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Barack Obama's first 100 days

04/29/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up: an assessment of the first 100 days of President Barack Obama. But first, a lot of listener comments about yesterday's program and the controversy over plans to issue religiously themed Florida license plates.

Today marks the first 100 days of Obama's term in office. What has he accomplished and what has he not done? Politifact.com, a project of the St. Petersburg Times is tracking more than 500 campaign promises made b...

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Juan Cole on situation in North Iraq listen

03/25/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The premier of Iraq's Kurdish regional government today backed a call by the country's president for Turkish Kurdish rebels holed up in the region to lay down their arms.

That follows a comment earlier this week from Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, himself a Kurd, warning the rebels based in Iraq's northern mountains to lay down their guns or leave the country.

Talabani said during a visit by Turkish President Abdullah Gul that the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) "must become involved in...

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Event to celebrate veterans is Saturday at USF listen

03/12/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Thousands of veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan reside in the Tampa Bay area, and this Saturday at the USF Sundome, there will be an event that will provide a variety of services for them.

Nolan Henson is a program director at the James Haley Hospital, the host of Saturday’s event.

The hospital will be hosting a “Welcome Home Celebration for Florida’s active-duty military members and veterans” who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan this Saturday, beginning at 1...

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Ex-Tampa Congressman revisits his vote on Iraq listen

03/09/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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U.S. military officials said yesterday that the U.S. will reduce its military presence in Iraq by 12,000 troops over the next six months as part of the first major drawdown since President Barack Obama announced his plan to end combat operations in the country next year.

A week from next Thursday will mark the sixth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq by U.S. and coalition forces.

When President Obama made his announcement of troop withdrawals from Iraq 10 days ago, WMNF contacted for...

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Sarasota-Manatee group gets grant to help returning war vets listen

02/27/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Gulf Coast Community Foundation has awarded Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Sarasota-Manatee a grant of $300,000 over the next two years to assist families experiencing negative effects from military service in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Research shows that one in every five veterans who have served in either of those countries suffers from depression or a stress disorder.

Rose Chapman, president and CEO of the Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS), said the grant will...

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Some critical of plans for troop withdrawal from Iraq listen

02/27/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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President Barack Obama announced plans today to withdraw the bulk of U.S. forces from Iraq by Aug. 31, 2010, and to pull out all remaining troops by the end of 2011, ending the war in Iraq and launching what he called an "era of American leadership and engagement in the Middle East."

Speaking to Marines at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Obama said he wanted to talk about how the war in Iraq would end.

The president’s plan calls for withdrawing most of the 142,000 service members now in Iraq by t...

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CIA vet Michael Scheuer says Afghan war is already lost

02/11/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to WMNF 's Radioactivity, I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll talk about the war in Afghanistan with Michael Scheuer, author of the book Marching Toward Hell.

But first some listener comments about the last few 1 p.m. programs. We’ll hear comments about the state’s budget problems, a possible new source of renewable energy, electioneering by a local public officials, the proposed landfill in East Pasco County, and the closing of the military prison at Gua...

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Mother talks about losing son in Iraq

11/29/08
From A Woman's Point of View
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Norma Aviles the mother of Andy Aviles one of the first soldiers to die in the Iraq War from the Tampa Bay Region talks about her loss and how she is coping. Norma and her husband Oscar opposed the Iraq war before Andy went over to Iraq. Norma has stayed an activist trying to end the war. Andy's unit completed its third tour of duty and returned home to the Tampa area was and was featured in an article in the St. Pete Times this week.

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Tampa celebrates Veteran's Day early listen

11/07/08 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In recognition of Veteran’s Day, traditionally celebrated on Nov. 11, about a hundred people gathered at Joe Chillura Square in downtown Tampa today to honor those, living and dead, who served in the U.S. armed forces.

The event was sponsored in part by the Military Affairs Council for the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. Retired Army Major Gen. Fred Raymond, who serves on the council, said the affair was held to show appreciation to the veterans as well as pay homage to those current...

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Final debate of election season at Tampa Tiger Bay listen

10/31/08 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Although many have taken to the polls early, local Hillsborough congressional and house candidates debated one final time today at Tampa Tiger Bay Club.

Doug Tudor is running as the Democratic congressional candidate for District 12, his opponent is Republican Adam Putnum. Tudor spent 25 years in the Navy before retiring to run in his first campaign against Putnam. Longtime local activist Sidney Potter, asked Tudor about his feelings about the war in Iraq.

“Thank you sir, for the las...

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