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Activist street medics give health and safety lesson to Republican convention protesters listen

08/16/12 Janelle Irwin and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A group of street medics is gearing up for the Republican convention later this month by teaching people how to stay safe in large crowds and in the blazing summer heat. Juliana, one of the street medics who asked that her last name not be used, was a trainer at one of the several events held last week in Tampa and Clearwater. She said sometimes people like her are the only help available when something goes wrong during a protest.

“If anything happens and the police start to shut down...

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New app shows you where Tampa's surveillance cameras are during Republican convention

08/15/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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In less than two weeks the Republican National Convention kicks off in Tampa, and Big Brother will be watching.

Today on Last Call we talked with Jon Gales about the new closed-circuit surveillance cameras installed in Tampa for the convention. He has a new website called RNCCTV.com. It has a map of the location of dozens of the cameras.

We talked about why they are there and whether they might come down after the convention.

I invited the Tampa Police Departmen...

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Green Party Vice Presidential nominee laments "undemocratic" ballot access hurdles listen

08/15/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Green Party picked its presidential nominee last month, it’s Jill Stein; Stein’s pick for running mate was Cheri Honkala.

The Green’s Vice Presidential nominee is also the national coordinator for the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign.

We aired the first half of our interview when Honkala was in town last Friday.

In this second half...

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Mayor Buckhorn holds first of three town hall meetings on impact of Republican convention listen

08/15/12 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Is Tampa prepared for the challenges the Republican National Convention will bring with it? It is according to Mayor Bob Buckhorn. Tuesday night was the first of three scheduled Town Hall meetings before the convention. It was at the Florida Aquarium on Channelside Drive. When the small conference room swelled to full capacity of around 100 people a second close circuit viewing area was set up to accommodate more than 100 others.

Representatives from transportation, law enforcement, fire...

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Some military veterans oppose Mitt Romney's plan for benefits listen

08/15/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A group of Veterans from across the state and country spoke out for the first time against the presumptive Republican nominee at the Bay Pines Veteran’s Administration building in St. Petersburg this morning. About a dozen people waved flags and signs to let passing motorists know that Mitt Romney wants to change the way past and current service members get care. Ken Woods, president of the Tampa Bay area Teamsters union said the plan to make veterans use vouchers to get medical care will...

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What Would The U.S. Look Like if Ayn Rand's Philosophy Were to Rule the Country?

08/15/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today—many Republicans are expressing strong admiration for philosopher Ayn Rand’s ideas—including her belief that selfishness is a virtue…. The best known adherent to Rand’s philosophy these days is the soon to be Republican Vice Presidentiual candidate Paul Ryan. We’ll talk with a South Florida author who has written about Ayn Rand’s ideas in a new book.

But first, two listener comments about yesterday’s...

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Tampa voter given provisional ballot because she didn't bring photo ID listen

08/14/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Florida voters need to bring picture identification to the polls. One voter learned that the hard way Tuesday morning at a precinct in east Tampa. Inside the Cathedral of Faith Church on North 30th Street, Elaine – she did not want to give her last name – was surprised to learn she could not vote on a regular ballot because she didn’t bring picture ID.

Elaine was given a provisional ballot instead. They are evaluated separately from other ballots and counted if the canvassing board d...

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Group wants a switch to compressed natural gas to help clean up Tampa Bay air listen

08/14/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A trio of public and private groups in the Tampa Bay area is joining forces to reduce dependence on petroleum. The University of South Florida, the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County and TECO Energy committed funding to the Clean Cities Coalition this morning at USF’s Patel Center for Global Sustainability. USF president Judy Genshaft said transportation accounts for more than 71% of the nation’s petroleum consumption.

“Vehicles are major sources of greenh...

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The Former GOP Operative Who Says The Party Has Become A Cult (And the Democrats Have Become Ineffectual)

08/14/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll meet a former Congressional staffer who worked for Republicans on Capitol Hill. He resigned last year in frustration over the direction the Republican party was taking our country. We’ll speak with him in a moment. But first two listener comments about yesterday’s program. Yesterday our guest was Chris Hedges the Pulitzer Prize wining former war correspondent. We were talking about his new book on so called sacrific...

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Author Chris Hedges Says Corporations Are Destroying The American Dream

08/13/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. On the first part of the program this morning- an interview with Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Chris Hedges. For almost 20 years he covered conflicts in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and The Balkans. He’s written a number of best selling books including Death of the Liberal Class and War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning.

His latest book is DAYS OF DESTRUCTION DAYS OF REVOLT (NationBooks) . He and illustrator Joe Sacc...

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“Shut up. Cops lie. Get a lawyer.” National Lawyer's Guild advice to Republican convention protesters on police interaction listen

08/13/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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“Shut up. Cops lie. Get a lawyer.” That’s the advice for Republican convention protesters if they’re stopped by police. The succinct and bold summary came from an attorney during a National Lawyer’s Guild “know your rights” training Saturday at the downtown Tampa library. Twenty-three activists, including Roger Butterfield, learned strategies for how to interact with law enforcement during National Special Security Events like the convention.

"I guess like the central thing ...

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Medicare Proponent Says Paul Ryan Would Be Bad For Program; And Social Conservatives Want to Dump Romney

08/13/12 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 with Nancy Altman author of The Battle For Social Security. We'll talk about the selection of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan to be Mitt Romney's Vice Presidential running mate. Altman is part of the Strengthen Social Security Coalition. She says: "Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate starkly reveals that his values are not America's values. The American people overwhelmingly value our Social Security...

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Florida Department of Transportation in the midst of pedestrian awareness campaign listen

08/13/12 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Florida Department of Transportation recently launched a new awareness campaign to improve pedestrian safety. The Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow campaign aims to reduce pedestrian and bicycle fatalities in Hillsborough and Miami-Dade Counties.

For the next four weeks, the Florida Department of Transportation is partnering with local law enforcement to raise public awareness about pedestrian safety. Kris Carson, Florida Department of Transportation spokesperson, says nearly a quarter of ...

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16 days and counting till the RNC; Ohio takes voter suppression to a new level listen

08/10/12 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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With 16 days and counting until the Republican National Convention descends on Tampa, we began today's Last Call with some local RNC updates, including yesterday's St. Pete City Council approval of that city's Event Zone ordinance. Many have voiced objection to the ordinance which places a nearly 7.5 mile security perimeter around Tropicana Field for the entire week of the convention even ...

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Seminole Heights group doesn't want Family Dollar in their neighborhood listen

08/10/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Some residents in a historic Tampa neighborhood don’t want a discount big box store put up in their neighborhood. The No Family Dollar in Seminole Heights group says the area boasts some of the city’s best local businesses and they want to keep it that way.

It’s the kind of community where business owners like Jordan Miller bring their dogs to work because they can. Radar spends most of his time in Miller’s bike shop on Central Avenue in Seminole Heights. A window cling saying â...

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