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Synthetic drug bans move in Tampa and St. Pete listen

04/04/13 Janelle Irwin & Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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St. Petersburg City Council members unanimously passed an ordinance Thursday that would ban the sale, use or possession of synthetic drugs. The ordinance builds on loose state regulations that make it easy for manufacturers to find loopholes in Florida law.

The ordinance includes synthetic cannabinoids or fake pot. It also includes what is commonly referred to as bath salts. St. Pete City Council member Steve Kornell is a social worker who helps h...

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Montelione says Tampa's Bro Bowl skateboard park may be rebuilt, not preserved listen

04/04/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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There’s a fight to save a historic skateboard bowl in downtown Tampa from encroaching development.

During public comment at this morning’s Tampa City Council meeting, Shannon Bruffett, a representative from the Skateboarding Heritage Foundation asked council to protect what’s known as the Bro Bowl in Perry Harvey Park.

Bruffett had a receptive audience in council member Lisa Montelione.

"I know that it is sacred ground to those who've use it and it'...

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St. Pete City Council schedules Pier workshop to appease anti-Lens group listen

04/04/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Debate over the future of St. Pete’s iconic pier is heating up as it enters its final days. Critics of the proposed replacement are celebrating a small victory Thursday. City council members approved holding a workshop later this month to discuss some possible problems with the Lens.

St. Petersburg is being sued by critics of the Lens. That’s because the city won’t put the issue on a ballot even though critics got more than the 16,000 certified signatures required to force a refer...

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Do "Gun Free Zones" Invite Gun Deaths? And A Leading Muslim American Human Rights Activist Speaks Out

04/04/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning,

Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll look at those proposals from the NRA for school safety. We’ll talk with a journalist from Mother Jones Magazine who has been covering the gun safety issue closely since the Newtown massacre.

Later we’ll talk with a leading Muslim American civil rights activist……

But first: U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein is blaming the National Rifle Association and gun manufacturers for the reluctance among many of he...

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U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor is in Cuba; will lean about their environment, economy and culture

04/04/13 Seán Kinane & Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa-area member of Congress Kathy Castor is in Cuba on what her office calls a fact-finding visit. The Democrat traveled to the socialist island Wednesday and will learn about Cuba's economy, culture, human rights and environment.

While on her trip Castor will speak with the ministry of tourism and a professor of gender studies.

She’ll spend time in Old Havana with small business owners to encoura...

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Ceceilia Peck the director of Brave Miss World talks about her film which is part of Through Women 's Eyes

04/04/13 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Ceceilia Peck, the director of Brave Miss World, talks about Linor Abargil who won the Miss World award in 1998 two weeks after she was brutally raped. The documentary follows Linor's speaking out and campaigning to get other rape victims to speak out and talk about their experiences. Linor started a web sight Linorspeaksout.com and almost immediately heard from women throughout the world. The film follows Linor as she speaks to women and girls and is a horrifying testimony to the extent of...

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Cathryne Czubek the director of a Girl and a Gun is part of the Through Women's Eyes film festival

04/04/13 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Cathryne Czubek, the director of A Girl and A Gun, talks about the different attitudes many women have about guns. Guns are important issues in our society and involve all of our lives yet very little is known about how women feel about guns. The film is Surprising and frank, and not surprisingly 80 % of guns are purchased by women for self protection but women and guns challenge the male stereotype of the typical gun owner. A Girl and a Gun is part of Through women's Eyes which is part o...

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Nancy Tong part of the Through Women's Eyes Film Festival talks about her film: Trailblazers in Habits

04/04/13 Nancy Tong with Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Nancy Tong is the director of the film "Trailblazers in Habits" which is a documentary about some of the first missionary sisters to go to China. Six Maryknoll nuns, with no prior missionary experience and unfamiliar with the culture, go to China in 1921. The film follows their path through the years of turmoil, chaos and revolution. The film also follows the involvement of the Maryknolls in America both as teachers and counselors at the Japanese/American internment camps during World War...

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A conversation with Jack Talman, founder of Fostering Is Cool

04/03/13 Duncan Strauss
Talking Animals
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Jack Talman is the founder of Fostering Is Cool, a Tampa organization that promotes the fostering of cats and dogs, with an emphasis on the animals saved from a grim fate by rescue groups. He discusses the importance and implications of fostering, particularly animals at shelters too young to be spayed/neutered, who may be euthanized if not adopted by a certain time, and the odds against adoption if they aren't spayed/neutered.

http://fosteringiscool.com

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Gun control comes up as Hillsborough County approves forming a commission on violence listen

04/03/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners unanimously approved spending $150,000 to create a committee to investigate how to stamp out violence in the community. The effort was pushed by Commissioner Kevin Beckner. He said the result would be more specific solutions.

"Over the period of time, that's what we typically have done is just invested in services and programs without any specific, focused outcome. So, the whole point of bringing the prevention institute is to utilize their experience ...

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Hillsborough County Commission aims to curb sex trafficking listen

04/03/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners unanimously approved a measure aimed at reducing sex trafficking. During a meeting Wednesday, Commissioner Sandra Murman got the ball rolling on an educational process that would inform the public about what to look for and eventually expand programs that help victims of human trafficking.

“Children’s Services is conducting trainings right now – special trainings for staff on human trafficking and we have really started this – I’ve been working...

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Executives and politicians propose solutions to reduce the federal debt listen

04/03/13 Lenka Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A group hoping to engage citizens to take action to reduce the national debt met this morning in Ybor City with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Tampa Bay. At the Columbia Restaurant the group Fix the Debt and The Concord Coalition called for gradual spending reductions and modifications to the national budget. WMNF‘s Lenka Davis spoke with Paul Stebbins. He is CEO of World Fuel Services and part of the Fix the Debt coalition.

US Senator Mel Martinez also presented to the Hispanic Ch...

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Pam Iorio awarded for service, says she isn't planning a gubernatorial bid listen

04/03/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio was recognized for her service to the community during a Hillsborough County Commission meeting Wednesday; after receiving the Ellsworth Good Government Award, Iorio said she was honored, but humble.

"It should never be about the next election. It should never be about the group that’s in the room at the time either. It really should be about taking a look at your community long-term and thinking about what is the best way to solve a problem."

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Hillsborough County to host 48-hour long Hack-A-Thon for computer programmers listen

04/03/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County will host what they’re calling a Hack-A-Thon next weekend for local students and professionals to showcase their computer coding skills. Commissioner Mark Sharpe thought up the idea after attending a similar event in Tampa last year. At a meeting Wednesday, Sharpe said he hopes the weekend-long competition will lead to more tech jobs in the area.

“It really, truly is about getting your best and brightest together, your creative- the creative genius of a community...

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New Film Looks at Issue of Corporate Tax Avoidance

04/03/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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The April 15th tax deadline is looming in 12 days---as Americans do their duty and settle up their tax bill with the US Government…..

Even though most citizens dutifully pay their taxes—it’s not enough. For the past several years governments at all levels have been cutting budgets—laying off workers and reducing services and pay.

At the same time we are told that the federal government’s debt has reached crisis proportions—and even more needs to be done.

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