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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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Journalist will warn USF Tampa students about Israeli leaders inciting racist violence listen

10/16/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Israel, Palestine, racism, violence, USF, Tampa

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Political and religious leaders in Israel frequently incite violence toward Palestinians, Africans and other non-Jews; that’s the message of Israeli journalist and filmmaker David Sheen.

Sheen will speak at 6:00 p.m Thursday at the University of South Florida in Tampa in the Marshall Student Center room 2708 about racism in Israel directed at non-Jews, Africans and Palestinians.

Sheen grew up in Toronto has lived in Israel for more than a decade.

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Could Ferguson happen in Tampa? listen

10/10/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, civil rights, Tampa, police, law enforcement, Ferguson, Florida Courier, Eric Deggans, Media, body camera, Patel Center

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The Black community perceives law enforcement through a lens of personal experience and how the media cover the news. It was evident during a forum Thursday night at USF on whether Ferguson, Missouri, styled civil unrest could happen in Tampa.

A recent Pew Research Center poll found a staggering racial divide in perception of the Ferguson p...

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Palestinian rights group will try again Saturday to block Israeli ship in Tampa listen

10/10/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Block the Boat Tampa, BDS, Palestine, Israel, Port Tampa Bay, Tampa

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A local group supporting the rights of Palestinians is holding its third major action at Port Tampa Bay beginning at 6:00 a.m. Saturday.

Block the Boat Tampa is drawing attention to a boycott of companies from Israel by picketing a ship from the Zim shipping company, which will attempt to unload cargo tomorrow.

Friday morning I spoke with Dezeray Lyn with Block the Boat Tampa about how dockworkers are responding to their protest.

Palestinian rights group will try again Saturday to ...

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Emerge Tampa Bay hosts "Tomorrow's Tampa" summit on downtown and transportation listen

10/01/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Tampa, Transportation, Emerge Tampa Bay, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

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What will downtown Tampa look like in several years? What about transportation in the region? These are two of the questions young professionals will try to answer during a summit Thursday evening. WMNF interviewed Brian Seel, chair of Emerge Tampa Bay, which is hosting the “Tomorrow’s Tampa” summit.

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Mayor Buckhorn responds to having a reelection challenger from Occupy Tampa listen

09/30/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Bob Buckhorn, Becky Rubright, Tampa, elections, Occupy Tampa, Republican National Convention, RNC

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has a challenger in his race for reelection next March; Monday we brought you an interview with Becky Rubright, a veteran of the Occupy Tampa movement. She criticized Buckhorn and the response of the Tampa Police Department during occupy beginning three years ago. WMNF interviewed Mayor Buckhorn for his response to having a challenger in the March 2015 election.

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Occupy Tampa activist is challenging Bob Buckhorn for Tampa mayor listen

09/29/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Becky Rubright, Bob Buckhorn, Tampa, City of Tampa, Occupy Tampa, Occupy Wall Street, Tampa Police, 2015 election, elections

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Round two of Occupy Tampa versus Bob Buckhorn will take place at the ballot box, not in the city’s public parks.

On Friday Becky Rubright, a veteran of Occupy Tampa, became the first person to file to run against Buckhorn in the mayoral race next March.

Rubright is one of dozens of occupy protesters arrested during months of conflicts with Buckhorn’s police force, usually while occupying public land.

According to the [Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections website](http://www....

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Peace activists will demonstrate against war in Syria Saturday outside Tampa's MacDill AFB listen

09/26/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Syria, Iraq, Macdill AFB, Tampa, St. Pete for Peace, Chris Ernesto

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Local peace advocates are demonstrating Saturday near Tampa’s MacDill Air Force Base.

The group St. Pete For Peace is asking people to “Say No to War in Syria” beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon at the corner of Gandy Boulevard and Dale Mabry Highway.

WMNF spoke with one organizer, Chris Ernesto.

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Hillsborough County moves ahead with domestic partner registry listen

09/17/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Kevin Beckner, LGBT, domestic partnership registry, Domestic Partner Registry, Hillsborough County, Tampa

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Hillsborough County is one step closer to instituting a Domestic Partner Registry, where couples can sign up for legal protections, regardless of their marital status -- the commission voted unanimously Wednesday morning to move forward, after some discussion and public comment.

The proposal was introduced by Commissioner Kevin Beckner.

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On eve of presidential visit to CENTCOM, Joint Chiefs chair warns of generational struggle listen

09/16/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Tampa, ISIL, Iraq, ISIS, IS, Islamic State, Syria, Barack Obama, MacDill Air Force Base

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President Barack Obama is heading to Tampa Tuesday and will meet Wednesday morning with leaders of U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base to review strategies for the expanding war in Iraq and Syria.

Joining him will be Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who said Tuesday the U.S. is “at war with ISIL as we are with Al Qaeda.”

“We’ll travel tonight to Tampa to receive a briefing from the commander of U.S Central Command, General Austin, on operational plans to implement his ISIL st...

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