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Occupy Tampa demonstrator arrested while holding protest sign during ice rink opening event listen

11/11/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Another Occupy Tampa protester was arrested at about five in the afternoon Thursday. It’s the second time Daiquiri Jones has been arrested in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park during the day while holding a protest sign.

WMNF volunteer and downtown resident Blannie Whalan witnessed the arrest. She said Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn was checking out Curtis Hixon Park’s new ice skating rink. She said that about three protesters were on the grass in the park trying to get the mayor’s attention. ...

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Last Call with state Senator Paula Dockery

11/10/11 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Polk County area GOP state Senator Paula Dockery was out guest for the entire hour, where we discussed USF Polytechnic, illegal immigration, transportation, education, gambling and other issues that the Legislature will deal with in 2012.

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NOAA Fisheries representative promotes RESTORE Act to help Gulf after BP disaster listen

11/10/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Deepwater Horizon oil well blowout last year was one of the most damaging events for Gulf of Mexico ecosystems. Wednesday night Eckerd College hosted a lecture about the impact of the oil disaster by Cathy Tortorici, the Gulf of Mexico Regional Ecosystem Program Director for the U.S. Department of Commerce.

During the height of the disaster, NOAA estimates 950 miles of coastline came into contact with oil. Wi...

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Occupy USF organizers demand tuition freeze listen

11/10/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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University of South Florida students are continuing to protest against 15 percent tuition hikes. A crowd of fifty Occupy USF protesters marched across campus to demand a tuition freeze on November 9. Students gathered in front of Cooper Hall and then marched to Patel Center to meet with university officials and administration. Some demonstrators demanded the resignation of USF President Judy Genshaft. Students chanted “Judy got paid off, we got ripped off,” “Hey, ho, tuition hikes have ...

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Hillsborough Commissioners consider adding a single-member district, hope to represent Latinos listen

11/10/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Hillsborough has more residents in each of its four single-member districts than any other county in the state. That’s why in a workshop yesterday County Commissioners considered adding a fifth single-member district to better represent their minority constituents.

Commissioner Les Miller spearheaded the discussion about creating [five single member districts](http://www.hillsbo...

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Sustainability forum in Tampa emphasizes ecology and economy listen

11/09/11 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The word Sustainability didn’t take on its current meaning in the English Language until the 1980’s. Until recently it didn’t encompass humans ability to endure on Earth. Now the term is taught in schools, behind business models and changing how our planet is run. Today, the organization Urban Land Institute held a Sustainability Forum in Tampa. They defined the evolving term and described how it is being implemented around the world, especially in the Tampa Bay area.

“Consi...

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Three more arrests this morning of protesters Occupying Tampa's Kiley Garden listen

11/09/11 Seán Kinane & Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Three more Occupy Tampa members were arrested early this morning. A group was sleeping inside occupied Kiley Garden when police asked them to leave.

Protesters had occupied the park the previous night, but Andrew "Pepe" Kovanis complied when police ordered their group to leave Kiley Garden. Kovanis witnessed the arrests.

Stephanie Cannon, Fitzgerald Scott and Ryan Bee were arrested for trespassing, and at least one was charged for obstructing an officer without violence. Cannon bonded ...

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Chalk Festival in Sarasota draws thousands listen

11/09/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Now that the stifling summer weather has ended, outdoor art activities are gearing up in Florida. More than one hundred thousand visitors experienced brightly colored streets at the Sarasota Chalk Festival last week. Street painter Caroline Schultz from Orlando is among the 250 artists from around the world who chalked religious themed art on South Pineapple Avenue in Sarasota. She has been chalking since 1995 using inexpensive hard pastels.

“I have never...

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St. Petersburg voters keep a close watch on a mater plan for downtown's waterfront listen

11/08/11 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today, St. Petersburg residents are voting on City Council positions and several amendments. Some voters are keeping a close eye on City Council spots but many want to make sure Downtown waterfront parks stay public, and private contractors stay out. Four city council seats and 8 amendments make up this years ballot in the St. Petersburg general elections. Many residents like Lynette Fry and her husband David have a keen eye on charter amendment three, involving the city’s plans for the...

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Occupy Tampa members camp overnight at Kiley Garden listen

11/08/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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After two consecutive nights of arrests, Occupy Tampa has completed their first arrest-free overnight occupation of Kiley Garden in downtown Tampa. Four people slept on blankets on the grass from 2 until 6:30 this morning.

Three Tampa Police woke up protesters Becky Rubright, Tim Sommers, Nick Windholz, and Derek English inside Kiley Garden and said ...

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Pushback against Florida's decision not to implement parts of new federal healthcare law listen

11/08/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Florida has put off implementing some provisions of the Affordable Care Act set to take effect in 2014. But a local non-profit wants residents to know how those provisions could provide expanded healthcare options for Floridians.

In a letter to cabinet officials and agency leaders, Florida House Speaker...

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Sarasota's Medieval Fair compares Peasants Revolt of 1381 with Occupy movement listen

11/08/11 Doug Driscoll
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Occupy movement is spreading across the globe because people are tired of the 1%'s greed forcing the 99% further into poverty and wage slavery. But a theatrical rendition in Sarasota Sunday reminded people this isn't the first time in history the rich have been targeted by angry crowds of common folk tired of being stepped on.

About 25 Common people from the Peasant Revolt of 1381 are preparing to storm London Tower, intent on murder. Fourteen year old...

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8 Occupy Tampa members arrested in struggle to take Kiley Garden listen

11/07/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Just after midnight this morning four more members of Occupy Tampa were arrested for trespassing in Kiley Garden in downtown Tampa, and opposing an officer without violence. They were released without bond within two and a half hours. Police say Kevin Flynn, Alicia Dion, Katie Christofilis, and Seth Collins were asked by Police to leave the park, but they refused and sat down and put an American flag in the ground. Occupy T...

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USF ponders the politics of the Armenian Genocide listen

11/07/11 Atecia Robinson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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When a country deals with a dark chapter in its past, like genocide, there are questions about reparations for people directly and indirectly affected. At the USF Library, Taner Akcam gave the keynote speech in a symposium hosted by USF libraries Holocaust and Genocide center on the denial of the Armenian Genocide and the Turkish national security policy of Turkey.

Akcam is a professor of Armenian g...

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St. Pete protesters tell motorists to move their money out of big banks listen

11/07/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Bank of America may have changed their mind about charging fees to customers for using their debit cards, but that didn’t stop protesters in St. Pete from encouraging customers to ditch the banking giant. The group waved signs at a busy Bank of America in Northeast St. Petersburg on Saturday afternoon.

Remember, Remember the fifth of November. The phrase originates from an early 17th cen...

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