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Wildlife Law Conference addresses everything from sonar to seals listen

03/12/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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When it comes to legal protections, animals can be at a disadvantage. But some legal experts are gathering in Gulfport trying to beef up what’s known as “Wildlife Law.”

Today Stetson University College of Law held the first day of its International Wildlife Law Conference. Among the clusters of men in pressed designer suits, Stetson Law professor Peter Fitzgerald stood out.

Fitzgerald was discussing the legal dispute between Canada and the European Union over the EU’s ban on the import...

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Justice Thomas visits Stetson University College of Law listen

02/02/10 Mark Anderson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas visited Stetson University’s College of Law in Gulfport this morning to deliver a speech to several hundred law students, faculty, and invited guests. He avoided direct comment on several controversial decisions, including last month’s decision liberalizing corporate donations to political campaigns.

Justice Thomas received an honorary degree, then presided over a folksy, interactive motivational dialogue with Stetson law students. The conservative J...

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Is Tropicana Field site too contaminated? listen

05/30/08 Seán Kinane and Kamala Chetty
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has given the city of St. Petersburg until July to put a deed restriction on the Tropicana Field site. Some people have concerns about whether that means that the site could not be redeveloped as hoped by the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team as part of their plan to have the city and county build them a new waterfront stadium.

The DEP’s most recent letter, dated May 8, gives the city a 60-day deadline to execute a “deed restriction for rem...

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Cleland advises Stetson graduates listen

05/12/08 Doris Norrito
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Former Georgia Sen. Max Cleland received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the Stetson University College of Law and gave the commencement address Saturday morning at Stetson University in Gulfport.

A crowd of several hundred hushed to the sound of bagpipes as graduates of the College of Law filed onto the courtyard at Stetson University for the spring graduation ceremony.

Cleland is a veteran who lost both legs and his right arm when serving in Vietnam. Drawing on his own experi...

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Colombian trade deal ratification sought listen

05/05/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A “free-trade” deal has been negotiated between the United States and Colombia, but it awaits Congressional approval. Last month, Democrats in Congress said they would indefinitely delay a vote on ratification.

Today in Tampa, the Colombian Ambassador to the U.S. joined Florida’s junior Sen. Mel Martinez and some members of the business community to urge Congress to quickly vote to ratify the Colombia Free Trade Agreement.

Colombian Ambassador Carolina Barco said that under President A...

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On race and reconciliation listen

05/01/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The racially divisive history of the United States, and more importantly, how the country can heal from centuries of violence and racism, were topics of discussion in St. Petersburg on Wednesday Evening. WMNF’s Seán Kinane reports on the final installment of Studio@620’s Roundtable on Social Justice Series, which addressed race and reconciliation.

During the recent controversy over excerpts of sermons by Barack Obama’s former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, some have said that the black...

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Homeless court discussed at Stetson Law listen

04/15/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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This afternoon at the Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, the co-founder of the country’s first Homeless Court addressed students about how they can help their communities after graduation.

Steve Binder is a deputy public defender in San Diego. He said Homeless Court is a special session of the superior court in San Diego that is held at local homeless shelters. Local advocates are considering instituting a Homeless Court in Pinellas County.

George Bolden is the grants and ac...

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Charlie Rose on security after 9/11 listen

03/25/08 Mark Anderson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Hillsborough County League of Women Voter’s held a forum today to discuss the ongoing controversy surrounding the reduction of terror threats at the cost of diminished personal freedom.

Professor Charlie Rose of Stetson University, a law professor and former Judge Advocate General in the service gave his views on the current situation.

In post 9/11 America, there was a widely accepted view that terrorism threats needed to be reduced at all costs, including the cost of reduced huma...

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