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Tuesday September 30, 2014

ROBERT PUTNAM ON THE DECLINE OF SOCIAL CAPITAL IN THE USA-Andrew Stelzer

Harvard Professor Robert Putnam is the author of Bowling Alone—the collapse and revival of American Community. This morning, Putnam spoke at the Tampa convention center about the decline of social capital and community engagement in a changing America. WMNF was not allowed to record his speech, but our reporter Andrew Stelzer was able to speak to Putnam afterwards, and filed this report.

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Putnam’s research has found that social activ...

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JANET BOWMAN AND DENISE LAYNE ON BUSH PLAN FOR MANAGED GROWTH - Mitch Perry

Governor Jeb Bush is proposing legislation that would install a pay as you go system to ensure that cities, suburbs and rural areas are built with adequate roads, schools and water supplies.

To achieve that, The law would give the state's community affairs and transportation departments more power to enforce the rules linking development with adequate facilities.

The Governor is getting positive attention to his proposal from environmentalists and developers – but all sid...

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URBAN SPRAWL COMMUNITY FORUM - Seán Kinane

A community forum to assess the impacts of urban sprawl was held this morning at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Tampa. WMNF’s Seán Kinane reports.

Urban sprawl is one of the most important issues facing the Tampa Bay region. In her state of the city address this week, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio said that the city must expand mass transit to ease congestion of roads.

Dr. Reid Ewing is a professor at the University of Maryland’s National Center for Smart Growth Research ...

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NEW SURVEY ON RISING HOMELESSNESS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY - Radioactivity

Hillsborough County's homeless population now tops 11,000, but most alarming to many advocates is the increase in the number of children among them. A grass-roots census released Tuesday by the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County shows the number of homeless children registered in Hillsborough schools jumped 48 percent in the past two years. Rayme Knuckles, executive director of the coalition and Christine Burdick of the Downtown Partnership discussed the Coalition's study and how it w...

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THE CASE OF THE CUBAN FIVE - Radioactivity

with Leonard Weinglass. In the 1990's five Cuban nationals were sent to the United States to infiltrate and disrupt the actions of Cuban exiles bent on attacking the Castro government. The five were arrested and tried on espionage charges and imprisoned. There is now an international effort to free the Cuban Five based on the argument that the five were not spying on the U.S. government but rather they were attempting to protect and defend Cuba from raids by private groups. Noted defense atto...

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BUSH ON SOCIAL SECURITY - Mitch Perry

President Bush insisted Wednesday that public opinion is leaning his way on his proposal for a Social Security overhaul and hinted at political problems for lawmakers who oppose him.

Notwithstanding a host of recent polls showing waning public support for his proposal, Bush cited only the part of the surveys that shows the public is -- as it long has been -- aware of the program's long-term fiscal problems. He only implicitly acknowledged the lingering skittishness among congressional Rep...

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TOM DELAY - Mitch Perry

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has always been a lightning rod of criticism for Democrats, picking up that mantle since Newt Gingrich stepped down as Speaker of the House back in 1998.

But the Texas Republican’s world now seems to be closing in on him….A series of criminal investigations, court cases and ethical inquiries in the past year is renewing criticism about his aggressive networking and fundraising.

Today 2 progressive groups announced today they will begin airi...

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GOVERNOR WANTS TO REPEAL CLASS SIZE AND RAISE TEACHER SALARIES-Andrew Stelzer

Governor Bush’s latest attempt to prevent Florida’s class size amendment which mandates the reduction of class sizes in the public schools to the extent approved by voters is to offer a new amendment which would offer a slight increase in some teachers salaries. Bush says lowering class sizes to the extent voters approved will cost the state too mush. So far, the idea has been passed by the House Choice and Innovation Committee, and the issue wont be settled for at least anoth...

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TAMPA'S PLANNED MUSEUM - Radioactivity

Weekly Planet columnist Mary Mulhern on decision to scrap plans for Tampa's new art museum and why the city could build a more scaled-down museum that could use one of the several large, unused buildings in downtown Tampa.

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THE OMISSION OF RIGHT WING GROUPS FROM THE DHS WATCH LIST - Radioactivity

Congressional Quarterly writer Justin Rood on THE OMISSION OF RIGHT WING GROUPS FROM THE DHS WATCH LIST The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) does not list right-wing domestic terrorists and terrorist groups on a document that appears to be an internal list of threats to the nation’s security. According to the list — part of a draft planning document obtained by CQ Homeland Security — between now and 2011 DHS expects to contend primarily with adversaries such as al ...

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