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Law enforcement agencies release list of road closures for Republican Convention in Tampa

07/23/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Late Monday law enforcement agencies released a list of roads that will be closed and other transportation limitations in Tampa and St. Petersburg during August's Republican National Convention.

According to the document (which can be found below) many downtown Tampa roads, including the Selmon Expressway, will be closed for a week. Pedestrians will be restricted south of Brorein St.

Across the bay in St. Pete, many roads will be closed for several blocks around Tropicana Field for part...

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City Council weighing options for Occupy Tampa encampment in private park listen

07/19/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Some residents of West Tampa are trying to get the Occupy Tampa encampment to clean up its park. But this morning city staff told Tampa City Council that, while neighbors may consider the privately-owned land to be an eyesore, there’s not much that can be done. Dennis Rogero, the city’s director of budget and neighborhood empowerment, said when code enforcement visited Voice of Freedom Park, they found no violations that warrant a citation.

“We have found nothing that warrants a cit...

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Coalition to March on the RNC granted parade permit for first day of Republican Convention in Tampa

07/12/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Coalition to March on the RNC announced today it had received a permit from Tampa to march along the city’s designated parade route on the first morning of next month’s Republican National Convention.

At 10 a.m. on Monday August 27 groups will gather at Perry Harvey Sr. Park, 1200 N. Orange Ave. About a half-mile away they'll march along the 11-block official parade route. It ends three blocks from the Tampa Bay Times Forum, the site of the convention. That’s where one of the des...

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Anonymous video on YouTube: when Tampa RNC protests are illegal "there's no other option left but to fight" listen

07/10/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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On Monday a new YouTube account from user "Victor Robert" posted this video "Anonymous Message To Mayor Buckhorn And RNC Protesters"

The voice is computer generated. The video includes scenes of Occupy Wall Street protests and police violence. Much of the video is of a person wearing a Guy Fawkes mask walking outdoors near cabbage palms - the video is altered by an electronic effect.

Here are some quotes from the video:

"Mayor Bob Buckhorn has created "Clean Zones" ... a desperate ...

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ResistRNC activist says his group won't comply with Tampa's Republican Convention protest zones or parade route

06/27/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Tuesday the City of Tampa announced its official parade route and "public viewing area" for August's Republican National Convention; Resist RNC organizer Amos Miers says his group will be ignoring the city's map. Miers was my guest on Last Call and answered questions from listeners about his group's plans for the RNC.

The official parade route begins at the intersection of N Brush Street and E Washington Street. Protesters can march about four blocks down Washington, then turn left on Morg...

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Tampa designates Republican Convention "public viewing area" and 11-block official parade route listen

06/26/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tuesday the City of Tampa announced its official parade route and "public viewing area" for August's Republican National Convention, and activists like Becky Rubright are upset.

The official parade route begins at the intersection of N Brush Street and E Washington Street. Protesters can march about four blocks down Washington, then turn left on Morgan Street for a block before another left on E Whiting Street. After three more blocks, marchers will turn left on Nebraska Avenue for the fin...

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Full house as Tampa kicks off its domestic partnership registry listen

06/25/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Couples in Tampa who want some of the rights of married couples, but either don’t want to, or are legally forbidden from, getting married, can now sign up as domestic partners. At 9 a.m. Monday the city opened its domestic partnership registry and about a dozen couples were lined up to sign the papers on the first day. Justin Grant sat in a hallway with his partner Phil Wright.

Shortly after 9 a.m. in the Office of the City Clerk in City Hall Grant and Wright filled out forms that were n...

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Tropical Storm Debby spawns tornadoes, flooding in Tampa Bay region listen

06/25/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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West Central Florida remains under a Tropical Storm Warning and Tornado Watch as Tropical Storm Debby hovers in the Gulf of Mexico. It continues to produce bands of strong storms like the ones that spawned tornadoes and flooding yesterday in the Tampa Bay region. This morning Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said residents should still be careful of flooded roads.

State authorities say that approximately 35,000 customers are without power due to Tropical Storm Debby. There were other tornado repor...

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Law enforcement officers working Republican convention in Tampa are warned about anarchists in this training video listen

06/20/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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This afternoon on Last Call we took calls about three stories of the day.

A U.S. House committee voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for not turning over Justice Department Documents related the the Fast and Furious program.

Florida authorities have not found any wrongdoing in the deletion of emails by Governor Rick Scott and members of his transition team.

And this WMNF story on [Tampa's Republican Convention police training video warns other agencies ...

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Feds fund Tampa Riverwalk completion listen

06/19/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The City of Tampa has won almost $11 million in federal funding to finish building Riverwalk. Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced the award at the Tampa Bay Partnership’s annual luncheon today at the Tampa Convention Center.

“We are going to finish that Riverwalk….”

The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER Discretionary Grant program will fund construction of an over-water walkway from MacDill Park under the Kennedy Boulevard B...

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