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Wednesday November 26, 2014

OPEN PHONES - Radioactivity

OPEN PHONES with Mike Hiers. Mike hosted this program which included short interviews with psychologist Rich Carpenter and Tampa Tribune columnist Dan Ruth. Among the topics addressed were frequent callers to WMNF talk shows and local political figures who have been the subject of Dan's columns.

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CO2-MARINE LIFE WORKSHOP IN TAMPA-Andrew Stelzer

This week a group of 50 scientists from all over the world gathered at The University of South Florida in St Petersburg, for a workshop on the impact of carbon dioxide on marine Life. Co2, produced by automobiles, volcanoes, and other human activities is raising the temperature of water, bleaching coral reefs and killing sea plants and animals. About 30 percent of the CO2 produced by human activity in the last several decades has been absorbed by the earth’s oceans. Peter Betzer is...

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CAMPAIGN TO EXTRADITE LUIS POSADA-Andrew Stelzer

Anti war groups aligned with the national lawyers guild and several Cuban American organizations in Miami today to protest the possibility that admitted terrorist Luis Posada Carriles will be granted asylum in the United States.

Gloria La Riva is from the ANSWER coalition, an anti war group; she’s also a member of the coalition to free the Cuban 5. La Rive told WMNF that Posada must be arrested and extradited to Venezuela immediately, or the United States will be setting a double s...

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THE MYSTERIOUS CASE OF LUIS POSADA CARRILES - Radioactivity

Posada Carriles is a Cuban exile who is wanted in Venezuela in connection with the bombing of a Cuban jetliner. Earlier this month he entered the United States through Mexico, apparently U.S. Customs agents didn't notice he is wanted in another country. Our guest in this segment was historian and film-maker Saul Landau (ASSASSINATION ON EMBASSY ROW). Landau has covered Cuban exile militant groups for three decades. He discussed Posada Carriles' alleged ties to terrorism, how he could have i...

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CITY OF TAMPA'S HOUSEHOLD CHEMICAL AND ELECTRONICS RECYCLING - Radioactivity

The city's recycling manager Barbara Heineken stopped by the WMNF studios to talk about the upcoming April 30th collection where residents can take old chemicals, paints and solvents, automotive products, household cleaners, pool chemicals, mercury thermometers, fluorescent bulbs, lawn and garden supplies, and electronics, including computer equipment and televisions and VCRs. The collection takes place Saturday, April 30, 10:00am to 2:00pm at the City of Tampa Solid Waste Department ; 4010 W...

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A DISCUSSION ABOUT SOCIAL SECURITY PRIVATE ACCOUNTS WITH NORM BUNGARD - Radioactivity

Bungard worked for 30 years for the Social Security Administration. He knows the system well and he commented on some of the issues raised during yesterday's interview with Sec. Chao: When will the system run out of funds? Are we in a crisis? How will private accounts affect the overall health of the system? How do the administrative costs of the current system compare to the costs of private systems in other countries? Will retirees benefits or the Social Security fund be impacted negatively...

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS WONT HAVE PRE K-Andrew Stelzer

The Hillsborough county school board has decided that they do not have the space and resources to offer the state mandated pre-kindergarten program beginning August. The county is among several who have opted out because of money and space concerns, and its unclear if the state will be able to meet its legal obligations. Susan Morris is the school readiness supervisor for the Hillsborough county school district. She says when the school year begins I august; there may not be enough space f...

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WILL HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY STERILIZE CHILD ABUSERS?-Andrew Stelzer

Late last year, Hillsborough county Commissioner Rhonda Storms asked county attorneys to find out whether the county could permanently sterilize child abusers.

Today the Hillsborough county commission heard a report back from the assistant county attorney, Deborah Cromartie Mincey. She told the commission that many states used sterilization in the early 1900’s but most of those policies had been overturned or taken off the books because they were illegal or cruel.

ATTORNEY 1...

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BERGY FILES SUIT AGAINST BROWNING, ET AL. Mark Antokas

INTRO: The election might be over, but the arguments seem to continue. Pasco’s Republican Supervisor of Elections, Kurt Browning won re-election by a whopping eighty-three percent of the vote to Patrick Bergy’s seventeen percent. The first time candidate Bergy, ran as a non-partisan. Five months after the Election, Bergy has not closed out his account with the Supervisors office, which has prompted Browning to file a complaint with the State, and impose a fine. Bergy has respond...

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