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Protests and civil disobedience expected in St. Petersburg after Ferguson grand jury announcement listen

11/21/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Ferguson, Michael Brown, Omali Yeshitela, Uhurus, St. Petersburg, Darren Wilson

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When the decision of whether to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson comes down, there are plans for protests and civil disobedience in St. Petersburg.

On Friday WMNF interviewed Omali Yeshitela about those plans. He’s chair of the African People’s Socialist Party.

In Missouri, activists, authorities and the family of Michael Brown called for calm today as a grand jury drew closer to an announcement in the Ferguson police shooting. But a spokesperson for St. Louis County's top ...

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Artist Guy Harvey previews fisheries symposium in St. Pete listen

11/13/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: fisheries, Guy Harvey, University of South Florida, USF, USF St. Pete, St. Petersburg, science, Florida Institute of Oceanography

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Four years after the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster scientists are gathering in St. Petersburg this week to share knowledge about the population size of several important Gulf of Mexico fish species; the Guy Harvey Fisheries Symposium is named after the artist and conservationist and continues through Saturday at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

To find out about the important issues at the meeting, Thursday morning WMNF interviewed Guy Harvey.

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St. Petersburg earns top score on an index of LGBT equality listen

11/12/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: St. Pete, St. Petersburg, LGBT, equality florida, Rick Kriseman, Human Rights Campaign, equality, human rights, WMNF News

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St. Petersburg has earned the highest score in a rating of human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents.

St. Pete scored a 100 in the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index.

Mayor Rick Kriseman acknowledged the city’s LGBTQ liaison, Robert Danielson, as he announced the rating Wednesday morning ...

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Jeremy Irons warns BLUE Ocean fest about pollution dangers to oceans listen

11/10/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: film, BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit, St. Petersburg, plastics, plastic pollution, pollution, oceans

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The BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit wrapped up in St. Petersburg over the weekend; Sunday night at Mahaffey Theater, actor Jeremy Irons was presented the festival’s Making Waves Award before his film Trashed was screened.

Trashed is about how over-consumption of disposable items is leading to unprecedented pollution of the air and water.

Irons was also part of a [panel discussion](http://blue2014.sched.org...

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St. Pete voters weigh in on governor, medical marijuana and Greenlight Pinellas listen

11/04/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: elections, St. Petersburg, St. Pete, marijuana, medical marijuana, Amendment 2, Greenlight Pinellas, Pinellas County, taxes, transit, light rail, Rick Scott, Charlie Crist

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Probably the most closely-watched race in Florida is for governor.

Tuesday morning at the Coliseum in downtown St. Petersburg WMNF spoke with voters about who they supported for governor.

We heard from Henry Weinsheimer, Susie Buckley, Ross Johnson and Robin O’Dell.

Florida voters will also decide whether to add the right to use marijuana for medical purposes to the state constitution.

In Pinellas County, residents will decide to add a penny to the sales tax to fund transit an...

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Ocean explorer Fabien Cousteau in St. Pete for Blue Ocean Film Fest listen

11/03/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: oceans, Jacques Cousteau, Fabien Cousteau, Blue Ocean Film Festival, St. Petersburg, Conservation

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This week St. Petersburg is hosting the Blue Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit highlighting the importance of ocean research and protection.

One explorer and filmmaker who is in St. Pete for the festival is the grandson of Jacques Cousteau, Fabien Cousteau, who describes himself as an ocean explorer, aquanaut and voice of the oceans.

He broke his grandfather’s record by living and working underwater for 31 days in what’s known as Mission 31.

The ...

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Greenlight Pinellas supporters take pro-transit message to commuters stuck on Tampa Bay bridges listen

10/31/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Greenlight Pinellas, Yes on Greenlight, transit, Pinellas County, Transportation, light rail, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Howard Frankland Bridge, Tampa Bay Partnership

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In a push to influence voters during the last few days before the election, Yes on Greenlight is flying a banner from a sailboat near heavily trafficked bridges across Tampa Bay.

The group is encouraging voters to support the Greenlight Pinellas ballot initiative to fund transit by increasing sales tax by a penny and eliminating the transportation portion of the property tax.

Friday morning they sailed near the Howard Frankland Bridge.

On the Tampa end of the bridge, several peopl...

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Eckerd College professors offer context about Iraq conflict listen

10/31/14 Gwyneth Dunsford
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: ISIS, Iraq, Syria, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg

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ST. PETERSBURG - On Thursday night, a forum at Eckerd College offered context about the ongoing conflict in Iraq. As part of the Presidential Events Series, history professor Adam Guerin spoke about the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

“I want to take tonight to reframe the story of the [Islamic State],” Guerin told a group of about 50 students and community members. “Not as this great evil that just appeared out of the ether. But… a militant, violent but seemingly logical response by marg...

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Poynter president on why they're hosting African journalists when USF St. Pete would not listen

10/24/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Ebola, Media, Poynter Institute, USF, USF St. Pete, St. Petersburg, Africa, Journalism

This week the University of South Florida at St. Petersburg decided to rescind its invitation to a group of African journalists because of student and faculty fears of Ebola; but the nearby Poynter Institute decided to host the journalists instead.

To find out what was behind those decisions and how the media is covering the Ebola outbreak, WMNF spoke with Tim Franklin, president of the Poynter Institute.

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Opponents of police violence say "Not One More Black Life" listen

10/20/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Ferguson, guns, police, police violence, St. Petersburg, Uhurus

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Because of the death of a black youth in Ferguson, Missouri, the issues of racism and police killings have been in the national spotlight; but a group in St. Petersburg wants to make sure police violence against the black community doesn’t fade from view.

WMNF spoke with Kefira Baron, the St. Petersburg chair of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, about Thursday’s event called “Not One More Black Life.” It's this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Akwaaba Hall, 1245 18th Avenue South, in St. Petersburg,...

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