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Graffiti art is changing the face of Miami's Wynwood neighborhood listen

12/20/12 Lenka Davis and Christopher Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The sound of a graffiti artist’s can of spray paint may mean different things to different people. For people in the Wynwood and Overtown districts of Miami, it is the sound of the inner and outer transformation of their neighborhood.

Rob Fogel is a graffiti artist painting a mural on the border between the two districts. It is the middle of the night, but police spotlights are lighting up the wall, so Fogle carries on painting. But, the police are not here to help him finish his mural...

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Walmart Boosts Sales of AR-15's; and James Galbraith Says Don't Fear the Fiscal Cliff

12/20/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll talk with Nation Magazine writer George Zornick who has written an article entitled How WalMart Helped Make the Newtown Shooter's AR-15 the Most Popular Assault Weapon in America. Later we'll talk with Professor James Galbraith of the University of Texas at Austin on [6 R...

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President Obama promises swift action to deal with "epidemic" of gun deaths in the U.S. listen

12/19/12 AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Spurred by a horrific elementary school shooting, President Barack Obama vowed Wednesday to send Congress new policy proposals for reducing gun violence by January.

The president, who exerted little political capital on gun control despite a series of mass shootings in his first term, bristled at suggestions that he had been silent on the issue during his first four years in office. But he acknowledged that Friday's deadly shooting had been a wake-up call.

The president's announcement W...

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New homes for injured veterans part of community redevelopment in St. Pete listen

12/19/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A wounded military veteran broke ground on what will be his new home today in St. Petersburg. The house is being paid for through a collaborative of charities, but is part of a greater effort to rehabilitate the city’s troubled Midtown area. Brian Lamb, president of the non-profit Community Partners in Revitalization said the project will help drive property values up in the neighborhood.

“Within that, there’s a huge economic advantage to coming into neighborhoods, recognizing –...

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Does Maya calendar predict end of world Friday? USF archaeologist says no listen

12/19/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The calendar created by Maya people has kept track of time for more than 5,000 years, but it ends this Friday, December 21. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the world is ending. That’s according to an expert on the subject who dispelled some doomsday predictions at a lecture at USF Tampa last month.

Christian Wells is an associate professor of archaeology at USF who specializes in Maya culture. According to him, the world isn’t g...

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Wood storks may not be so endangered anymore listen

12/18/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing that the wood stork be upgraded from its status as an endangered species to just threatened. Dan Ashe, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announced plans to reclassify the species during a conference call this morning.

“Wood storks in the Southeastern U.S. no longer face imminent danger of extinction and that’s thanks to decades of conservation work across the region.”

Wood storks have been protected under the Endanger...

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Food Not Bombs volunteers share food in downtown Tampa park despite legal concerns listen

12/18/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Volunteers with the group Food Not Bombs served breakfast to people in Gaslight Square in downtown Tampa Tuesday. The group has been feeding people in the city for years, but this particular routine started last week and will continue every Tuesday through the holidays.

“Well, we have sweet potatoes, oatmeal and bagels.”

That could change next week though. Thích Giác Ngô, a Buddhist monk with Food Not Bombs said the group gets most of their food from places who are about to t...

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Big Retailers Are Selling Clothing Made in Sweatshops Says Labor Activist

12/18/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. We're going to play the listener comments later in the program as we talk about guns and your response to the massacre in Connecticut- in light of what we just heard on Democracy Now. But first--

A little less than one month ago --On Nov. 24, more than 112 Bangladeshi workers were burned to death, trapped in a locked sweatshop sewing garments for Wal-Mart, Disney, Sears, Sean Combs/ENYCE, Target and others.

The National Catholic Rep...

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Florida lawmakers get a laundry list of legislative priorities from Hillsborough constituents listen

12/17/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In Hillsborough County officials and residents took their wish lists to state lawmakers Monday at the legislative delegation meeting. Most of the requests were for new or continued funding, but some people asked for policy changes. Shirley Arcuri, president-elect of the Hillsborough County League of Women Voters, called on legislators to axe most of the changes Republicans made to the state’s voting law in 2010.

Florida Consumer Action Network’s Tim Heberlein ...

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After CT school massacre, Hillsborough citizens call for legislative changes listen

12/17/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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As parents and children come to terms with the Connecticut school shooting that claimed the lives of twenty students on Friday, some people are asking Florida lawmakers to consider public safety legislation. During the Hillsborough County legislative delegation meeting Monday in downtown Tampa, Republican state Representative Dana Young said she won’t propose any gun regulations until she sees evidence that it will make a difference.

“Obviously this is something that is in the nation...

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Survivalists Prepare for the End Times

12/17/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity--- I'm Rob Lorei. We're going to talk about the massacre in Connecticut last Friday when we open the phones in a few minutes. But first-- The British Newspaper, The Daily Mail is reporting the mother of Newtown killer Adam Lanza was a survivalist who trained her son to shoot and had been stockpiling weapons and food in anticipation of an apocalypse.

Nancy Lanza began hoarding food and water because she feared the ongoing financial crisis was going to...

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Mass shooting at CT school rekindles push to stop gun violence listen

12/14/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A man opened fire Friday inside the Connecticut elementary school where his mother worked as a teacher, killing 26 people, including 20 children.

In a statement to news media, President Barack Obama said,

"As a country we have been through this too many times. Whether it's an elementary school in Newton, or a shopping mall in Oregon or a temple in Wisconsin or a movie theater in Aurora or a street corner in Chicago, these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods and these children are our ...

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Dental care is a much needed part of overall health but isn't always affordable listen

12/14/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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With or without insurance, dental care is often neglected in health care decisions because it’s so expensive. But good dental care is about more than just a pretty smile, it’s a vital part of overall health.

“From a medical standpoint, there’s a link between poor dental care and systemic problems – heart attack, strokes, cancer – so we’re doing our part to alleviate that.”

  1. Merrell Williams is a dentist at his own private practice on N. Armenia in Tampa. He said tho...
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Florida politics and Ybor City culture

12/13/12 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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"La Gaceta" editor and publisher Patrick Manteiga was our guest, and we spoke about a number of issues, including Charlie Crist's conversion to being a Democrat; the perception of crime in Ybor City; Cultural tourism in Ybor City; Creating a Hispanic district on the Hillsborough County Commission.

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Tampa gets $30 million HUD grant for Encore development listen

12/13/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Thursday the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced it was awarding a $30 million grant to the Tampa Housing Authority to help fund the Encore project in downtown Tampa and nearby communities.

In a conference call, U.S. Representative Kathy Castor said Tampa’s grant is the largest of the four awarded through HUD’s [Choice Neighborhood Initiative](http://portal.hud.go...

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