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Activists plan rally at Tampa's MacDill AFB in support of Bradley Manning listen

05/31/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Army Private Bradley Manning’s court martial starts on Monday and nationwide rallies are planned this weekend. A group in Tampa will show their support for Manning in front of MacDill Air Force Base Saturday.

Manning faces life in prison for releasing classified information to the whistleblowing website, WikiLeaks. The information uncovered military attacks on civilians in Iraq, among other things.

Susie Shannon is one of the organizers of the rally. She worries a conviction could pose ...

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Tampa first responders are geared up for hurricane season listen

05/31/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Hurricane season starts tomorrow and it’s expected to be a busy one. Hurricane experts and emergency responders will educate Tampa Bay area residents on how to stay safe when a storm threatens during a hurricane expo Saturday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts there will be as many as 11 hurricanes this season. Emergency management crews are planning ahead...

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Immigrant rights groups to rally at Sen. Marco Rubio's office as part of national week of action listen

05/31/13 Roberto Roldan
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Tampa Dream Defenders, along with other immigrant rights organizations, are demanding amnesty and equal rights for all 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S . This week is a Legalization for All National Week of Action.

The National Week of Action comes as lawmakers in Washington debate the proposed comprehensive immigration reform bill. A spokesperson for Tampa Dream Defenders, Veronica Juarez, said the movement Legalization for All aims to present an alternat...

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Protesters Urge Department of Justice to Criminally Investigate the Causes of the Housing Crisis

05/31/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with Glenda Chauncy an Orlando women who participated in a protest in front of the Department of Justice headquarters. The 500 protesters wanted the Obama Administration to urge the DOJ to start launching criminal investigations into the actions that led to the Great Recession. Twenty-seven people got arrested - seventeen that night and ten more the following morning at 6 AM. Listen to the full story above.

Our guest is Glenda Chauncy who took part...

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Medea Benjamin-"that woman"-discusses her reasons for interrupting the President's speech

05/30/13 Medea Benjamin with Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Medea Benjamin, the co-founder of Code Pink, discusses why she interrupted the President's speech at the National Defense University. Medea is the author of DRONE WARFARE; KILLING BY REMOTE CONTROL. Medea referred to by the President in the speech as "that woman" responded to the criticisms that she was rude to the President. "Speaking out isn't rude...terrorizing villages with Hellfire Missiles that vaporize innocent people is rude. Violating the sovereignty of nations like Pakistan is rud...

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Dr. Christine Horner talks about breast cancer

05/30/13 Dr. Christine Horner with Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Dr. Christine Horner is a surgeon and author. She has has two board certfifications: the National Board of Surgery and the National Board of Palstic Surgery. Her five year crusade with the Breast Reconstruction Advocay Project led to the passage of a federal law that reqjuires insurance companies to pay for breast reconstruction after a mastectomy. The longer she practiced medicine, the more concerned she became with the earlier onset of breast cancer in women. She focused her work more to c...

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The Green ARTery seeks to connect Tampa neighborhoods with bike and walking trails listen

05/30/13 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Soon pedestrians and cyclist could be able to travel around Central Tampa with ease. Wednesday at Seminole Heights Garden Center residents suggested ways to improve their neighborhood’s portion of what is called the Green ARTery. Those 60 people are part of a grassroots movement in Tampa is pushing to refurbish and connect areas from 20 different districts.

The Green ARTery is a community-based movement which is focused on connecting Central Tampa’s neighborhood assets, the Hillsborough Ri...

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Last Call with Pat Kemp and Ed Turanchik talking about Tampa Bay Ferry Service

05/30/13 Patricia Kemp
Last Call Thursday
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Pat Kemp talks with former Hillsborough County Commissioner Ed Turanchik about a plan to bring a commuter ferry service to Tampa Bay.

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TECO customers plead with Public Service Commission to reject rate hike listen

05/30/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa Electric Company wants to raise its rates by 10% in order to meet rising costs and cover capital investments. During a meeting with the Public Service Commission in Tampa Wednesday night, people from several different groups lashed out at the proposal calling it a lavish and unnecessary pay raise for shareholders.

The rate increase would cost customers using 1000 kilowatt hours about $10 more on their monthly bill. People with large homes or higher energy needs would see a bigger inc...

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CAIR wants investigation to see whether FBI violated civil rights by killing Todashev listen

05/30/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The father of an immigrant killed in Orlando last week while being interrogated by the FBI said Thursday that the U.S. agents killed his son "execution-style."

At news conference in Moscow, Abdul-Baki Todashev showed journalists 16 photographs that he said were of his son in a Florida morgue. He said his son had six gunshot wounds to his torso and one to the back of his head.

The FBI says Ibragim Todashev was killed last week during a violent confrontation in his home while an FBI agent...

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Koch Brothers Prospective Buyers of Two Florida Newspapers

05/30/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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The Koch Brothers, Charles and David- two of the leading funders of conservative and far right wing causes in the country are considering buying the Tribune company. They are the second largest media company in the US, and they own two major newspapers here in Florida, the South Florida Sun Sentinel and the Orlando Sentinel. Some free press activists are protesting against this as they fear the Koch brothers will push their political agenda through the papers . Listen to the full show above....

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A conversation with Richard Martin, Co-Director of Lutheran Church Charities’ K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry

05/29/13 Duncan Strauss
Talking Animals
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Richard Martin—Co-Director of Lutheran Church Charities’ K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry, which in recent months, has deployed comfort dogs to Moore, OK after the tornado, to Boston after the bombing, and to Newtown, CT, after the Sandy Hook shooting—discusses the history of the Ministry since it was launched in 2008, and how it’s evolved into upwards of 60 dogs across eight states. www.LutheranChurchCharities.org

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The Long War Winding Down

05/29/13 Warren Elly with Rob MacDonald
Last Call Wednesday
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Today on Last Call, Warren Elly speaks with Lt. Rob MacDonald about the 12 year war and life after deployment to Northern Afghanistan.

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Afghanistan, through the eyes of a young American over achiever… an Engineer, an accomplished sailor, a Lieutenant in the Naval Reserve SeaBees…who is just back from the War… where under threat from the Taliban he commanded construction projects along Afghanistan’s northern border. He’ll now, presumably, return to his civilian jo...

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Hillsborough County Republican lawmakers reminisce on session with Brandon Chamber of Commerce listen

05/29/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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After both chambers of the Florida legislature failed to agree on how to take care of some of the state’s uninsured, some Hillsborough County Republicans still aren’t sure what will happen with Medicaid expansion. During a Brandon Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday, Senator Tom Lee responded to pleas for lawmakers to go into special session to figure it out.

The Florida Senate passed a bill that would have used ...

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Summer fertilizer restrictions go into effect Saturday in Tampa, Pinellas and Manatee listen

05/29/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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This Saturday is the official start of hurricane season. It’s also the unofficial beginning of the rainy season in Florida and when some local fertilizer restrictions go into effect.

Beginning June 1, residents of Pinellas and Manatee counties and the City of Tampa can’t apply phosphorous or nitrogen to their lawns.

We spoke with Nanette O’Hara, the public outreach coordinator for the Tampa Bay Estuary Program.

"On June 1st, restrictions on use and sales of lawn or landscape fert...

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