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Friday April 18, 2014


Professor Masao Suzuki and Students for a Democratic Society's Veronica Juarez discuss immigration reform during a panel at USF.

photo by Janelle Irwin

Immigration reform not likely to move forward says California professor

Despite passing the Senate last year with bi-partisan support, comprehensive immigration reform hasn’t gone anywhere in the House. During a panel discussion at USF Wednesday night, pro-immigration leaders looked at where the bill that would provide a pathway to citizenship to more than 11 million undocumented immigrants is headed.

Masao Suzuki, a professor at Skyline College in San Jose said he doubts any immigration measure will be passed this year.

“There’s not evidence that the Ho...

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Homelessness fundraiser will ask donors to sleep in boxes

A non-profit nearly four years in the making is raising money this weekend by having donors spend the night in a box this Saturday night at Nativity Catholic Church. Family Promise of Greater Brandon began organizing in 2010 and is about to finally open its doors to families in need next month.

The chapter is an off shoot of a nationwide coalition of faith-based groups that started in New Jersey in 1986. Deborah Humphrey is the board president.

"Basically what happens is you come to t...

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Seminole Heights artists rally around fire victims

Residents in Seminole Heights have been rallying behind people affected by a fire that wrecked two local businesses. Now they hope to raise some money for artists too. Tammy Harmon Siebel has been organizing the Heights Unites Artist Benefit Bonanza this Sunday from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

"It's a group of community artists coming together to put on an exhibition and sale of local artwork and the benefit is for the fire relief fund. Back in February a Modern Line furniture store and Domani's rest...

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Hillsborough NAACP wants to organize to save Tampa's historic Jackson House

A dilapidated historic house in downtown Tampa may get a second chance at renovations. The Jackson House was built in 1901 and served as a boarding house. During decades of racial segregation it was one of the only places blacks could find accommodation. The Jackson House hosted celebrities such as Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie.

Carolyn Collins, president of Hillsborough Branch NAACP, told Tampa City Council Thursday h...

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An activist wears a giant Ronald McDonald puppet during a wage theft protest in front of McDonald's

photo by Janelle Irwin

Labor activists continue push to stop fast food restaurant wage theft

Nationwide protests against low pay and wage theft at fast food restaurants continue. In Tampa, several fast food workers joined community activists at both Wendy’s and McDonald’s Thursday on West Kennedy Boulevard to raise awareness for what they consider unfair treatment of employees. Mareshia Knight works part time at the McDonald’s. She claims she worked 52 hours one week, but wasn’t paid for all of them.

“It’s kind of crazy that they only gave me, like, $12.50 back I think it was. So...

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Protesters gather beneath four red light cameras at Dale Mabry & Waters in Tampa

photo by WMNF File Photo 2011

Tampa extends red-light camera contract with 25% of net revenues earmarked for intersection safety

The City of Tampa is renewing its contract with the vendor of its red-light cameras. City council voted 6-1 today to extend the contract by two years despite a vote last month against renewing the contract. What changed? Mayor Bob Buckhorn proposed using a quarter of the net revenue from red-light camera citations to improve the safety of intersections with the cameras.

But that didn’t sit well with the only person who spoke on the issue during public comment, St. Petersburg red-light cri...

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Diane Roberts

Florida State University professor re-invited to speak in Tallahassee after her lecture was cancelled by state officials

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei welcomes Diane Roberts, professor at Florida State and an NPR commentator. Roberts is also a critic of Governor Rick Scott. She was scheduled to give a talk today at Mission San Luis in Tallahassee – about how Florida is ruining its environment but state officials cancelled the event. The cancellation became a news story and went viral. Yesterday she was re-invited to give the talk.

What makes this woman’s ideas so dangerous?

Diane Roberts serves on ...

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Local TV News

Today on the Last Call, Warren Elly discusses TV news. We’re told the great majority of us depend on local TV these days as our primary source of news and with 24 hour cable and hundreds of choices of what to watch, gone are the days when an anchorman could be the most trusted man in America. Elly welcomes guest Frank Roberston, a veteran anchor man at channel 13.

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Environmentalists want Duke Energy to use solar instead of coal.

photo by Janelle Irwin

Duke Energy subject of solar petition drive in St. Pete

About 100 environmental activists are asking Duke Energy to start investing in solar energy instead of continuing to rely on the coal-fired Crystal River plant. The group claims to have delivered more than 5,000 petitions to Duke Energy’s downtown St. Petersburg headquarters after rallying in the park across the street. Brooksville resident Deevon Quirolo says she single-handedly gathered 1,000 of them.

“Austin, Texas just launched a deal to use a solar array with 150 megawatts of energy ...

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Reverend Barry W. Lynn

Reverend Barry W. Lynn advocates for separation of church and state

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with Reverend Barry W. Lynn about school vouchers, contraception and religious freedom. Reverend Lynn has been the Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State since 1992. He is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, and a prominent leader of the American religious left. He is a strong advocate of separation of church and state.

Reverend Barry Lynn will be speaking this weekend in Sara...

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