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Pinellas Sheriff: "I am 100% opposed to red-light cameras" listen

10/23/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Bob Gualtieri, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Pinellas County, red light cameras, guns, Pinellas Safe Harbor, homeless

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Red light cameras are popping up all over the Tampa Bay area, but not in unincorporated Pinellas County. During a Suncoast Tiger Bay Club luncheon Wednesday, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri explained why.

“I am 100% opposed to red-light cameras.”

Gualtieri acknowledged that he is a minority among law enforcement officials who tend to favor the cameras. But he said traffic enforcement should be about public safety, not profit.

“This should not be a situation where somebody is sitting there in...

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Dream Defenders continue "dream-in" at Governor Rick Scott's office after a week listen

07/22/13 AP & Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Officials say George Zimmerman helped rescue four people from an overturned vehicle last week, just days after he was cleared of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

A Sheriff's spokesperson said in a statement Monday that deputies responding to the wreck found Zimmerman and another man had already helped the couple and their two children out of the flipped sports utility vehicle.

Meanwhile in Tallahassee, a standoff between protesters and Governor Rick Scott is showing ...

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Justice for Trayvon activists confront Governor Rick Scott in Tampa listen

07/18/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Thursday Governor Rick Scott met with the CEO of Visit Tampa Bay about hosting next year’s International Indian Film Academy's awards.

Activist Life Malcolm joined two others from the Justice For Trayvon Coalition in Tampa there to greet the governor.

Can you tell us why you and the other protesters were at the Rick Scott event and what happened?

"We were there at...

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Rallies in St Pete and Tampa for justice for Trayvon Martin after not guilty verdict listen

07/15/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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People furious with George Zimmerman's not guilty verdict protested on both sides of Tampa Bay Sunday.

About fifty activists chanted and held signs on the four corners of a busy South St. Petersburg intersection early in the afternoon.

And a few hours later nearly 200 marched from downtown Tampa's Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park to the Federal Courthouse and back.

Despite the 90 degree heat, many in the long line of marchers in Tampa are wearing hooded sweatshirts like the one Trayv...

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Tampa Dream Defenders part of rally for Trayvon Martin Friday in Sanford as Zimmerman trial wraps up listen

07/12/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Some Tampa Bay area residents are organizing a rally that's being called a March to Sanford – Justice for Trayvon Martin Friday afternoon.

It’s scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. outside the Seminole County Courthouse.

WMNF News interviewed Jared Hamil with Tampa Dream Defenders.

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Tampa moms demand gun control listen

06/03/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A group of Tampa moms wants lawmakers in Washington to put gun control legislation back on the table. It failed earlier this year. During a rally Friday in Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Downtown Waterfront Park, members of the group Moms Demand Action called on the public to reach out to their elected leaders to push for expanded background checks and a ban on military assault weapons.

The group Moms Demand Action lined up twenty chairs, each with a photo of one of the young victims of the Sandy ...

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Call in show: Boston Marathon bombing has one dead suspect, one living and the Senate kills gun measure

04/19/13 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Two men of Chechnya decent were identified by the FBI. One of those men has reportedly been killed; the other is still at large. The dead suspect was said to have been wearing a bomb. The two men – or boys depending on how old you are – I’m kind of thinking boys is the better description- they are accused of all sorts of shenanigans including knocking over a 7-11, hijacking a car and temporarily kidnapping the owner, and killing an MIT police officer. Media outlets have reported tha...

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Gun control comes up as Hillsborough County approves forming a commission on violence listen

04/03/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners unanimously approved spending $150,000 to create a committee to investigate how to stamp out violence in the community. The effort was pushed by Commissioner Kevin Beckner. He said the result would be more specific solutions.

"Over the period of time, that's what we typically have done is just invested in services and programs without any specific, focused outcome. So, the whole point of bringing the prevention institute is to utilize their experience ...

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Hillsborough County School Board gets a lesson from Tampa Police in preventing school shootings listen

03/19/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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It’s been three months since the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting that claimed the lives of 20 first graders but the tragedy is still fresh on the minds of Hillsborough County school officials. During a school board workshop Tuesday, the Tampa Police Department shared a graphic police training video.

Sorrowful music played over a series of photos from various school shootings. That includes images of the Columbine High School gunmen dead in a pool of their own blood. Tampa Police...

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Some Pinellas officials, including a Republican, want to change state gun laws listen

02/27/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Some elected officials in Pinellas County want state legislators to support tougher background checks for purchasing guns. But an attempt to disguise the effort through a name change met little support among state lawmakers during the Pinellas County Legislative Delegation meeting Tuesday in Clearwater. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, a Republican, asked legislators to consider renaming criminal background checks during the gun buying process to better reflect what the term really mea...

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