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The Trayvon Martin Shooting; The Stand Your Ground Law; New Rick Santorum Campaign Ad "Obamaville", and former Senator Arlen Specter on the GOP Takeover by the Far Right

03/26/12 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 play some sound from the attorney for George Zimmerman (the alleged shooter in the Trayvon Martin case; a new political ad from Rick Santorum's campaign and an excerpt from an interview with former US Senator Arlen Specter regarding the takeover of the GOP by the Far Right. Then we'll open the phone lines.

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The Supreme Court Begins Hearing Arguments About the Affordable Health Care Act

03/26/12 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to The Last Call. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll open with a discussion about health care. Today the US Supreme Court began hearing three days of arguments about "Obamacare" The Affordable Health Care Act. We're joined now by Karen Higgins who is co-president of the 170,000 member National Nurses United. The group said today in a press release: “Whether the Court overturns part or all of the law, or the Affordable Care Act remai...

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Participants in Tampa rally for Trayvon Martin talk about how they would change Florida's gun laws listen

03/26/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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An unarmed teenager was killed in Sanford a month ago today, but the shooter has not been arrested; it has set off a national debate about criminal justice and gun laws. On Saturday, about 1,000 people marched through Tampa’s Al Lopez Park to support justice in the case of Trayvon Martin.

Many in the crowd chanted, held signs and wore hooded sweatshirts similar to what Martin was wearing when he was shot. The alleged shooter, George Zimmerman, was not charged because he claimed self-def...

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Religious leaders warn against crossing the fine line between faith and politics listen

03/26/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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As Americans are in the midst of a heated election year, a group of interfaith leaders is concerned about religious views being incorporated into politics. At a panel discussion at St. Petersburg College in Seminole this month, each member expressed devout religious views, but none supported basing political decisions on theological beliefs.

Abhi Janamanchi is a minister with the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater. His church doesn’t endorse and particula...

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Blaming the Victim; Geraldo says Trayvon Martin would still be alive if not for his 'hoodie' listen

03/23/12 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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On today's Last Call we continued discussion on Florida's controversial 'stand your ground' law which so far has allowed neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman to remain unaccountable for the shooting death of unarmed, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The Tampa Bay Times reported this week that 70 percent of the cases whe...

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Trespassing hearings for Occupy Tampa on eve of 6-month anniversary listen

03/23/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Six months ago tomorrow a small group gathered in downtown’s Gaslight Square for the first Occupy Tampa rally. In the intervening months, activists migrated from Gaslight to a sidewalk along Curtis Hixon Park, where a permanent occupation began. But there were many arrests for trespassing there, and the group eventually migrated several miles away to a private park in...

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Open Phones to Discuss Florida's Stand Your Ground Law and the Killing of Trayvon Martin

03/23/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Today we'll open the phone lines and take your phone calls. We can talk about whatever is on your mind including Florida's Stand Your Ground law and the tragic killing of Trayvon Martin in Sanford.

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New bicycle and pedestrian segment added to South Tampa Greenway listen

03/23/12 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Community activists hope Tampa can complete a 16-mile network of pedestrian trails spanning from Bayshore Boulevard to the Gandy Bridge and Picnic Island. The South Tampa Greenway have recently added a new segment on the east side of South Manhattan Avenue at Interbay Boulevard.

Created through the Friendship Trail project, the new one-mile trail offers safe transportation alternatives like biking and walking. Brad Suder, Superintendent for the City of Tampa’s Parks and Recreation Depart...

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PolitiFact's Florida editor Angie Drobnic Holan

03/22/12 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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PolitiFact's Angie Holan Drobnic has been there since the conception of the fact-checking section of the Tampa Bay Times in 2007. A year later, it won a Pulitzer Prize.

Recently named as editor of PolitiFact Florida, Holan fielded questions regarding some of the fact-checking site's more controversial rulings - none more controversial that calling Democratic charges that House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's proposed 2011 budget was a plan to "End Medicare."

But though those controversial...

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Alex Sink still undecided about second bid for Governor listen

03/22/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The big question on the minds of Suncoast Tiger Bay Club members was, ‘Will Alex Sink run for Governor again?’” And Thursday, Sink’s answer at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club was the same as it has been for months: never say never. Sink said right now she’s focused on making a difference in Florida as a private citizen.

Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink told attendees of the packe...

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Controversial strawberry pesticide methyl iodide pulled from US market listen

03/22/12 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last year WMNF reporter Kelly Benjamin produced a report about the toxic fumigant methyl iodide being used in Florida on strawberry and tomato fields and how Florida's Department of Agriculture does not keep track of where the pesticide has been used. Now, after months of harsh criticism and a lawsuit on behalf of health, farmworker and environmental activist groups, the makers of methyl iodide are suspending all US sales.

On Tuesday, Arysta Lifesci...

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The People's Budget Review in St. Petersburg and Florida's Stand Your Ground Law

03/22/12 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 Lou Brown of the St. Petersburg NAACP and Rick Smith of the Florida Public Services Union. They and a coalition of other groups are involved in opening up the St. Petersburg city budget process to more residents. To that end they are asking residents to fill out surveys that help identify what spending priorities they value most. The People's Budget Review. And later we'll t...

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State Senator: Dems will try to amend Florida's stand your ground law next year

03/21/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Late last month 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot in a gated community in Sanford; the self-appointed neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman said he shot Martin in self defense. But in 911 calls released this week, a child can be heard calling for help, the operator instructed Zimmerman to stop pursuing Martin. Zimmerman has not been arrested, but a grand jury will convene next week. Sanford Police say they have not charged Zimmerman because he claimed self defense under Florida’s â€...

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Polk Sheriff sued over detaining juveniles in adult jail; Judd responds listen

03/21/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today the Southern Poverty Law Center announced it is filing a lawsuit against the Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd because the county detains children as young as 10 years old in the jail designed for adults.

We interviewed Julie Ebenstein, policy and advocacy counsel at the ACLU of Florida, which also opposes keeping juveniles in adult jails and Polk Sheriff Grady Judd, who says the Southern Poverty Law Center’s lawsuit is unwarranted.

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Police officers train in Tampa for RNC bike patrol listen

03/21/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Tampa Police Department will be purchasing 200 bicycles costing nearly $1,600 each for use during the Republican National Convention in August. This week, officers from five law enforcement agencies across the state are being trained on how to safely patrol from a bicycle. Tampa police captain Brian Dugan said there are several reasons why a bicycle patrol program will help with security efforts during a convention that is expected to draw 70,000 visitors.

“When you have that much...

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