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Saturday November 22, 2014

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A display at the USF media conference shows Thomas Varnadoe (far right).


photo by Gwyneth Dunsford

USF researchers identify two bodies found in Dozier School graves

On Thursday, researchers at the University of South Florida identified two more victims from the site of the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Florida.

One body belonged to Thomas Varnadoe, who was taken to the Dozier school in September 1934. A month later the 13-year-old was dead, reportedly after succumbing to pneumonia. USF researchers said were not able to establish the final cause of Thomas’ death due to the condition of his remains.

Thomas’ nephew, Glen, has l...

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Anne Petermann shares her views on climate issues and Doris Kearns Goodwin author of the Bully Pulpit joins From A Woman's POV

We aren’t really bombing Syria, are we? ISIS, or is it ISIL, or is it now Khorasan – or the latest terrorist of the hour?

Strangelove? “How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb.”

I don’t care how much effort was made to kick climate change off the front page, I know the real danger – it was yesterday, is today, and will be tomorrow. Did you follow the Peoples Climate March Sunday and Flood Wall Street Monday? Then Tuesday to the UN. Finally some action??? Did you he...

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Is there a future for the American newspaper?

Many of us believe our nation needs journalism now more than ever – but the news is not good, especially here in West Central Florida, in Tampa Bay.

It’s widely reported that at a staff meeting last week, the Tampa Bay Times leadership announced 5% pay cuts and reduced severance.

Things aren’t much better at the venture-capitalist owned Tampa Tribune. The outflow of talent, experienced executives, and cash continues.

While some remarked they couldn’t believe the Times would go be...

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Henry Jenkins author of Convergence Culture joins Radioactivity

Radioactivity welcomes Henry Jenkins, Provost Professor of Communication, Journalism, and Cinematic Arts at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California. Previously, he was the Peter de Florez Professor of Humanities at Massachusetts Institute for Technology(MIT). Jenkins is the author of Convergence Culture and will be speaking [The USF Humanities Institute tomorrow](http://www.humanities-institute.usf.edu/data/2014%20Henry%20Jenkins%2...

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Block the Boat Tampa's first action on 30 August 2014.


photo by Tom Baur / WMNF News.

Port Tampa Bay dockworker speaks out about political intimidation at workplace

Last weekend was the second major action by a local human rights group calling attention to the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Block the Boat Tampa rallied outside Port Tampa Bay in the rain beginning before sunrise Saturday morning hoping to convince dock workers to respect their picket line and not unload a cargo ship owned by an Israeli company.

The Zim Alabama was delayed because of weather, but eventually was unloaded by longshore...

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Investigative Reporter Eric Barton

Are more toll roads the answer to Florida’s traffic problems? And the increase of homeless children in Florida

Today Radioactivity asks: are more toll roads the answer to Florida’s traffic problems? And homelessness in children of Florida.

Rob Lorei speaks to investigative reporter Eric Barton who has written a story about a major expansion of toll roads which is underway in Florida for the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. That expansion is largely under the radar.

He writes- “In the next decade, Florida’s biggest cities will add toll lanes to the state’s busiest...

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Report from Sunday's massive climate march in NYC

Monday’s Flood Wall Street action comes a day after one of the largest mass-demonstrations against climate disruption in history.

Some estimates peg Sunday’s New York City march at more than 300,000 people.

WMNF asked former Tampa resident Kandace Vallejo what she was seeing and hearing during the rally.

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Janet Bowman, Director of State Legislative Policy for The Nature Conservancy in Florida

Growing power of electric utilities over PSC and Restoring damage caused by Deepwater Horizon

Radioactivity discusses the growing power of electric utilities over the body that sets electric rates in the state. The show also goes back to September 19, 2010 when the Deepwater Horizon well was officially capped. Rob Lorei discusses efforts to restore the damage caused by the disaster with Janet Bowman, Director of State Legislative Policy, The Nature Conservancy in Florida. Janet Bowman is the Director of State Legislative Policy for [The Nature Conservancy in Florida](http://www.nat...

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Puerto Rico's beaches, like this one on the island of Vieques, are under threat from rising seas and other effects of climate change.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (Jun 2012).

'Whole towns will be underwater;' Environmentalists warn of climate risks in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rican scientists are raising alarm bells about the risks of climate change. Following a briefing Thursday on Capitol Hill, members of the Puerto Rico Climate Change Council spoke with reporters in a conference call.

“Puerto Rico is in the midst of a climate crisis,” Christina Hernandez told reporters. “[It] represents an acceleration vision of what we can see here in the United States. [Puerto Rico] is the island of climate change.”

About 70 percent of Puerto Ricans live in coas...

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