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Sunday September 21, 2014

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Outspoken oncologist's new memoir takes on pharmaceutical companies and members of the medical community

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with Lodovico Balducci, a physician, an oncology professor at the USF Medical School and a senior member of the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. His new memoir takes on the pharmaceutical companies, members of his own profession and comes to believe in one truth. The memoir, called Megalies discusses the lessons he’s learned from dealing with patients, the medical industry, members of the profession and his own depression.

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Avni Osmakac, brother of Sami Osmakac, says his brother was set up by the FBI


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Convicted terrorist's brother says Sami Osmakac was set up

The brother of a man convicted of plotting terrorism says it was an FBI setup. Avni Osmakac lashed out at the government during a press conference Tuesday in front of the federal courthouse in Tampa. That’s where his brother Sami was found guilty last month of trying to possess a weapon of mass destruction.

“Everything my brother knows about religion is coming from them. He didn’t know [anything] about religion until he got sick. Everything he knows – the videos, the audios you hear, ...

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WMNF file photo, 2008


photo by Sean Kinane

Feds consider weakening protections for manatees from endangered to threatened status

Protections for manatees could soon be weakened. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday it will consider upgrading the marine mammal’s status from endangered to threatened. Jaclyn Lopez is an Florida attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity.

The Fish and Wildlife Service will take about a year to make a decision and there will be opportunities for public input.

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Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

US Supreme Court Expands Corporate Personhood Rights in 5-4 Decision

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks to Stetson Law School assistant professor, Ciara Torres-Spelliscy about the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision.

Professor Torres-Spelliscy teaches courses in Election Law, Corporate Governance, Business Entities, and Constitutional Law. Prior to joining Stetson's faculty, Torres-Spelliscy was counsel in the Democracy Program of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law where she provided guidance on the issues of money in politics and the...

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Colombian Ambassador to the United States, Luis Carlos Villegas on The Last Call

Today on The Last Call, host Rob Lorei talks with the Colombian Ambassador to the United States. His visit coincides with the arrival today of the Arc Gloria- a tall ship used for training by the Colombian Navy. Ambassador Luis Carlos Villegas most recently served as President of the National Business Association of Colombia and is a member of the government’s negotiating team in the ongoing peace talks with FARC.

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SCOTUS decision says religion is an OK reason to deny contraception to employees

Some employers won’t have to provide birth control for employees through coverage in their health plans. A landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday sided with the retail chain Hobby Lobby that argued they shouldn’t have to pay for contraceptives. Stetson University College of Law professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy called the case another corporate person-hood issue.

“That’s one of the reasons that if you have a religious objection you can’t be drafted to go to war. If you have a religious...

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SCOTUS throws partial victory at unions

Another Supreme Court ruling was something of a draw for unions. A group of home healthcare workers in Illinois argued they shouldn’t have to pay a cost sharing fee if they aren’t a member of the union, and the court agreed. But Unions dodged a bullet. Lisa Madigan is the attorney general for Illinois.

“Today’s decision from the court is a very narrow one. It does not change Illinois’ program. The court, in essence, ruled that home healthcare workers who choose not to join their union wil...

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Tampa demonstration against further U.S. military intervention in Iraq

President Obama is still weighing what further action will be taken to deal with the Islamist insurgency in Iraq.

On Friday, peace activists demonstrated against further military action.

About 30 peole held banners and waved signs at the corner of Dale Mabry Highway and Gandy Boulevard in South Tampa, about a mile north of the main entrance of MacDill Air Force Base.

WMNF interviewed Jesse Nevel, national chair of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement



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Dr. T. Wayne Bailey is a professor of Political Science at Stetson University College of Law in DeLand and an expert on constitutional law.


photo by Stetson University College of Law

Is separation of church and state even still a thing?

Dr. T. Wayne Bailey is a professor of political science for Stetson University College of Law in DeLand. He specializes in constitutional law and he’s here to talk to us today about the Liberty Counsel’s push for political advocacy in churches.

Here's Monday's story

A conservative Christian group is asking church leaders to ramp up political advocacy. During one of several statewide “rallies”, leaders with the Who Will Stand campaign showed a video telling pastors it’s OK to talk poli...

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The Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa.


photo by Seán Kinane (Sept. 2009).

Environment Florida to draw attention to Clean Water Act with paddle on Hillsborough River

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a rule to strengthen protections for wetlands and small waterways under the Clean Water Act.

The advocacy group Environment Florida is drawing attention to public input on the rule by organizing a group paddle down the Hillsborough River tomorrow morning.

WMNF interviewed Jennifer Rubiello, a field organizer with Environment Florida.

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