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Wednesday January 28, 2015

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Many gopher tortoises, like this on in St. Petersburg's Boyd Hill Nature Park, are thought to live in the Briger Forest.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (March 2012).

Everglades Earth First! sings Christmas Carol to save Briger Forest

Earlier this month WMNF interviewed an activist with Everglades Earth First! trying to save a pristine forest in Palm Beach County from development by the high-tech company Scripps.

On Friday demonstrators fighting for the forest left a voicemail during their protest.

You’ll hear from Ruddy Turnstone with Everglades Earth First after this version of a Christmas Carol.

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The Phoenix Metro Light Rail


photo by Nick Bastian/Flickr

Can Tampa Bay learn a lesson from Phoenix on mass transit?

Today on Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei discusses the future of mass transit in the Tampa Bay Area with Don Kueth, President of the Phoenix Community Alliance, whose push for mass transit in Phoenix failed several times before finally passing in 2000. Hillsborough rejected a referendum to increase the sales tax by one penny in order to improve public transportation in 2010; Pinellas did the same last month. Kueth will be meeting with local leaders in Pinellas to discuss how light rail was able...

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photo by Metro Wellness and Community Centers.

A new LGBT welcome center opens in St. Petersburg

A new welcome center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents is opening Friday evening in St. Petersburg. It will be a gathering place for people who might not have many options of a safe place to go.

The new LGBT welcome center is housed in an early 20th century bungalow along the historic Grand Central District of Saint Petersburg. It’s only the 3rd of its kind in the US; Miami and Seatt...

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Fast for Justice - Day 9: A woman holds a sign for Abu Zubaydah, who was once thought to be a "high value" detainee, subjected to torture by the U.S. military.


photo by Justin Norman, Flikr; Creative Commons.

Abu Zubaydah's sister-in-law responds to his "sadistic" torture at hands of CIA

In the summary of the U.S. Senate’s report on CIA torture the abuse of one prisoner is mentioned dozens of times; Zayn Abu Zubaydah was the first person the CIA disappeared into its secret prison network and the first subjected to a number of so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques,” which are generally considered torture. For example, he was waterboarded at least 83 times.

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Angie Drobnic Holan

Politifact's 2014 Lie of the year, and a counterpoint to raising the minimum wage

Today, Politifact Editor Angie Drobnic Holan gives us a run-down on the nominees for the fact-checking website's 2014 Lie of the year, the top statements rated as false or "pants on fire" false by Politifact. This year's picks range in topic from healthcare and job growth to ISIS and Ebola. Winners will be decided by separate editor's and reader's polls. Next, we speak with Michael Saltsman, Research Director of Employment Policies Institute, a Washington-based research organization opposed...

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The Interrogator: An Education by Glenn Carle

Does Torture Work? Veteran CIA agent shares his perspective on enhanced interrogation.

Yesterday,The Senate Intelligence Committee released a report on the CIA's interrogation techniques and secret detention of suspected terrorists, concluding that "The CIA's use of its enhanced interrogation techniques was not an effective means of acquiring intelligence or gaining cooperation from detainees." Today on Radioactivity, we speak with retired CIA field officer Glenn Carle. Carle worked for the CIA for 23 years and up until his retirement in 2007 was the Deputy National Intelligenc...

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Protesters chanted outside St. Petersburg Police headquarters during the chief's meeting.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

St. Petersburg Police Chief gets proactive about police engagement as protesters rally outside

Amid a nationwide outcry for justice and concerns about racial profiling in African-American communities, the Saint Petersburg Chief of Police hosted a panel Tuesday night about police engagement. Around 20 city officials, members of the black community, and current and former law enforcement brainstormed ways to reduce racial profiling.

While Chief Anthony Holloway’s meeting was going on inside police headquarters, about 30 protesters rallied outside against police violence.

One of th...

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Amnesty International placed this "Torture Free Zone" tape at an exhibit at the Nobel Center in Oslo, Norway in Feb. 2007.


photo by Seán Kinane.

U.S. Senate releases summary of CIA torture report

The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Tuesday the panel's long-awaited report on brutal CIA interrogation practices used after the 9/11 terror attacks stands as a record of "a stain on our values and on our history."

Senator Dianne Feinstein stood before the Senate to summarize the committee's seven-year effort to uncover and evaluate the ...

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