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Pier demolition permit filed in St. Pete before decision on referendum listen

07/31/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The City of St. Petersburg has applied for a demolition permit for the iconic and possibly doomed Pier. The move comes as City Council members are considering putting a referendum on the ballot asking voters whether they even want the inverted pyramid destroyed. But Rick Dunn, a building official with the city said a permit can’t be approved until all utilities are turned off.

“And in this case, the Pier itself is not planned, scheduled to close until at least the Spring so, we woul...

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St. Pete Police get armored vehicle but say it won't be used for Republican convention listen

07/31/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The City of St. Petersburg has purchased an armored vehicle less than one month before the kick-off event for the Republican National Convention. But team leader for the St. Petersburg Police Department’s SWAT unit, David Gerardo, said the more than $200,000 expense isn’t related to the massive event being held at Tropicana Field.

“Really, that’s just total coincidence as far as timing.”

And Mike Puetz, spokesperson for the agency, doesn’t expect protesters, journalists or...

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How Federal Government Law Enforcement Uses Paid Informants to Steer Activists Toward Violence

07/31/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. In a moment we’ll talk about a controversy that happened during the Republican Convention four years ago in St. Paul Minnesota involving some young men who were accused of plotting to firebomb the Convention--they say they were set up by a paid government informant… we’ll try to learn some lessons from the last RNC for the 2012 Convention which takes place in Tampa at the end of August ….

But first one listener comment about yesterday’s las...

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Hillsborough attorney suggests ways county could talk with Rays

07/31/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Thursday the Hillsborough County Commission will hear from their legal team whether they can can talk with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Major League team is under a long-term contract with the city of St. Petersburg to rent Tropicana Field, but some politicians in Tampa and Hillsborough County haven’t been shy about their desire to lure the team across the Bay. In April, Commissioner Ken Hagan requested legal guidance from the county attorney whether they could talk with the Rays “about their ...

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Obama Campaign Manager and New Report Looks at Corruption Risk in Florida

07/30/12 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up- we’ll talk with the Jim Messina who is President Obama’s re-election campaign manager…. And later we’ll talk with Dan Krassner of Integrity Florida about its new CORRUPTION RISK report …….

Our first guest is Jim Messina who was the White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations under President Obama from 2009 to 2011 and is the campaign manager for Obama's 2012 re-election campaign. He’s a former aide to...

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Hillsborough coalition has ten-year goal to eliminate and prevent homelessness listen

07/30/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County has come up with a ten year plan to address the problem after a week-long discussion with members of the community. It’s a comprehensive list of changes to how services are provided that streamline the system. Edi Erb, interim CEO for the coalition, said the changes will help more people get the help they need.

“And wrap around them with services that they need, not that somebody goes into a program and hears the services of that program...

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Occupy Tampa protests Police killing of teen Javon Neal listen

07/30/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A week ago Tampa Police shot and killed a sixteen-year-old they say aimed a shotgun at them. On Saturday members of Occupy Tampa led a subdued protest in front of the police’s district 3 substation on 22nd Street.

Kelsy O’Morrow is a student at USF and a member of Occupy Tampa.

“I’m here because he’s a sixteen year old boy and the police department has yet to really reveal any details about what actually happened that night. All they have done is release and big, obscure pic...

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HITLERLAND: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power

07/30/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up on the first part of today’s program we’ll talk with Andrew Nagorski, author of the new book HITLERLAND (Simon and Schuster). It’s a book about Americans living in or visiting Germany in the 1920’s and 30’s as Adolph Hitler rose to power. The book includes eyewitness accounts from journalists, diplomats, socialites, intellectuals, labor organizers, artists, performers and athletes. Some were famous at the time- such ...

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Stigma and misconceptions could hide human trafficking in Florida listen

07/30/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Florida residents may not consider their community a hub for human trafficking. Law enforcement officials see a different story. Crisis Center of Tampa Bay hosted a workshop in Tampa on Friday as a tool for those coming into contact with victims. Stigma and misconceptions about human trafficking can prevent crime discovery and conviction.

Twenty-eight women and three men spent the afternoon on the second floor of the Crisis Center building, located off of Be...

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Tampa Police: NFL player commits suicide near Middleton HS listen

07/30/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tampa Police say they are investigating an apparent suicide by an NFL player in front of Middelton High School this morning. Police say they found the body of O. J. Murdock inside his car with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police spokesperson Andrea Davis says Murdock was in critical condition and transported to Tampa General Hospital. But he died at 10:43 a.m.

“At about 8:30 this morning officers discovered the victim...

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St. Pete RNC Coalition questions public spending on Republican gala at the Trop

07/27/12 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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On today's Last Call we were joined by two members of the newly formed St. Pete RNC Coalition. As you know, the Republican National Convention will be descending on the Tampa Bay area one month from now. The Coalition has some real concerns about the size and legitimacy of St. Pete's recently announced Event Zone. They're also questioning why the city is ...

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Hillsborough community developing 10-year plan to prevent and end homelessness listen

07/27/12 Lisa Kauffman
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This week the Homeless Coalition and the Corporation for Supportive Housing hosted a gathering of nonprofits and community members. Heather Lyons, the senior program manager with Supportive Housing, said there are options for businesses that want to hire people without homes.

“We heard that there are some tax credits and incentives that are out there. One of the things that we might, that we heard, like, say if you get a thousand doll...

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Romneyville campers might get kicked out before Republican convention listen

07/27/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Activists camping in tents on the property of a private business in downtown Tampa may be forced to leave. On the conflict at the Romneyville encampment set up to protest the Republican National Convention next month.

The camp was set up in May with permission from the owner of downtown’s Army/Navy surplus store, Nick Potamitis. Activists signed a four-month contract and paid him $1500 dollars in advance for rent until early September. But [Tampa code enforcement](http://www.tampagov.n...

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Coalition to March on the RNC making final preparations for Republican convention protest listen

07/27/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A nationwide coalition of political groups is expecting 5,000 protesters to march on the first day of the Republican National Convention one month from today. The march will begin in a park outside the area Tampa officials have established for parades.

A temporary ordinance approved by Tampa City Council establishes a parade route for large groups who want to march through the streets of Tampa. Jared Hamil is an organizer with the [Coali...

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Earth Jurisprudence: A New Way to Protect the Environment

07/27/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll speak with Patricia Siemen who is a Dominican Sister from Adrian, Michigan, and an attorney. She currently serves as the director of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence, Barry University School of Law. She'll be talking about the concept of "earth jurisprudence" tomorrow in Tampa. It's a concept that recognizes the ...

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