News & Public Affairs

Friday September 19, 2014


Hassan Shibly, an attorney and executive director of CAIR Florida.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (Sept 2013).

CAIR Florida reacts to release of injured Tampa teenager from Israeli jail

A teenager from Tampa was released yesterday from a prison in Israel. He’s now on house arrest. Tariq Khdeir told reporters he was beaten up by two Israeli police on Friday in an attack captured on video.

The Associated Press reports that today Israeli police said a border policeman had been temporarily suspended from special operations and transferred to a different position until the completion of an investigation into the apparent police beating of Tariq Khdeir. The AP says Khdeir trave...

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Mayor Bob Buckhorn and director of Coast Bike Share Eric Trull

photo by Lisa Kauffman

Tampa's new bike share program now selling premium memberships

Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced Monday morning that Tampa’s new bike share program is now selling founding memberships. Eric Trull is the program director of the company that’s running Tampa’s bike rental program, Coast Bike Share.

“What a founding membership is, first off, it’s a great way to support the city in making the city more pedestrian friendly. But to the user, it enables someone to ride around, up to 90 minutes per day, throughout the city, and you can break that time up however ...

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Revisiting the Sami Al-Arian case

On Friday, June 27, the Department of Justice dropped a long-stalled second criminal prosecution of Sami Al-Arian, the former USF professor who pleaded guilty to one count of aiding a terrorist group in 2006, following a high-profile federal trial in Tampa in 2005 where a jury of his members acquitted him on eight charges and deadlocked on the other nine.

But after Al-Arian ultimately pleaded guilty of count of aiding terrorists, he was scheduled to be deported. That has never happened, a...

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Supporters of clean energy take the stage to send a message to the Florida Public Service Commission.

photo by Janelle Irwin

Environmentalists plan message to PSC with mock hearing

A coalition of environmental and civic groups thinks the state isn’t taking enough public input on clean energy. The Florida Public Service Commission won’t take public comment during a meeting about mandatory changes to some standards. So to get its point across, The Sunshine State Clean Energy Coalition hosted more than 100 Tampa Bay area residents at the Free Fall Theater in St. Pete for a mock hearing Wednesday night.

“This year, the Florida Public Service Commission will set new stan...

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From a Woman's POV discusses the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision and the evolution of war in America

Supreme Court Hobby Lobby Decision

It's that time of year again – “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed with certain inalienable rights…” Oh, women…not so fast – you are not created equal as the Supreme Court reminded us again this week.

The last I looked it’s hard to have a life without a body and your body is subject to the religious beliefs of others - woe to you if it’s your boss. We will review Burwell v Hobby Lobby and ...

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Radioactivity listeners weigh in on the Declaration of Independence and patriotism

The Fourth of July, is a holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei airs a reading of the Declaration by a group of actors and then opens the phone lines to get listener thoughts on the Declaration and patriotsim. The show also shares Howard Zinn's thoughts on the Declaration.

Reading of th...

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Sami Al-Arian.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (Dec. 2009).

Charges dropped against Al-Arian; interview with his former lawyer

Last Friday a federal judge in Virginia dropped all charges against former University of South Florida Professor Sami Al-Arian; could it signal the end of a marathon legal battle that began in Tampa more than a decade ago?

To find out, WMNF spoke Wednesday with Al-Arian’s former attorney, Linda Moreno, who is based in Tampa.

Linda Moreno is also affiliated with Doughty Street Chambers in London, a firm specializing in human rights and international law.

"Well, I’m very happy that a...

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Happy Birthday America

A discussion of the America Dream in modern times, Civil Rights Act of 1964, unaccompanied children and immigration policy with Joe Redner.

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John Schmelzer from the EEOC talks about the history of the Civil Rights Act.

photo by Janelle Irwin

Tampa celebrates Civil Rights Act anniversary

It’s been 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Officials from Hillsborough County and Tampa along with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission took a trip down memory lane during an anniversary celebration today. Delano Stewart was the first black public defender in Hillsborough County.

“It was monumental legislation, but we cannot go to sleep. If we go to sleep there is a Tea Party. I listen to the Republican Party saying they want to d...

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Dr. Elizabeth Rosenthal

The Hobby Lobby Decision Would Never Have Happened with Single Payer Health Care: Guest Says Employer-Based Health Insurance Is a Bad System

Today on Radioactivity we take another look at the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision from the perspective of a medical doctor who says our system of relying on employers for health care is a failure.

Earlier this week the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government could not require closely held corporations to pay for insurance coverage for certain kinds of contraception under the Affordable Care Act. Five justices- all men- ruled that it violated a federal law protecting religious...

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