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Suspicion of fraud by activists fuels Tampa Bank of America protest listen

05/09/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Two progressive-leaning activist groups protested Bank of America in downtown Tampa today. The group Move On is calling on the bank to begin helping homeowners who are facing foreclosure and pay their fair share of taxes. That is something protesters say the corporation is not doing. The protest was held in solidarity with a larger demonstration in Charlotte, North Carolina where Bank of America is conducting its annual share holder meeting. Several demonstrators have already been arreste...

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Neo Nazi Skinheads Arrested Near Disney World and Sen. Paula Dockery's Speech at USF Polytech Commencement

05/09/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll discuss the recent arrest of neo-Nazis near Orlando and Republican state Senator Paula Dockery's commencement speech this past Monday at USF Polytech in Lakeland.

But first one listener comment about yesterday's discussion about Paul Ryan, Ayn Rand and objectivism.

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Reuters is reporting that: "Ten alleged members of a white supremacist group training near Orlando and Disney World for a "race war" have been ...

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New electric vehicle charging stations installed in St. Petersburg listen

05/09/12 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Several electric vehicle charging stations have recently opened in St. Petersburg. Two charging stations are open at the University of South Florida’s St. Petersburg campus and ten other stations have opened throughout downtown and the Grand Central district.

Now electric vehicle motorists can charge their cars for free in St. Pete. The installation of the new charging stations creates opportunities for residents to use alternate energy sources instead of fossil fuels as a way to promote ...

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Students in south St. Pete learn about healthy eating while growing their own food listen

05/09/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Students at two south St. Petersburg schools are learning about healthy eating by growing their own food. Organizers hope the knowledge the kids get will help them continue to make smart food choices as they grow up.

An organization called The Edible Peace Patch has helped to create gardens at Lakewood Elementary and Sanderlin IB World School in areas of south St. Petersburg facing economic challenges. The gardens manager, Erin Mattick, says students don’t normally get a chance to grow the...

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Tampa Bay Partnership group gives state legislators some economic development advice listen

05/08/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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During a meeting at the Tampa Bay Times Forum today, State legislators representing the region were given a list of issues members of the Tampa Bay Partnership thought should be made priorities. With Pinellas County considering a sales tax referendum for transit improvements, one group of business professionals told the 26 elected officials to ignore the “No Tax for Tracks” campaigns. Barry Alpert, managing investment director for Raymond James, said 40 years ago he could tell potential profe...

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Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan Takes Contradictory Positions on Ayn Rand

05/08/12 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 hear some sound about a philosopher who is central to the Tea Party ideology. And then we'll open the phone lines and take your phone calls. First some listener comments about yesterday's program on which we got into a discussion about whether there indeed is a "war on Women" by conservatives. here's what three listeners had to say.

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Are Carbon Fees the Answer to Global Climate Change?

05/07/12 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 what to do about Global Climate change with Mark Reynolds who is executive director of a group called The Citizen’s Climate Lobby. The group would like to see a carbon tax as a way to discourage using fossil based fuels and to move the country to forms of energy that do less to promote global climate change.

The CCL is a nonpartisan, nonprofit group with 46 chapters ...

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Ad on HART busses reminds residents that Tampa fertlizer ordinance gives lawn mowers a break listen

05/04/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Starting next month, nitrogen-based fertilizers will be banned during summer months. Some environmentalists are both celebrating and spreading the word. At a press conference Friday morning at the Marion Transit Center, representatives from those groups and Tampa City Council unveiled a bus that advertises one of the ordinance’s most attractive benefits.

Now Tampa residents can choose fun, not fertilizer this summer. At least that’s what’s printed on two HART buses with a bright orange ...

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Occupy Tampa says it won't protest the Republican Convention from inside the "Event Zone" listen

05/04/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Occupy Tampa will not be protesting inside the proposed Event Zone for the Republican National Convention in August. During their general assembly last night the group decided to explore other demonstration options.

Tampa city council passed the first reading of an ordinance yesterday that would establish a restricted area in downtown Tampa for the week of the Republican National Convention. Members of Occupy Tampa have spoken out at every city council meeting that dealt with what was fo...

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Coastal Cities Summit: Sea level rise is no longer a matter of if, but when listen

05/04/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Cities on coastlines face unique challenges including flooding enhanced by rising sea levels. At the Bayfront Hilton in St. Petersburg this week people attending the 2012 Coastal Cities Summit warned about the consequences ignoring the threats to towns along the coast.

Of the estimated 60 guests in attendance, roughly half were local and half were representing for-profit companies. There were also a handful of non-profit, non-local government and international guests. Joseph Gunset is gene...

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Tampa City Councilman Harry Cohen on the "Event Zone" and all things regarding the upcoming Republican National Convention

05/03/12 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Tampa City Councilman Harry Cohen was our guest for the entire hour.

Earlier that day, Cohen and his Council colleagues supported the new ordinance crafted by Mayor Bob Buckhorn's administration on the "Event Zone," the portion of downtown Tampa that has a series of rules and regulations regarding those who plan to protest during the Republican National Convention in late August.

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Tampa's Republican Convention Event Zone passes first reading; protesters bid farewell to First Amendment listen

05/03/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council passed the first reading of their modified “Clean Zone” ordinance Thursday morning; in the past few weeks the city has addressed some concerns with the proposal, like increasing time limits on protests and shrinking the area. They even changed the name to “Event Zone”. But some activists still aren’t happy with it.

In the original “Clean Zone” ordinance, protesters would only have 60 minutes to hold demonstrations in certain areas. It also would have charged large gro...

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In Tampa gathering United Methodist Church rejects divestment from Israel listen

05/03/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Late yesterday in Tampa the general conference of the United Methodist Church rejected a measure to divest from three companies that aid in the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. Supporters of divestment said it failed because delegates did not have all of the information.

After holding out hope for a week and a half, some supporters of the Kairos Response that called on divestment from Israel cried. But most of them marched through the Tampa Convention Center chanting their ...

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Florida's Stand Your Ground Law: What Does It Mean?

05/03/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. First up today we are going to talk about the “stand your ground law”. The law passed by the state legislature in 2005 allows people to use deadly force if they feel threatened by another. It was used by George Zimmerman who told Sanford police that he felt threatened by Trayvon Martin—when Zimmerman shot and killed Martin in March.

This week a task force on Florida’s self-defense laws formed by the Governor held its first meet...

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Hillsborough County moves forward with plan to make USF area an "Innovation Destination" listen

05/02/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County commissioners unanimously voted today to move forward with plans to create an economic opportunity district. It includes the USF area and some surrounding neighborhoods. What commissioner Victor Crist is calling an “Innovation Destination” will create a master plan to improve both low-income and middle class areas in northern Hillsborough.

The “Innovation Destination” area was determined by using data from the 2010 census to establish what areas would be best served b...

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