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Thursday October 23, 2014

Hillsborough Schools seek to boost academic performance for minorities; one activist prefers results

The Hillsborough County School board is trying to improve educational outcomes for some minority students. The board is supporting a pledge aimed at boosting graduation rates and reducing disciplinary problems among African-American and Hispanic males. But an investigation prompted by a complaint from a retired teacher about the how the district teaches minority students is still ongoing.

“I think the best time to make a judgment is to see the outcome of what they pledge – if there is any...

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$7 million will move Tampa's historic "Bro Bowl" skate park to other side of park

A $7 million project moving a historic skate bowl about 200 feet from one side of a park to another was approved by Tampa City Council Thursday. The “Bro Bowl” has been around since the 1970s and its users fought to save it by getting historic designation for the graffiti-laden concrete bowl. Now, through an expensive compromise, the city will build skaters a new park.

The project is expected to be completed sometime next fall. Contractors will break ground on Perry Harvey Sr. Park as soo...

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Chikungunya disease spreads in Florida

A second case of Chikungunya was confirmed in Manatee County on Friday. So far the mosquito-borne illness has been reported 82 times in Florida.

Ron Cox is the Director of Epidemiology for the Florida Department of Health in Manatee County.

"Chikungunya Fever is an illness that's caused by the bite of an infected mosquito. In other words the mosquito has to be infected with the Chikungunya virus and bite somebody, and that's the way the infection in spread. It is characterized primar...

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WMNF listeners weigh in on Palestinian-Israeli Crisis

The U.S. has called for immediate truce in Gaza as death toll reaches 571 Palestinian deaths. Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei airs an interview from The Last Call with Rebecca Vilkomerson, the executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace.

Later listeners weigh in on the Middle East crisis.

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Kate Gould

Lobbyist group's Middle East Policy associate discusses Palestinian-Israeli crisis

Today on Radioactivity, we’ll look at the Israeli military attack on Gaza. And rocket fire from Gaza onto Israel. Rob Lorei speaks to Kate Gould who is the Legislative Associate for Middle East Policy for the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), a Quaker lobby which has the largest team of peace lobbyists in Washington, D.C. She is one of only a handful of registered lobbyists working to prevent...

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Jon Butts

Making our living spaces greener

First on today’s WMNF Sustainable Living Program we talked about a Permaculture related court case that’s coming up in St Petersburg on August 8th. Jungle Jay and Loretta Buckner joined the show to talk about this home owner vs. code enforcement issue. Then we spent the rest of the program talking about making our living spaces greener and more efficient. One of our guests was the chair of the USGBC (US Green Building Council) local chapter, Lacey Willard. She’s the Associate Director for Re...

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Congress member Castor says women and doctors should make healthcare choices not a few older white men

Legislation that could undo the effects of the controversial Hobby Lobby Supreme Court ruling is stalled in Congress. The “Not my Boss’s Business Act” would force employers who don’t offer health insurance that includes contraceptive coverage to start carrying it even though the Supreme Court said they don’t have to. Tampa area Congress member Kathy Castor spoke out against what she sees as a blatant attack on women during a rally in downtown Tampa Monday.

“We’re going to have a little di...

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HART's Board of Directors with Rich Clarendon of MPO leading the discussion.

photo by Crystal Farina

Despite new maps, still no plans for Tampa light rail

A new draft for a possible light rail system running from the USF area to Downtown Tampa and toward Westshore did not go far Monday morning. Based on the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit board meeting, rail supporters shouldn’t hold their breath.

The Tampa Downtown Partnership requested the study and a certified planner, Rich Clarendon of Metropolitan Planning Organization, said the route will cost less than a billion dollars— much lower than what bigger cities like Charlotte or Port...

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