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Occupy Tampa protesters plan to beat the heat by protesting in fountains: a "pool party" listen

10/11/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Occupy Tampa is planning what they're calling a "pool party" on Sunday to beat heat at Curtis Hixon Park where there is no reprieve from the sun. One protester, Jordan Harrah, said Sunday marks the day that many U.S. cities are beginning occupations in their communities.

“The pool party is going to coincide with a day of action on the 15th were countries all around the world a...

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WMNF exclusive. Video: Tampa Police tell Occupy Tampa protesters to leave Gaslight Park

10/10/11 Josh Holton & Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Update: at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday demonstrators began Tampa's first overnight occupation. They were told by police they would not be arrested if they camped out in the southeastern part of Curtis Hixon Park along Ashley Dr.

At about 8:10 p.m. Sunday night Corporal Robin Penix from Tampa Police Department told about 18 protesters that downtown's Gaslight Park was closed and they had to leave.

A couple of hours earlier at a general assembly the Occupy Tampa group reached consensus that ...

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Tampa protesters hold first overnight occupation of downtown park listen

10/10/11 Josh Holton & Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Occupy Tampa protesters occupied a public location downtown all night long for the first time, moving one step closer to a 24-hour-a-day occupation in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. But Keith Cuesta said this is just a tryout for the real deal.

"But this is the preliminary trial run of the occupation. It's almost like a beta test, you know when you're doing computer testing and stuff like that. We're seeing where the bugs are, and we're trying to work out the kinks."

Despite rainy...

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"Stop the Machine" protest merges with Occupy Tampa for rally against wars listen

10/07/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Friday marks the 10th anniversary of the War in Afghanistan. Thursday protesters marched on Washington D.C. in protest of American militarism. Several local peace groups marched on Tampa’s federal courthouse in solidarity with the D.C. rally.

After the 2001 attacks on the twin towers, the US invaded Afghanistan, ostensibly retaliating against s...

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Tampa's partial panhandling ban advances toward final vote listen

10/06/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council has broken the tense deadlock by passing a partial panhandling ban. Council vice chair Mary Mulhern fought to stop the ban, to no avail.

The proposed panhandling ban has been tied up in a stalemate for several weeks, and finally passed a first reading this morning with a 6 to 1 vote. Council chair Charlie Miranda has been recovering from health issues, and missed the previous vote. He was preparing to phone in his vote today, but Mulhern took advantage of her position as...

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Interest in Tampa's urban forest is growing listen

10/06/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last night about a dozen Tampa residents met to think about how useful trees can be for the City of Tampa. Tampa is turning over a new leaf with a new tree inventory for its urban forest.

Tampa is always aspiring to be an urban center these days it seems, but some say trees still play a valuable role for the City. Sure, they provide shade and air to breathe, but Director of Parks and Recreation Karen Palus said they can also help the economy.

Supervisor of Natural Resources for the Par...

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Florida Orchestra heads to Havana for historical music and education exchange listen

09/29/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This morning marked another milestone in Tampa Bay’s reconnection with Cuba. The Florida Orchestra sent five musicians from its wind ensemble to Havana to perform and teach master classes. This is the first time in 12 years that a professional American orchestra has sent musicians to Cuba, and only the second time since the 1959 revolution.

Flowing fanfares from fellow musicians in the brass quintet were a fine farewell for the members of the Florida...

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Mayor Buckhorn: Tampa will have 4,000 police for 2012 RNC listen

09/28/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today Tampa’s Mayor took a trip across the bay to build connections with members of the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club. The Mayor has seems bent on having a heavy police presence during next year’s RNC.

Mayor Bob Buckhorn has lost many elections in the past, but many of his opponents had consistently won every one of their races. He said that moving past his losses has given him courage.

But some f...

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Mayor Bob Buckhorn considers whether Tampa could be home to Rays listen

09/28/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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While the Tampa Bay Rays and St. Petersburg mayor Bill Foster haven’t been on speaking terms, the future. While The Rays are contracted to play at Tropicana Field until 2027, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said Downtown Tampa could be their new home if the team left St. Pete.

The Tampa Bay Rays are all the rage in both Tampa and St. Petersburg. But the team is looking for a new stadium that St. Petersburg might not be ready to build quite yet. ...

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Occupy Tampa plans another march this Saturday in Gaslight Park

09/28/11 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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There's a new activist movement in town called Occupy Tampa. It’s loosely based on the Occupy Wall Street protests that began in New York City a week and a half ago. Similar occupations have been spreading throughout the country.

Their next action is Saturday in downtown Tampa's Gaslight Park.

Callers asked questions o...

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