Champion of the Homeless Dies; and What's Causing Gas Prices to Rise?

04/03/12 Robert Lorei
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Good morning,

Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Today we’re going to remember the life of Tampa community activist Bill Sharpe who was found dead at his work place yesterday. The newspaper the Tampa Epoch which is sold on street corners by homeless people was his idea. Later we’ll talk about the increasing price of gasoline. Then we’ll open the phone lines.

First up—local businessman Bill Sharpe who founded the Tampa Epoch—the newspaper sold by homeless people on the streets of Tampa was found dead at his office yesterday in West Tampa. Police say it was suicide. Sharpe had been having financial trouble and was living in his office—from which he also published the South Tampa Community News.

We’re joined now by two people who knew Bill Sharpe well—journalist and media consultant Mary Lou Janson and Warren Ely who is a veteran local television reporter who recently retired from WTVT.

Warren—the Tampa Epoch—was Bill’s project—it was an innovative idea---yet it also took a toll on Bill…….. .................

President Obama's re-election team is already waging a general election campaign against Mitt Romney, including a new ad seeking to link the Republican candidate to Big Oil.

The ad says that domestic oil production is at an eight-year high, but oil companies are attacking Obama because he wants to end federal oil subsidies, increase fuel efficiency standards and develop new energy sources.

Romney says onerous Obama regulations are blocking the development of more oil and contributing to higher gas prices.

Newt Gingrich has promised $2.50 gasoline - voters paying the highest price for gas may be the least likely to punish Obama or reward the GOP in November.

We're going to hear an interview with economist Robert Pollin of UMASS Amherst on the reasons why gas prices have been climbing

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