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Max Blumenthal criticizes U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) for inaction on Tampa teenager beat up by Israeli police listen

07/14/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Tariq Abu Khdeir, kathy castor, Max Blumenthal, Gaza, West Bank, Palestine, Israel, Hassan Shibly, CAIR, Tariq Khdeir

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The Tampa teenager who was allegedly beat up by Israeli Police could be on his way home as early as this week; Tariq Khdeir was beaten and jailed and remains on house arrest in East Jerusalem.

But a well-known author is questioning how much help the Khdeir family is getting from their federal representatives from Florida. Max Blumenthal’s latest article in AlterNet is called “[Fl...

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Fort DeSoto mega-cruise ship port buzz decried by environmental group listen

07/14/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: environment, mega ship, cruise ship, Sunshine Skyway, Fort DeSoto, birds, Egmont Key, Port Tampa Bay

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Some Tampa Bay officials want to figure out how to accommodate monstrous new mega-ships too big to call Port Tampa Bay home. But making that happen would be both costly and environmentally controversial. The latest idea being batted around is building a port near the coast of Fort DeSoto. But that idea is opposed by Barbara Howard, president of Friends of Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges.

Another $2 billion possibility is to replace the already massive Sunshine Skyway Bridge with an eve...

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Pass-A-Grille making a move to ban McMansions listen

07/14/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Pass-A-Grille, Development, beaches, sea level rise

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St. Pete Beach is getting ready to make some changes to its historical Pass-A-Grille district. The small barrier island at the southern-most tip of the beach is seeing a burst in new development and is high risk for sea level rise. Residents will have a chance to weigh in during a public meeting on Thursday. Chelsey Weldon is the urban planner for the city.

The community meeting is Thursday at 6:00 p.m. at the Warren Webster Building on Pass-A-Grille Way. The city is working with a consul...

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Anti-GMO group launches new Tampa farmer's market listen

07/11/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Organarchy Market, farmer's market, GMO, Nathan Schwartz, March Against Monsanto

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There’s a new farmer’s market coming to Tampa Saturday.

They’re calling it Organarchy and it will only offer non-genetically modified foods. Organarchy non-GMO Farmer’s Market organizer Nathan Schwartz is with March Against Monsanto-Tampa.

The Stained Market Place is hosting the market. That address is 2106 E. 15th Ave in Tampa. It starts Saturday at 8:00 a.m. until noon and will run every Saturday between now and October 25.

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St. Pete Indian Mounds to get a major technological facelift listen

07/11/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Indian mound, Native American, St. Pete, parks, technology

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St. Petersburg has a rich Native American history and lots of Indian Mounds. The city is continuing efforts to protect and enhance the mounds and surrounding parks.

Parks and Recreation planner Mike Vineyard talks with WMNF News about what’s already been done and some really cool stuff still to come.

There’s a public forum 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Sunshine Center Auditorium in downtown St. Pete. More information about the technology St. Pete hopes to integrate into these parks [here](...

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Activists to protest outside Sen. Nelson's Tampa office for end to Israeli attacks listen

07/11/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Palestine, Bill Nelson, Israel, Gaza, Tariq Abu Khdeir, Tampa, Jared Hamil, Committee to Stop FBI Repression

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Supporters of justice in Palestine will demonstrate Friday beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the downtown Tampa federal courthouse on Florida Avenue.

For a preview, WMNF spoke with Jared Hamil, an organizer with the Committee to Stop FBI Repression in Tampa.

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Activists in Tampa still seething over Hobby Lobby birth control decision listen

07/10/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Hobby Lobby, SCOTUS, birth control, Women's rights, Obamacare, Affordable Care Act

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It’s been a week and a half since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the retail chain Hobby Lobby and other corporations could refuse birth control coverage if it contradicts its religious edicts. Groups across the nation are continuing to show outrage through creative protests. Here in Tampa, about 40 activists took to the federal courthouse Thursday with signs condemning the decision.

“I was really frickin’ pissed off.”

That’s Bonnie Axler. She’s a concerned mother whose daughter relies on...

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From A Woman's POV discusses equal pay, domestic violence, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and fracking in Florida listen

07/10/14 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Tags: TERRY O’NEILL, RUTH BADER GINSBURG, Fracking in Florida, PATTY WHITEHEAD

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From A Woman's POV Summer Pledge Drive Episode

TERRY O’NEILL, PRESIDENT OF NOW, was the first guest. She talked about – Hobby Lobby, equal pay, domestic violence – but Terry also offered ways we can effect change. That is what this show is about, not only presenting problems and issues, but also offering ideas and actions we can pursue to redress those problems.

Honor RUTH BADER GINSBURG

Jonathan Mann has written a song honoring Justice Ginsburg using ...

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Loggerhead sea turtles handed nearly 700 miles of critical habitat by feds listen

07/10/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Sea Turtles, Jaclyn Lopez, Center for Biological Diversity, Loggerhead, habitats, environment

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Loggerhead sea turtles will be better protected now after a landmark rule passed down by the feds. A legal settlement announced yesterday designates nearly 700 miles of beach and 300,000 square feet as "critical habitat."

The rule protecting Loggerhead habitats was the result of a 2013 lawsuit filed by several conservation groups.

Jaclyn Lopez is an attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Scheduled Florida execution prompts death penalty protests listen

07/09/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday

Tags: Death penalty, Mark Elliott, Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

Eddie Wayne Davis, a man convicted of raping and killing an 11-year old girl 20 years ago, is scheduled to be executed Thursday evening. Davis had appealed his death sentence arguing one of the three drugs administered during the execution would cause him extreme abdominal distress. That appeal was struck down. Now, the group Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is asking opponents of capital punishment to join one of 20 vigils across the state including Pinellas County, Lakeland ...

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