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Little Bayou Park in South St. Pete benefits from 10-10-10 global work party listen

10/11/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Even if you live nearby, you may have never heard of Little Bayou Park. It’s tucked away in a residential corner of southeast St. Petersburg and includes newly restored wetlands, pine flatlands, shoreline and mangroves. Yesterday, as part of the 10/10/10 global work party, students and environmentalists helped restore the park. Megan Demchar is the vice president of SEAS at USF St. Pete, an environmental student group.

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USF St. Pete students plant trees ahead of international climate change event listen

10/07/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The political climate in Florida may often be icy when it comes to the environment, but that’s not curbing action by green activists. An environmental group at USF-St. Pete is greening things up around campus ahead of an international observance of climate change.

Kira Barrera is a spokesperson for USF St. Pete’s Student Environmental Awareness Society, also known as “SEAS.” She says the group had a lot of red tape to cut through in order to do what it’s doing today. You can hear...

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USF Tampa will host forum for Haiti presidential candidates listen

09/23/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Note: as of Sept. 29, this forum has been moved to Eckerd College in St. Pete. October 16th from 2pm until 4pm in Fox Hall.

The people of Haiti will choose a new president this fall. Like all elections, the candidates will debate. But the location of one forum might take you by surprise: At least ten of the candidates for president of Haiti will debate in October on the campus of the University of South Florida in Tampa.

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Health care overhaul six months on - what goes into effect today? listen

09/23/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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It’s been six months since Congress passed the biggest health care overhaul in nearly four decades. Some on the left say it kowtows to special interests, and doesn’t do enough. Many on the right say it’ll lead the U.S. into socialism – or fascism, or both, depending on who you ask. Advocates are struggling to get the message out on what the plan actually does, and gathered in Tampa this afternoon to discuss what the Affordable Care Act means for Americans.

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USF Latino Scholarship Awards listen

08/20/10 Lachelle Roddy
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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USF held its 19th annual Latino Scholarship Awards on its Tampa campus last night. The Diversity and Equal Opportunity Office hosts the event every year in order to ensure diversity on campus.

Odette Figueruelo, an alumnus with a master’s in Spanish opened up the night by explaining just how the program impacted her life. Lissette Campos, ABC’s Action News director of community affairs, continued with a speech on the topic: “education is key”.

“As someone who was told I was...

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USF scientist: oil plumes from BP well listen

07/26/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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As we reported Friday, a team of Florida researchers has confirmed that two gigantic oil plumes beneath the surface of the gulf are indeed the result of the Deepwater Horizon blowout. Scientists are now trying to see what threat the plumes pose to sea life.

At first getting BP to cough up an oil sample from its broken well wasn’t easy. When they finally did the researchers compared it to microscopic droplets of oil they’d found floating in enormous clusters dozens of miles away from th...

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USF marine scientists confirm underwater plumes are dispersed from BP well listen

07/23/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Researchers from the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science in St. Petersburg say they have the first proof that dispersed oil below the surface of the Gulf came from BP’s Deepwater Horizon Well.

The USF researchers say they have used a “chemical fingerprinting process” to identify the source of subsurface clouds of “degraded underwater oil”

"Essentially we found two layers. The first layer was two miles long by six miles wide, by about 100 feet deep. The s...

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USF, NOAA reseachers confirm oil plume listen

06/08/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today, scientists from the University of South Florida and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reaffirmed a widespread suspicion: that there’s oil suspended beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. But they won’t say much else about it.

Dr. William Hogarth, dean of USF Marine Science, was plain about the significance of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

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Researchers: oil plumes in Gulf are pretty much a certainty listen

06/02/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today at USF St. Pete’s College of Marine Science researchers said the Gulf oil slick is now 80,000 square kilometers or the size of South Carolina. And that’s just what can be seen. What they don’t know is how much remains beneath the surface in plumes. Last weekend, BP claimed that there were no sub-surface plumes. But Ian MacDonald, a professor of oceanography at Florida State University, said the science says something different.

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USF reseach vessel to check for oil in loop current listen

05/18/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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There are conflicting opinions on how fast the oil is traveling, and some officials are saying they don’t think it’s even entered the loop current yet. USF researchers said yesterday that they think it has, and that oil should hit the Keys by Sunday. Officials are already studying tarballs that have showed up in the region. Dr. William Hogarth, Dean of USF’s College of Marine Science, says USF researchers are slated to scope out the loop current as early as tomorrow.

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