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State of the Union Address prompts Tampa Bay watch parties listen

02/13/13 Lenka Davis and Christopher Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last night, President Barack Obama delivered the first State of the Union Address of his second term. WMNF’s Lenka Davis reports from two watch parties in Tampa, one organized by the Hillsborough County Young Democrats and the other one by Tampa Bay Young Republicans.

At Mangroves bar in South Tampa, just minutes before the president’s speech was televised, a member of the Hillsborough County Young Democrats, Tim Heberlein, highlighted three important issues he wanted to hear.

"The fir...

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Free gun training offer attracts over 200 Pinellas County teachers listen

02/11/13 Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This Saturday, when most folks will be sleeping in, doing chores or taking the kids to soccer, a group of Pinellas County school teachers will be learning how to handle a gun.

Lenny Bogdanos is president of International Executive Protection, a Clearwater firm that provides body guard, self-defense and firearms training. He’s waiving the $75 fee he normally charges for a four hour class for Pinellas County school teachers. The class covers everything from ...

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Civil Rights Pioneer and Tampa Native Dr. Bernard Lafayette

02/04/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Our next guest is Bernard Lafayette who was born in Tampa. He is a longtime civil rights activist and organizer, who was a leader in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. He played a leading role in early organizing of the Selma, Alabama, voting rights campaign; was a member of the Nashville Student Movement; and worked closely throughout the 1960s movements with groups such as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and the Amer...

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Hillsborough gun buy-back nets two rocket launchers and hundreds of other firearms listen

02/04/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Update from HSCO, 7 Feb: "the final number of firearms collected at Operation Gun Swap was 2,808"

On Saturday the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office conducted a very popular gun buy-back program at five locations.

They collected hundreds of rifles and handguns and even a couple of rocket launchers and a flute that had been converted into a firearm.

WMNF spoke with Sheriff’s Captain Chad Chronister at their operations center in Ybor City midway through the event, while the line ...

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Hillsborough County Sheriff wants to buy your guns listen

02/01/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Update: hundreds of firearms have been turned in including two rocket launchers.

More photos here; videos below

As gun control debates continue to heat up throughout the country, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office will be buying back unwanted guns this Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. They'll give people $75 and tickets to a Rays game and a Lightning game. All of the firearms and ammunit...

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Non-Violent Activist Talks About Palestinian Peace Movement

01/31/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. Coming up today we’ll meet a Palestinian peace activist who uses non-violence as a way to protest the Israeli occupation of territories once held by the Palestinians- before the 1967 war.

Our guest is Iyad Burnat. He lives in the farming village of Bil’in

Every Friday afternoon villagers, Israeli peace activists and members of the international community hold non-violent demonstrations against the Isareli security wall and the confiscation of vill...

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Callers aren't sold on need for new Rays stadium; mixed opinions on gun control

01/30/13 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Where will Tampa Bay’s Major League Baseball team play a decade from now?

The team seems to be saying it wants out its lease of Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg but wants to stay in the region.

St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster wants the Rays to stay in his city.

This week Pinellas County officials said they are open to the team considering regional options.

The Rays spoke with Hillsborough County Commissioners last week.

We heard from listeners about their opinions.

We also con...

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Gun rights groups plan to converge on Brooksville listen

01/18/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Gun rights activists will be headed out to what they hope will be a massive rally in Brooksville Saturday to protect their guns. In response to national calls for stricter guns rights, these gun owners are reminding Floridians that it is their constitutionally protected right to arm themselves. Damon Locke is an organizer of the Florida Guns Across America rally. Gun owners won’t be allowed to have firearms out in the open due to Florida’s open carry laws, but people with concealed carry ...

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Hillsborough County School Board rejects armed guards in elementary schools listen

01/16/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last night Hillsborough County School Board members gutted a proposal by the Superintendent to add armed security guards to all of the district’s elementary schools. Not everyone was directly opposed to MaryEllen Elia’s idea, but all said the board needs more time and information to come up with a plan.

Elia wanted to spend $700,000 this year and more than $4 million next year to hire 130 security personnel to work in elementary schools. [Doretha Edgecomb](https://www.sdhc.k12.fl.us/boar...

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President Obama announces executive actions to curb gun violence & wants Congress to beef up background checks & ban assault weapons listen

01/16/13 wire reports
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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President Barack Obama has announced a $500 million package of executive actions and legislative proposals aimed at reducing gun violence a month after a mass shooting in Connecticut killed 20 elementary school children. Obama signed 23 executive actions — which require no congressional approval — including several aimed at improving access to data for background checks. A presidential memorandum will instruct the Centers for Disease Control to research causes and prevention of gun violence....

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