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Mayor addresses homeless shelter, domestic violence, during monthly breakfast listen

12/22/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today marked the final 2010 edition of St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster’s monthly mayor’s breakfast. Turnout was low, but a few perennial topics came up as the mayor made his rounds.

Maybe it was the chilly air, or that the event was scheduled so close to a major holiday. Today only about six people showed up to the December mayor’s breakfast, which took place at the Twisted Cork on 34th Street North. The mayor stopped for a long chat at every occupied table, and said this kind of se...

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More than a hundred turn out to support homeless on Human Rights Day listen

12/13/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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December 10 is known internationally as Human Rights Day. In St. Petersburg Friday, more than 100 people rallied in front of City Hall to urge those inside to rethink the way they treat the city’s homeless. Homeless advocates say it’s a matter of basic human rights.

"What do we want? Housing! When do we want it? Now!"

At around 4 on a frigid Friday afternoon, the crowd, diverse in age and background, assembles at 4th Avenue and 14th Street North. They walk nine blocks east and regr...

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March for housing, jobs, and human rights in St. Petersburg listen

12/10/10 Seán Kinane & Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today in celebration of International Human Rights Day there is a march for housing, jobs, and human rights in St. Petersburg.

We spoke with WMNF’s Kate Bradshaw, during the march late this afternoon.

"I am on 5th Ave North [approaching] City Hall and there must be about 100 people here marching. They started at 4th Avenue North and 14th Street and this is part of International Human Rights Day. Reverend Bruce Wright is leading the march and he's doing so primarily because he objects...

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Photographers Offer Free Portraits to the Community listen

12/06/10 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On the Help Portrait Day, photographers give back to the community worldwide by donating portraits for underprivileged families. On December 4, local photographers set up lights and backdrops and converted a room at the Macedonia Freewill Baptist Church in St. Petersburg into a photography studio offering free, professional photographs for those in need. This event is for some families the only Christmas present this year, organizers say.

Jaqueline Baptiste came with her four children: B...

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Homeless advocate wary of proposed Pinellas shelter listen

12/03/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today the Pinellas County Homeless Leadership Network met at what it’s calling the Annex II facility, the proposed site for a homeless complex and jail diversion program. The complex would also house convicts transitioning back into the community after their sentences. Homeless advocates are critical of the site. Reverend Bruce Wright is a homeless advocate in Pinellas. He says the 49th street facility is eerily close to the county jail.

"But essentially it's just a jail annex. They're ...

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Residents honor, remember people with Alzheimer's listen

11/15/10 Zack Baddorf
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Across the country Sunday, people gathered together for a National Commemorative Candle Lighting to remember those with Alzheimer's Disease. About a dozen Tampa Bay residents met at the Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg on Sunday night to honor their loved ones.

Karen Walsh's step-mother-in-law Billie had Alzheimer's for almost 20 years. For four of those years, Walsh looked after her. She said it was hard.

"But there were a lot of really joyful moments in all the hardships," she sa...

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Political action committee formed to save the St. Pete Pier listen

11/11/10 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The St. Petersburg City Council voted last August to demolish the Pier, the waterfront landmark that has defined the St. Pete skyline since 1973. A new group wants to put the fate of the pier in the hands of voters during next year's municipal elections. WMNF was there for the organization's first meeting as an official political action committee.

Tom Lambdon formed the Vote on the Pier political action committee to try to force a referendum on ...

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Pinellas schools consider swapping fundamental, Montessori programs listen

11/09/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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It’s no secret that many public schools in Florida are disappointing at best. The Pinellas County School Board is trying to makes some tweaks to the system to boost results, but one of these changes has two South Pinellas communities up in arms. Deputy Superintendent Jim Madden says the draft of the county’s Student Achievement Proposal takes a long view of student success.

"We're trying to look at our district from say, like the 30,000 foot level, and saying 'how are we structured sc...

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Homeless advocates critical of proposed shelter listen

11/08/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Pinellas County, especially St. Petersburg, isn’t known for taking extra humanitarian measures when it comes to the area’s large homeless population. A new shelter city and county officials are proposing may dispel – or reinforce – St. Pete’s anti-homeless reputation.

Officials in Pinellas County’s Homeless Leadership Network are calling the facility a courtyard. It would provide beds, showers, bathrooms, a host of services, and food – though they’re not yet sure whether th...

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With help of anti-Dem climate, Republican Jack Latavala wins state senate seat listen

11/03/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Jack Latvala, held his victory party in the Feather Sound area near Clearwater. WMNF caught up with Latvala as the night wound down. He says he waged a campaign that succeeded on the grassroots level.

"Well, we had about a year and a half campaign where we talked to a lot of people."

This isn’t the first time Latvala has won office at the state level. He was a state senator starting in 1994, but termed out in 2002. Tonight, he puts things in concrete terms when he talks about what is...

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