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On Wednesday the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce held its fifth annual Women of Influence Luncheon. This year’s guest was CNN’s Soledad O’Brien. She is among the growing number of women who is coming into positions of prestige.

One notable woman of influence locally has been Democratic US Representative Kathy Castor, whose district includes the [City of Tampa](http:...

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USF panel discusses shortfalls of 'migrant' education listen

10/21/11 Jean Henry Telcy
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Just over 20 people gathered in the Grace Allen Room at the University of South Florida Library for the panel organized by the Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean in partnership with the Center for Migrant Education. It was moderated by Ann Cranston-Gingras, director of the Center for Migrant Education.

“[Education] becomes an issue because there are no ... regulations at the uni...

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County Commisioners address rise of 'Sweepstakes Cafes' in Hillsborough listen

10/20/11 Jean Henry Telcy
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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So-called “sweepstakes cafes” are sprouting up across the state. Some say they operate in a legal “grey area” and promote gambling.

Republican Commissioner Sandra Murman vehemently opposes these cafes and proposed an ordinance to ban new ones.

Sweepstakes cafes are a rising business across the state of Florida. There are 30 in Hillsborough County, 8 of which opened in the past month. Pa...

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President Obama responds to Gadhafi assassination listen

10/20/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril says Moammar Gadhafi has been killed. During a statement this afternoon at the White House Rose Garden, President Barack Obama did not independently confirm Gadhafi's death. Instead he cited the fact that Libyan officials have announced his killing.

Video reveals that Gadhafi was captured wounded but alive today in his hometown of Sirte. The video aired on Arab TV shows the former Libyan leader in a blood-soaked shirt, with his face bloodied. He is stan...

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Occupy Tampa marches to City Hall listen

10/20/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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When Occupy Tampa heard that there would be a final vote on the city’s panhandling ordinance, they rallied the troops, and planned a march on City Council. But as their recent encounters with law enforcement also had the protest group looking to City Council for a legal way to inhabit public space.

Today marked yet another wide awakening for Occupy Tampa protesters as police officers woke up sleeping activists, an...

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Tampa passes partial ban on panhandling listen

10/20/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today the Tampa City Council passed a partial ban on panhandling on street corners. After the four to one vote, street solicitation is now banned every day but Sunday. Newspaper sales are excluded from the ban. Dozens of members of the public showed up comment on the three controversial panhandling ordinances.

After years of deliberation, Tampa City Council has decided to partially ban panhandling in public right of ways. Former City Council m...

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City Council member Mary Mulhern speaks at Occupy Tampa general assembly listen

10/20/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last night City Council member Mary Mulhern spoke to about 80 members of Occupy Tampa at the amphitheater near Kiley Gardens. Members of the protest group vented their frustrations, and looked for hope in their quest to express themselves within the law.

The Tampa Police Department has asked Occupy Tampa to leave public parks, sleep only on the sidew...

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Tampa demonstrators support Obama's jobs bill for veterans benefits listen

10/20/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Advocates for President Barack Obama’s jobs bill told veterans to tell their representatives to pass provisions that would benefit America’s military at a Rally in front of the VA hospital in Tampa Wednesday. The group handed out literature outlining parts of the bill that would give tax credits and job preference to some military people.

President Obama’s Jobs bill contains $447 million worth of incentives to get people back to work and repair the cou...

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Occupy Tampa: What are the next steps?

10/19/11 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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We've been covering Occupy Tampa since its first demonstration four weeks ago to its 10th night of continuous occupation through Wednesday morning.

Joining us on Last Call and taking calls from listeners is Owen Gaither, a participant in Occupy Tampa.

Here is our full coverage of Occupy Tampa

Here is a document we talked about on the program [The99PercentDeclaration](https://sites.google.com/site/the9...

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Nurses protest patient ratios and under-staffing, ask for a task force to fix listen

10/19/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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About 50 nurses rallied in front of Largo Medical Center Tuesday in hopes of persuading management to create a staffing task force. The initiative would give bedside nurses a better chance at improving care by lowering nurse to patient ratios.

Julia Scott is a nurse at Largo Medical Center who is concerned her voice isn’t being heard by hospital staff. She said many nurses have tried to implement measures that would foster better communication, but so far ...

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League of Women Voters hosts St. Pete City Council debate listen

10/19/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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City Council candidates continued their campaign efforts in St. Petersburg last night with a debate moderated by the League of Women Voters. All of the candidates were there to talk about plans for tackling problems like jobs and foreclosures.

Incumbent district five council member Steve Kornell is running unopposed after his opponent dropped out of the race. Now Kornell finds himself with a different kind of challenger. Voters will h...

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Seniors told to "not trust anybody" at fraud prevention forum listen

10/19/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Identity theft and fraud are a threat to many people these days, but seniors can be especially vulnerable. Yesterday members of Florida’s Department of Financial Services visited the Sunshine Center in St. Petersburg to help seniors stay alert.

Carol Radin is with the Office on Aging for the City of St. Petersburg, and said that seniors in particular need to be aware of scams and fraudulent offers in the mail.

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