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Wednesday September 3, 2014

US TO BUILD MILITARY BASE ON JAPANESE CORAL REEF - Seán Kinane


Yesterday in Okinawa Japan a benefit concert was held to call attention to opposition by Okinawans to the construction of a US military airbase on a living coral reef off the coast of their island. WMNF’s Seán Kinane files this report.

The Seventh Annual Full Moon Festival was held at Henoko Bay, near the site of the proposed US military base. If construction is successful, the base will be 2.5 kilometers long and will be built by adding land infill on top of a l...

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BUSH'S GROWTH MANAGEMENT REFORM TOUR COMES TO TAMPA - Mitch Perry

Mounting problems with development in Florida has compelled Governor Jeb Bush to put Growth Management Reform at the top of his legislative agenda this year.

Legislators are considering a bill 360 - that could tighten development requirements for counties and put $10 billion into new roads, schools and water projects during the next 10 years. It could also make it easier for local governments to levy more than $4 billion in new sales and gas taxes each year by removing a public-refere...

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EVICTION TRIAL OF CONNIE BURTON-Andrew Stelzer

Since 1999, the Tampa Housing authority has spent over $260,000 trying to evict east Tampa resident Connie Burton from her apartment in the Robles Park housing complex. This morning, a new trial began In downtown Tampa. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer reports.

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Connie Burton was first issued an eviction notice in 1999. Burton’s son had been arrested in a drug raid on the housing projects and convicted for possession and intent to sell marijuan...

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Earth Day Celebrations at Lowry Park - by Emily Reddy

This Saturday at Lowry Park over 30 organizations and hundreds of Hillsborough County citizens came together to celebrate Earth Day. The Sierra Club sponsored the event along with the City of Tampa, TECO, and others. WMNF's Emily Reddy reports.


Environmentally concerned citizens celebrated Earth Day Saturday in Lowry Park by spending the day listening to live music, talking wit...

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MEDEA BENJAMIN, GLOBAL EXCHANGE - IN MEMORY OF MARLA RUZICKA - Glenney, WS

MEDEA BENJAMIN, Global Exchange. Medea will talk about her memories of Marla Ruzicka, the 28-year old head and founder of an NGO, CIVIC (Campaign for Innocent Victims In Conflict) who died in Baghdad Saturday when her car was caught in an insurgent attack. She had been working to document civilian casualties. When she died, Marla was traveling to visit some of the many Iraqi families she helping navigate the process of claiming compensation from the US military for injuries and deaths. In ...

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RHONDA NELSON, IRRITABLE TRIBE OF POETS, POETRY-PA-LOOZA - Glenney, WS

RHONDA NELSON, poet, Irritable Tribe of Poets. Rhonda will read poems and talk about Poetry-Pa-Looza (duex), which is being presented by the Irritable Tribe of Poets in honor of national poetry month at Viva La Frida Café, Sunday, April 24th beginning at 7:30 pm. Viva La Frida is located at 5901 N. Florida in Tampa, 813-231-9199. The band backs performing poets James Tokely, Myron Jackson, Pamela Epps, Rhonda J. Nelson, Paradox, Melissa Fair, Kevin Webb, Silvia Curbelo, Stone Handy, Lor...

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ELIZABETH BERG, "THE YEAR OF PLEASURES" - Mary Glenney, Women'sShow

ELIZABETH BERG, author, The Year of Pleasures. Mary will talk with best-selling author Elizabeth Berg about her new book, The Year of Pleasures. In this book, when Betta Nolan is widowed, she fulfills her promise to her husband by spending a year deliberately honoring the solace of the ordinary: a warm bath, good food, the beauty of nature, music, and art. Berg is well known for The Art of Mending, Talk Before Sleep, Durable Goods, and What We Keep among other books. As one reviewer said ...

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SUE MONK KIDD - Mary Glenney, Women's Show

SUE MONK KIDD, author, The Mermaid Chair. Mary talked with Sue Monk Kidd about her latest book, The Mermaid Chair with its multi layers and themes. Few writers have explored, as Kidd does in this book, the lush, hidden region of the feminine soul where the spiritual and the erotic meet. The Mermaid Chair is a vividly and magnificently imagined story about the passions of the spirit and the ecstasies of the body; one that illuminates a woman’s self-awakening with the clarity and comm...

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RE-ENERGIZE AMERICA CAMPAIGN-Andrew Stelzer

Frances Buynakee is executive director of the Natural resources Defense Council; today her organization launched a new campaign to reenergize America, focusing on changing the focus of America’s energy off of polluting energy sources and away from a reliance on unstable regions of the world. WMNF spoke to Buynakee today, we began by asking her how we are doing 35 years ago after earth day was first celebrated?

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That was Frances buynakee, executive director of ...

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RELIGIOUS LEADERS CALL ON SENATOR BILL FRIST NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN SUNDAY JUSTICE-Andrew Stelzer

Members of the US senate continue to verbally battle over The President nomination of two judges who were blocked by a democratic filibuster last year, and whether Republicans will try to eradicate the practice of the filibuster this year to allow the judges to go through. AS part of his campaign, Republican senator Bill Frist is scheduled to appear on “justice Sunday�, a live, national simulcast at 7:00 PM EST this Sunday, that will air in numerous churches across the country to ...

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