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Late night drink spots in St. Pete now need permits listen

12/06/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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St. Pete officials are trying to clean up the city’s bar scene by requiring special permits for bars and restaurants serving alcohol past midnight. City council members approved a citywide ordinance this morning during their meeting.

Only a few bar owners showed up to complain about the issue, but most were more concerned about the possibility that council could later consider requiring high volume bars to hire off duty police officers for security. Matt Donahue owns Push Ultra Lounge...

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Supporters and critics of The Lens jab as city council approves multi-million dollar appropriation for new pier design listen

12/06/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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St. Pete City Council approved spending almost $5 million to move forward with plans to build a new pier during a meeting packed with concerned residents today. Council member Wengay Newton was the only no vote. Supporters of the new pier design equaled opponents who said they’re not giving up.

“If you close the Pier down and you try to demolish it, I will be there standing in front of the equipment and you will be arresting me every time I get back out of jail.”

Tyler Mitchell...

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Tampa City Council to workshop pros and cons of Republican convention surveillance cameras in August 2013 listen

12/06/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Thursday Tampa City Council approved changes to an ordinance reinforcing that it would be a crime for Tampa Police to use surveillance cameras purchased for the Republican convention for unauthorized peeping on residents inside their homes. But they put off a decision about whether the cameras will be a permanent part of the city’s landscape. There’s been ongoing friction between council and the mayor’s administration about who has the authority to authorize deployment of the cameras. T...

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Peace Activists Protest Military Drones

12/06/12 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 Kathleen Rumpf (KthleenRumpf@aol.com) and Ed Kinane (EdKinane@verizon.net) who have been among a group of anti-drone protestors outside Hancock Air National Guard base in upstate New York. Both have been arrested for peacefully protesting. Recently a judge has placed a restraining order on the activists from approaching the home, school or workplace of a commander at the base. If they violate the order they face ...

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New Downtown Open Air Market Opens in Tampa; Gen. Petraeus Secretly Recorded

12/05/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll hear a tape recording of a Fox News consultant conveying a suggestion to Gen. David Petraeus last year that he should consider running for President. But first- The Tampa Downtown Sunday Market is now open and running each Sunday from 10 to 3 on North Franklin Street, between Twiggs and Polk Streets. The market offers a wide selection of local produce, gulf fish, artisan breads, fresh eggs and cheese and fresh squee...

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Florida voting woes land on agenda of U.S. Commission on Civil Rights listen

12/05/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Six members of Florida’s Democratic Congressional delegation sent a letter to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights last week asking them to investigate the state’s voting law. The move comes after investigative reports showed former leaders of the state Republican Party accused lawmakers of passing voting legislation with the sole intent of suppressing groups of voters who lean Democratic. Tampa Bay area Representative Kathy Castor is one of the people leading the push.

“This has...

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Low-power FM radio stations could be coming soon to your community

12/05/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Last Friday the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that it would open up licenses for new low-power FM (LPFM) radio stations beginning next October.

My guest on Last Call is Brandy Doyle, policy director for the Prometheus Radio Project.

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Brandon-area sporting goods store owners worry proposed Bass Pro will put them out of business listen

12/04/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners will decide Wednesday whether or not to fork over more than $8 million to entice a sporting goods mega store to Brandon. Some local sporting goods retailers plan to urge commissioners not to use taxpayer money to open a store they say could put many independent businesses out of business. Tom Mahoney, owner of T.A. Mahoney boat repair and tackle shop near Brandon compares the big box sporting goods giant to Wal-Mart.

“I personally am not against Bass P...

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Citizen Group Opposes Plan to Build The Lens in St. Petersburg

12/04/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll hear from Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe about a proposal to spend $8.25 million dollars to make road improvements to bring a Bass Pro Shops retail complex to eastern Hillsborough County.

But first we'll talk with Fred Whaley who is chair of a group called Concerned Citizens of St. Petersburg. The group has launched a petition drive to Stop the Lens.

For a [...

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Americans for Prosperity Calls on Governor to Reject State Health Care Exchanges Under the ACA

12/03/12 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to the Last Call. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll hear NBC's Bob Costas who called for gun control last night on Sunday Night Football in the wake of the shooting tragedy on Saturday involving a member of the Kansas City Chiefs. But first Slade O'Brien is state director of the Florida chapter of Americans for Prosperity. The AFP issued a press release today saying: "Today Americans for Prosperity (AFP) the nation’s largest and ...

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Three protesters arrested in Texas after barricading themselves inside Keystone XL pipeline

12/03/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Three people who barricaded themselves in the Keystone XL pipeline were arrested in Winona, Texas Monday.

Before workers arrived this morning, activists Matt Almonte (from Tampa) and Glen Collins locked themselves inside a pipe segment waiting to be laid in the ground to halt construction of the oil pipeline.

According to the website Tar Sands Blockade, a third activist, Isabel Indigo Brooks who was also in the pipe was also arrested Monday afternoon.

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Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority to get $2.6 million for 4 hybrid buses

12/03/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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According to the U.S. Department of Transportation website, the DOT has awarded Pinellas County’s transit system $2.6 million to purchase four hybrid electric buses. PSTA will receive the funds from the Federal Transit Administration.

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First zero net energy office opens in St. Pete; home to Florida Sierra Club listen

12/03/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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St. Petersburg officials and environmentalists celebrated the opening of the city’s first commercial building that will make more energy than it uses today. The net zero energy office on Central Avenue near downtown is now home to the Sierra Club’s Florida headquarters. Bob Harrington, the residential director of sales for the company that provided some of the building’s technology, Bosch, said the use of photovoltaic solar panels could actually earn money.

“Every community throu...

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Chris Hedges on Third World America

12/03/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll listen to a recent talk (11/21/12) that Chris Hedges (Days of Destruction Days of Revolt) gave to a group called United Against Poverty. In this lecture, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedges will examine how America has devolved, economically and politically, into a Third World country and the role that inverted totalitarianism plays in consolidating the control of rapa...

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