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Freedom Summer – 50 Years After and Nikki Giovanni Reflects on Civil Rights History

06/26/14 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Tags: Freedom Summer, NIKKI GIOVANNI

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Freedom Summer – 50 Years After… Activists Head to Mississippi

It might have taken months for the message to spread through the land, but it has taken years – and it will continue to take years for that truth in our heart to be lived in our daily deeds. History does not give meaning to those truths, people do. People lived and died to give meaning to that dream – and [Mississippi in the summer of 1964](http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/06/freedom_summer_activists_conve...

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US Dept of Education investigates whether black students are discriminated by Hillsborough Schools listen

06/26/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Hillsborough County Schools, education, schools, civil rights, African-American, FCAT

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The Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education is investigating whether the Hillsborough County School District discriminates against black students when it comes to effective teaching and discipline.

In a letter dated 4 June, the Office of Civil Rights asked Hillsborough Schools to turn over dozens of documents about things like disciplinary policies, the role of law enforcement officers in schools and teacher experience.

The investigation stems from a letter by Tamp...

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A reporter debrief - from clemency to doomsday preppers to local terror sting listen

06/25/14 Warren Elly with Elaine Silvestrini
Last Call Wednesday
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Tags: Elaine Silvestrini

Today on the Last Call, Warren Elly speaks with Elaine Silvestrini of the Tampa Tribune about 3 recent high profile stories in the Tampa Bay Area.

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Pinellas Beaches among cleanest in the nation listen

06/25/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: beaches, water, water quality, Pinellas County, Sarasota County, Ben T. Davis beach, Fort DeSoto

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Pinellas County beaches are among the cleanest in the nation. A report released Wednesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council shows that most Tampa Bay region beaches are consistently safe for swimming. Steve Fleischli is the water program director for the group. He says the water quality tests look for harmful bacteria.

“…that can cause a grim inventory of illnesses like dysentery, hepatitis, stomach flu, infections and rashes.”

Ten beaches in Pinellas County were tested. Most of...

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St. Pete ramping up public input for pier listen

06/25/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: the pier, St. Petersburg, St. Pete, Rick Kriseman, The Lens

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The St. Petersburg Pier has been shuttered for more than a year now. The city is hoping to come up with a solid plan to replace the iconic inverted pyramid. During the second of five public meetings Tuesday night, an advisory group convened by Mayor Rick Kriseman took notes on what citizens are looking for in a new design. Tracy Weber came prepared with a ten-page packet.

“…that incorporates a Spanish colonial village, an ambiance to mimic St. Petersburg historical landmarks like the Vin...

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Anonymous guest discusses Florida's growing unemployment scandal listen

06/25/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Unemployment, Florida, wmnf

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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei's guest was wrongly asked to repay $10,000 in unemployment benefits by the state. "Barry" who asked us not to use his real name, says he was terminated by his employer, applied for and received unemployment benefits, exhausted the benefits and (five months later) was asked by the state to repay all the money. The state claimed that he had wrongly been granted unemployment benefits. Barry says he was legally entitled to the benefits and hired a lawyer to fight...

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Right-wing group advocates political lobbying in church listen

06/24/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Liberty Counsel, Religion, conservative Christian, abortion, pro-life, immigration, Gay Marriage

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A conservative Christian group is asking church leaders to ramp up political advocacy. During one of several statewide “rallies” on Tuesday in Tampa, leaders with the Who Will Stand campaign showed a video telling pastors it’s OK to talk politics.

“Not one single church has ever in the history of America lost its tax exempt status for either endorsing or opposing a particular candidate or endorsing or opposing legislation or lobbying. Not one in America.”

That’s Matthew Staver, founder...

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The champions of Florida’s middle class in this year’s legislative session listen

06/24/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Champions of Florida’s Middle Class, Mark Ferrulo

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Who were the champions of the middle class in this year’s legislative session? Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with Mark Ferrulo of Progress Florida a statewide progressive activist group which has for the past several years named an annual list of Champions of Florida’s Middle Class.

Whether it’s handing out tax breaks for their campaign donors, funneling public school funding to unaccountable for-profit schools, blocking access to health care ...

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Peace activists to demonstrate against action in Iraq Friday at MacDill listen

06/24/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Iraq, CENTCOM, MacDill, Macdill AFB, St. Pete for Peace, peace, War

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Local peace groups will protest possible U.S. military actions in Iraq this week near the Tampa command center for southwest Asia.

United States Central Command is housed at South Tampa’s MacDill Air Force Base and for years, anti-war demonstrations have used the location to oppose military strikes.

During a forum on Iraq in St. Petersburg Monday night hosted by St. Pete for Peace, participants decided to [protest outside MacDill this Friday at 4 p.m.](htt...

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Tampa rolls out new wildflower project in parks listen

06/24/14 Brenton Honeywell
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Tampa wildflower project, Florida native plant society, wmnf, Manhattan trail

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The City of Tampa is trying out a new project to plant wildflowers at three parks in hopes to save money while also beautifying the parks.

The wildflowers have been planted at Gadsden Park, Rowlett Park, and the New Tampa Overpass. Brad Suder is a superintendent in the city’s parks and recreation department.

“When we started looking at this we also realized, well is that aesthetic to the roadways we can actually reduce cost of our maintenance operations in terms of our mowing contrac...

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