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Veterans Day Parade honors US armed forces listen

11/11/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A parade honoring veterans took place at James Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa this morning. More than thirty-five units including veterans service organizations, high school bands, and Gasparilla krewes were part of the procession. The Wharton high school band played military fanfare for the ceremony.

High ranking officers in various branches of the US armed forces joined with state and local elected officials in recognizing the service of veterans from past wars, as well as those curren...

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Special Operations Command Central groundbreaking at MacDill listen

10/29/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The U.S. military’s Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT) held a groundbreaking ceremony for their new headquarters in Tampa this morning at MacDill Air Force Base. SOCCENT is a subordinate unified command of US Central Command.

SOCCENT’s rear headquarters is at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, and their forward headquarters is in the Persian Gulf country of Qatar.

Major General Cleveland: “Special Operations Command Central has operational control of the theater spec...

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Inside the Pentagon’s black budget

02/26/09 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up: we’ll hear from the third most powerful Republican congressman in Washington, D.C., who is stepping down from office and planning to return to Florida. And we’ll hear about efforts to protect drinking water supplies from the Cypress Town Center Mall.

But first we’ll hear about a new book that lifts some of the secrecy surrounding the Pentagon’s secret budget. Our first guest is Trevor Paglen who holds a ...

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Representative Castor on Gaza Attacks listen

01/05/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Much of Israel’s military hardware, including the Apache helicopters and F-16 fighter jets used in the aerial bombardment of the Gaza Strip, is built in the United States and is included as part of several billion dollars per year in military aid from this country to Israel. This morning WMNF asked U.S. Representative Kathy Castor, a Democrat from Tampa, whether she will take action in Congress to cut off military aid or to condemn Israel’s attacks on Gaza.

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Final debate of election season at Tampa Tiger Bay listen

10/31/08 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Although many have taken to the polls early, local Hillsborough congressional and house candidates debated one final time today at Tampa Tiger Bay Club.

Doug Tudor is running as the Democratic congressional candidate for District 12, his opponent is Republican Adam Putnum. Tudor spent 25 years in the Navy before retiring to run in his first campaign against Putnam. Longtime local activist Sidney Potter, asked Tudor about his feelings about the war in Iraq.

“Thank you sir, for the las...

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Courts could help vets caught in criminal justice system listen

10/31/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Hundreds of thousands of combat-tested veterans are adjusting to civilian life after returning from fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, and some of them commit crimes. A new court program is assisting veterans who have become entangled in the criminal justice system.

Judge Robert Russell is an Erie County judge in Buffalo, New York; he presides over the country’s first Veterans Treatment Court. Like the more common drug courts and mental health courts, Judge Russell’s veteran’s court u...

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Protesters rally against veterans fair listen

08/11/08 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Rain did not stop hundreds from gathering at East Lake High School on Saturday for the second annual Military Day and Veterans Resources Fair held by Rep. Gus Bilirakis. While most of the crowd was there to enjoy the festivities, about 50 protesters rallied on the edge of the school property.

Rep. Bilirakis said the purpose of the fair was to raise public awareness of the services and benefits available to veterans and their families in Pinellas County. Organizations such as Disabled Amer...

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Media critic analyzes GOP debate listen

11/30/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Conservative bloggers continue to bash CNN today, after the cable news network admitted it dropped the ball during Wednesday night’s GOP debate by allowing Brig. Gen. Keith Kerr to ask about the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell“ policy banning open gays from the military.

Shortly after the debate it came to light that Kerr is a member of an LGBT group associated with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Critics say Kerr was not the only questioner with a liberal bias who w...

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