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Food Not Bombs movement grows in Tampa Bay listen

05/13/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Across Florida the Food Not Bombs movement is going through a revival. It may be due to unemployment, foreclosures, and restrictions on homeless feedings in Orlando. In Tampa Bay new Food Not Bombs chapters are formed and volunteers share food and literature in support of the Orlando volunteers who got arrested for handing out poor to the homeless and needy. The St. Petersburg chapter is growing fast, says volunteer Alex Nadeau. He quit his corporate job and now works for free: he feeds the h...

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Food Not Bombs co-founder Keith McHenry takes calls on attempts to criminalize public feedings

05/11/11 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Welcome to the WMNF afternoon call-in show the Last Call. I’m Seán Kinane. This afternoon we’ll talk about efforts by cities across Florida that are making it more difficult – and in some cases illegal – to feed people in public parks.

Joining us in this conversation is the co-founder of Food Not Bombs, Keith McHenry. He’s in St. Petersburg right now helping to cook a meal for people in downtown’s Mirror Lake Park. Thank you for Joining us Keith.


Count find spike in Hillsborough's homeless population listen

05/05/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The results of the 2011 Homeless Count are in, and they show Hillsborough’s Homeless population nearly doubled since the 2009 count. But the reason behind the drastic increase is probably not what you think it is.

The collapsed economy is probably a contributing factor for any spike in an area’s homeless population. This time around, there’s something else that drove the number from around 9,500 two years ago to nearly 18,000 this year. Homele...

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Tampa Police say their manhunt for Dantae Morris was proper listen

05/03/11 Nolan Ruark
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last summer Tampa Police conducted a manhunt for Dontae Morris, who allegedly shot and killed two police officers. Some residents of the community say that the police may have gone too far. Today Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor and Mayor Bob Buckhorn held a press conference to release a report on the search.

Castor stressed the importance of relationships between the police an...

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Groups rally against red light cameras listen

04/13/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Protestors from all points on the political spectrum gathered at busy intersections across the state yesterday to rally against red light cameras. The demonstrations come less than a week after Tampa City Council voted to install 20 of them at dangerous intersections throughout the city.

"No accidents here, folks, there's a red light camera! No accidents at this corner."

Tuesday evening, just as rush hour traffic was kicking into full gear, about a dozen protesters assembled at the cor...


Call-in discussion on pros & cons of red-light cameras

04/13/11 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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On Tuesday, civil liberties defenders held demonstrations across the state to protest red-light cameras.

On the Last Call, callers gave reasons they support or oppose local governments using red-light cameras to ticket drivers who run lights.

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Bob Buckhorn Inaugurated as Mayor of Tampa listen

04/01/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tampa has a new Mayor. Bob Buckhorn was inaugurated this afternoon in a ceremony at the Tampa Convention Center.

The seven members of the Tampa City Council also took their oaths of office this afternoon. Mary Mulhern, Yvonne Yolie Capin, and Charlie Miranda are returning members. Mike Suarez, Harry Cohen, Frank Reddick, and Lisa Montelione are new Council members. Miranda was elected new chair with four votes.

Mayor Buckhorn:

"Look around this room, ladies and gentlemen. If you eve...

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Bob Buckhorn wins runoff to become next Mayor of Tampa listen

03/23/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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After nearly a year on the campaign trail, Bob Buckhorn has felt the rush of not one, but two victories. Just a few weeks ago, Buckhorn celebrated at a sports bar in Ybor City as he grabbed a seat in the run off election against Rose Ferlita, barreling over front runner Dick Greco in the process. Then yesterday he celebrated again. This time from a stage located in Channelside. A larger crowd, a larger venue and a larger victory welcomed him last night. His supporters were not just hopef...

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Final Debate Between Tampa Mayoral Candidates

03/21/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)


Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Tomorrow (Tuesday) Tampa voters will select a new mayor. The two candidates in a runoff election are Bob Buckhorn and Rose Ferlita. Last Friday they sat down with me in the WEDU-TV studios for their last face-to-face debate. We'll replay that debate on the first part of today's program and then take your phone calls.

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Tampa Bay economic scorecard delivers mixed results listen

03/18/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A study gauging Tampa Bay’s economy is showing a couple of small gains for the region. When compared to other cities, Tampa Bay isn’t remotely out of the woods.

Earlier this month, the Tampa Bay Partnership released results of its semi-annual regional economic scorecard. The prognosis is slightly improved, but far less than ideal. The study rated Tampa, Jacksonville, and four other cities in the southeast on factors like jobs ...

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