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Occupy Tampa plans to "reverse shoplift" at Wal-Mart as part of a national day of action listen

02/29/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Wednesday, Occupy Wall Street called for a national day of action to shut down corporations. Movements worldwide have planned various non-violent demonstrations at some of the world’s most profitable corporations. Members of Occupy Tampa are planning an action inside a Hillsborough County Wal-Mart at the 4:00 p.m. hour.

Occupy Wall Street’s main target today is the American Legislative Exchange Council. The group drafts model legis...

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Coalition of Immokalee Workers and allies to begin six-day Fast for Fair Food Monday

02/29/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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On Monday, Immokalee migrant farmworkers and their allies will begin a six-day Fast for Fair Food in Lakeland. This afternoon my guests were Elbin Perez of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Joe Parker of the Student/Farmworker Alliance.

Here are more WMNF News stories about the Coalition of Immokalee Workers

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Charges dropped for two Occupy Tampa members listen

02/29/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Charges have been dropped by the State Attorney’s office for two members of Occupy Tampa who were arrested for trespassing in Kiley Gardens in November. Their lawyer argued the charges were unconstitutional based on a precedent set last year in St. Petersburg.

Attorney Roger Breit actually filed t...

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Greenpeace holds direct action training camp in Manatee County listen

02/28/12 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The environmental activist organization Greenpeace is in the Tampa Bay area this week holding a direct action training camp for young activists interested in using non-violent civil disobedience to call attention to environmental problems.

Over 70 activists from around the country are in the woods of rural Manatee County this week to learn how to more effectively commit non-violent direct action. That's actions that are meant to raise awareness and effectively achieve political, economic, ...

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Mitt Romney Backers Made Big Profits on Auto Industry Bailout

02/28/12 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 lift up the hood and look at who benefited from the bailout of GM. We’ll hear from investigative reporter Greg Palast. Later we’ll open the phone lines and take your calls on whatever topic you’d like to bring up. First six listener comments; the first about yesterday’s interview with psychiatrist Peter Breggin who thinks mood altering drugs are over-prescribed in our country…. And the other comments ar...

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Domestic partner registry may be coming soon to Tampa listen

02/28/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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update: the domestic partnership registry passed Tampa City Council on 1st reading 15 March 2012.

Tampa city council member Yvonne Yolie Capin has proposed an ordinance that would give unmarried couples some similar rights to those who are married. It would apply to both heterosexual couples as well as those in same-sex relationships. Under the proposal, couples registered as domestic partners would be able to m...

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What to do in Iran and Syria? U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor answers listen

02/28/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last week, WMNF caught up with U.S. Representative Kathy Castor to find out what she thought about military intervention in Iran and Syria. Castor hopes problems in both nations can be solved without violence. As U.S. officials continue to view Iran as a nuclear threat, she’s staking some of that hope on tightening financial sanctions.

“The military and civilian lead...

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Religion, Corporate Taxes and Pay for NYC Hotel Maids

02/27/12 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good evening, welcome to The Last Call. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll hear some soundbites from political figures, a noted investors and some FOX media hosts and then we'll open up the phone lines. The soundbites all figure prominently among the current issues in the presidential race. First we'll hear former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum who is running for the GOP presidential nomination. Three days ago he called President Obama a snob for saying that all young people in the U.S. shoul...

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An American in Paris Looks at the French Way of Parenting; and Dr. Peter Breggin MD on the Overuse of PharmeceuticalsBringing Up Children

02/27/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll spend most of the hour talking about kids and parenting. We’ll meet a noted psychiatrist who says we are giving too many behavioral drugs to children….

And we’ll talk with an American reporter in Paris who says she is noticing surprising differences between the way the French parent their children and the American way of parenting. She says the French often have have better outcomes….

But first—fo...

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During NBA All-Star Weekend, Occupy Orlando activists call for civil rights and sharing listen

02/27/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Over the weekend, basketball fans were focused on Orlando, host of the NBA All-Star Game and associated festivities. But the group Occupy Orlando held their own, less flashy, celebration they called “All Share Weekend.” They billed it as a time for community, food, entertainment, art and education … all without the huge price tag of the All-Star Game. Activist Cat Duerr said the march was coordinated with the Florida Civil Rights Association.

“At Occupy Orlando we’re here in so...

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Labor activists speak out against proposed state legislation that could slash servers' pay listen

02/27/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A proposed state bill would cut tipped workers’ wages by more than half; from $4.65 per hour to $2.13. On Friday afternoon, members of local labor groups protested the legislation at the Outback Steakhouse in Temple Terrace. One of them, Bailey Riley, works as a server at a different chain restaurant in the Tampa Bay area. She said if signed into law, the proposal would pad cor...

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Greenpeace ship brings message opposing dirty coal to St. Pete listen

02/27/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A brand new ship built for Greenpeace with sustainability in mind stopped off in St. Petersburg this weekend. The crew of the Rainbow Warrior III is on their maiden voyage to Rio de Janeiro to combat environmental crimes like illegal timber harvesting in the Amazon. But during their stay at the Port of St. Petersburg, Greenpeace spokesperson David Pomerantz welco...

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USF president, students glad for restored funding but still want fewer cuts listen

02/24/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Some of the sting was taken away from the cuts proposed for the University of South Florida. That’s because the state Senate voted yesterday to more evenly spread 400 million dollars in budget cuts across all Florida public universities. They also approved plans to immediately make the USF Polytechnic campus in Lakeland the state’s 12th independent university. USF students and the university president reacted to the news last night on the Tampa campus.

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Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda on the 2012 FL legislative session

02/24/12 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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With this year's state legislative session in its waning days and debate about to begin on both the House and Senate budgets we spoke with Tallahassee democratic Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda about what we can expect coming out of Tallahassee over the next two weeks.

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Radio personality Bubba says his show will "deep fat fry the Quran" listen

02/24/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tampa radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge says he will “deep fat fry a Quran.” This following more deaths today in Afghanistan following four days of protests against the accidental burning copies of the Muslim holy book by NATO troops. Bubba made the comments on his program on 102.5 FM today.

“But we are going to deep fat fry a Quran, I’ll tell you that.”

Bubba said he got a message from management ordering him to stop talking about the plan.

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