News & Public Affairs

Wednesday October 1, 2014

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Manatees in Crystal River, FL.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (January 2008).

Pinellas manatee protection zone meeting gets heated pushback from boaters

Some Pinellas County boaters are upset about proposed manatee protection zones. Thursday night’s public information session at Treasure Island City Hall was supposed to put the finishing touches on plans which have been in the works for more than a year. But, many in the crowd were irritated about fuzzy statistics and lack of transparency.

Twenty-one slow-speed zones are being proposed to help cut down on manatee deaths. But most of the people in the audience spoke out saying the restricti...

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Historian Kenneth C. Davis discusses the history of immigrant discrimination in America

Today Radioactivity talks about a hotly debated issue in the US: immigration. Rob Lorei interviews a historian who has written about the history of discrimination against Irish, German, Catholic and other immigrants to the US.

Kenneth C. Davis is a historian and the author of Don't Know Much About History; A Nation Rising; and Don't Know Much About the American Presidents (Hachette paperback)

Kenneth's website is called Don't Know Much About.

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Carmada!

Carmada is an art car festival in downtown St. Petersburg, in conjunction with the Smithsonian Museum Day Live. Mitzi Gordon, Carrie Boucher and Sebastian Coolidge came in to talk about art cars, public murals, and creating community with art.

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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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