News & Public Affairs

Monday July 28, 2014

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Palestinian supporters in Tampa come out in droves to protest Israeli invasion

Hundreds of people from the Muslim community and their supporters crowded the corner of The Fowler Avenue and 56th St.

Mohammad Joseph Salamaeh was one of the first to arrive to the large protest near USF Tampa. The group waved Palestinian flags and held signs reading, “Palestine Under Attack” and “You don’t need to be Palestinian to stand with Palestinians.” Another sign said, “Stand with Israel with a slash through Israel and the Star of David.

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Nadine Smith, executive director Equality Florida


photo by Sean Kinane, WMNF News 2012

Marriage Equality victory in Monroe County could be the door LGBTQ advocates have been looking for

Same sex couples in Florida could soon be able to marry in the state. But there’s a catch – it only applies to Monroe County. Yesterday, a judge there ruled the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. It’s not yet clear when same-sex couples will be able to marry in Monroe County which includes the Florida Keys. That’s on hold until after the state’s appeal is complete.

Nadine Smith is the executive director for Equality Florida.

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From a Woman's POV discusses fracking in Florida and Medea Benjamin shares stories of Gaza

NO to Fracking in Florida… and elsewhere…!!!!!

Oh, yes! Perhaps not the hydraulic fracking that we have covered on this show and you have seen in the press. This is acid or chemical fracking. The oil is in the limestone, just dissolve the limestone – you get the rest…. PATTY WHITEHEAD, co-director of Preserve Our Paradise, will discuss this issue.

SHILPA JOSHI, [Chesapeake Climate Action Network](http://chesapeakeclimate.org/m...

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Professor David Hastings

Florida scientists request meeting with Gov. Rick to discuss climate change

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with Science Professor David Hastings about climate change in Florida. He teaches Marine Science & Chemistry at Eckerd college and his specialities include chemical oceanography and paleoclimatology, the study of past climates.

Yesterday Gov. Rick Scott said his administration would be "happy to meet" with 10 scientists from Florida colleges and universities who want to talk about climate change, a subject he has been reluctant to address.

A ...

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Former Congressman Jim Davis on Charlie Crist, Annette Taddeo, immigration & other issues

Jim Davis represented Tampa in the House of Representatives from 1996-2006, when he stepped down and ran as the Democratic nominee for governor against then Republican Charlie Crist. The former congressman has been part of the Democratic Party establishment in Florida who has been resistant so far to Crist; Davis admits he was part of a group that worked hard to persuade Senator Bill Nelson to run for the nomination. In our half-hour discussion, we discussed Crist; his selection of Annette Ta...

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Tariq Khdeir reads a statement to media at Tampa International Airport.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Tariq Khdeir enthusiastically welcomed home to Tampa; he says remember Palestinians who died

Tariq Khdeir has returned home to Tampa; the teenager who was beaten unconscious by Israeli police was welcomed by dozens of exuberant friends, family and supporters late Wednesday night at Tampa International Airport. photos here

In videos and photos taken shortly after his beating two weeks ago, Khdeir’s face appeared bruised and swollen. But as he and his immediate family walked off the airport tram into the welcoming arms o...

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Special Operations Forces demonstrated tactical training while industries showcased the tools they use inside the Tampa Convention Center


photo by Janelle Irwin

The secret world of drones: how pilots learn to fly them

Whether they’re used for dropping bombs, spying on suspected criminals or deliver packages, drones are a controversial topic. So, who flies them? Mike Sobkowski is the director of training and simulation for Corsair engineering. He says just about anyone can learn and a growing number of universities are offering classes. Sobkowski gave WMNF a behind-the-scenes look at the secret world of flying drones.

“What’s lift? What’s drag? What’s weight? What’s thrust? And then from there, to tea...

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Medical Marijuana in the Work Place

Today on the Last Call, host Warren Elly discusses Medical Marijuana in Florida. The decision is up to the voters come November and if approved by the required 60 percent, some predict there will be near a half million patients.

So-called “ganjapreneurs” are flocking to the state dreaming of millions in profits. “It looks like a bunch of cockroaches that just got sprayed by raid; they’re spinning around going nowhere fast. ” says Medical Marijuana backer John Morgan. Morgan told the Ta...

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Some amphibians can acquire resistance to deadly fungus: U Tampa biologist

Populations of amphibians, like frogs and toads, are on the decline worldwide. But a new study could lead to certain amphibian species recovering.

This study focuses on 2 amphibian species that can acquire resistance to a deadly fungus. Taegan McMahon, an assistant professor of biology at the University of Tampa is one of the lead researchers in the study.

“Within this paper we looked at two species ourselves, Oak Toad and Cuban tree frog, then we also looked at another paper that ...

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Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner (r) with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn.


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

Hillsborough will add LGBT protections to human rights ordinance

Hillsborough County is now on track to add protections for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

In a 7-0 vote Wednesday morning, commissioners asked county legal staff to update Hillsborough’s human rights ordinance with legal protections to prevent LGBT discrimination for things like employment and housing.

It was introduced by the county’s first openly gay commissioner, Kevin Beckner.

Fewer than ten members of the public spoke out against the additional protectio...

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