Tropicana Field in St Petersburg.
Seán Kinane/WMNF News (Aug. 2014).
This is St. Pete city council voting down an agreement between Mayor Rick Kriseman and the Tampa Bay Rays that would have allowed the team to explore possible stadium locations in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties.
The vote Thursday night was 5-3 against the deal.
One of the reasons the measure failed is a clause in the original contract with the Rays that requires the city to split revenue from any development on the Tropicana Field site with the baseball team. Council member Jim Ken...
Cuban flag in Santa Clara, Cuba
On Wednesday, President Barack Obama announced plans to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba for the first time in over 50 years. The surprising statement outlined plans to easy economic and travel embargoes between the two countries, as well as establish an American embassy in Cuba. On Today's Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei gets local perspectives from Al Fox, Founder of Alliance for a Responsible Cuba Policy, and Patrick Manteiga, Editor and Publisher of La Gaceta newspaper. We also listen...
Seán Kinane/WMNF News.
Thursday the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual meeting at the Tampa Convention Center.
During the meeting the Chamber tweeted that a downtown vision unveiled yesterday by the owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning would create 6,700 jobs.
But outside, a half-dozen protesters held signs and chanted that the promised prosperity would not trickle down to every day residents of Tampa.
WMNF News interviewed Samantha Bowden, a graduate student at the University of South Flor...
Tropicana Field in St Petersburg
Today,we start off Radioactivity with an installment of the Fairness Doctrine, a debate show hosted by Jennifer Sulivan. Today's topic for debate: Should U.S. taxpayers continue to fund the state of Israel, or can we use the funds domestically? local Rabbi Lazer Rivkin of Young Israel Tampa, and Dezeray Lyn of Block the Boat Tampa weigh in. Then, Host Rob Lorei and Tampa Bay Times reporter Steven Nohlgren discuss the recent decision by St.Pete mayor Rick Kriseman to allow the Tampa Bay Rays ...
The Cuban flag flies over Jose Marti Park in Ybor City, Tampa, FL.
Seán Kinane/WMNF News (May 2011).
Here are some points "Senior Administration Officials" made Wednesday morning on a phone conference with reporters that was embargoed until the call ended:
The three remaining Cuban Five members are being exchanged for American Alan Gross and a U.S. spy who has been imprisoned for 20 years in Cuba (an "intelligence asset").
The U.S. will ease travel restrictions across all areas of allowed travel, but Americans will still not be able to travel to Cuba for tourism. U.S. visitors to Cuba ...
Attorney General Pam Bondi
Today on Radioactivity, Ed Lally, Central Florida development and corporate manager for Equality Florida, responds to Attorney General Pam Bondi's filing of an emergency petition to extend Florida's ban on same-sex marriage past January 5, the day that Florida is expected to become the 36th state to allow gay marriage. We then speak with Aaron Sharockman from Politifact.com, who reveals the fact-checking website's pick for the 2014 lie of the year.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney
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On today's Radioactivity, Bruce Feiler, New York Times columnist and best-selling author, talks about the growing prevalence and personal meaning behind religious pilgrimages. His six-part documentary series, Sacred Journeys, premieres tomorrow night on PBS. With the Senate Intelligence Committee's torture report still fresh on the public conscious, we listen to Sunday talk show responses to the report from former vice-president Dick Cheney and senator John McCain, before opening up the phone...
One of the proposed designs, called "Destination St. Pete Pier."
St. Pete Design Group / newstpetepier.com/
The City of St. Petersburg has unveiled eight possible concepts for a new Pier design.
Eight architectural firms spent up to $30,000 to create initial design concepts, which can now be seen on the city’s website.
Raul Quintana is St. Petersburg’s city architect. WMNF News spoke with him this morning before the designs were unveiled.
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Many gopher tortoises, like this on in St. Petersburg's Boyd Hill Nature Park, are thought to live in the Briger Forest.
Seán Kinane/WMNF News (March 2012).
Earlier this month WMNF interviewed an activist with Everglades Earth First! trying to save a pristine forest in Palm Beach County from development by the high-tech company Scripps.
On Friday demonstrators fighting for the forest left a voicemail during their protest.
You’ll hear from Ruddy Turnstone with Everglades Earth First after this version of a Christmas Carol.
The Phoenix Metro Light Rail
Today on Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei discusses the future of mass transit in the Tampa Bay Area with Don Kueth, President of the Phoenix Community Alliance, whose push for mass transit in Phoenix failed several times before finally passing in 2000. Hillsborough rejected a referendum to increase the sales tax by one penny in order to improve public transportation in 2010; Pinellas did the same last month. Kueth will be meeting with local leaders in Pinellas to discuss how light rail was able...