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Former WFLA-AM host and sports announcer Mark Beiro to join WMNF News hosts on Tuesdays

01/15/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Mark Beiro, wmnf, WFLA-AM, Tampa

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Next week marks the beginning of a new programming schedule here at WMNF and this includes a new lunchtime spot for national and local news. Many familiar hosts will remain but Tuesdays will have a rotating cast of hosts including Mark Beiro, who joins us this morning on Radioactivity. Beiro hosted a show on WFLA-AM for years and also worked as sports announcer on the local and national boxing and Jai Alai circuits. Today he shares stories from his career and upbringing in West Tampa.

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USF students purchase billboard challenging university's "investments in Israeli apartheid" listen

01/14/15 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: SJP, USF, Tampa, University of South Florida, Palestine, Israel, human rights, BDS

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USF students supporting human rights in Palestine have sparked a controversy by purchasing a billboard near the Tampa campus criticizing the university’s foundation for ignoring their petition to divest from companies profiting from the Israeli occupation.

During a meeting last May the USF Foundation quickly rejected a proposal by Students for Justice in Palestine at USF that was supported by the signa...

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Sixty Tampa Police will wear body cameras as part of pilot program listen

01/08/15 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Tampa Police, Tampa City Council, police, Tampa, Jane Castor

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Tampa Police will roll out a pilot program to check the effectiveness of officers wearing body cameras; It’s part of a nationwide movement to document more interactions between police and the public, especially following several high-profile deaths.

Council member Frank Reddick asked Chief Jane Castor how Tampa Police officers felt about using the cameras.

Chief Castor said the cameras will be purchased from TASER International and the contract for storage and analysis of the video wil...

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Same-sex couples get legally wed all over Florida listen

01/06/15 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: LGBT, same-sex, gay, marriage, clerk of courts, Supreme Court, Tampa, Hillsborough, Saint Petersburg, pinellas, Pam Bondi

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Same-sex couples are rejoicing as they legally tie the knot in Florida Tuesday. In St. Petersburg about twenty couples lined up in front of the Pinellas County courthouse steps before the doors opened at 8:00 a.m.

After about 30 minutes of paperwork the first couple, Andrea DeFlippo and Erin Bell, were escorted into a small room cramped with reporters. Arricka Grant, performed the ceremony. Pinellas County Clerk of Courts St Pete branch manager, Vel Anderson, said that preparations had bee...

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Tampa International Airport expects more direct flights to Cuba after thaw in relations listen

01/05/15 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Cuba, Tampa, tampa international airport

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Last month the presidents of Cuba and the United States announced they would take steps to thaw the icy relations between the two countries.

The U.S. still has an embargo and a ban on tourism to Cuba, but it is likely to become easier for permitted travel from the U.S. to Cuba.

For more than three years there have been direct flights from Tampa International Airport to cities in Cuba.

To find out what the new policy could mean for travelers and for the airport, WMNF News interview...

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Black Lives Matter march planned for Tampa on New Year's Day listen

12/31/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Ferguson, Tampa, Black Lives Matter, Tom Scott, Tampa Police

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Demonstrators in St. Louis briefly occupied a Metro Police Station Wednesday. Some protesters were pepper-sprayed, according to several videos posted on the Twitter account of a notable Ferguson protester, @deray.

There may be a different tone at a gathering in Tampa Thursday afternoon.

A “Black Lives Matter” march is planned to start in Ybor City and head toward the Tampa Police headquarters near Gaslight Square.

WMNF News interviewed one of the organizers, Tom Scott, pastor of the ...

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Protesters outside Tampa Chamber meeting ask "Prosperity for Whom?" listen

12/18/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Chamber of Commerce, Bob Buckhorn, Tampa, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Samantha Bowden, gentrification, poverty

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Thursday the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual meeting at the Tampa Convention Center.

During the meeting the Chamber tweeted that a downtown vision unveiled yesterday by the owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning would create 6,700 jobs.

But outside, a half-dozen protesters held signs and chanted that the promised prosperity would not trickle down to every day residents of Tampa.

WMNF News interviewed Samantha Bowden, a graduate student at the University of South Flor...

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Tampa demonstrators shut down streets in solidarity with Ferguson protests listen

12/08/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Ferguson, Tampa, Michael Brown, Raices en Tampa, Dream Defenders, Eric Garner, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa Police

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On Friday night in Tampa about 150 Ferguson solidarity protesters shut down streets and bridges in and around downtown and even took their message against police violence to a city-sponsored Christmas celebration in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

In the streets they chanted things like “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” “Back Lives Matter,” and “I Can’t Breathe.”

After an hour of speeches and chanting at Gaslight Square Park near police headquarters, demonstrators marched west on Kennedy Boulevar...

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Tampa Bay fast food workers unite to demand a higher minimum wage

12/04/14 Robet Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: minimum wage, fast food workers, Tampa, Shetara Brown

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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with Taco Bell fast food worker Shetara Brown from Tampa. Shetara is involved in an effort calling on fast food companies to pay a higher minimum wage.

Fast-food workers in St. Pete will for the first time join workers in Tampa on strike this Thursday, joining a growing movement for $15 an hour and union rights that has spread to over 160 cities across the country. Two years after New York City fast-food workers sparked a nationwide movement for h...

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Ferguson solidarity rally planned for Friday in Tampa listen

12/03/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Tampa, Ferguson, Michael Brown, Uhurus, St. Pete, Raices en Tampa, Eric Gardner, Race, police

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update: The rally is in Gaslight Square*

There have been several small protests around the Tampa Bay area since a grand jury in Missouri announced it would not indict a Ferguson police officer in the death of Michael Brown; now, several groups are coming together for one major rally in downtown Tampa's Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park Friday at 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday morning WMNF interviewed Alekos Zambrano with Raices en Tampa, one of t...

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