News & Public Affairs

Thursday April 17, 2014

U.S. Congressional District 13 candidates debate

Today on The Last Call, Rob Lorei plays a debate with the three candidates running for Congressional district 13 in Pinellas County- Democrat Alex Sink, Libertarian Lucas Overby and Republican David Jolly.

This debate aired last Friday night on WEDU-TV and is the last debate the candidates will have before the election- a week from tomorrow. We’ll hear the debate and then open the phone lines and have you tell us what you thought of what the candidates had to say.

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Computer simulated image of a black hole of ten solar masses as seen from a distance of 600km with the Milky Way in the background (horizontal camera opening angle: 90°). http://www.spacetimetravel.org/galerie/galerie.html


photo by Ute Kraus (background Milky Way panorama: Axel Mellingerexterna) July 14, 2005. Creative Commons.

What are black holes and did Stephen Hawking say they don't exist?



In January, renowned physicist Stephen Hawking ignited a minor controversy when he wrote “there are no black holes.”

The statement was latched onto by some in the media, but it likely was taken out of context.

WMNF spoke about black holes with Michael Finkel, a writer for National Geographic ma...

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Growing Vegetables

Our guests today on the Sustainable Living Show on WMNF 88.5FM include the Agriculture Manager at the HEART Ministry Training Institute (Lake Wales, FL), Josh Jamison and former Hillsborough County Extension Agent now Associate Professor & Extension Specialist for UF/IFAS, Sydney Park Brown. We will be discussing home vegetable gardening.

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Students and teachers used old plastic bottles and other garbage to make colorful plastic flower arrangements.


photo by Janelle Irwin

Youth program leaders fight to save historical homes at Tampa park

Some volunteers with youth programs at a riverfront park in the Sulphur Springs neighborhood of Tampa are fighting to save their historical offices even though the Hillsborough County plans to fund the construction of a new multi-use building. Sigrid Tidmore is the executive director for Community Stepping Stones that runs out of a nearly 100-year old home at Mann Wagnon Park.

“The most environmentally destructive thing we can do is take functional buildings and throw them into landfills...

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Palelists look at the implications of money in politics four years after the controversial Citizens United V. FEC Supreme Court ruling.


photo by Janelle Irwin

Money in politics: legal experts contemplate the four years since Citizens United ruling

It’s been four years since the Supreme Court’s ruling on Citizens United allowed corporations and wealthy individuals to contribute unlimited money to political campaigns. During a symposium at Stetson University College of Law Friday, panels of law professors and other professionals took a look at how the political climate has changed since the landmark decision.

Citizens United led to the creation of Super PACs – political action committees that collect funds from wealthy donors and spen...

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Kenneth Montigny is helping organize overnight occupation of Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News

Occupy Tampa will demonstrate outside downtown park overnight

Occupy Tampa is back -- or, rather, they want you to know they’ve never left. Those are some of the messages Occupy Tampa will be bringing back to the streets of downtown Tampa tonight in their first overnight occupation of Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park since 2012.

One of the organizers of what they’re calling Occupy on the Rise is Kenneth Montigny, who is also with a group called [Anarc...

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Bestselling author Lisa Bloom's new book takes an inside look at the Trayvon Martin story

Rob Lorei talks with bestselling author and legal analyst for NBC, Lisa Bloom about her new book Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It.

This week marks the second anniversary of the shooting death of an African American teen named Trayvon Martin in Sanford Florida. Bloom covered the trial last year of George Zimmerman for the killing of Martin. She says the prosecution ignored its best evidence, had poorly prepared witnesses and...

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Licenses For All Undocumented Immigrants

Many undocumented immigrants have been active members of our community for decades and have jobs and families. Immigrant’s rights group, Raices En Tampa’s founder, Marisol Marquez described how important it is for undocumented immigrants to have state sponsored driver’s licenses.

“About one-million undocumented immigrants in the state of Florida alone. They work in the fields. They come from different areas. They are migrant farm workers. They are already driving. All that separa...

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Former governor Charlie Crist mingles with USF students during a campaign stop.


photo by Janelle Irwin

At USF Charlie Crist bashes Rick Scott over 2011 high-speed rail rejection

Former Governor Charlie Crist made a campaign stop at USF in Tampa Thursday in an effort to win back the governor’s mansion. Crist spoke to students urging them to vote in the university’s student body election.

Afterward he briefly spoke to reporters about plans for the aging Howard Frankland Bridge over Tampa Bay and how it should be used to further mass transit initiatives in the region. Crist said it would have been a great way to connect to high speed rail that was rejected by curren...

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