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Tampa activists upset after no indictment of Ferguson cop listen

11/25/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Ferguson, Raices en Tampa, Laila Abdelaziz, Marisol Marquez, Dezeray Lyn, SDS, USF, Tampa, police

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On Tuesday, the day after the St. Louis County grand jury handed down its decision it would not indict the white Ferguson police officer for the shooting of an unarmed black teen, there were demonstrations in St. Petersburg and in Tampa.

About twenty people braved the rain outside the Hillsborough County Courthouse in downtown Tampa Tuesday morning for a Ferguson Solidarity rally.

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Documentary fuels Tampa protest for better treatment of migrant farmworkers listen

11/24/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: farm workers, Publix, Food Chains, Student/Farmworker Alliance, tomatoes, migrant, protest, Tampa, CIW

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Migrant farmers join forces with social justice advocates to demand fair wages and treatment of migrant workers. Saturday evening people protested along the sidewalk in front of a North Tampa Publix. The demonstration coincided with the national theatrical release of the documentary Food Chains. The protesters chanted and waived signs until put them down to go to the documentary screening.

There were about 30 people at the beginning of the protest but that number swelled to nearly 60 as th...

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SDS wants USF to end its association with CENTCOM listen

11/20/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: SDS, USF, Tampa, CENTCOM, MacDill Air Force Base, education

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The U.S.-led wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Syria, Iraq and elsewhere in southwest Asia are coordinated from Tampa at U.S. Central Command – CENTCOM; in a press conference Thursday afternoon Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society launched a campaign to end the relationship between the University of South Florida and CENTCOM and another command, U.S. SOUTHCOM, based in the Miami area.

Thursday morning WMNF...

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Tampa activist undeterred by Ft. Lauderdale ban on sharing food in public parks listen

11/11/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: food not bombs, Homelessness, Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, Jimmy Dunson, hunger, poverty

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Activists continue to challenge a Ft. Lauderdale ban on sharing food in public; this Friday people plan to defy a new city ordinance and feed hungry people in a city park.

WMNF interviewed Jimmy Dunson with Food Not Bombs Tampa. He was cited for sharing food in Ft. Lauderdale last Friday and intends to go back there to feed people this Friday as well.

“Actually, there’s quite a few ordinances. The number one that’s getting all...

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Some alcoholic drinks to be allowed on Tampa Riverwalk listen

11/06/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: tampa riverwalk, Tampa City Council, alcohol, Tampa

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Some alcoholic drinks will be allowed along the Tampa Riverwalk.

Tampa City Council voted Thursday to allow people to have open containers in special cups near certain bars or restaurants along the Riverfront.

Several residents spoke for and against the change. The CEO of Mise En Place restaurant, Mary Ann Ference, favors allowing people to carry open containers. Mise En Place also own Sono Café at the Tampa Museum of Art along the Riverwalk.

But Ellen Snelling from the Tampa Alcoh...

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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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Bill Clinton urges Democrats to vote as he stumps for Charlie Crist in Tampa listen

10/27/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Charlie Crist, Bill Clinton, Rick Scott, election, Democrats, Tampa, Hillary Clinton, kathy castor, Bill Nelson, Annette Taddeo, VOTE, Florida

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Bill Clinton urges Tampa to the vote out and vote for Charlie Crist for governor. The ex-president stumped for and with other Democrats Saturday at Cyrus Greene Park in Tampa. Bill Clinton’s visit brought star appeal and high approval ratings to Crist’s campaign.

Bill Clinton followed a line-up of Democrats which among others included Representative Kathy Castor, Senator Bill Nelson, Charlie Crist’s running mate Annette Taddeo and Charlie Crist himself. The message from all the speakers w...

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Rick Scott campaign stop in Tampa met with protests listen

10/24/14 Gwyneth Dunsford
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: elections, Rick Scott, Tampa, minimum wage, protest

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TAMPA - On Friday morning, Governor Rick Scott made a campaign stop in New Tampa. As part of a state-wide tour, the Republican is encouraging voters to cast their ballots early.

Though,it was not just supporters who showed up at the strip mall parking lot. Outside La Cubanita Café, around 30 supporters marched and chanted anti-Scott slogans. Many condemned Scott for reported ties to big business.

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Candidates kick off early voting in Hillsborough County listen

10/23/14 Gwyneth Dunsford
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Tampa, Hillsborough County, District 22, Pat Kemp, Judithanne McLauchlan

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TAMPA - On Thursday morning, a parking lot off Manhattan Avenue became a pulpit for campaign speeches. Standing outside the Jan Kiminis Platt Regional Library, Pat Kemp thanked her campaign volunteers. The lawyer is running for Hillsborough County Commission.

“It’s just great to see all this energy around early voting,” Kemp said. “Democrats have been known to fall behind… in Hillsborough County. It shows a lot of energy for this non-presidential year election, where we typically have a h...

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Cyclovia lets bicycles and pedestrians take over downtown Tampa listen

10/17/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Cyclovia, Tampa, FDOT, bicycling, pedestrians, roads, traffic

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A major road in downtown Tampa will close to car traffic this Sunday for a few hours to make room for pedestrians, bikes and other activities; Kennedy Boulevard will shut down as part of the Cyclovia celebration.

WMNF interviewed Kris Carson, a spokesperson for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

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