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Gun Control Advocate Says Neither Obama Nor Romney Have Taken Strong Stand Against Gun Violence

08/07/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today- in the wake of the tragic killings in Wisconsin of people in a Sikh temple by a white supremacist we'll talk with Ladd Everitt who is communications director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.

In the wake of Sunday's shootings the CSGV issued a statement saying: "The gunman in Oak Creek, 40 year-old neo-Nazi Wade Michael Page, had much in common with other recent mass shooters. He used a sem...

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Local groups promoting sustainability

08/06/12 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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On today’s program we talked with three groups about their efforts to promote sustainability here in the Tampa Bay area. We had the founder of The Bridge Tampa, a non-profit organization that promotes ecocentric living, social justice and personal development, Rebecca Blanco. With her was one of their board members John Arnaldi. He’s a Life Coach with a PhD in counselor education and recently co-authored “Ethic Efficacy of the Global War on Terrorism." ...

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Interview with Chris Cilizza of the Washington Post

08/06/12 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to The Last Call, I'm Rob Lorei. On the first part of today's program (before we open the phone lines) we'll hear an interview I taped earlier with Chris Cillizza who writes The Fix blog for The Washington Post. His latest book is THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THE FIX (Broadway). FMI

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Ground broken on MetroRapid stops along Nebraska Avenue - next year those buses will get traffic light priority listen

08/06/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Hillsborough County officials broke ground today on what will soon be the county’s version of bus rapid transit. MetroRapid will run along Nebraska Avenue from the USF area to downtown Tampa quicker than other bus lines. Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandra Murman hopes the route will be a boost for ridership when it is completed next year.

“We are taking a very big step with bus rapid transit to really get it moving forward and really send the message that riding the bus is a rea...

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Temple Terrace launches a new community garden

08/03/12 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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On today's Last Call we deviated a little bit from our normal focus on politics to explore the growing movement of community gardening. A quick search turned up several gardens on both sides of the bay - in Seminole Heights, Tampa Heights, Bartlett Park in St. Pete and in Dunedin.

I’ve been watching (with much a...

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St. Pete puts off Event Zone decision for Republican convention kick off party listen

08/03/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Officials in St. Petersburg have delayed a decision on an event ordinance for the Republican National Convention kick off party later this month. The ordinance would increase police presence, restrict access to certain areas and limit what items people could carry within an established zone. St. Pete Police Major Melanie Bevan is spear-heading the agency’s security planning.

“If one citizen gets harm, if anybody gets harmed by vandalism, by anything, that’s a little bit of a failu...

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A history lesson with two prominent Tampa old-timers listen

08/03/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In July two prominent figures in Tampa’s history reminisced at the downtown library in front of more than fifty residents. Sam Gibbons and John Germany agreed that politics isn’t what it used to be.

The library is named after Germany who lobbied to have it built. He politely blasted current politicians for their misuse of office for financial gain.

“And it’s just shocking to see how the politicians become very wealthy in a politic...

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Up Heartbreak Hill - a documentary film

08/02/12 Erica Scharf
From A Woman's Point of View
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Erica Scharf who is the director, producer, and cinematographer of the documentary "Up Heartbreak Hill" talks about the hopes and heartbreaks of young people on the Navajo Reservation in Navajo, New Mexico. We see teen angst and conflicts but in the context of Native Culture. The lives of the young people and their families are seen though the special lens of their running which is an integral aspect of the Navajo culture. Erica lived in a trailer on the high school parking lot and develop...

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The La Veena Johnson story

08/02/12 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Dr. Johnson, a medical doctor who in a civilian capacity served over 25 years in the Army, talked about his nineteen year old daughter's La Veena's death in Balad Iraq in 2005. La Veena's death was first ruled a suicide and the family was told to keep the casket closed for the funeral services. When her sister LeCretia opened the casket the family to their horror discovered that La Veena had been severely beaten and among other injuries suffered broken ribs and a broken neck. The medical e...

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Lackland Sexual Abuse Scandal

08/02/12 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Nancy Parrish the founder of Protect Our Defenders talks about the recent exposure of the sexual abuse charges at the Lackland Air force base. Women trainees at the Air Force training base in San Antonio Texas reported being raped or sexually assaulted by 13 instructors. Protect Our Defenders and many other groups are demanding a full Congressional Investigation into the continuing sexual assaults not only at Lackland but in the entire Armed Forces. Paula Coughlin-Puopolo the aviator who ...

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The Pier and the stadium - what happens next?

08/02/12 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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On this program we discussed the two big issues of the day - the rejection of a proposed ballot initiative on the Pier in St. Petersburg, and the Hillsborough County Commission voting to send a letter to the Tampa Bay Rays to discuss their future plans, *vis a ...

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St. Pete City Council denies referendum on Pier despite 23,000 signatures listen

08/02/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Thursday the St. Petersburg city council rejected petitions from 23,000 residents who want to save the iconic waterfront pier at their meeting today. Leaders of the massive petition drive say they aren’t going to stop the fight.

The 6-2 City council vote was a blow to Tom Lambdon who chairs the group VoteonthePier.com. He has been one of the loudest voices opposing plans to build the Lens. Instead he wants the existing structure and its approach r...

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Occupy Tampa to leave Voice of Freedom Park soon after Republican convention listen

08/02/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Occupy Tampa is winding down its use of a West Tampa park and appears to be agreeing to vacate it by September. The park’s owner, Joe Redner said Occupy Tampa will leave by September 15.

“I talked to them and they said “Sure we will be out of there by the 15th”. It’s not being used by anybody but the homeless people. There’s no Occupy down there.”

Eilzabeth Toms is member of Occupy Tampa and Food Not Bombs, two groups that use Voice of Freedom Park. She said she doesn’t...

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Standing By Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid; And Veterans Groups Says U.S. Spends Too Much on the Military

08/02/12 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 talk with Current TV reporter David Shuster about this week’s anniversary of Medicare. It’s become a huge issue in Washington- with some in Congress wanting to change Medicare into a voucher program…..

Later we’ll talk with the leader of a local veterans group and get his views on the visit this week to Tampa by three US senators- including John McCain who were warning that military spendi...

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Hillsborough Commission invites Tampa Bay Rays to public meeting to talk about their future listen

08/02/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners voted Thursday to invite the Tampa Bay Rays to a public meeting to talk about their long term plans. The major league baseball team has made it clear they want to move to a new stadium, despite being under contract with the City of St. Petersburg to play at Tropicana Field for another decade and a half. Some politicians in Tampa and Hillsborough County, like Commissioner Ken Hagan, want to consider the possibilities of luring the Rays across the Bay.

The v...

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