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Problems in Africa kick off two day conference on international affairs listen

03/28/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Many countries in Africa are facing famine, poverty and civil war. A panel of experts dove into the issues facing African nations during the first day of USF St. Petersburg’s Conference on International Affairs.

Countries like Mali and Libya face fierce fighting between groups in power and opposition forces. The issue has left a divide among people who think the U.S. should provide military intervention and those who think the militarization of nations should be avoided. Bill Felice, ...

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Lens critics grill local architect about new St. Pete pier plans listen

03/26/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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An architect working on the new St. Pete pier design dispelled what she calls myths about the $50 million project. More than 100 people crowded a Suncoast Tiger Bay meeting Tuesday to ask Lisa Wannemacher questions about the Lens.

“It is not a sidewalk to nowhere. The pier is a promenade to a place.”

But critics have continued to lambaste city officials and architects over the project. After the design was chosen in 2011, a group called [Concerned Citizens of St. Petersburg](http...

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St. Pete for Peace celebrates "10 years of resistance" listen

03/08/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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One of the most active anti-war groups in the Tampa Bay area is celebrating ten years of resistance Saturday.

We spoke with Chris Ernesto, a co-founder of St. Pete for Peace, about what they've done since 2003 and what's to come for the anti-war and social justice group.

At the anniversary celebration hey will debut a film about their ten years of activism.

It's at 7 p.m. Saturday March 9 at L-Train, 900 Central Ave. in St. Pete.

"Ten years ago befor...

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Florida Senate committee puts domestic partner registry bill on hold listen

02/19/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A bill to extend some rights to domestic partners was put on hold Tuesday in the Florida Senate Children and Families Committee.

During public comment, St. Petersburg City Council member Steve Kornell asked senators to support it.

Some of the Republicans who oppose the domestic partnership registry bill said they support expanding rights, but this bill goes too far and is too similar to marriage.

The bill’s sponsor Senator Elanor Sobel, a Democrat from Hollywood, said she would br...

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St. Pete City Council member Steve Kornell opposed red light cameras

02/15/13 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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They snap pictures of cars who may be running a light with a tell tale flash. They're red light cameras.

The idea was to eliminate potentially fatal intersection collisions, but the issue has sparked debate across party lines. Some argue it is a violation of privacy – others that the tickets issued aren’t accurate.

As legislation to overturn a state law that allows the cameras to be used is making its way through Tallahassee, St. Petersburg officials are facing their own backlash o...

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Rick Kriseman talks about why wants to be the next Mayor of St. Petersburg

02/14/13 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Rick Kriseman has served on the St. Pete City Council and in Tallahassee as a state Representative. On Monday, February 11, he announced he would be a candidate for mayor in St. Petersburg. On our show, he talked about why he's the better choice for the city than incumbent Bill Foster moving forward.

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Kriseman files paperwork to run for mayor of St. Petersburg listen

02/11/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Former state Representative, Democrat Rick Kriseman, filed paperwork today to run for mayor of St. Petersburg. In a message to supporters posted on YouTube, Kriseman said he would challenge incumbent Bill Foster.

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Remembering the 2012 battle to save St. Pete's Pier and looking forward to keeping it going listen

01/03/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The iconic inverted pyramid that is the St. Petersburg Pier may have just rung in its last new year. St. Pete City Council members voted last year to have the Pier demolished at the end of this May. After that a new Pier called the Lens is set to replace it. That design was chosen after a lengthy international competition and is an over-water pedestrian and bike path. Critics of the new design bombarded city council meetings throughout the year and gathered thousands of petition signature...

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African solidarity committee to host international conference in St. Petersburg listen

01/02/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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People from all over the country will be gathering in St. Petersburg next week for the African People’s Solidarity Committee’s international conference. Groups from all over the world were invited. Penny Hess who chairs the group said some 100 people will brainstorm ideas on how non-minority groups can stand in solidarity with oppressed communities in Africa.

"We will be talking about the role that white people can play in the growing movement for African li...

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Genetically Engineered Trees Secretly Planted in Florida? And Mayor Bill Foster Says He Has Every Intention of Running for Re-Election

11/28/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll talk with the mayor of St. Petersburg about baseball, the Lens and his plans for the future…. And we’ll also hear from an environmentalist who is raising the alarm about the planting of genetically modified trees in the US.

But first, five listener comments about yesterday’s program. Yesterday we spent the hour talking about WMNF’s programming- in light of the fact that we are in the regular two year proces...

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