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Still no decision on Tampa's RNC surveillance cameras listen

10/04/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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More than 100 surveillance cameras are still monitoring parts of downtown Tampa. Tampa Police want to keep them. Some council members want to move them. And Some want to flip the off switch. But in a meeting today, council member Frank Reddick found that there wasn’t much he and his colleagues could do.

“Recently the Mayor stated it’s his decision what to do with these cameras – whether they going to stay downtown or go somewhere else. So, it seems to me that we have limited a...

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Should they stay or should they go? Tampa City Council ponders RNC surveillance cameras listen

09/20/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa officials have to figure out what to do with the more than 100 security cameras they purchased with grant money from the Republican National Convention. City council members grappled over security and privacy concerns amid frustration that they may have signed on for more than they bargained for.

Months before the Republican Convention landed in Tampa, city council members were hard at work planning for security. A secured “[event zone](http://www.wmnf.org/news_stories?tag=Event+...

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Tampa Police evict squatters who took abandoned house before Republican convention listen

09/07/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A couple who took over an abandoned house in Tampa just before the Republican convention was evicted this morning by Tampa Police.

Tyler Mitchell is an activist who was there to help the squatters, who did not want to be interviewed.

Mitchell said the police did not have legal standing to evict the residents, but they let the Police into the home.

“We are at 208 East North Street in Tampa, Florida. This is a site where there was a housin...

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New software gives Tampa police real time crime stats - compliments of RNC security funding listen

09/07/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tampa police unveiled new software today they say helped reduce crime during the Republican National Convention last week. The system lets officers see where crime is happening as it happens.

It used to take seven days to see a map of where crimes occurred in Tampa. Now it only takes minutes. Before his shift even started, Corporal Kert Rojka found out there were shots fired in the area he regularly patrols and a suspect hadn’t been identified yet.

“I start checking emails, I’...

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Activist says Charlotte much more welcoming to visitors than Tampa during political conventions listen

09/07/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Democratic National Convention ended late Thursday night, and with it the protests.

Tampa Bay area protesters who had traveled to Charlotte began arriving home Friday morning.

“Very much a night and day difference between Tampa and Charlotte. Tampa seemed to be a definite police state. They didn’t want anybody in there. It was not a friendly place to be, it was not a welcoming place to be. Charlotte was all inclusive. It was welcoming and inviting. You could interact with the...

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Protester at Tampa park closed by RNC holds sign: “This fence = democracy” listen

09/05/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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There has been talk this week about how the security changes to Charlotte have been less drastic and more welcoming during the Democratic convention than they were for the Republican National Convention last week in Tampa. For example, Charlotte’s downtown hosted a major public celebration of Labor Day, whereas parts of Tampa were nearly a ghost town except for police, protesters and barricades.

The change that came over the city before the convention was well illustrated at Curtis Hixo...

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Romney-bashing poster removed by Tampa code enforcement listen

09/05/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The owner of a restaurant just outside Tampa’s Republican convention event zone is wondering why government workers tore artwork off of his building one day before the convention was set to begin. Café Hey owner Cheong Choi said one of the posters showcased a smiling Mitt Romney behind the words “I like firing people”.

“We’ve had posters on the front here and it’s never really been an issue. We’ve had banners and we have all kinds of other things that we haven’t been ...

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Activists think Republican convention security was overkill listen

09/04/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Tampa Police Department hired thousands of extra officers to help with security for the Republican National Convention last week; some activists who were protesting the event including Occupy Tampa’s Andrew Speirs think it was overkill.

“The police have been showing up with overwhelming force for peaceful protesters mainly using, not so much fear tactics, but just using overwhelming numbers to try to keep us in their sense of calm when we are doing nothing but being peaceful anywa...

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New Book By Paul Guzzo Covers Castro, Bolita, Organized Crime and Mass Murder in Tampa

09/04/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll talk with Paul Guzzo who has written a new book about Tampa called THE DARKSIDE OF SUNSHINE:Murder, Mayhem,Militias,Marijuana, Mafia and the Mons: A Century of Infamy in the City of Tampa.

Later we'll talk with Michael Van Sickler a staff writer at the Tampa Bay Times about [his article in today's TBT](http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/national/atmosphere-in-charlotte-more-free-fun-th...

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Grover Norquist spoke in St Petersburg during Republican convention listen

09/04/12 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last Wednesday at the USF St. Petersburg campus, the conservative lobbyist and author of the “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” Grover Norquist delivered a 40 minute speech about the current American political process. The low turn out of roughly 50 people received a lesson in the ideology of the Republican Party from arguably one of the most powerful men in Washington.

Norquist’s advocacy group, Americans for Tax Reform, is best known for the taxpayer protection pled...

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