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Hillsborough Commission wants to help fund historic buildings in Ybor City listen

07/13/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Historic buildings in Ybor City could receive tax funds from Hillsborough County government under a proposal unanimously accepted this afternoon. Hillsborough County Commissioners voted six to zero to recommend that millions that would have gone to a county Emergency Operations Center, instead be earmarked for historic buildings such as the Cuban Club, Italian Club, and Centro Austuriano. This is Republican Commissioner Ken Hagan

The Commission’s board room was nearly filled with people ...

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South Tampa Farmsteader

07/11/11 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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On Today's Sustainable living program we started with a couple of urban gardener's Piet and Sherrie. They belong to the Seminole Heights Garden Club and the group's starting the Hillsborough Community Garden Network. We talked about their efforts, and the film "Farmageddon" that WMNF's bringing to the Roosevelt Hotel in Ybor on August 11. You can visit the Seminole Heights Garden Club on Facebook! Next up John Starnes Tampa's premier Urban Farmstead...

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Tampa City Council closer to rainy season ban on nitrogen and phosphorous fertilizer listen

06/02/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council has passed on first reading a fertilizer ordinance that would cut down on the pollution that drains from lawns into the region’s waterways, including Tampa Bay. The excess nutrients lead to algae blooms. Five members of the public spoke in opposition to the ban this morning. But double that number, including local Sierra Club representative Phil Compton, urged Council to support a rainy-season ban on sale and use of nitrogen or phosphorus fertilizer.

"This is an appro...

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This weekend's LULAC Convention In Tampa followed by a discussion of the Governor's budget signing ceremony yesterday

05/27/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll open the phones to talk about Governor Rick Scott and his signing yesterday of the state budget. But first the District Director of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Lydia Medrano.

In a press release the group says:

"On May 28th and 29th, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) will hold its annual Florida State Convention at the Embassy Suites Brandon, located at 10220 Palm ...

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Tampa Bay Indian community awards heroes listen

05/16/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Tampa Bay Indian community honored its volunteers on May 15 at the Indian Cultural Center. They are committed to care for the helpless, forsaken, mentally ill, old and sick people. One of the honorees is Narayanan Krishnan who grew up in Madurai, India. At the age of 19 he was working as a chef for a five star hotel. But his career took a turn in 2002.

“I saw a very, very old man eating his own human waste for food,” Krishnan said.

He never left to Switzerland to work as a cook...

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Food Not Bombs movement grows in Tampa Bay listen

05/13/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Across Florida the Food Not Bombs movement is going through a revival. It may be due to unemployment, foreclosures, and restrictions on homeless feedings in Orlando. In Tampa Bay new Food Not Bombs chapters are formed and volunteers share food and literature in support of the Orlando volunteers who got arrested for handing out poor to the homeless and needy. The St. Petersburg chapter is growing fast, says volunteer Alex Nadeau. He quit his corporate job and now works for free: he feeds the h...

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Food Not Bombs co-founder Keith McHenry takes calls on attempts to criminalize public feedings

05/11/11 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Welcome to the WMNF afternoon call-in show the Last Call. I’m Seán Kinane. This afternoon we’ll talk about efforts by cities across Florida that are making it more difficult – and in some cases illegal – to feed people in public parks.

Joining us in this conversation is the co-founder of Food Not Bombs, Keith McHenry. He’s in St. Petersburg right now helping to cook a meal for people in downtown’s Mirror Lake Park. Thank you for Joining us Keith.

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Count find spike in Hillsborough's homeless population listen

05/05/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The results of the 2011 Homeless Count are in, and they show Hillsborough’s Homeless population nearly doubled since the 2009 count. But the reason behind the drastic increase is probably not what you think it is.

The collapsed economy is probably a contributing factor for any spike in an area’s homeless population. This time around, there’s something else that drove the number from around 9,500 two years ago to nearly 18,000 this year. Homele...

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Tampa Police say their manhunt for Dantae Morris was proper listen

05/03/11 Nolan Ruark
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last summer Tampa Police conducted a manhunt for Dontae Morris, who allegedly shot and killed two police officers. Some residents of the community say that the police may have gone too far. Today Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor and Mayor Bob Buckhorn held a press conference to release a report on the search.

Castor stressed the importance of relationships between the police an...

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Groups rally against red light cameras listen

04/13/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Protestors from all points on the political spectrum gathered at busy intersections across the state yesterday to rally against red light cameras. The demonstrations come less than a week after Tampa City Council voted to install 20 of them at dangerous intersections throughout the city.

"No accidents here, folks, there's a red light camera! No accidents at this corner."

Tuesday evening, just as rush hour traffic was kicking into full gear, about a dozen protesters assembled at the cor...

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