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Sex Scandal Coverage, Medicare Privatization and Open Phones

05/23/11 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to the Last call. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up Danny Schechter, one time news director at WBCN-FM in Boston and former staffer at ABC News. He recently wrote an op-ed about the recent widely publicized sex-scandals in which he said:

"My colleague Mike Whitney asks: "So, what are the chances that Strauss-Kahn will get a fair trial now that he's been blasted as a serial sex offender in about 3,000 articles and in all the televised news reports?

"Do you remember any ...

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Environmentalists decry plan to do away with Florida DCA listen

05/23/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Since 1986, the Florida Department of Community Affairs has tried to prevent sprawl throughout the state, often to the chagrin of developers. Governor Rick Scott is poised to do away with the agency by signing a bill that delivers sweeping changes to the way Florida controls growth.

Earlier today, Florida Fish and Wildlife officers tranquilized a black bear seen wandering near downtown Ft. Myers. Environmentalists say it’s a sign that development is severely encroaching on wildlife habita...

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Randy Heine running for Pinellas County Sheriff on marijuana legalization platform listen

05/20/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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After the 2012 elections Pinellas County residents will have a new Sheriff in town. In a field of other candidates, Randy Heine announced his bid for Pinellas County Sheriff this morning at the Supervisor of Elections office in Largo.

Randy Heine wants to change the face of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office: by supporting and proposing policies that aim to legalize marijuana for both medicinal and recreational use. It’s a stance he’s always had, but this morning he made official his p...

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Controversial elections law not yet valid in Hillsborough, four other counties listen

05/20/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Governor Rick Scott has set off another firestorm of criticism when he signed a law yesterday that overhauls elections in Florida. The law goes into effect immediately, except in Hillsborough and four other counties in the state.

Hillsborough County was once found to have polling practices deemed racially discriminatory under Section 5 of the [Voting Rights Act of 1965](http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/vot/intro/intro_...

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The World Ends Tomorrow?

05/20/11 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll hear a prediction for the end of the world and we'll hear from a skeptic. This Saturday an influential Christian radio broadcaster is predicting the world will end. The New York Times reports that:

"This Saturday, May 21, is the apocalypse, according to the ministry’s charismatic leader, “brother” Harold Camping.

“I’m so glad that God’s in charge,” Mr. Camping, 89, said, looking gleeful.

Mr. Camping, a 1942 ...

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Florida ACLU reacts to controversial elections bill passed by the Legislature

05/19/11 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Danielle Prendergast from the ACLU of Florida speaks about the controversial elections reform passed by the Florida Legislature.

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Obama says Palestine must be based in 1967 borders listen

05/19/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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President Barack Obama is endorsing the Palestinians' demand for their future state to be based on the borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war. Israel's prime minister has rejected that, saying return to the borders before Israel occupied the Palestinian territories would spell disaster for the Jewish state.

Obama outlined U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa in a speech today.

"T...

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Tampa City Council gets bummer of a budget update listen

05/19/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today the Tampa City Council heard some news that probably wasn’t too surprising: the city is woefully lacking in money. Tampa’s budget gap is in the tens of millions of dollars.

Budget officer Dennis Rogero told the council members he was cautiously optimistic on the local economy.

"Very slight growth anticipated with a anticipated continuation of a relatively high unemployment rate and a relatively small annual average increase anticipated for annual wages. So perhaps, depends on who...

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Tampa streamlines community garden application listen

05/19/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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More and more people are thinking differently about open space. Residents in cities across the country are digging up patches of grass and replacing them with edible plants. Today Tampa City Council made it a little easier for local neighborhoods to get them going.

For the second time, council member Mary Mulhern read the non-flowery language of an ordinance that does away with the chunky process once required for sprouting a community garden in Tampa. For the second time, the council unan...

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Tampa's Mayor participates in National Ride Your Bike to Work Day listen

05/19/11 Nolan Ruark
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today is National Ride Your Bike to Work Day, and May is National Bike Month. To honor the date people held events across Tampa to raise awareness of bicyclists.

Today, Tampa City council commended Alan Snel, the director of the Southwest Florida bicycle United Dealers (SWFBUD), for advocating bicycle safety and bicycling as a means of transportation.

“We have a lot of partners and people are moving bicycling up in Tampa from many different directions so it’s not just me but I really ...

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Tampa residents commemorate anniversary of death of Jose Marti listen

05/19/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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On this day in 1895, Cuban revolutionary José Martí died in battle against the Spaniards. Today on a tiny chunk of Cuban soil in Ybor City, a small group of Tampa residents of Cuban descent commemorated the anniversary. 89-year-old Al Arteaga of Cuba Vive Tampa Bay brought flowers to the Friends of José Martí Park.

"Jose Marti was a man who was from the youngest years joined the liberty of Cuba from the Spanish. The Spanish occupied Cuba since the 1700's."

Tell us about this park. What...

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The rich don't create jobs- -demand from the public does, says our guest Dave Johnson

05/19/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. Our country is still in recession. And there are several schools of thoughts about how to reduce unemployment. Is the solution more tax cuts? Or is it more investment by the government? Our guest, Dave Johnson is a Fellow at Campaign for America's Future, writing about American manufacturing, trade and economic/industrial policy. He is also a Senior Fellow with Renew California.

Dave has more than 20 years of technology industry experience including ...

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Treasure Island bans alcohol on part of Sunset Beach listen

05/18/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last night a three-hour Treasure Island City Commission meeting resulted in an alcohol ban on the shores of the town’s Sunset Beach area – sort of. After an overwhelming majority of locals urged the commission to rethink the proposal -- they unanimously approved a ban that applies to a fourteen-block stretch.

You couldn’t pigeonhole the dozens of locals who told the Treasure Island City Commission last night that banning alcohol on Sunset Beach is a terrible idea. Resident Jeff Fuller said...

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State Senator Mike Fasano on homeowner's insurance, privatization, & the "Taj Mahal" courthouse; open phones

05/18/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up on the first part of today's program is State Senator Mike Fasano (R-Pasco County). We'll talk with him about his opposition to the insurance bill signed yesterday by the Governor, the latest on the Taj Mahal courthouse scandal and privatization of prisons and Medicaid. Later we'll open the phone lines.

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Bipartisanship on both sides of Florida's redistricting process listen

05/18/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Progressives may not be happy with many of the outcomes of the 2010 midterm elections, but many see the two Fair Districts amendments voters adopted as a victory. But Not everyone is happy that they passed, and there’s even a bipartisan effort to challenge the law, which changes the way legislative districts are drawn.

Some say Florida voters overwhelmingly elected Republicans to the state legislature because the GOP’s election year strategy brought...

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