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Hate groups on the rise in US

09/29/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Our guest is Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center. He closely monitors hate groups in the US and has documented a rise in such group activity since the inauguration of President Obama.

As director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project and editor of its award-winning, quarterly investigative journal Intelligence Report, Mark Potok leads one of the most highly-regarded operations monitoring the extreme right in the world today. In addition to editing the magaz...

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Sami Al-Arian to go on trial on contempt charges listen

01/16/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A federal judge in Virginia ruled today that Sami Al-Arian should stand trial in March for criminal contempt.

The ruling was a blow to the former USF professor, who was released on bail by Judge Leonie Brinkema back in September after being incarcerated in numerous prisons and jails since his arrest in February 2003 on federal terrorism charges.

Mel Underbakke is with the group Friends of Human Rights. She says she was one of nearly two dozen supporters of Al-Arian from Tampa in the ...

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Civil rights group reports rise in hate crimes

11/18/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to WMNF's Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei.

Since Barack Obama’s election to the presidency two weeks ago, there has been a wave of hate crimes and incidents of racial intimidation, according to our next guest, Mark Potok, director of the intelligence project at the Southern Poverty Law center in Montgomery, Alabama.

Potok says the crimes are committed by a small subset of white America, that they don't foretell a race war, but they do cause his group concern. M...

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St. Pete police officer cleared in Dawson killing listen

11/03/08 Seán Kinane and Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Police administrators have cleared St. Petersburg Police officer Terrance Nemeth of all wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Javon Dawson in June.

Nemeth had previously been cleared of wrongdoing by Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe. His supervisors were looking to see whether Nemeth had violated any departmental policy, while McCabe’s review focused on whether he broke any laws.

Both investigations concluded he was justified in shooting Dawson after the teen al...

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Uhurus to protest at World Series listen

10/21/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Several groups plan to challenge two new St. Petersburg ordinances before the first World Series game tomorrow night. One ordinance calls for a “Clean Zone” surrounding Tropicana Field, and the other forbids handing out fliers and other activities in street medians. Some groups, including the Justice for Javon Dawson Committee, said this morning that the success of their leafleting campaign to challenge what they call the cover-up of Dawson’s murder by a St. Petersburg Police officer in...

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Al-Arian released from prison listen

09/03/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Yesterday Dr. Sami Al-Arian was released from custody for the first time in more than five years. Even though his criminal sentence ended 16 months ago, Al-Arian had been held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody since a federal judge ordered him released on bail in July.

WMNF spoke with Al-Arian’s daughter, freelance journalist Laila Al-Arian Tuesday night.

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Brother of slain teen says police harassed him listen

09/03/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In June, teenager Javon Dawson was shot twice in the back and killed by a St. Petersburg Police officer. Yesterday at school, his younger brother, Keon, was pulled out of class and his belongings were searched because the school received a tip that he had a gun.

Dawson’s family and supporters are calling it another example of the St. Pete Police harassing and intimidating people who witnessed his brother’s shooting.

At a press conference Wednesday morning at the Uhuru House in St....

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Uhurus react to police suspensions listen

08/22/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Two St. Petersburg Police officers were suspended Thursday for allowing their personal feelings to influence a decision to tow a truck in June.

The parked truck displayed posters supporting Javon Dawson, who had been shot and killed by a police officer a week earlier. One officer was suspended without pay for 20 days and the other for seven. Today, WMNF spoke with Nyabinga Dzinbahwe, press secretary for the Uhuru movement.

“I think what would effectively act as a deterrent for police...

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Judge postpones Al-Arian trial

08/08/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The next trial of former USF professor Sami Al-Arian has been postponed after a judge raised new doubts about the validity of the prosecution.

Al-Arian had been scheduled to go on trial next week in Virginia on contempt charges after refusing to testify to a federal grand jury about a case unrelated to his original terrorist related charges. But today, U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema overruled prosecutors' objections and postponed the trial indefinitely. In doing so, she questioned w...

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Al-Arian finally closer to freedom? listen

07/11/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Yesterday, a federal judge in Alexandria, Virginia, order Sami Al-Arian released on his criminal contempt charges, but refused to block immigration authorities from detaining him before he is to be deported.

The U.S. government agreed to "expeditiously" deport Al-Arian in 2006, once he finished serving his criminal sentence in a terrorism support case. He was arrested in 2003.

But over the past couple of years, as he served his time for pleading guilty to one charge of materially suppor...

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