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Occupy Wall Street protesters bare tops: "We can't afford a shirt!" listen

09/23/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests in New York enter their second week Saturday. But, unlike much smaller conservative Tea Party demonstrations, most of the media continues a black-out of these radical anti-capitalist gatherings. During one demonstration this week, men and women bared their naked tops, chanting “We can’t afford a shirt.”

The audio is from a [video](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBy9YDwqzwg&featur...

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Small businesses can get tax incentives for offering health insurance to employees listen

09/23/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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It may be less expensive for small businesses to offer health insurance to their employees because of the Affordable Care Act. That’s because some business may qualify for tax incentives under the health care reform law.

Over half of small businesses with fewer than 10 employees don’t offer health insurance. Patrick Cannon is the advocacy director for Florida’s Community Health Action Information Network, or CHAIN. He say...

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State of Palestine asks for full member status at United Nations listen

09/23/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Friday afternoon at the United Nations in New York, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas asked the UN to admit Palestine as a full member state.

The US has promised to veto Palestinian statehood in the UN Security Council. Despite US-led pressure on Palestine to abandon their bid, Abbas said the application should be sent immediately to the Security Council and the General Assembly.

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Tampa panhandling ban stalled in a City Council stalemate listen

09/23/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tampa City Council failed to pass a panhandling ordinance Thursday afternoon. With only 6 members voting, and Council member Charlie Miranda on leave with health issues, It's hard to tell if the three-to-three stalemate will let up any time soon.

The fate of beggars, charities, and independent newspapers hangs in the balance as Tampa's City Council failed to d...

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Uhurus kick off "A Day in Solidarity with African People" listen

09/22/11 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Uhuru movement wants people to fight back against the oppression of Africans by white capitalism. They kicked off the Event “A Day in Solidarity with African people” Wednesday night in St. Petersburg to raise awareness .

The African People's Socialist Party founded the Uhuru Movement on the ideals that Africans and all oppressed people need to push back against the domination of the white people. Uhuru movement founder Omali Yeshitela says the organizations hopes to end all oppres...

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Tampa City Council votes to write letter to Cuba's ambassador listen

09/22/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This month Tampa International Airport resumed direct flights to Cuba. The temporary chair of City Council, Mary Mulhern was one of the first members of Tampa’s government to visit the country. The Council voted yesterday to send a letter to the Cuban ambassador expressing Tampa’s desire to interact more with the Caribbean country.

Mary Mulhern wants the Tampa Port to handle a higher per...

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Two views on the Palestinian bid for an independent state

09/22/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to request that the United Nations recognize Palestine as a full member of the organization in his scheduled speech tomorrow before the UN. If the UN accepts his proposal Palestine will become an independent state, receiving the full rights that other member countries enjoy. The new Palestinian state would be based on the borders Israel and Palestine shred before the Six Day War in 1967. We'll hear two differing views on whether Abbas' request i...

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Troy Davis draws support from Brandon women in vigil listen

09/22/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Troy Davis was murdered by the state of Georgia last night after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to halt the execution. WMNF's Janelle Irwin spoke with two of his local supporters last night at a prayer vigil in Brandon as Davis awaited the end of his 22-year-long battle for his life.

Seven of the nine eyewitnesses who helped convict Davis of the murder of an off-duty Savannah police officer have recanted their testimonies. No physical evidence linked Davis to the crime. Kate Noble learne...

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Thursday St. Pete City Council could become first city to favor conflict-free products

09/21/11 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Today we are going to talk about conflict minerals – natural resources that are extracted from war zones and the funds that come from their export perpetuating wars and atrocities, especially in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

In a moment we’ll hear from an Eckerd College Student, Samantha Fenwick and St. Petersburg City Council member Steve Kornell about an effort to get [St. Petersburg to be a pioneer city in purchasing electronics that are conflict-free](http://www.stpete.org...

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Clearwater musicians join the first global "Playing for Change Day" listen

09/21/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Anyone searching for Bob Marley’s “One Love” video online may have seen a film called Playing for Change. It includes clips of musicians playing the famous tune in different cities around the world. The Playing for Change Foundation made the video, and is a nonprofit dedicated to providing music and arts education to underprivileged children worldwide. Last Saturda...

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Clean-air activists say the health of Tampa's children would benefit from air pollution regulations listen

09/21/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The EPA is under attack this week as new legislation threatens to delay new air pollution rules. But the White House and several environmental groups are fighting back, and demanding cleaner skies, and less pollution. Two local environmental groups met this morning in Tampa’s Ballast Point Park playground, where they say more children would play, if it weren’t for the smog.

President [Barack Oba...

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WMNF's station manager Jim Bennett resigns listen

09/21/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The station manager of this radio station, 88.5-FM WMNF, resigned early yesterday morning. Details are still emerging, but Letty Valdes, president of the board of directors of the Nathan B. Stubblefield Foundation, said Jim Bennett submitted his letter of resignation several hours after a Monday night board meeting.

"On Tuesday September 20th Jim Bennett resigned his position as station manager for personal reasons and the Board of Directors accepted his resignation. We appreciate Jim's ...

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National Recovery Month

09/21/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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This month is National Recovery Month and DACCO (Drug Abuse Comprehensive Coordinating Office) is putting on an event to celebrate recovery this Sunday at the Straz Center in downtown Tampa. Our guests are Liz Harden who is the COO of DACCO. Dr. Jason Fields MD is an addiction medicine fellow. And Leslie Glass is the writer/director of the new film THE SECRET WORLD OF RECOVERY. We're going to talk about addiction and recovery tod...

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Fletcher Ave near USF plans for pedestrian improvements listen

09/21/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Plans for safety improvements to parts of Tampa's Fletcher Avenue in the University of South Florida area are closer to completion. But funding for the project still has not been secured.

Between 2006 and 2010 63 pedestrians were involved in accidents on Fletcher Avenue between Nebraska and 50th Street. There were three fatalities. Peter Brett, traffic operations manager for Hillsborough County said it is stats like those that pr...

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With or without Palestinian statehood, "Is Peace Possible?" listen

09/20/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last Sunday the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and donor nations gave their support to a Palestinian bid for statehood. But the United States plans to use its standing on the UN Security Council to veto their resolution.

In the past, President Barack Obama has voiced his support for a two-state solution to the ongoing...

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