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Should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act?

03/29/13 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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This week, justices heard oral arguments in the case seeking to over turn the Defense of Marriage Act. It is expected that the U.S. Supreme Court will narrowly overturn the 1996 law when a decision is made. That is expected to come in several months.

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Lightning players react to new coach listen

03/29/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Tampa Bay Lightning will take the ice Friday night with a new head coach.

Shortly after firing Guy Boucher, the franchise named Jon Cooper the team’s new head coach.

Cooper was promoted from within after success coaching the team’s minor league affiliate.

Wingers Ryan Malone and Pierre-Cedric Labrie shared what they think of their new coach.

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Congress member Vern Buchanan denies involvement in illegal campaign finance strategies listen

03/29/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida member of Congress Vern Buchanan claims he played no role in illegal campaign finance activity that directly benefited him. After a tax reform panel Friday Buchanan downplayed continued allegations that people are breaking laws to fund his campaigns.

Several friends and acquaintances of Buchanan have been accused of reimbursing their employees for campaign contributions benefiting the four-term member of Congress. It’s called Conduit Contributions and it’s illegal.

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LGBT anti-bullying group aims to set up support networks in schools listen

03/29/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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According to the CDC, more than 4,000 kids commit suicide each year and some of them do it as a result of bullying. A national anti-bullying group threw a fancy fundraiser last night in Tampa to raise money for outreach programs in schools.

At the swank Aqua lounge in the Westin hotel on the Courtney Campbell Causeway, members of the group GLSEN – Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network – sold raffle tickets for prizes for everything from signed hockey sticks to baskets full of booze...

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Columnist Joe O'Neill on Buckhorn, Rick Scott & U.S.-Cuba relations

03/28/13 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Joe O'Neill writes political news columns for La Gaceta and the Tampa Tribune. On the program he talked about a number of local issues, including how Tampa is doing under Mayor Bob Buckhorn and what might former Mayor Pam Iorio's next move.

Also a discussion of a recent summit on improving relations between Cuba and the U.S.

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Problems in Africa kick off two day conference on international affairs listen

03/28/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Many countries in Africa are facing famine, poverty and civil war. A panel of experts dove into the issues facing African nations during the first day of USF St. Petersburg’s Conference on International Affairs.

Countries like Mali and Libya face fierce fighting between groups in power and opposition forces. The issue has left a divide among people who think the U.S. should provide military intervention and those who think the militarization of nations should be avoided. Bill Felice, ...

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Arrested activist claims St. Pete Police harass people without homes in Williams Park listen

03/28/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A longtime homeless activist in St. Petersburg is claiming that police officers hurt him while he was trying to defend a homeless man in Williams Park Wednesday. Bruce Wright was arrested and charged with obstruction after another man being arrested got away. According to the St. Petersburg Police Department, officers had an arrest warrant for a man in the park. That report quoted Wright as saying “stop harassing that man” and then asking what he had done wrong.

“You stiffen up...

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US Internet System Falling Behind Rest of Developed World

03/28/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up --- the US is falling behind other developed nations when it comes to broadband internet. And as our first guest today explains- it means that other countries have a competitive advantage over the US when it comes to transmitting information…..

But before we get to that- one listener comment about yesterday’s show. Yesterday we featured a retired diplomat who now lives in St. Petersburg who is organizing a conference ...

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Mandi Ballard talks about the film "Girl Rising"

03/28/13 Arlene Engelhardt
From A Woman's Point of View
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Mandi Ballard, a local attorney, talks about the film Girl Rising. Girl Rising is about 9 girls from 9 different countries and how they have overcome poverty, war, natural catastrophes, cultural prejudice and violence to pursue their dreams of education. The film pairs the girls with women writers from the same countries and a powerful dialogue and understanding of the culture emerges. Girl Rising is a documentary bringing attention to the 66 million young...

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Sally Jenkins talks about basketball coach Pat Summitt

03/28/13 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Sally Jenkins is the author of 9 books and writes for the Washington Post. Her most recent book is written with Pat Summitt and is titled SUM IT UP; PAT SUMMITT and is published by Crown Publishers. Pat Summitt became the head coach of women's basketball at the University of Tennessee in 1974 and has won more national championships than any coach except the legendary John Wooden. Pat has recently been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease and talks about her dealing with the disease...

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Sarah McMahon talks about the bystander and violence agaist women and children

03/28/13 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Sarah McMahon ,an assistant professor at the Center on Violence against women and children at the Rutgers School of Social Work,talks about the culture of violence against women and children in certain"communities" in this country. She explores the attitudes of entitlement and power that can contribute to the violence. She also talks about rape "myths" and the need to literally be clear just what rape is. She hopes that if the community is aware of the factors involved in this continuum they...

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HUD authorizes Hillsborough County to conduct a recount of its homeless listen

03/28/13 Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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About two weeks from now hundreds of volunteers will fan out across Hillsborough County in an effort to count the homeless population – again. Due to an anomaly in the most recent survey that showed a dramatic, but unrealistic decrease in the number of homeless, last week advocates received approval from the federal government for a re-do.

Under federal law, counties are required to report the number of homeless every other year. The [count done in 2011](http://www.homelessofhc.org...

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A conversation with Deborah Howard, founder of Companion Animal Protection Society

03/27/13 Duncan Strauss
Talking Animals
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Deborah Howard, founder and president of the Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS), the only national nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to protecting companion animals from cruelty in pet shops and puppy mills, discusses the various aspects of puppy mills, pet stores, and buying animals online.

http://www.caps-web.org

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Activists in Tampa hold vigil for lesbian, gay, transgender rights listen

03/27/13 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Some 200 advocates of marriage equality endured chilly temperatures Tuesday evening in downtown Tampa. They huddled together in front of the Sam Gibbons US Courthouse to listen to speakers and participate in what they called the Light the Way to Justice in Tampa Bay Vigil.

The Tampa Bay vigil was held in solidarity with numerous other communities around the US to coincide with the US Supreme Court hearings on two historic rights cases. Juan Sousa-Rodriguez, ...

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Cleaning up dirty water can create energy listen

03/27/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Researchers at the University of South Florida showed off their work with waste water and other testing technologies to officials from the Environmental Protection Agency. During lab tours today, Professor Daniel Yeh demonstrated how the water that gets dumped, flushed or otherwise thrown out can be put to better use.

“If you can just re-route the electrodes that’s built into the waste organic matter, we can actually turn the waste organic matter into methane which is basically natur...

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