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The state of bicycling in Tampa Bay

07/26/12 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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SWFBUD activist Alan Snel was in studio for the entire hour for the show. Lots of discussion regarding the Friendship Trail Bridge. Alan was involved in writing a study that argues how the bridge could be transformed through a combination of public and private money. And lots of talk about the state of transportation and biking in Tampa.

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Julie Wyman talks about her documentary Strong

07/26/12 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Julie Wyman the director and producer of Strong discusses her documentary. Strong follows the path of a gender pioneer in an unconventional sport, weightlifting. Cheryl Haward was an American national and an Olympic champion. Cheryl was the youngest athlete to medal in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Strong takes us into the rarefied world of elite athletes but as well challenges the stereotypical notions of health, size, and beauty. Cheryl competes in t...

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A tribute to Sally Ride

07/26/12 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Mary Glenney payed tribute to the first American woman astronaut. Sally Ride in her own words described her recollections of that flight in 1984. In a different segment, Sally discusses the many observations of the planet she has made through her career and sounded a serious note of warning about global warming, Sally has worked extensively with young girls and boys to encourage and educate then in the joys of science. She founded Sally Ride Science to pursue ...

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The dangers of a cat bite

07/26/12 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Mary Glenney talked about the dangers of a cat bite. If you are bitten by a cat and the bite is deep enough to draw blood, seek immediate medical attention. Specialists in infectious diseases consider cat bites to be the most dangerous of animal bites. Cats have especially pathogenic bacteria in their mouths. Combine that with the wound of a cat bite. Cats have sharp incisors which give a puncture wound that seals very quickly. Again, specialists consider a cat bite that draws blood to be...

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Activist group airs grievances against ALEC's influence in Florida listen

07/26/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A group comprised of state legislators and corporations is being blamed for some controversial laws across the country. Today opponents of the group released a report on the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. The information released during a conference call shows what ALEC’s legislative priorities are and why they might be harmful.

Last year a whistle-blower leaked more than 800 model bills that were created by the group. Lisa Graves, executive director of the [Center for...

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Hillsborough County celebrates anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act listen

07/26/12 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Twenty-two years ago people with disabilities got a wide range of federal protections for the first time. At the County Center in downtown Tampa yesterday state and local representatives, county workers and volunteers celebrated the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, was signed by then-President George H. W. Bush and established protection for a wide range of disabled individuals. Although the law has beco...

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Mitt Romney's VFW Speech; And Heavily Edited Sound Bite Powers Romney Political Ad

07/26/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll listen to a portion of the speech that Mitt Romney gave this week in Reno, Nevada to a Veterans of Foreign Wars convention and comment about the speech from Colin Kahl who is former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East (2009-2011) and now an adviser to the Obama campaign. We'll also discuss a new Romney [ad campaign attacking President Obama for allegedly b...

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Scientists warn Florida grasshopper sparrows on the brink of extinction listen

07/26/12 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Scientists are warning that a type of sparrow native to Florida is on the brink of extinction. There is an emergency effort to save Florida grasshopper sparrows before it’s too late.

Florida grasshopper sparrows have been on the endangered species for 26 years. Dr. Reed Bowman, Director of the Avian Ecology Program at Archbold Biological Station says this subspecies has been endangered for such a long time because the vast majority of land on which it depends has disappeared.

“It...

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Equality Florida executive director Nadine Smith answers calls about LGBTQ issues

07/25/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Wednesday on Last Call we discussed human rights issues in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. Joining me in the studio was Equality Florida executive director Nadine Smith.

We began with news about Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll. A former aide is accusing her of being caught in a compromising position with another female aide. Last week Smith wrote a strongly-worded column about something Carroll recently told a local [television ...

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Code Pink wants activists to bring their vaginas to Tampa for the Republican convention listen

07/25/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A women’s peace group is asking supporters to bring their vaginas to Tampa for the Republican National Convention next month. Rae Abileah, co-director for Code Pink, said the shock factor will help get their message out.

“This is appropriate to bring our powerful, feminine energy to the convention to do something creative and humorous, but that has a very serious undertone.”

Abileah expects the group to be fairly small – less than 100 – but said a small group of women can s...

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Agae Blooms Hurting More Florida Waterways

07/25/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei.

Yesterday the AP reported: "Three environmental groups sued the Army Corps of Engineers, the state and a water management district Monday over smelly, slimy green algae blooms that have been polluting the Caloosahatchee River in southwest Florida.

The lawsuit in U.S. District Court here alleges the corps is violating state and South Florida Water Management District regulations by diverting water that should be going into the river...

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Tampa will hold three town halls on impacts of RNC on residents and businesses

07/25/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced Wednesday that he will host three town hall meetings in August on the impacts of the Republican National Convention on residents and businesses.

The meetings will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on August 14 (Florida Aquarium), August 15 (Stetson University College of Law Tampa campus) and August 16 (Kate Jackson Community Center on South Rome Ave.).

The city says there will be representatives from the Tampa Police Department, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s ...

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Children's Board CEO quits amid pressure; Former Tampa Mayor Iorio to take her spot listen

07/24/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The head of the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County is resigning from her six-figure position. Embattled CEO Luanne Panacek is throwing in the towel after results of a damning report were released earlier this month. Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner is on the board of directors. He wanted to oust Panacek in part because of controversy surrounding the board’s use of no-bid contracts.

“It started to becoming revealed to us that there were more than anticipated no-...

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Rawstory Writer Tells How To Legally Bring a Gun to the Republican National Convention

07/24/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Welcome to the second half of Radioactivity. I'm Rob lorei. In this segment we'll talk with Megan Carpentier who wrote a controversial piece yesterday for Rawstory.com called How to Legally Bring a Gun to the Republican National Convention

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Today Is the Anniversary of the Last Time the Minimum Wage Was Raised

07/24/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. On the first part of today's program we'll talk about the minimum wage. Today (July 24) is the anniversary of the last federal minimum wage increase to $7.25 in 2009. The minimum had been increased on July 24 on 2007, 2008 and 2009 and not since. Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa and Rep. George Miller of California have proposed raising the minimum wage to $9.80 by 2014 in three annual steps and then adjusting it for inflation.

An AP survey...

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