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Tampa activists call attention to plight of hunger striking Palestinian listen

06/26/15 Nina Porciuncula
MidPoint with WMNF News Friday
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Tags: Khader Adnan, Palestine, Israel, hunger strike, Red Cross, Tampa, Dezeray Lyn, Bettejo Indelicato, Jimmy Dunson

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The health Palestinian Khader Adnan is in danger as he is hunger striking to protest being held in an Israeli jail.

About a dozen activists protested outside a human rights organization in Tampa Thursday afternoon to draw attention to the prisoner.

Local activists gathered outside the Tampa Red Cross building Thur...

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Tampa vigil for victims of Charleston mass shooting listen

06/22/15 Nina Porciuncula
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: Charleston, vigil, Tampa, guns, gun violence, racism

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As the nation grieves, people from all walks of life gathered Saturday evening in downtown Tampa to remember the victims of the Charleston shooting.

About 400 miles south of Charleston, the Tampa community came together to show solidarity. More than a hundred people attended the vigil in Gaslight Square Park Saturday evening to remember the 9 lives taken in Charleston. And at twilight, candlelight took over Gaslight.

“Rev. Daniel Simmons… Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor…”

One by one...

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Bolts miss hoisting Stanley Cup this year but fans showed strong support listen

06/15/15 Nina Porciuncula
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: Tampa Bay Lightning, Stanley Cup, Sports, Tampa

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The Tampa Bay Lightning lost game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final Monday night in Chicago, handing the Blackhawks the fabled trophy of NHL champions.

The previous game was in Tampa, where hundreds of fans without tickets to the game watched outside Amalie Arena

The crowd erupted in cheers as the Bolts scored their only goal to tie the game in the second period. Edward Cichon, one of the many die-hard Lightning fans. He’s been to all the home games this season. He believes the Bolts’ playoff ...

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Tampa City Council members sympathize with residents furious about FDOT plans for interstate expansion listen

06/11/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday
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Tags: Lexus Lanes, interstate expansion, FDOT, Florida Department of Transportation, Tampa Heights, Tampa City Council, Tampa, express toll roads, West Tampa, Occupy Tampa, North Boulevard Homes

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Residents packed the seats and stood along the walls of the Tampa Council chambers Thursday morning; most were there to oppose plans by the Florida Department of Transportation to expand the interstate highways in Tampa to include express toll lanes.

Fourteen people spoke out during public comment against these what are being called “Lexus Lanes.” Resident Jon Dengware expressed concerns...

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Hillsborough workgroup leans toward half-percent sales tax for transportation listen

06/11/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday
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Tags: transit, Tampa, Hillsborough County, light rail, USF, tampa international airport, GO Hillsborough, TBARTA

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A group trying to help solve Hillsborough County’s transportation problems is recommending a half-cent increase in the sales tax; if the GO Hillsborough ballot initiative passes in 2016, roads will get the bulk of the funds.

But the former director of the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority, Bob Clifford, told the Policy Leadership Group Thursday the money could also lead to a streetcar-type "premium transit" option from downtown Tampa to Tampa Internat...

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Will express toll lanes transform neighborhoods like Tampa Heights? listen

06/08/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: Tampa, Tampa Heights, Development, roads, Transportation, Linda Saul-Sena, transit

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Proposed express toll lanes could transform communities like Tampa Heights, a neighborhood north of downtown.

Joining us via phone on MidPoint is former Tampa City Council member Linda Saul-Sena. She has a column in the current issue of Creative Loafing. It’s called: [Their way or the highway? Suddenly Tampa Heights is faced with highway expansion once thought to be decades away](http://cltampa.com/politicalanimal/archives/2015/06/04/transforming-tampa-bay-their-way-or-the-highway-tampa-he...

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Fast food workers protest in Tampa for minimum wage hike listen

06/05/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Friday
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Tags: minimum wage, Fight for 15, Tampa, fast food workers, labor, unions

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About twenty low-wage workers protested Friday outside a McDonald's restaurant in Tampa; they want a fifteen-dollar-an-hour minimum wage and the right to unionize.

At the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Central Avenue WMNF interviewed Tina McElroy. She works as a cashier at McDonalds on Dale Mabry Highway and Spruce Street in Tampa.

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Will St. Petersburg get a bicycle sharing program? listen

06/03/15 Nina Porciuncula
MidPoint with WMNF News Wednesday
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Tags: bikes, bicycling, bike share, Transportation, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Coast Bike Share

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Another Tampa Bay area city may be getting a bike share program; transportation officials held a bicycle sharing public information and visioning session Tuesday night in St. Petersburg.

St. Petersburg’s Transportation and Parking Management and the United States Environmental Protection Agency hosted a public workshop for the development of the local bike share system.

Talks about bike sharing in St. Pete started way back in 2013 when the city council approved a piggyback deal that wou...

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Teenage victim of gun violence remembered in Tampa listen

06/02/15 Nina Porciuncula
MidPoint with WMNF News Tuesday
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Tags: guns, Tampa, violence

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On Monday, family and friends of a 14-year-old victim of a drive-by shooting in Tampa held a vigil. Edward Harris is of the city's latest victims of gun violence.

A black shirt and denim shorts were laid on the ground. Flowers and white balloons fluttered in the breeze. Lit candles were used to spell out “EJ”, Edward Harris’ nickname, as the people gathered to pray and remember a boy who is gone too soon.

On Sunday, police received a call about an injured teenager at Woodland Terrace Pa...

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Floridians tell Tallahassee: do your job, pass a budget and fund Amendment One listen

06/01/15 Samuel Johnson
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Dwight Dudley, amendment one, Tampa, Saint Petersburg, Tallahassee, Cypress Point Park, Conservation, protection, water, Everglades, springs, Legislature, budget

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Florida citizens are demanding state legislators uphold their duty and pass a budget to properly fund Amendment One. Saturday afternoon in Tampa and across the state, conservationists, advocacy groups, residents and local politicians rallied to put the Water and Land Conservation Amendment funding on the top of legislators minds.Florida House Representative Dwight Dudley thinks the unwillingness to fund Amendment One smacks of betrayal and tyranny.

In Tampa's Cypress Point Park more than 1...

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