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Al-Arian released from prison listen

09/03/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Yesterday Dr. Sami Al-Arian was released from custody for the first time in more than five years. Even though his criminal sentence ended 16 months ago, Al-Arian had been held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody since a federal judge ordered him released on bail in July.

WMNF spoke with Al-Arian’s daughter, freelance journalist Laila Al-Arian Tuesday night.

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Amethyst Initiative ignites debate on legal drinking age listen

08/25/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last month 100 college and university presidents and chancellors banded together to encourage a national discussion to reconsider the legal drinking age. The Amethyst Initiative contends that the “21 year-old drinking age is not working, and … has created a culture of dangerous binge drinking on their campuses.”

Don Eastman, president of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, wrote an opinion piece in Monday’s St. Petersburg Times supporting a dialog about how to prevent alcohol-relat...

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Judge postpones Al-Arian trial

08/08/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The next trial of former USF professor Sami Al-Arian has been postponed after a judge raised new doubts about the validity of the prosecution.

Al-Arian had been scheduled to go on trial next week in Virginia on contempt charges after refusing to testify to a federal grand jury about a case unrelated to his original terrorist related charges. But today, U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema overruled prosecutors' objections and postponed the trial indefinitely. In doing so, she questioned w...

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Hillsborough OKs $6 million to lure company to USF listen

07/16/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Hillsborough County Commission voted unanimously today to spend $6 million to help lure a Massachusetts weapons and biotechnology company to open a research lab the University of South Florida. Draper Laboratories is also considering starting a manufacturing facility in Pinellas County.

Gene Gray, director of Hillsborough County’s Economic Development Department, told the Commission that the company, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, should receive $6 million from the county because...

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Al-Arian finally closer to freedom? listen

07/11/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Yesterday, a federal judge in Alexandria, Virginia, order Sami Al-Arian released on his criminal contempt charges, but refused to block immigration authorities from detaining him before he is to be deported.

The U.S. government agreed to "expeditiously" deport Al-Arian in 2006, once he finished serving his criminal sentence in a terrorism support case. He was arrested in 2003.

But over the past couple of years, as he served his time for pleading guilty to one charge of materially suppor...

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USF forms climate steering committee listen

07/09/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In April, The University of South Florida joined the American College & University Presidents Climate Committee (ACUPCC), a group focused on reducing the impact that member schools have on the global climate. USF has recently established a Campus Sustainability Steering Committee to help meet ACUPCC goals.

Sharon Hanna-West is a lecturer on ethics and sustainability in USF’s Department of Management. She is a member of the sustainable steering committee at USF and co-chair of the climate...

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World Refugee Day celebrated at USF listen

06/20/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today is United Nations World Refugee Day 2008. WMNF reports from two celebrations of refugees at the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus.

USF’s African Students Association (ASA) was one of the student groups that organized a session in the Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza around lunchtime. In addition to speakers and tables with information about refugees, several ASA members set up a makeshift refugee camp with carpets to sit on and swept it using a handmade broom.

Another st...

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USF realigns departments, faces more cuts listen

06/13/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida’s universities received notice of further budget cuts this week – at the same time that the University of South Florida is announcing tuition increases, restructuring, and a dean’s resignation.

On Thursday USF announced a realignment of academic departments, colleges and schools. The university’s largest college was most affected. Under the restructuring, the College of Arts and Sciences will be divided into three schools: Behavioral and Social Sciences, Humanities, and Sci...

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Solar battery project unveiled in St. Petersburg listen

05/27/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Solar power is one of the most cost-effective and least polluting forms of energy generation. But critics of solar say it will not provide a considerable proportion of the nation’s energy because it is an intermittent source of energy.

Today at USF St. Petersburg, Progress Energy unveiled two prototypes of what they call SEEDS – Sustainable Electric Energy Delivery System – that will store electricity generated from photovoltaic (PV) solar panels until it is needed.

PV panels can ...

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Al-Arian ends hunger strike listen

05/01/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Former USF engineering professor Dr. Sami Al-Arian suspended his most recent hunger strike on Monday and has since been moved from solitary confinement to the general population of the Hampton Roads Regional Jail in Portsmouth, Virginia.

Al-Arian has been in jail for more than five years; he completed his sentence last month yet he remains in jail awaiting the deportation called for in his plea agreement, said Mel Underbakke, who is with Friends of Human Rights.

Al-Arian ended his hung...

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