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Activists protest JP Morgan Chase CEO at shareholder meeting in Tampa listen

05/15/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Shareholders approved JP-Morgan Chase’s CEO Jamie Dimon’s $23 million pay package and his chairmanship at their annual meeting in Tampa today. His admission that the company was at fault for losing billions on a bad investment prompted calls from several shareholders to install a new chair. When that didn’t happen, it added fuel to the already burning fire outside where dozens of protesters gathered to speak out against what they say is the company’s flawed business practices.

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Occupy Tampa member injured during October arrest has charge dropped listen

05/15/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last fall when members of Occupy Tampa continuously occupied a sidewalk in front of downtown’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, police made dozens of arrests – most of them for misdemeanor trespassing; but early in the morning on October 28, three people were arrested on more serious charges.

Two of them were charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and a third, Karel Soucre, was charged with obstructing or opposing an officer.

Soucre was one of the camera operators filming ...

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A War on Women?

05/15/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll talk about whether legislatures around the country are trying to roll back women’s rights. Is there a War on Women as some people say?

But first two listener comments about yesterday’s program. Yesterday we had William Black the author of “The Best Way to Rob a Bank Is to Own One” (he was just on Democracy Now a few minutes ago. Here’s what two listeners had to say.

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Violence Against Women on the Rise?

05/14/12 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to The Last Call. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll talk about the increasing reports of women being attacked or killed by their husbands and boyfriends. Meantime- legislation that deals with violence against women is getting a skeptical reaction in Congress. What's the extent of domestic violence and how is society dealing with the problem? We're joined now by Linda Osmundsen who is director of CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse) a domestic...

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Native plants and the Florida Native Plant Society annual conference

05/14/12 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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On Today’s program we talked with four people involved with the 2012 Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) Annual Conference that starts this week in Plant City. Joining the program was Troy Springer, past president of the Suncoast Chapter of the FNPS and Conference Chairperson; Debbie Butts, co-host of the Sustainable Living Program, long time FNPS member and conference volunteer; Steven Woodmansee, current president of the FNPS, and the Executive Director, Kellie Westervelt. Besides the C...

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Old study could have new results for Pinellas transit listen

05/14/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Officials from across the Tampa Bay area are pushing a long-term plan that links transit to population density. Results from a study discussed this morning at a meeting in Pinellas Park shows some challenges for officials in Pinellas County who want to expand transit options. Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council’s Avera Wynne said to make that and the spending that comes with it a reality regions need to increase their population density.

“Conventional wisdom is that you need certain...

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Does JP Morgan Chases's $2 Billion Loss Show We Still Have Too Little Bank Regulation?

05/14/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. The financial industry collapse which precipitated a recession that the country is still reeling from---could it happen again? We'll talk about that in a moment... But first some listener comments about last Friday's program on which we talked about Mitt Romney's alleged involvement in bullying when he was in high school; and we also discussed health care reform. Here's what two listeners had to say.

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Occupy Tampa takes to the Hillsborough River to build community and remind Tampa they're still here listen

05/14/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Occupy Tampa has been in and out of the spotlight since relocating to West Tampa in December. Members gathered to Occupy the Hillsborough River on Saturday, to have fun and to remind Tampa they are still here.

Seven people, most from Occupy Tampa, put their kayaks in the water just north of downtown Tampa while a police boat circled the area. Although there was no confrontation, three police boats stayed close during the journey. The gr...

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Last Call Friday

05/11/12 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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It was open phones on today's Last Call. We talked about some of the headlines that caught my attention during the week including the somewhat provocative question over whether or not restaurants should be allowed to ban children.

Tampa Bay Times food critic Laura Reiley wrote a great piece on Friday on the heat Cappy's Pizzeria owner, Scooter Gabel has taken over the l...

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Pinellas County Commissioners still undecided on property tax hike listen

05/11/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Pinellas County Commissioners are grappling with how to close the budget gap caused by a change to the state’s Medicaid billing system. At a special meeting Thursday night in Safety Harbor, commissioners were split on whether to raise property taxes or implement a series of budget cuts.

Governor Rick Scott signed legislation that would require counties to pony up the dough for their unpaid Medicaid claims. The new law will leave Pinellas County short $5 million this fiscal year.

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House Votes to Increase Military Spending; Mitt Romney Says He Doesn't Remember Bullying Fellow Student In High School

05/11/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. There’s a debate in Congress about military spending. We’ll talk about that and we'll talk about Mitt Romney's comments about the Washington Post report saying he bullied a fellow student while in boarding school.

But first- two listener comments about yesterday’s program—on which we heard listeners' reaction to President Obama’s coming out in support of gay marriage. Here’s what two listeners had to say.

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Group from Occupy Tampa plans 5-day presence near downtown Bank of America listen

05/11/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In December, Occupy Tampa moved its encampment from a downtown sidewalk to a private park in West Tampa. In the months since, they’ve had short re-occupations of downtown and a group is planning another one to increase visibility.

Beginning May 23 Tim Sommers is leading a group on a five-day occupation in the middle of Tampa’s downtown business district.

Sommers says they plan to continuou...

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Code Pink activist Rae Abileah on the Middle East, and talk on gay marriage

05/10/12 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Code Pink activist Rae Abileah comes on the program to talk about her work regarding the Middle East with Palestinians and Jews.

Rae also speaks about coming to Tampa to protest at the Republican Convention later this summer.

In the second half of the show, the topic was President Obama's risky political move in coming out in support of same-sex marriage.

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Advocates demand meeting with Rep. Young; worried about budget for social service programs listen

05/10/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A group of progressive advocates wants U.S. Representative Bill Young to meet with them to talk about provisions in that controversial budget. The Republican-backed plan in the House would cut funding to things like federal Pell grants, foreclosure assistance programs and Medicare and Medicaid. Members of the Florida Consumer Action Network, or FCAN have been trying to arrange a meeting with Young, but have not been able to so far. So, Soledad Santiago along with about 20 other FCAN suppor...

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Geologist says Florida panhandle beaches still affected by tar balls from Deepwater Horizon disaster

05/09/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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More than two years ago the Deepwater Horizon exploded, setting off the worst maritime oil accident in U.S. history. The petroleum industry as well as people in the seafood and tourism sectors would like you to believe the effects of the oil disaster are long gone. But our guest has found lingering evidence of oil and dispersant on the beaches of Florida’s Panhandle. In a manuscript published last month, Rip Kirby i...

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