Champion of the Homeless Dies; and What's Causing Gas Prices to Rise?04/03/12 Robert Lorei
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Welcome to Radioactivity. Iâ€™m Rob Lorei. Today weâ€™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 weâ€™ll talk about the increasing price of gasoline. Then weâ€™ll open the phone lines.
First upâ€”local businessman Bill Sharpe who founded the Tampa Epochâ€”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 officeâ€”from which he also published the South Tampa Community News.
Weâ€™re joined now by two people who knew Bill Sharpe wellâ€”journalist and media consultant Mary Lou Janson and Warren Ely who is a veteran local television reporter who recently retired from WTVT.
Warrenâ€”the Tampa Epochâ€”was Billâ€™s projectâ€”it was an innovative idea---yet it also took a toll on Billâ€¦â€¦.. .................
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