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Tampa accepts $50 million federal grant for RNC security and with it, an armored truck listen

01/05/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The city of Tampa is getting $50 million in federal funds to pay for security for the Republican National Convention in August. City council voted unanimously today to appropriate some of those funds to tactical equipment including an armored SWAT vehicle.

“I know that this is somewhat of a trend for po...

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Videos: 29 Occupy Tampa members arrested while camping in Riverfront Park listen

12/02/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tampa Police say overnight they arrested 29 members of Occupy Tampa in a riverside park west of downtown. Before the arrests about 40 people attempted to camp on a hill inside the park, but many people complied with police orders to leave.

The hilltop encampment in Julian Lane Riverfront Park was in plain view for police helicopters. More than a dozen...

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Tampa denies request from occupiers for right to assemble with tents listen

11/30/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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On Tuesday Tampa officials denied a request by Occupy Tampa protesters to be allowed tents, tables and other items within a park. The protesters have been sleeping on the sidewalk in front of Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park for more than 7 weeks now.

On Tuesday about a dozen Occupy Tampa members hand delivered a petition with 600 signatures they say is a formal request to accommodate their First Amendment right to peaceably assemble. Mayor Bob Buckhorn was not in when the group arrived, but ...

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Occupy Tampa anticipates showdown Thursday night listen

11/30/11 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Today we spoke about developments this week at Occupy Tampa. As you heard on our newscast, the group protested outside a Mitt Romney fundraiser Tuesday night at the Tampa Museum of Art. Some people, including one of our guests Bill Livsey, got inside and mic-checked the gathering.

Our other guest, Ashley Perry has been arrested for trespassing in a downtown ...

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Occupy Tampa arrests at 31; Black Friday shoppers mic-checked listen

11/28/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Two more Occupy Tampa members were arrested for trespassing last Wednesday night. Daniel Walford was arrested at the amphitheater on the west side of Kiley Garden, where he said police singled him out.

Eyewitnesses say they were surprised to see that even with such [a large crowd gathered to see the musical and poetic performances by local artists](https://www.facebook.com/events/2774678889...

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Three arrested at Occupy Tampa Wednesday night listen

11/17/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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There were three more arrests late last night at Occupy Tampa. One was skateboarding in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park after hours, and was arrested for trespassing. Two more people were arrested while trying to document the arrest.

This is the second time Ryan Bee has been arrested for trespassing. The last time he was arrested for attempting to oc...

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Occupy Tampa rally: "Vets are the 99 percent!" listen

11/14/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Saturday afternoon about 30 members of Occupy Tampa rallied in support of Veterans. They marched from their sidewalk encampment by Curtis Hixon Park to Joe Chillura Courthouse Square Park, which is home to a memorial that honors fallen soldiers who were connected to Hillsborough County and killed in [Operation Iraqi...

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Pam Iorio on her book "Straightforward, Ways to Live and Lead" listen

11/11/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Former two-term Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio held her first public book signing at local independent book store Inkwood Books last night. It’s called: Straightforward, Ways to Live and Lead.

Pam Iorio left office with an 87% approval rating. Seven months after leaving public life, she now lectures on leadership at the University of Tampa’s College of Business. When asked if she would compete for the governor’s...

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Occupy USF organizers demand tuition freeze listen

11/10/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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University of South Florida students are continuing to protest against 15 percent tuition hikes. A crowd of fifty Occupy USF protesters marched across campus to demand a tuition freeze on November 9. Students gathered in front of Cooper Hall and then marched to Patel Center to meet with university officials and administration. Some demonstrators demanded the resignation of USF President Judy Genshaft. Students chanted “Judy got paid off, we got ripped off,” “Hey, ho, tuition hikes have ...

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Occupy Tampa members camp overnight at Kiley Garden listen

11/08/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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After two consecutive nights of arrests, Occupy Tampa has completed their first arrest-free overnight occupation of Kiley Garden in downtown Tampa. Four people slept on blankets on the grass from 2 until 6:30 this morning.

Three Tampa Police woke up protesters Becky Rubright, Tim Sommers, Nick Windholz, and Derek English inside Kiley Garden and said ...

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