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Author John Schultz discusses the history of the militarization of police listen

08/27/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Many Americans were shocked a few days ago when snipers and heavily armed police met mostly peaceful protestors in Ferguson Missouri. That started a debate over whether the nation’s police have become so militarized that they are no longer there to preserve and protect but have adopted an attitude of “us” and “them”.

The militarization of the police is not a brand new practice. It has a long history and one of the worst incidents of it was 46 years ago this week during the Democratic Part...

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Activists hope to block ship from Israeli company from unloading at Port Tampa Bay listen

08/26/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Palestine, Israel, BDS, Block the Boat Tampa, Tampa, Port Tampa Bay, Port of Tampa

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Local activists are taking the struggle for Palestinian rights to Port Tampa Bay. An Israeli ship, the Zim Alabama, is scheduled to dock there this week, but a new group called Block the Boat Tampa wants to stop it from being unloaded here. It’s part of the nonviolent struggle for Palestinian rights called BDS or boycott, divestment and sanctions.

WMNF's Seán Kinane interviewed Bettejo Indelicato, who is helping to organize [Block the Bo...

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Foreign illegal fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. listen

08/26/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks to Will Ward of the Gulf Fisherman Association about a threat facing fishing industry; foreign illegal fishing in the Gulf of Mexico.

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CannaDay: Will medical marijuana fuel Florida’s next economic boom? listen

08/25/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: medical marijuana, cannabis, CannaMoms, Bill Wohlsifer, Amendment 2, Ferguson, One Florida Foundation, hemp, Florida Cannabis Coalition

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Will medical marijuana fuel Florida’s next economic boom? That’s what people attending last Friday’s CannaDay in Tampa are hoping. A cannabis economy isn’t about stoners and lava lamps anymore; it’s about big business.

Legalized growing and distribution of marijuana is often viewed in context of medical applications. Yet, hemp is a renewable cannabis product which has a range of uses like oil, wax, resin, rope, cloth, paper, and even food. Steven Edmund, co-founder of [One Florida Founda...

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League of Women Voters upset judge accepts redrawn Florida Congressional districts listen

08/25/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: League of Women Voters, Florida, Deirdre MacNab, redistricting, Florida Legislature, WMNF News, Seán Kinane

Last Friday a judge in Tallahassee approved new congressional maps redrawn by the Florida Legislature. But for this year’s elections maps that the judge previously declared unconstitutional will be used.

For reaction WMNF News spoke Monday with Deirdre Macnab, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida.

Polls for the primary election are open from 7:00 a.m. Tuesday until 7:00 p.m.

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Retired Homeland Security officer discusses drug law enforcement

08/25/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Raymond Strack, medical marijuana

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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks to a retired Department of Homeland Security officer about Amendment Two, medical marijuana and the impact of drug enforcement on law enforcement and securing our borders

Raymond Strack retired in January 2010 from the Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement as a Supervisory Criminal Investigator/ Supervisory Special Agent. He began his Federal Law Enforcement career as a Customs Patrol Officer in 1983 in New Y...

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Update on new pier design in St. Pete listen

08/25/14 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Tags: pier, St. Pete

Today on the Last Call, Rob Lorei speaks with LEED Architect, Raul Quintana about the process to select a new pier design in St. Pete.

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Previewing the Florida Primary Election listen

08/24/14 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday

Tags: Charlie Crist, Nan Rich, Rick Scott

On Tuesday, August 26, Floridians vote in their primary election. We focused in on the Charlie Crist-Nan Rich Democratic gubernatorial primary election, as well as the AG race between Perry Thurston and George Sheldon, and local races as well.

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Wearable Art listen

08/22/14 JoEllen Schilke
Art In Your Ear
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Tags: Dunedin Fine Art Center, Wearable Art Show

The Dunedin Fine Art Center is presenting its 10th annual Wearable Art show, which incorporates recycled and artistic fashions.

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Senator Bill Nelson calls for more U.S. military attacks inside Syria and Iraq listen

08/22/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Syria, Bill Nelson, Iraq, ISIS, ISIL, War

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The Pentagon says U.S. warplanes have made three more airstrikes against Islamic State targets near the Mosul Dam, including a machine gun position that was firing on Iraqi forces.

In a conference call with reporters Thursday provided by his office, Florida U.S. Senator Bill Nelson said he met with the president of the Free Syrian Army in Turkey. Nelson says there should be more U.S. military actions inside Syria and Iraq.

"Well, we're not gonna put boots on the ground. The American pub...

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