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Occupy Tampa rally: "Vets are the 99 percent!" listen

11/14/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Saturday afternoon about 30 members of Occupy Tampa rallied in support of Veterans. They marched from their sidewalk encampment by Curtis Hixon Park to Joe Chillura Courthouse Square Park, which is home to a memorial that honors fallen soldiers who were connected to Hillsborough County and killed in [Operation Iraqi...


Pam Iorio on her book "Straightforward, Ways to Live and Lead" listen

11/11/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Former two-term Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio held her first public book signing at local independent book store Inkwood Books last night. It’s called: Straightforward, Ways to Live and Lead.

Pam Iorio left office with an 87% approval rating. Seven months after leaving public life, she now lectures on leadership at the University of Tampa’s College of Business. When asked if she would compete for the governor’s...

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Occupy USF organizers demand tuition freeze listen

11/10/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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University of South Florida students are continuing to protest against 15 percent tuition hikes. A crowd of fifty Occupy USF protesters marched across campus to demand a tuition freeze on November 9. Students gathered in front of Cooper Hall and then marched to Patel Center to meet with university officials and administration. Some demonstrators demanded the resignation of USF President Judy Genshaft. Students chanted “Judy got paid off, we got ripped off,” “Hey, ho, tuition hikes have ...

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Occupy Tampa members camp overnight at Kiley Garden listen

11/08/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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After two consecutive nights of arrests, Occupy Tampa has completed their first arrest-free overnight occupation of Kiley Garden in downtown Tampa. Four people slept on blankets on the grass from 2 until 6:30 this morning.

Three Tampa Police woke up protesters Becky Rubright, Tim Sommers, Nick Windholz, and Derek English inside Kiley Garden and said ...


Former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio discusses her new book STRAIGHTFORWARD

11/04/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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My guest today is Pam Iorio, former mayor of Tampa. She was first elected to public office in her 20's as a member of the Hillsborough County Commission. later she served as Hillsborough's Election Supervisor and earlier this year she completed her second term as mayor of Tampa. She's written a new book called STRAIGHTFORWARD: Ways To Live And Lead.

(Note: this interview starts 15 minutes into the program)

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Occupy Tampa asks Mayor Buckhorn for a public park listen

11/02/11 Josh Holton & Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Occupy Tampa protesters are growing tired of Tampa Police seizing their property. They are asking city officials for a permanent place to legally occupy.

About 10 protesters with Occupy Tampa lined the sidewalk on North Ashley Drive outside Curtis-Hixon Park this morning. Several of them were playing music. One protester named Felix said the police came almost ten times within the last 24 ...

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Red-light cameras in Tampa: safety or intrusion? listen

10/31/11 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The private company American Traffic Solutions administers Tampa’s new red-light cameras. The warning period ends Monday; beginning Tuesday, the city will issue $158 citations for red-light violations caught on tape. According to the city, nearly 4,000 warnings have been issued this month from the 24 cameras in Tampa. But people differ on whether they’re a good or bad thing for drivers.

The intersection safety cameras were proposed to reduce red-light running and collisions. They were ...


Occupy Tampa protester arrested Saturday for trespassing in the park listen

10/31/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This weekend another protester with Occupy Tampa was arrested. Tampa Police have now arrested 12 occupiers in total. 55-year-old diabetic Christopher Villanueva was arrested at 3 in the afternoon on Saturday for trespassing in Curtis-Hixon Park. He has posted bond, and was released an hour ago. Although he used to work, he has been homeless and unemployed since an assault left him wi...

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Three members of Occupy Tampa arrested Friday; Protesters say video disputes battery charges listen

10/28/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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At about 3 o’clock this morning the Tampa Police Department arrested three protesters from the Occupy Tampa movement on the sidewalk in front of Curtis Hixon Park. WMNF’s Josh Holton reports, video shows Corporal L.J. Miles and about a dozen police told the group to remove newly-erected tents, and arrested the first of three protesters, Karel Soucre.

Protester Samantha Bowden said Soucre is originally from Venezuela. She said he is seeking political asylum in the U.S. He has visited th...


Curtis Hixon Park is Occupied; If arrests, group will pay for bail, Linda Moreno will represent them

10/22/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday


Sunday update: there were no arrests overnight Saturday night - Sunday morning.

Saturday night some members of Occupy Tampa took part of Curtis Hixon Park for a permanent occupation. It happened a few minutes after 10 p.m., when the park closed. In a General Assembly meeting that began after 7 p.m., the finance working group proposed that if anyone is arrested tonight, 75% of Occupy Tampa's funds would be used to bail them out (that comes to a little over $2000). Occupy Tampa accepted tha...


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