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Zero-energy home's cracker roots

07/23/12 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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Our first guest on today’s program is the director of buildings research at the Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa. Rob Vieira talked a little about the history of FSEC and some of the projects he’s presently involved in. In the 1990 Rob took part in a Cracker Home design contest. Cracker Houses used innovative passive cooling techniques to keep them livable before air conditioning was available. Rob talked about the house orientation, porches for shading, ...

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World's Seed Heritage at Risk

07/23/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up an interview with author Janisse Ray about her new book The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food. From the book's publicity release: "Part memoir, part botany primer, part political manifesto…[by which] even couch potatoes will be enthralled," (Publishers Weekly, starred review) Ray's informed and impassioned plea on behalf of seeds—and therefore our future food—is compelling and vitally important.

Seeds...

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Could the Gun Violence in Aurora Colorado Been Prevented?

07/23/12 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to WMNF's Last Call. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we're going to talk about the massacre in Colorado with Ladd Everitt who is communications director for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. In the wake of the shootings the Coalition issued a statement saying: "Reports indicate that the shooter, 24-year-old James Holmes wore body armor and was armed with two Glock handguns, a tactical shotgun, and an AR-15 style assault rifle. He also released some ty...

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Teen shot by Tampa Police leaves witnesses outraged listen

07/23/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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An African-American teenage boy was shot and killed by two Tampa Police officers Sunday night in Tampa Heights. Police reports say sixteen-year-old Javon Neal was armed with a gun, but some witnesses are disputing that claim. Today some activists called on the community to demand justice for the slain boy. Life Malcolm said residents of predominantly black communities should think twice before calling the police for help.

“Because their way of solving our problems is leaving one of o...

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Law enforcement agencies release list of road closures for Republican Convention in Tampa

07/23/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Late Monday law enforcement agencies released a list of roads that will be closed and other transportation limitations in Tampa and St. Petersburg during August's Republican National Convention.

According to the document (which can be found below) many downtown Tampa roads, including the Selmon Expressway, will be closed for a week. Pedestrians will be restricted south of Brorein St.

Across the bay in St. Pete, many roads will be closed for several blocks around Tropicana Field for part...

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City council member Bill Jonson and homeless advocate Sarah Snyder weigh in on Clearwater's new laws targeting the homeless

07/20/12 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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Good afternoon and welcome to Last Call, I'm Lisa Marzilli, joined by engineer Alvaro Montealegre. Today we’re going to talk about a set of laws unanimously approved by Clearwater city officials this week that specifically target the homeless. They range from tightening the city’s current ban on panhandling (adding more banned areas and replacing the current punishment of a fine with...

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Taxes and fluoride in the drinking water command debates from Pinellas County Commission candidates listen

07/20/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Three Pinellas County Commission seats are up for grabs in November. The Suncoast Tiger Bay Club met at the St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater to size up the candidates in two of those races.The four contenders argued about taxes and fluoride in drinking water.

Incumbent Nancy Bostock says even though she typically has a ...

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Conservation group wants Endangered Species Act protection for reptiles and amphibians listen

07/20/12 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Earlier this month the Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition to receive Endangered Species Act protection for rare amphibians and reptiles. The goal of this petition is to save 53 species across the country, 10 of which live in Florida.

Collette Giese is an attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity who specializes in reptiles and amphibians. She says species like the Florida Scrub Lizard and the Apalachicola King Snake can only be saved if they’re protected under the End...

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Greenpeace Calls on Major Companies to Reduce Reliance on Coal and Chris Hedges Speaks Out Against Wall Street Arrogance

07/19/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll look at two issues. We'll talk first with Greenpeace's Christine Lin about the showing of a film called On Coal River tonight at Sacred Grounds in Tampa. Greenpeace is trying to pressure large companies such as Apple and Microsoft to switch from coal-generated electricity to more sustainable forms of energy.

Later we'll listen to a talk...

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Republican convention protesters unveil threats of violence against them listen

07/19/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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An organization planning to protest at the Republican National Convention next month is claiming they are the target of violent threats. The group ResistRNC has listed several quotes they claim came from direct messages to their website.

Most of the alleged emails warn members of the group not to use violence during their demonstrations. But Amos Miers, one of ResistRNC’s organizers, said some of them are nothing more than threats – like this one:

“It’s from Nick Athan and th...

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City Council weighing options for Occupy Tampa encampment in private park listen

07/19/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Some residents of West Tampa are trying to get the Occupy Tampa encampment to clean up its park. But this morning city staff told Tampa City Council that, while neighbors may consider the privately-owned land to be an eyesore, there’s not much that can be done. Dennis Rogero, the city’s director of budget and neighborhood empowerment, said when code enforcement visited Voice of Freedom Park, they found no violations that warrant a citation.

“We have found nothing that warrants a cit...

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Hillsborough School Board member April Griffin criticizes high-stakes testing

07/18/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Today on Last Call we talked about education with Hillsborough School Board member April Griffin.

There are four School board races on next month’s primary ballot, incumbents Susan Valdes, Jack Lamb, Doretha Edgecomb and Carol Kurdell face opposition.

We spoke about how the expected low turnout of a primary election might affect those races.

Griffin has been critical of high-stakes testing like the FCAT.

On Tuesday the board took shots at the way grades are passed out to school...

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Pinellas and Hillsborough beach goers warned about high bacteria counts

07/18/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Update Wednesday 25 July:

Hillsborough County has lifted its beach advisory for all five beaches.

Update Friday 20 July:

After re-sampling these five locations, the Pinellas County Health Department has lifted its saltwater beach advisory for

Honeymoon Island, Dunedin

Sand Key Park, Clearwater

Indian Rocks Beach (1700 Gulf Blvd.)

Madeira Beach, Archibald Park

Redington Shores near 182nd Ave. W.

They have "received lab results with moderate or good readings...

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Tampa's Romneyville is the new Hooverville for Republican Convention listen

07/18/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Another activist encampment has popped up in Tampa ahead of next month’s Republican National Convention. Supporters of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign are slowly setting up a camp they’re calling Romneyville. Bruce Wright is leading the effort to make the area accessible to protesters and safe for people seeking refuge.

“A lot of the homeless community and poor people are going to be displaced and persecuted anyway during this time frame and so this is also a s...

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TB Outbreak; Saving the Middle Class; and New Welfare Reporting Options for States

07/18/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll talk with Democratic Pollster Stan Greenberg about how to improve conditions for America’s Middle Class and we’ll talk about the recent reports of a tuberculosis outbreak in Florida. But first some listener comments about yesterday’s show. We had open phones. And the discussion largely centered on the economy. Here’s what two listeners had to say.Tape.

We’ll open the phones in a few minutes and take you ca...

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