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The coming war with Iran?

12/22/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Earlier this week US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta claimed that Iran could make an atomic weapon in one year, and said that Washington will take every step “necessary” to stop Tehran's nuclear program.

In an interview with CBS News aired on Monday, Panetta said, "It would be sometime in around a year they would be able to … (build a nuclear weapon).”

Panetta said "If they proceed and we get intelligence that they're proceeding in developing a nuclear weapon, than we will take...

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Tampa police officers hand out 250 turkeys to needy families listen

12/22/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Many residents in Tampa’s Sulphur Springs neighborhood can’t afford a traditional Holiday celebration. Wednesday morning the Tampa Police Department made sure residents there will have food on the table and gifts under the tree for Christmas.

More than 250 families were given a turkey dinner, sides and desserts to enjoy this Holiday weekend. Wednesday marked the third and final day of what organizer and Tampa police officer Debbie Boles calls the Christmas marathon. Earlier this week ...

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Occupy St. Pete goes after Progress Energy: Don't make us pay for your mistake! listen

12/21/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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About 75 Occupy St. Pete protesters lined the streets and crowded the corners in front of Progress Energy’s downtown St. Pete offices last Saturday. Reports they want the energy giant to stop asking rate payers to foot the repair bills on its nuclear plant.

Progress Energy’s Crystal River nuclear power plant sustained serious damages that caused it to go offline. One protester, Christian Haas said Progress ...

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Latino voters look to Department of Justice for fair representation in Hillsborough listen

12/21/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Hillsborough County Commission doesn’t have a Latino board member and some people want that to change. Minority leaders are now asking the Department of Justice to intervene.

Hillsborough County is required to redraw its voting districts every ten years. Some leaders of the Latino community submitted a map they thought fairly represented their group. But in June commissioners voted to ado...

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Callers wonder why Occupy Tampa member Tim Sommers remains in jail

12/21/11 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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A judge revoked Tim Sommers’ bail this week and we’ll talk with two of his colleagues.

As we reported at the time, Sommers was first arrested for trespassing in Kiley Garden before dawn on November 6. He was given a trespass warning. But he was [arrested again](http:/...

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Former Tampa resident injured in Occupy protest in Seattle

12/21/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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There have been many incidents in which unarmed or peaceful Occupy activists around the country have been attacked by police. One recent case involves a minister—who was dressed in his clerical gear and calling for peace when he was beaten by police. The incident took place in Seattle last week. The minister is John Helmiere who is with the Methodist Church. John grew up in south Tampa.

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His beating by police begs th...

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Tampa Bay Water opposes hunting on Cypress Creek wellfield public land listen

12/20/11 Atecia Robinson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Southwest Florida Water Management District’s proposal to allow hunting on some public land met opposition Monday from Tampa Bay Water. The board of directors of Tampa Bay Water opposed changes to SWFWMD’s land management plan that would allow hunting at the Cypress Creek wellfield.

Pinellas County Commissioner and Tampa Bay Water board member [Neil Bri...

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Hunters gain extra hunting days at two SWFWMD properties but not Cypress Creek listen

12/20/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Two pieces of public property will be opened up for hunters next year. Tuesday morning in Haines City the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) board approved staff recommendation to add hunting opportunities at the Lower Hillsborough Flood Detention Area and Green Swamp West in Pasco County.

But they voted against staff recom...

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Occupy Tampa protester to remain in jail until March awaiting trial for trespassing listen

12/20/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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An Occupy Tampa protester will spend the next two months in jail awaiting trial for trespassing. According to Occupy Tampa Facebook posts, yesterday Judge James Dominguez revoked the bond of Tim Sommers. This morning Sommers learned he will remain in jail until a March 13 trial for trespassing. Fellow protester Bailey Riley was at the hearing.

WMNF story about Sommers' 1st arrest

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Occupy Tampa protests at Obama campaign's Ybor office calling for veto of defense spending bill listen

12/20/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Supporters of civil liberties are hoping President Barack Obama reverses himself again and veto the defense spending bill passed by Congress last week. About 40 members of Occupy Tampa took that message to the president’s re-election campaign headquarters in Ybor City on Friday evening. Protester Samantha Bowden led the “people’s mic” denouncing the National Defense Authorization Act.

The protesters are concerned about one provision in the $662 billion defense spending bill that th...

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Hungry residents can get produce this week in Pinellas County listen

12/20/11 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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There are many people in need of food this holiday season and there may be relief in sight for some residents of Pinellas County. Fresh fruits and vegetables will be offered to those in need during two upcoming produce giveaways.

The produce giveaways are just in time for the holiday season. Farm Share, a non-profit organization provides surplus produce. Mia DeVane, Director of Communications and Development for Farm Share says they provide food distributions a...

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Jeffrey Sachs on the Price of Civilization

12/19/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)

In his new book THE PRICE OF CIVILIZATION (Random House), economist Jeffrey Sachs says that civic virtue is declining among America’s political and economic elites. He says the US system of markets, laws and elections is not enough if the rich and powerful have no compassion toward the rest of society. He says the two major political parties are in the hands of corporate lobbyists and wealthy contributors. That tax cuts and stimulus spending don’t work. That the military industrial compl...

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Local non-profits tackling hunger and poverty head-on

12/16/11 Lisa Marzilli, Beth Bell
Last Call Friday
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On today's Last all we discussed the obscene rise in hunger and poverty not only nationally but right here in our backyard. A report issued by the US Census Bureau shows about 49.9 million Americans, roughly 13.8 percent of the U.S. population living below the poverty line and another 53.8 million are considered low income.

Last week the St. Petersburg Times reported on a [free food giveaway](http://www.tampabay.com/news/humaninterest/...

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New St. Pete Pier proposals don't include everything in the drawings listen

12/16/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Nearly 200 residents showed up today at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg for a chance to hear from designers vying for a chance to replace the city’s iconic pier. The three companies all incorporated the concept of merging downtown with the waterfront.

Architects from BIG proposed a design they are calling the Wave. It’s a giant loop that dives into Tampa Bay. The plans include a top-floor viewing room with an obse...

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Occupy Tampa to protest defense spending bill at Obama campaign's Ybor office listen

12/16/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Congress has passed a $662 billion defense bill. The National Defense Authorization Act could expand indefinite detention under the U.S. government. One provision would authorize the military to jail people it considers terrorism suspects anywhere in the world without charge or trial. President Barack Obama originally said he would veto the bill, but now says he will sign it.

This afternoon Occupy Tampa will be demonstrating against the defense bill in Ybor City at 5 o’clock at Centro Y...

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