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Mortin Halperin describes Pentagon Papers, not WikiLeaks, as “courageous act” listen

02/11/11 Zack Baddorf
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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WikiLeaks has made waves around the world with the release of tens of thousands of classified State Department and Defense Department documents. About 20 Tampa Bay Area residents came to Sarasota Monday night to hear from Mortin Halperin, a Senior Advisor to George Soros’ Open Society Foundation, about his analysis on the release of the secret information.

Mortin Halperin was responsible for the writing of the so-called Pentagon Papers, a study of the American political and military inv...

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Sarasota Gets Giddy over Google Fiber listen

03/11/10 Virginia Hoffman
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In Sarasota, community activists have joined forces with city and county government to launch a grass roots effort to become a testing ground for Google Fiber.

In February, Google invited municipalities to apply to join an experiment to test ultra high speed Google Fiber boasting to deliver Internet faster than any other Internet access. There is a hitch: Google wants to piggy back on existing networks which Sarasota can not offer.

County Administrator Jim Ley says there are ways around...

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Rep Alan Grayson on why Fed should be audited listen

12/11/09 Virginia Hoffman
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Orlando-area Member of Congress Alan Grayson appeared in Sarasota on Sunday for a Democratic Party fundraiser.

When asked about teaming up with Ron Paul’s bill to audit the Federal Reserve, he said it is the kind of bipartisan solution people are looking for.

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U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson on health care reform listen

12/09/09 Virginia Hoffman
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Member of Congress Alan Grayson appeared in Sarasota on Sunday for a Democratic Party fundraiser.

He told WMNF that when health care bill emerges from the Senate, it will be a plan Americans can look forward to.

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Alan Grayson on US role in Afghanistan listen

12/08/09 Virginia Hoffman
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Member of Congress Alan Grayson appeared in Sarasota on Sunday night at a fundraiser for the local Democratic Party.

WMNF asked if he agrees with President Obama’s timeline for withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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Bob Graham on Crist v Rubio Senate race part 2 listen

11/20/09 Virginia Hoffman
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last night we brought you part one of our interview with former Florida Governor Bob Graham. Graham is also a former U.S. Senator.

Republican Mel Martinez replaced Graham in the Senate, but he resigned this year. The 2010 race for that seat is shaping up to be a contentious one. The leading Democrat in the race is U.S. Representative Kendrick Meek. The top two Republicans are Governor Charlie Crist and former state House Speaker Marco Rubio.

In the second half of this interview WMNFâ€...

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Former Governor and Senator Bob Graham on Afghanistan strategy listen

11/19/09 Virginia Hoffman
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Former Florida Governor Bob Graham retired from the U.S. Senate five years ago.

Last night, WMNF’s Virginia Hoffman spoke with Senator Graham in Sarasota. She began the interview by asking Graham about President Barack Obama’s upcoming decision concerning a possible troop increase for the war in Afghanistan.

Please tune in to the Evening News tomorrow at 6pm for the rest of this interview when we ask Senator Graham about the race for his former seat.

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Musicians in labor dispute with Sarasota Orchestra management cancel concert listen

11/12/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A labor dispute between the Sarasota Orchestra and its unionized musicians has caused a benefit concert to be canceled. The Sarasota Orchestra Players’ Association had planned to play tomorrow night at the First Congregational Church of Christ, but because of threats from management they will hold a town hall meeting instead.

Betsy Hudson Traba is the principal flutist of the Sarasota Orchestra and chair ...

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President Clinton speaks in Sarasota listen

10/07/09 Virginia Hoffman
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Former President Clinton visited Sarasota last Wednesday as the kick-off speaker for the Ringling College Library Association Town Hall series.

Standing in a packed hall, Clinton joked that he had second thoughts about speaking in a hostile political territory. He said today's political battles are not new.

Clinton then moved to the core philosophy that motivates him, and warned about the dangers of news dependence.

He continued to encourage civil action, saying that cynicism is a co...

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Sarasota approves transfer of stadium; Orioles closer to coming listen

07/22/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The $31 million dollar plan to make Sarasota the new spring training home for the Baltimore Orioles was barely approved today.

The City Commission of Sarasota agreed on a 3-2 vote to turn over Ed Smith Stadium to the County. But disagreement on adding an amendment to limit the City’s exposure to costs related to environmental impacts led two Commissioners to reject the proposal.

The issue of any remedial liability for the City surfaced on Monday, forcing the City Commissioners to d...

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