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Tampa Muslim community cooperates in arrest of alleged terror plotter

01/09/12 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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A Kosovo-born Muslim man was charged today with plotting to attack crowded locations around Tampa, including nightclubs and a sheriff's office, with a car bomb, assault rifle and other explosives according to federal authorities. Here's part of a report from The Tampa Tribune

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New USF medical learning center to create 55 jobs in Tampa with more to come listen

01/09/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Next month a medical simulation and teaching center will open in Tampa and bring with it 100 jobs. In a press conference this morning, local leaders say they expect the facility to make the Tampa Bay area more economically competitive.

Only 55 of the 100 jobs the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation will bring to Tampa are new – 45 will be transferred from the University of South Florida. But member of Congress [Kathy Castor...

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Pinellas Park Muslim man charged with attempted use of a bomb listen

01/09/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A Pinellas Park resident has been charged with allegedly plotting attacks in Tampa with vehicle bombs and other weapons. Sami Osmakac was seen as a threat to both law enforcement and the Muslim community.

The 25-year-old Muslim is a naturalized U.S. citizen from the former Yugoslavia. In September, Osmakac was arrested on battery charges he incurred during a religious argument at a protest. That misdemeanor charge...

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New book gives inside story of war in Afghanistan

01/09/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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On the first part of today’s program we’ll hear from journalist Michael Hastings who has written a behind-the-scenes account of or military leadership in the war Afghanistan.

Last year award-winning journalist Hastings wrote an article in Rolling Stone that made headlines around the world and resulted in the firing of the U.S. commander in charge of the war in Afghanistan. Hastings’s account of the blunt, dismissive remarks made by General Stanley ...

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"Unbanned" documentary a reminder of HIllsborough's ban on gay pride endorsements listen

01/06/12 Atecia Robinson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Some residents are still upset nearly seven years after Hillsborough Commissioners voted to ban the endorsement of Gay pride events in the county. A documentary about that controversy, called “Unbanned” was screened for fifteen people Thursday night in Harbor Island.

In 2005 [Former County Commissioner Ronda Storms](http://www.politifact.com/personalities...

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A conversation with Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein

01/06/12 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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Today we’re going meet one of several potential candidates who are vying for the Green Party presidential nomination, which will be decided at their convention in Baltimore in mid-July.

There are millions of disaffected Obama supporters who are undecided as to whether they’ll hold their nose and vote for Obama again come November to keep a Republican from getting in, throw their vote away on someone that they think has no chance of winning - or just sta...

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Senator Paula Dockery wants "citizen's veto" bill listen

01/06/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A bill is being introduced to the Florida legislature that would give citizens the power to veto certain laws. It’s sponsored by Representative Richard Steinberg, a Miami Democrat and a Republican Senator from Lakeland, Paula Dockery.

The measure will be discussed during the upcoming legislative session which starts on Tuesday. If lawmakers pass the so-called citizens veto bill, it would appear on the ballot for voters in November as a constitutional amendment. A 60-percent vote wou...

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The controversy over Florida's election law changes and corporate political donations

01/06/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)

Voting laws passed in Florida last year have limited early voting, including on the Sunday before Election Day. Opponents say the early voting limitations are part of a broader effort by Republican-led legislatures across the country to suppress the black, minority and elderly voting blocs, groups expected to be key to President Obama's bid for reelection in 2012. The efforts include new voting laws passed in more than a dozen states, some requiring government-issued identification to vote an...

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Human rights lesson from Venezuela to U.S. listen

01/06/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Members of the Uhuru movement in St. Petersburg think the United States isn’t doing enough to help the poor. Last Friday the group held a reception for a Venezuelan representative who told them why the U.S. could learn a thing or two from his country’s social programs.

“Understand that the government can use the resource they have to solve the problem of people in term of health, in term of education, in term of housing. That’s the main concern they have...

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Muslim woman attacked by stun gun in Tampa listen

01/05/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Police have been investigating whether a shopper in Tampa hit by a stun gun was the victim of a hate crime. A Muslim woman who does not want to be identified was wearing an Indian-style dress known as a salwar was attacked Sunday at a WalMart on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. We spoke with Hassan Shibly, executive director of the Tampa Chapter of CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

“She is a 62 year old American Muslim Pakistani woman who was just shopping at WalMart and unfortu...

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Rick Kriseman on the upcoming Legislative sesssion in Talllahassee

01/05/12 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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St. Petersburg House Democrat Rick Kriseman talks about Governor Rick Scott and his bill that would allow citizens to recall him and any other state lawmaker - as well as a host of issues that will come before the Legislature in the 2012 session.

He also comments on rumors that he may run for Mayor in St. Pete in 2013.

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Tampa accepts $50 million federal grant for RNC security and with it, an armored truck listen

01/05/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The city of Tampa is getting $50 million in federal funds to pay for security for the Republican National Convention in August. City council voted unanimously today to appropriate some of those funds to tactical equipment including an armored SWAT vehicle.

“I know that this is somewhat of a trend for po...

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Animal rights activists protest opening of Ringling Circus in Tampa listen

01/05/12 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus opened its multi-day run at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in downtown Tampa last night. But around 30 protesters gathered to voice discontent with the way animals are treated by the circus.

Organized by the group Animal Advocacy of Tampa Bay, the circus protest targeted the way trained animals, particularly elephants, are treated by the circus that bills itself as "The Greatest Show on Earth." Lane Giordano was one protester who braved the cold. As...

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Is the National Defense Authorization Act a threat to civil liberties?

01/05/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Coming up we’ll look at the constitutional implications of the National Defense Authorization Act with a legal scholar. But first two listener comments about yesterday’s program - which was a discussion of the results of the Iowa caucuses. Here’s what several listeners had to say.

On New Year’s Eve President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law. The statute contains a sweeping worldwide indefinite detention provision. While President Obama issued a signing ...

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Should the federal government pay for security at Tampa's RNC Convention?

01/04/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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We asked the question whether the federal government should pay for security at Tampa's RNC Convention?

Tampa City Council will accept $50 million in federal funds for RNC security Thursday.

One emailer thought that since cities compete for the convention because they think there will be an economic benefit, it's a good use of funds. Some callers countered that the pa...

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