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Saturday November 1, 2014

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Professor Adam Guerin spoke at a Eckerd College roundtable about Iraq.


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Eckerd College professors offer context about Iraq conflict

ST. PETERSBURG - On Thursday night, a forum at Eckerd College offered context about the ongoing conflict in Iraq. As part of the Presidential Events Series, history professor Adam Guerin spoke about the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

“I want to reframe the story of the [Islamic State],” Guerin told a group of about 50 students and community members. “Not as this great evil that just appeared out of the ether. But for what is it… a militant, violent response by marginalized people to stru...

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Greenlight Pinellas supporters take pro-transit message to commuters stuck on Tampa Bay bridges

In a push to influence voters during the last few days before the election, Yes on Greenlight is flying a banner from a sailboat near heavily trafficked bridges across Tampa Bay.

The group is encouraging voters to support the Greenlight Pinellas ballot initiative to fund transit by increasing sales tax by a penny and eliminating the transportation portion of the property tax.

Friday morning they sailed near the Howard Frankland Bridge.

On the Tampa end of the bridge, several peopl...

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Steven Greenhouse, New York Times Reporter


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Fast Food workers in Denmark paid two and half times more than American wage workers and Investigative reporter discusses new voter purge

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks to a New York Times reporter, Steven Greenhouse about a story covering how different life is in Denmark for fast food workers.

Earlier this week the New York Times reported that fast food workers in Denmark are paid the equivalent of $20 dollars an hour – two and a half times what many fast food workers earn in the US. And says ...

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Green Tea Coalition leader Debbie Dooley makes the conservative argument for solar power

Debbie Dooley, national coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots , co-founder of the Atlanta Tea Party, and now the leader of the Green Tea Coalition, a coalition of progressives and conservatives fighting for alternative energy in Georgia and now in Florida.

Dooley has been making more appearances in Florida as she helps introduce her new group, Conservatives for Energy Freedom, to the Sunshine State. On the Last Call, she talked about the beginnings of the national Tea Party, and how her a...

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From A Woman's POV covers the importance of women voting this election season

VOTE…VOTE…VOTE!!! – as if your life depended on it. It Does!

TERRY O’NEILL, President, National Organization for Women, will focus our attention on some of the issues that are particularly important to women: jobs, equal pay, minimum wage, social security, medicare. The face of poverty in the United States is an elderly woman on a fixed income or a single mom. There are many institutional policies that shape this picture. It will not change unless we demand it to change.

We must p...

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A Greenlight Pinellas supporter carries a sign along Belcher Road at the intersection of Bryan Dairy surrounded by opposing signs.


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Radioactivity features a debate over transportation in Pinellas County

Today on Radioactivity, we hear from both sides in the Greenlight Pinellas debate. Pinellas voters are being asked in this election which culminates next Tuesday to decide whether to raise the sales tax by one cent in order to pay for public transportation improvements- including a light rail line.

First, Rob speaks to two Tampa Bay Times reporters who have been covering transportation issues. Tony Marrero did a story this past weekend profiling people in Pinellas who rely on mass transit....

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Green Party activist wants Tampa to do away with free single-use plastic bags

Paper or plastic? That’s an old question that may have a new answer: neither. There’s a movement toward doing away with single-use bags at the grocery check-out counter with more of an emphasis on reusable bags.

WMNF News interviewed the coordinator of the local Green Party in Tampa, Friedemann Buschbeck, about a petition he’s organizing to reduce plastic bag use.

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Pinellas County Commission race tight between Gerard and Hooper: poll

The Pinellas County Commission race between Democrat Pat Gerard and Republican Ed Hooper appears to be going down to the wire. According to a poll released late Friday by St. Pete Polls, Gerard leads Hooper by less than a percentage point.

To find out about the trends in that race and about who Pinellas voters support for governor, WMNF News interviewed Matt Florell, president of St. Pete Polls.

St. Pete Polls also found that Greenlight Pinellas was trailing by about ten points. Check ...

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Long time TV news anchorman honored by The Poynter Institute and Human Rights activist discusses his efforts in East Africa

Today on Radioactivity Rob Lorei speaks with John Wilson, a long time TV news anchorman here in the Bay area who is retiring after 50 years in the news business.

The Poynter Institute will hold a luncheon honoring Emmy award winning TV anchors Gayle Sierens and John Wilson tomorrow. Earlier this year both announced their plans to retire. John Wilson was born in the coal-mining town of Big Stone Gap, Virginia, his broadcasting career began when he was only 15, as a disc jockey and news rep...

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