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Interview with author Walter Dean Myers Part II listen

09/29/10 Dawn Morgan Elliott
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Award-winning author Walter Dean Myers published two young adult novels in 2010. The first one was Lockdown, about an inner city youth who gets two years in juvenile detention for breaking and entering. The second book, The Crusiers, is about slacker students at an exclusive school for gifted students in Harlem.

WMNF’s Dawn Morgan Elliott spoke with the Myers on communicating with young adults, saving juveniles in the prison system, and how young people handle the seriousness of his...

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Hillsborough county gathers for the 18th Annual Black Heritage Celebration listen

02/12/10 Alexis Chamberlain
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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It was all things baseball today at the Hillsborough County Center as the county’s Black Heritage Committee paid tribute to four local Negro Leagues baseball players.

This year’s Black Heritage Celebration, The African-American Contribution to Baseball, recognized Clifford Brown, Walter Gibbons, Raydell Maddix and Billy Reed, who played for the semipro teams the Pepsi-Cola Giants and Tampa Rockets in their prime.

Dave Reynolds, a local sportscaster and self-proclaimed baseball fan...

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DJJ's Peterman emphasizes Reinvestment Act at conference listen

07/25/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Yesterday, WMNF reported on the first day of a conference in Tampa which brought together state and local officials to discuss ways to divert people with addictions and mental illnesses from being incarcerated in the criminal justice system. Today the conference concluded with an emphasis on helping juveniles.

Friday’s Keynote Speaker was the Secretary of the Department of Juvenile Justice, or DJJ, Frank Peterman, Jr., who was appointed as Secretary by Governor Charlie Crist in February....


Legislature plans cuts to children's services

05/01/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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According to the Florida Coalition for Children, a Tallahassee-based advocacy group, the state Legislature will cut services to children by $18.9-million below last year's levels, and will slash $30.3-million more that's needed to pay for a growing number of adoptions and youths too old to stay in foster care.

Last year in Florida more than 3,000 foster children were adopted, up from 1,500 in just the past three years. The new budget would cut subsidies to adoptive parents by $3.8-million....


Job Corps breaks ground on new center listen

02/21/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao was in St. Petersburg’s Midtown neighborhood this afternoon to break ground on the Pinellas County Job Corps Center.

Job Corps is a “no-cost education and vocational training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor,” according to its website.

Chao said the Job Corps Center, which will open in the summer of 2009 at the corner of Fifth Avenue South and Twenty-Second Street South, will cost $40-million to construct. According to Chao...

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