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Defending evolution

02/09/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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There's no doubt that backers of creationism would like to be able to present their views in public schools. But for more than two decades scientists have been trying to keep the wall of separation protecting science classes in K-12 education from backers of creationism. Our guest is Eugenie Scott who is director of the National Center for Science Education. Scott is a leader in the movement of scientists and educators against the teaching of creationism and intelligent...

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Sarasota County and City of North Port hold public workshops to decide future of Warm Mineral Springs listen

02/09/12 Doug Driscoll
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Sarasota County city of North Port is home to a cultural attraction, archeological resource and aquatic habitat called Warm Mineral Springs. In December of 2010, the City and the county purchased the springs for $5.5 million , and they’re now envisioning the future of Warm Mineral Springs under public ownership.

Over the past month, about 500 people attended three workshops hosted by Sarasota County and the City. At one m...

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New College of Florida student body president insists students should choose student representative on Board of Governors

02/08/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Today the Florida Student Association posted an action alert on its Facebook page warning that if people don’t act quickly, the student representative on the Board of Governors, which determines tuition rates, could soon be selected by Rick Scott.

This afternoon we’re going to talk about bills in the Florida Legislature that affect higher education – my guest will be Michael Long. He’s student body president at New College o...

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Brass bands and vocals help Tampa celebrate Black History Month listen

02/08/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The City of Tampa and the Black History Committee held their 24th annual celebration today at the Tampa Convention Center. Tampa students, city employees and supporters of the African-American community enjoyed lively music and a helping of financial advice.

February marks 28 – and this year because it’s a leap year, 29 - days of honoring centuries of progress in the African American community.

The [Distin...

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Meeting This Weekend To Combat Genocide

02/08/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning,

Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up on the first part of the program we’ll talk with Cameron Hudson who is a senior advisor to the Committee of Conscience of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Formerly he was chief of staff to the President’s special envy for Sudan. He’ll be speaking This Sunday at 2PM in Sarasota at the 6th annual Take A Stand Against Genocide Conference at Incarnation Catholic Church in Sarasota. The event is sponsored by Humanit...

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Occupy Tampa honors fallen Syrian protesters; wary of US intervention listen

02/08/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The UN estimates more than 5,000 Syrians have died during the country’s nearly year-long uprising. In response, a handful of Occupy Tampa members honored the fallen last night with a candlelight vigil at downtown’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. They all want to see an end to the bloodshed, but they don’t necessarily agree on how involved the U.S. should be.

Michael Fernandez lit candle...

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Walk for childhood sexual abuse comes to Tampa listen

02/07/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Supporters of a Florida non-profit are walking across the state this month to raise awareness of childhood sexual abuse. Lauren’s Kids was founded by Lauren Book who was sexually abused by her nanny for four years. At a stop yesterday in Tampa at Mary Lee’s House, she said the walk is a physical representation of the long recovery process for victims.

“The first walk we met a young woman who was brutally, brutally, brutally raped in her apartment. The a...

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Florida Senate Committee Moves To Fund Charter School Buildings and Maintenance With Public Money

02/07/12 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 talk about a move in Tallahassee to give more funding to charter schools. The move has drawn fire from PTA’s and school boards around the state.

First, two listener comments about yesterday’s program. We opened the phones after starting the program discussing the grassroots citizen’s lobby RESULTS. The two comments were about the open phones segment of yesterday’s program.

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TBARTA says their school carpool program saves parents commuting time and money listen

02/07/12 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority is looking to expand their school car-pooling program to more schools in other counties. TBARTA’s program currently has 1,200 parents registered.

The School Pool program allows parents to form carpools so commuters share the responsibility of driving students to school. Amy Ellis, Director of Communications for TBARTA says the program matches parents and their kids with other families for carpooling by using their computerized ridesharing...

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Local leaders want Tampa to be in the business of biotech listen

02/06/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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As Florida’s unemployment rate lingers around ten percent, community and leaders are looking for new ways to bring in more jobs. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has his eye on biotechnical companies. At a business of biotech conference at Moffitt Cancer Center today, Buckhorn said they will create more meaningful employment in the area.

Buckhorn wants his city to be more than just...

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Sarasota Planned Parenthood chapter reacts to news that Komen foundation rescinds decision to defund listen

02/06/12 Doug Driscoll
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Friday, Susan G Komen For the Cure surprised many with their decision to continue their funding of Planned Parenthood. At a press conference in Sarasota that afternoon, the local Planned Parenthood affiliate said the outcome will benefit breast health care for women across the nation.

Barbara Zdravecky, the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, says her group appreciates that Komen reversed its e...

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Results: The Grassroots Citizen's Lobby

02/06/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)

Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll speak with activists with the grassroots citizen's lobby called Results. The mission of Results is to create the political will to end the worst aspects of poverty and to empower individuals. Our guests are Ken and Linda Schatz who live in Tampa and are volunteers with the organization. On the phone with us is Ken Patterson who is the national grassroots manager of results. there will be a local meeting for people interest...

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Hillsborough Correctional Institution; the battle to keep it open

02/03/12 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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Today we’re going to talk about state prisons, specifically, one located right here in Hillsborough County – the Hillsborough Correctional Institution in Riverview. It’s one of 7 state prisons and 4 work camps targeted for closure at the end of June by the Department of Corrections. HCI is what’s known as a “faith and character based” facility for women and currently houses about 300 inmates.

Now normally you would think the closing of a prison would be welcomed news – b...

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Local residents and legislators urge the DOC to keep Hillsborough Correctional Institution open listen

02/03/12 Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Most residents of unincorporated south Hillsborough County are probably unaware that they share their neighborhood with a state prison. Ironically, the only reason they’re hearing about it now is because the facility is on the Department of Corrections’ chopping block. The Hillsborough Correctional Institution in Riverview is one of 7 state prisons and 4 work camps targeted for closure by the end of June. So how does the DOC deci...

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Criminal justice professionals want to curtail school-to-prison pipeline listen

02/03/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Some civil liberties advocates and legal experts are concerned about a national trend of criminalizing children because of infractions that occur while they’re in school. Thursday night at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, a panel of criminal justice experts shared ideas about how to prevent childhood arrests through education and intervention.

Florida youth charged with serious crimes are often tried in adult court. One panel member, Judge Pat...

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