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Tarpon Springs Food Not Bombs activists march in solidarity with those arrested in Orlando listen

07/01/11 Seán Kinane, Kate Bradshaw, Beth Bell, Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today the Tarpon Springs chapter of Food Not Bombs is sharing food and holding a vigil in solidarity with activists in Orlando who have been arrested. Our reporter Kate Bradshaw is live in Tarpon Springs and spoke with activist Nicholas Emery on Last Call with Lisa Marzilli and Beth Bell.

As we’ve been reporting, the City of Orlando’s arrest of Food Not Bombs activists ...


Six more Orlando Food Not Bombs arrests listen

06/17/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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On Wednesday Orlando police arrested six more people in Lake Eola Park for sharing food with the hungry. That brings the total number of people arrested in conjunction with the Orlando Food Not Bombs events to twenty-one. This comes a week after there was talk of compromise between Food Not Bombs and the city. Keith McHenry is co-founder of Food Not Bombs. He said the city doesn’t look like it’s going to budge.

Fast-forward to Wednesday, when the group conducted its regular food-sharin...

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Hackers target City of Orlando over Food Not Bombs arrests listen

06/10/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A group that takes responsibility for engaging in cyber attacks in Ivory Coast, Egypt, Iran, and other countries with governments known for human rights abuses launched an attack on the City of Orlando Web site this morning. The group targeted the central Florida city because it arrested people for sharing food earlier this week, though it’s not clear how severe the attacks were.

A hacker known as Commander X wrote that arresting people for sharing food with large groups in a public squa...

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More Orlando Food Not Bombs activists arrested for sharing food in Lake Eola Park listen

06/07/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Yesterday, four more Food Not Bombs activists were arrested in Orlando for sharing food in a public park. Last night WMNF spoke with Ben Markeson, the media liaison with Orlando Food Not Bombs, who was one of three people arrested last week.

We hope to speak with Ben Markeson by phone during tomorrow’s Last Call at 5:30 p.m.

"The Orlando police made 4 more arrests under the city's 'large group' feeding ordinance. They had a police officer out there with a video camera and he videotap...


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.


Local, state officials say "super region" idea could revive flailing state economy - and that rail would have helped listen

04/29/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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High-speed rail may no longer be an option in Florida thanks to Governor Rick Scott. This isn’t stopping leaders from throughout the Tampa Bay area and along the I-4 Corridor from trying to revive local economies using a “super-regional” perspective. Hundreds of stakeholders met in downtown Tampa today to tackle the challenge of making the Central Florida Super-Region a reality.

The Tampa Bay and Orlando metropolitan areas are a little over an hour apart. Since the largest artery con...

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Florida Supreme Court rules with Gov Scott on rail, but could "Hail Mary" exist? listen

03/04/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Governor Scott said he is “gratified that the court provided a clear and unanimous decision.” Scott said he “spoke with US DOT Secretary LaHood this morning and informed him that Florida … will not move forward with any federal high speed rail plan."

Senator Bill Nelson says he’s disappointed in the governor’s decision

"It's unfortunate that the Supreme Court has thrown out the Florida legislator's attempt to stay the hand of the governor of returning $2.4 billion of federa...


What are the prospects for success of high-speed rail in Florida?

03/02/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll talk with a representative of America 2050, a non-profit group of planners, about their nationwide study of the prospects for success of high speed rail. Yesterday two members of the Florida legislature sued Gov. Rick Scott for rejecting federal funding for high speed rail. Our guest is Petra Todorovich, Director of the group America 2050. Her group did a study of the regions of the country wh...


High-speed rail supporters rally in downtown Tampa as officials call for private sector investment listen

02/21/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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High-speed rail backers announced they have a plan to get the project back on the table despite criticism from the governor. Today rail advocates showed their support for the project in Downtown Tampa, and were met with a smaller crowd in opposition.

Activists dusted off their pro-and anti-rail signs from last fall and flooded City Hall Plaza to make the case for – and against – high speed rail. Tampa City Council member Mary Mulhern said the project would create thousands of jobs, but...

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