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Tampa Police Department considers several tools for 2012 RNC protesters listen

10/12/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last week the St. Petersburg Times reported the Tampa Police Department was considering a range of security measures for next year’s Republican National Convention. But the [police have backed away from one part of that inventory, unmanned aerial surveillance aircraft](http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/baybuzz/content/no-drones-after-all-tampas-republican-national-c...

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Pinellas residents talk about coming out of the closet listen

10/12/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Yesterday was National Coming Out Day. Members of the North Pinellas LGBT community shared their coming out stories at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Clearwater last night. Some successful locals said things are getting better.

National Coming Out Day began in 1988 as a means to give LGBT individuals the courage to live a life of authenticity. R.P. Stanley is a Navy veteran and owner of a [military memorabil...

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Despite police warning, Occupy Tampa protesters vote to risk arrest and stay on sidewalk

10/12/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In an update to this story: as of 8 a.m. Wednesday there were still 30 Occupy Tampa protesters on the sidewalk along Ashley Dr. east of Curtis Hixon Park. They said the police did not show up again during the third night of the occupation.

On the third night of their overnight occupation of part of a sidewalk near Curtis Hixon Park, Occupy Tampa ...

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Occupy Tampa protesters plan to beat the heat by protesting in fountains: a "pool party" listen

10/11/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Occupy Tampa is planning what they're calling a "pool party" on Sunday to beat heat at Curtis Hixon Park where there is no reprieve from the sun. One protester, Jordan Harrah, said Sunday marks the day that many U.S. cities are beginning occupations in their communities.

“The pool party is going to coincide with a day of action on the 15th were countries all around the world a...

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In Washington DC Police say they will allow occupy protesters to stay for months listen

10/11/11 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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In Boston yesterday, police arrested dozens of protesters affiliated with Occupy Wall Street movement that has sprung up in major cities across the United States. However, in Washington DC, after Occupy protesters' permit expired on Monday, they were able to reach a deal with the police to legally occupy Freedom Plaza for up to four months. Today WMNF's Kelly Benjamin spoke with St. Petersburg homeless rights activist Bruce Wright who is camped in the Plaza.

Here is an excerpt from the Oc...

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Rick Kriseman rallies PTA to vote for public education listen

10/11/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last year several bills passed in Florida state legislature that Democratic State Representative Rick Kriseman said are just about the worst things that could possibly happen to the education system. He’s calling on the Parent Teacher Association in his...

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Since 1980 US income is moving to the top 1%

10/11/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Coming up we'll talk with Alternet.org's Joshua Holland who has written a new piece for Alternet about income distribution in the U.S. He says that if income distribution was where it was historically for most of the Twentieth Century 99% would be making a lot more money. Holland is the author of THE 15 BIGGEST LIES ABOUT THE ECONOMY.

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In talk with USF students, Tampa Mayor Buckhorn at loss for his opinion on DREAM Act listen

10/11/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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In an attempt to raise political interest among college-aged voters, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn answered questions from students at USF Tampa last night. He said young adults should get more involved in politics, but fumbled over one of their questions about the DREAM Act.

As the Mayor of a city with a major university – one whose economic contribution is substantial – you would think Buckhorn would make sure he’s ...

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Occupy Tampa spends second night in downtown park listen

10/11/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Even though Police in other cities, like Boston, are arresting people camping in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement, activists in Tampa seem to be safe for now. Occupy Tampa camped out on the edge of downtown’s Curtis Hixon Park for the second consecutive night. This morning, Bettejo Indelicato was one of the twenty or so protesters lining Ashley Drive.

“Well we had 28 people actually sleep over and during the night there were varie...

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Governor Rick Scott's 2012 Legislative preview looks back at education changes and deregulation listen

10/11/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Here's the transcript of Florida Governor Rick Scott's 2012 Legislative preview video message, as provided by the Governor's office:

Over the past year, Florida has made significant progress in getting our economy back on track.

We balanced a budget without raising taxes. In fact, we gave businesses and families a tax cut.

We began reviewing and eliminating hundreds of unnecessary rules and regulations that have hamstrung business owners in Florida. We scaled back the size o...

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Students protest higher tuition at USF

10/10/11 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Coming up next we'll talk with several members of the newly formed local chapter of Students for a Democratic Society. The group is working toward establishing a student referendum on tuition increases at the University of South Florida. Our guests are: Carl Uhl and Marisol Marquez.

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Anti-drone protestors pepper-sprayed at Air and Space Museum

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

Coming up we'll talk with Rev. Bruce Wright of St. Petersburg who is taking part in Occupy DC this month. He along with several other peace activists were pepper-sprayed Saturday when they tried to protest an exhibit of unmanned drones at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. Later we'll open the phone lines and take your phone calls.

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Tampa protesters hold first overnight occupation of downtown park listen

10/10/11 Josh Holton & Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Occupy Tampa protesters occupied a public location downtown all night long for the first time, moving one step closer to a 24-hour-a-day occupation in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. But Keith Cuesta said this is just a tryout for the real deal.

"But this is the preliminary trial run of the occupation. It's almost like a beta test, you know when you're doing computer testing and stuff like that. We're seeing where the bugs are, and we're trying to work out the kinks."

Despite rainy...

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WMNF exclusive. Video: Tampa Police tell Occupy Tampa protesters to leave Gaslight Park

10/10/11 Josh Holton & Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Update: at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday demonstrators began Tampa's first overnight occupation. They were told by police they would not be arrested if they camped out in the southeastern part of Curtis Hixon Park along Ashley Dr.

At about 8:10 p.m. Sunday night Corporal Robin Penix from Tampa Police Department told about 18 protesters that downtown's Gaslight Park was closed and they had to leave.

A couple of hours earlier at a general assembly the Occupy Tampa group reached consensus that ...

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Video: St. Pete homeless rights advocate Rev. Bruce Wright pepper sprayed in D.C. listen

10/09/11 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday

Here's the latest video from WMNF's Kelly Benjamin in Washington D.C.

Police pepper-sprayed activists this weekend, including St. Petersburg homeless-rights activist Rev. Bruce Wright.

The October 2011 demonstrators object to the use of U.S. drones in attacks on other countries and used the museum’s drone display as a backdrop of their protest.

But an assistant editor of the conservative magazine The American Spectator admitted to infiltrating the protest and provoking law enfor...

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