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Tampa teenager beaten up by Israeli police but sentenced to house arrest: "I was so mad" listen

08/01/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Tariq Abukhdeir, Tariq Khdeir, Palestine, West Bank, Israel, Jerusalem, Tampa, Gaza

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The Tampa teenager who was beat up by Israeli police last month shortly after his cousin was killed in the West Bank was sentenced to house arrest while recovering from his injuries. I sat down with Tariq Abukhdeir last week at his house and asked what it was like to be sentenced to house arrest.

I asked his mother, Suha Abukhdeir about Tariq’s injuries.

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Tampa crowd rallies to support Israel during attacks on Gaza listen

08/01/14 Brenton Honeywell and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Israel, Palestine, Tampa, Gaza, War, militarism

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Supporters of Israel rallied this afternoon in downtown Tampa. Fifty or so people gathered holding signs and playing Israeli music.

Detlef Borges from Sebring says the U.S. is right to keep shipping ammunition to Israel.

Another attendee at the rally, Amy Nash, came from Lakeland to support Israel.

In news from Gaza, Israeli forces are moving deeper into southern Gaza, searching for a soldier who was apparently captured during a clash with Hamas militants earlier in the day. The forc...

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Tampa state Rep criticizes Scott administration over All Aboard Florida listen

07/31/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: All Aboard Florida, rail, passenger rail, high-speed rail, Tampa, Orlando, miami, Rick Scott, Mark Danish

A passenger rail project that would link some of Florida’s biggest cities is coming under fire from an unexpected source – transit advocates.

All Aboard Florida is a private rail line proposed to link towns from Orlando to Miami. But there are connections between the company and Governor Rick Scott’s Chief of Staff. Before word of this private venture, Governor Scott rejected federal funding for high-speed rail from Tampa to Miami, through Orlando, killing the project.

Tampa state [Rep...

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Crist unveils plan for executive orders to raise wages and prevent discrimination listen

07/29/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Charlie Crist, Florida, Rick Scott, minimum wage, All Aboard Florida, debates, Nan Rich, elections, 2014 election, immigration

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If he’s elected governor again, Democrat Charlie Crist says he’ll sign five executive orders on inauguration day to do things like prevent workplace discrimination, open government and raise the minimum wage for workers contracting with the state.

Crist announced what he’s calling the “First Day of Fairness” plan Tuesday morning at Enoch Davis Center in South St. Petersburg.

“And the things that I would like to do if I win, right after I get sworn in include the following: make govern...

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Voters could see new Hillsborough transit tax proposal in 2016 listen

07/29/14 Lisa Kauffman
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Policy Leadership Group, transit, Mike Merrill, Hillsborough County, Tampa, Transportation, rail

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A transit policy group wants Hillsborough County residents to be able to vote again on a tax for transportation improvements as soon as 2016.

Tuesday the Policy Leadership Group announced its proposal to connect USF, downtown Tampa, Westshore and Brandon. It wants to aid commuters with bus rapid transit and circulator systems, widening and repaving roads, improving intersections and eventually implementing a rail system. County Administrator Mike Merrill is part of the team that spent ove...

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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

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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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What should the U.S. do now in Gaza? listen

07/25/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Gaza, Palestine, Israel

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Today on Radioactivity we discussed "What should the US do now in Gaza?" We heard some excerpts from PBS and NBC programs about the current situation in Gaza. Samar Jarrah (of True Talk) and Rob Lorei then took phone calls from listeners about what the US policy should be toward the region.



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Tampa group Raíces en Tampa to hold rally in support of refugee children listen

07/25/14 Lisa Kauffman
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Marisol Marquez, Raices en Tampa, refugee children, immigration

With thousands of children coming to the U.S. from Central America, local activists are calling on the government to welcome refugee children instead of deporting them back to their home countries.Raices in Tampa is organizing a rally Thursday.

Marisol Marquez is an activist and co-founder of the group.

"We are a community and we started not even a year ago, here in Tampa. It’s a group that’s made up mostly of workers in the city of Tampa. It was four of us, were just friends, and we d...

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The lackluster gubernatorial race and David Jolly's coming out on same-sex marriage with Janelle Irwin listen

07/24/14 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Tags: David Jolly, Adrian Wyllie, Charlie Crist, Rick Scott, Quinnipiac, Janelle Irwin

WMNF news reporter Janelle Irwin joined in on the conversation to discuss the findings in the latest Quinnipiac poll on the Florida Governors race, which has Charlie Crist up by Rick Scott 39-37 percent, with Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie with 9%. We also discussed the announcement by CD 13 Representative David Jolly this week about his support for same-sex marriage, making him one of just eight congressional Republicans with that point of view.

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Tampa teen beaten by Israeli police wants American kids to know things are tough in Palestine listen

07/24/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Tariq Khdeir, Tariq Abukhdeir

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A Tampa teenager became the center of the firestorm between Israel and Palestine when he was beaten by Israeli police shortly after his cousin was killed by Israeli extremists; Tariq Abukhdeir is back home now and he’s healing from his wounds.

Wednesday night I sat down with Tariq and his mother at their East Tampa townhouse. It’s on a quiet, suburban street not far from the Florida Fairgrounds. On his living room sofa, Tariq Abukhdeir told me about his first encounter with military polic...

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