News & Public Affairs

Friday October 24, 2014


Bettejo Indelicato.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Activists hope to block ship from Israeli company from unloading at Port Tampa Bay

Local activists are taking the struggle for Palestinian rights to Port Tampa Bay. An Israeli ship, the Zim Alabama, is scheduled to dock there this week, but a new group called Block the Boat Tampa wants to stop it from being unloaded here. It’s part of the nonviolent struggle for Palestinian rights called BDS or boycott, divestment and sanctions.

WMNF's Seán Kinane interviewed Bettejo Indelicato, who is helping to organize [Block the Bo...

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CannaDay in Ybor 2014

photo by Samuel Johnson

CannaDay: Will medical marijuana fuel Florida’s next economic boom?

Will medical marijuana fuel Florida’s next economic boom? That’s what people attending last Friday’s CannaDay in Tampa are hoping. A cannabis economy isn’t about stoners and lava lamps anymore; it’s about big business.

Legalized growing and distribution of marijuana is often viewed in context of medical applications. Yet, hemp is a renewable cannabis product which has a range of uses like oil, wax, resin, rope, cloth, paper, and even food. Steven Edmund, co-founder of [One Florida Founda...

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League of Women Voters upset judge accepts redrawn Florida Congressional districts

Last Friday a judge in Tallahassee approved new congressional maps redrawn by the Florida Legislature. But for this year’s elections maps that the judge previously declared unconstitutional will be used.

For reaction WMNF News spoke Monday with Deirdre Macnab, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida.

Polls for the primary election are open from 7:00 a.m. Tuesday until 7:00 p.m.

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Raymond Strack

Retired Homeland Security officer discusses drug law enforcement

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks to a retired Department of Homeland Security officer about Amendment Two, medical marijuana and the impact of drug enforcement on law enforcement and securing our borders

Raymond Strack retired in January 2010 from the Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement as a Supervisory Criminal Investigator/ Supervisory Special Agent. He began his Federal Law Enforcement career as a Customs Patrol Officer in 1983 in New Y...

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Previewing the Florida Primary Election

On Tuesday, August 26, Floridians vote in their primary election. We focused in on the Charlie Crist-Nan Rich Democratic gubernatorial primary election, as well as the AG race between Perry Thurston and George Sheldon, and local races as well.

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Wearable Art

The Dunedin Fine Art Center is presenting its 10th annual Wearable Art show, which incorporates recycled and artistic fashions.

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Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL, right) with Craig Latimer.

photo by Janelle Irwin/WMNF News (Dec. 2013).

Senator Bill Nelson calls for more U.S. military attacks inside Syria and Iraq

The Pentagon says U.S. warplanes have made three more airstrikes against Islamic State targets near the Mosul Dam, including a machine gun position that was firing on Iraqi forces.

In a conference call with reporters Thursday provided by his office, Florida U.S. Senator Bill Nelson said he met with the president of the Free Syrian Army in Turkey. Nelson says there should be more U.S. military actions inside Syria and Iraq.

"Well, we're not gonna put boots on the ground. The American pub...

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Pensacola senior challenges Paul Ryan on Medicare vouchers

Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan is touring Florida promoting his new book; the former Republican Vice Presidential nominee was met by protesters Friday in Pensacola.

In this video provided by the liberal activist group Americans United for Change, a senior citizen asks Ryan why his budget slashes taxes for millionaires and corporations, but voucherizes Medicare.

Paul Ryan will be in our area on Sunday. He’ll be at the Books-A-Million at Brandon Town Center Mall at 3:00 p.m. and at B...

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