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Race, weed and social justice listen

04/03/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Friday
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Tags: Race, racism, drugs, Eric Deggans, Ray Kaplan, Eckerd Collge


Discussing race is necessary – it’s not racist. That was the underlying theme by two authors who spoke Thursday night at Eckerd College in Saint Petersburg.

After their talk WMNF interviewed NPR TV critic Eric Deggans and USF professor Roy Kaplan about race and racism.

Eric Deggans is the author of “Race-Baiter, How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation.” Roy Kaplan wrote “Understanding Conflict and Change in a Multicul...

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New St. Pete police chief promises to crack down on drug crimes listen

07/28/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Saint Peterburg, chief of police, Rick Kriseman, drugs, neighborhood crime watch, Prostitution, St Pete, Anthony Holloway


Cracking down on drug related crimes will be a major focus of St Petersburg’s new chief of police, Anthony Holloway. Saturday at the St. Petersburg History Museum Anthony Holloway made himself available at informal meet and greet with the public. Both residents and public officials gathered to express their concerns and hopes to the new police chief.

The dust has settled on the drama surrounding the appointment of a new chief of police. Saint Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman has brought Ant...

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Medicinal marijuana debated at Suncoast Tiger Bay club listen

06/04/14 Ashley Whitney
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: marijuana, medical marijuana, Tiger Bay, St. Petersburg, drugs, Florida, Constitution

Is Medical Marijuana an illicit drug? If Florida voters approve Amendment Two in November, will the Department of Health be able to regulate its distribution, and what consequences will Floridians suffer if loopholes in its legislation arise? Members of the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club gathered in St. Petersburg Wednesday to ask these questions.

Lana Beck of the Drug Free America Foundation opposes the amendment.

“But I’d like to leave you with just asking if you would please read the a...

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Hillsborough County opens four boxes to dump your old drugs listen

10/25/13 Ashley Whitney
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: prescription, drugs, pill mills, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, drug take-back


Seven people die everyday in Florida from prescription drug overdoses. One way to reduce the availability of addictive drugs is for there to be a safe, easy way to dispose of unneeded prescription medicine. To that end, law enforcement departments are holding drug take-back events throughout the Tampa Bay area Saturday. In addition, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office has set up four permanent drug take-back boxes where people can make sure their old pills don’t wind up in the wrong han...

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Hillsborough group remembers victims of drug abuse, tries to curb addiction listen

10/25/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: drugs, pill mills, prescription drugs, drug abuse, NOPE, Kevin Beckner


Family members of people who have died from drug overdoses or other narcotic-related tragedy and some recovering addicts came together Thursday night to pay tribute to those who have lost their battles with addiction. During a candlelight vigil at a community center in West Tampa, a 15-foot long wall was lined with picture after picture of people who have died in Hillsborough County alone. Michele Phillips’ son was one of those photos.

“There’s never going to be anything that fills that ...


Medical marijuana may hit Florida ballots in 2014 listen

10/22/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: medical marijuana, John Morgan, United for Care, marijuana, drugs, elections

A group called United for Care is in the midst of a ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana in Florida.

The organization is headed by prominent central Florida attorney, John Morgan.

WMNF spoke with Ben Pollara, the campaign manager for United For Care about where the effort is at and what still needs to be done.

"There are thousands upon thousands of people in the state of Florida who are suffering from diseases and conditions where their lives can be dramatically improved...


Operation Medicine Cabinet nets hundreds of pounds of prescription drugs for disposal listen

04/29/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tampa Bay area residents turned in hundreds of pounds of unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday.

Rich Mills is a sergeant with Tampa Police Department.

He oversaw the Operation Medicine Cabinet collection at a Sweetbay Supermarket on North Dale Mabry Hwy.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said at two locations they collected 74 boxes – about 1300 pounds – of unwanted drugs, almost double what they collected last September.

The take-back initiative was also supported...

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Tampa City Council passes impound fee on prostitution and drug charges listen

12/15/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council passed an ordinance Thursday morning they hope will reduce prostitution and drug slinging in neighborhoods. The so-called John ordinance allows police to impound vehicles used in those crimes. The fee to get the car back will be $500.

During the first reading early this month, Council member [Mary Mulhern](


Discussion of the high cost of a college education and local law enforcement spies on hydroponics shoppers

12/05/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)

Two topics today: first we'll discuss the rising cost of a college education. We'll talk with Tamara Draut who is a vice president at DEMOS. She's the co-author of a new study on the cost of college. Among other things the study found: "...most U.S. adults age 18 to 34 also view college as harder to afford than just five years ago. They feel that people are leaving school with too much debt, and they oppose proposals to cut federal student aid, according to a survey released today by three ...

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Public employees sue FL Gov. Rick Scott over order to drug test state workers listen

06/01/11 Sean Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A public workers union and a state employee from St. Pete are suing Governor Rick Scott because of an executive order requiring random drug testing of all state workers. A lawyer from the ACLU of Florida is joining with Peter Walsh, a Miami trial lawyer, to represent the plaintiffs.

"Executive order 11-58 calls for random drug testing. It requires the state to set up a regime of random drug testing for all state empl...


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