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Mass shooting at CT school rekindles push to stop gun violence listen

12/14/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A man opened fire Friday inside the Connecticut elementary school where his mother worked as a teacher, killing 26 people, including 20 children.

In a statement to news media, President Barack Obama said,

"As a country we have been through this too many times. Whether it's an elementary school in Newton, or a shopping mall in Oregon or a temple in Wisconsin or a movie theater in Aurora or a street corner in Chicago, these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods and these children are our ...

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I Am Someone: a Documentary on Sexual Violence

03/08/11 Dawn Morgan Elliott
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Happy International Women’s Day! I’m Dawn Morgan Elliott, a six-year volunteer with WMNF, with five years in the newsroom telling other people’s stories.

For this International Women’s Day, I want to raise the noise level on sexual abuse and violence against women, traumatic experiences that often have a silencing effect on its victims.

I’ll get personal, asking 54-year-old Baltimore native Lepena Reid to talk about the terrible attack she endured on the city streets when sh...


March in St. Pete to stop gun violence listen

04/27/09 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Eight-year-old Paris Whitehead-Hamilton’s death was a wakeup call for the community in Bartlett Park to mobilize against the crimes committed in their neighborhood. About 400 concerned citizens marched to end gun violence in South St. Petersburg on April 25.

The St. Petersburg Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), other community organizations, and City Council members marched from Bartlett Park to Campbell Park in honor of the victim killed d...

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Violence against the homeless on the rise in Pinellas listen

12/29/08 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The number of homeless people in Pinellas County is increasing and violence against these people is also on the rise. Florida ranks the first in the country for violence against homeless persons, according to the Pinellas County Coalition for the Homeless.

A 60-year old Vietnam War veteran known as Pops sleeps by St. Petersburg City Hall with his son, Daniel. He has been living in the streets for four and a half years and prior to that he was an engineer. “I am a decorated veteran. I spe...

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