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Clean Up Scheduled for University Area Community in Tampa

01/15/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll talk about a community project taking place soon in North Tampa-- it's an effort to improve the lives of people who live in the area near the University of South Florida. But first- one listener comment about yesterday's show. Yesterday we spent much of the hour talking about guns and what to do to reduce gun violence. Here's what one listener had to say:

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This Saturday more than 500 volunteers from busines...

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West Tampa charity plans to take on code enforcement over food service training truck listen

12/28/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A West Tampa charity is having a hard time running their organization because of some of the city’s codes. Huey Johnson, head of the West Tampa Cultural Society, runs a food truck that trains struggling young people in the neighborhood how to work in restaurants and even run them. He’ll be asking code enforcement officials on Wednesday to cut the community service group some slack.

“They are telling us, although we’re a non-profit agency registered with the state of Florida that we can ...

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Lunch for veterans without homes opens job opportunities too listen

12/21/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Veterans who don’t have homes this holiday season got a warm meal this afternoon in Tampa. The Hillsborough County Veteran’s Affairs department doled out turkey dinners to about 40 vets, but also took the opportunity to help them get and keep jobs.

Veterans dined ten at a time, starting with this group. Kelly Beaver, a retired sailor in the Navy used to live on the streets. He’s still getting help from the county’s veteran's affairs department, but he said he’s on the road to recovery. ...

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Food Not Bombs volunteers share food in downtown Tampa park despite legal concerns listen

12/18/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Volunteers with the group Food Not Bombs served breakfast to people in Gaslight Square in downtown Tampa Tuesday. The group has been feeding people in the city for years, but this particular routine started last week and will continue every Tuesday through the holidays.

“Well, we have sweet potatoes, oatmeal and bagels.”

That could change next week though. Thích Giác Ngô, a Buddhist monk with Food Not Bombs said the group gets most of their food from places who are about to throw it...

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Dental care is a much needed part of overall health but isn't always affordable listen

12/14/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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With or without insurance, dental care is often neglected in health care decisions because it’s so expensive. But good dental care is about more than just a pretty smile, it’s a vital part of overall health.

“From a medical standpoint, there’s a link between poor dental care and systemic problems – heart attack, strokes, cancer – so we’re doing our part to alleviate that.”

  1. Merrell Williams is a dentist at his own private practice on N. Armenia in Tampa. He said those illnesses can...
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Chris Hedges on Third World America

12/03/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll listen to a recent talk (11/21/12) that Chris Hedges (Days of Destruction Days of Revolt) gave to a group called United Against Poverty. In this lecture, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedges will examine how America has devolved, economically and politically, into a Third World country and the role that inverted totalitarianism plays in consolidating the control of rapa...

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Dilapidated mobile home lot catches Tampa City Council's eye listen

11/27/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A cluster of mobile homes in Southeast Seminole Heights is falling apart and no one has done anything about it. Until now. Pete Johnson, a civilian code enforcement guru, told Tampa City Council members earlier this month that the homes violated multiple city codes.

“There is sewage leak. There is electrical components close to water. This is the most grotesque living conditions I have ever seen and abuse of elderly people by this property owner. I cannot understand why code has not ...

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Incumbent Ken Welch faces challenger Buck Walz in Pinellas County Commission race listen

11/05/12 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Three incumbent Pinellas County Commissioners face challengers in tomorrow’s election. One of them, Democrat Ken Welch, hopes to be re-elected over his challenger Republican Buck Walz. In the District 7 race Welch is emphasizing community health.

At a town hall meeting last month in Saint Petersburg Welch said although education is the county’s top priority it’s only part of the focus. He said with a limited budget combating systemic poverty will be the commiss...

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Romneyville campers may struggle with finding a place to sleep after Republican convention listen

08/30/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Romneyville camp in downtown Tampa was set up as a place for both protesters and people without homes to sleep during the Republican National Convention. Now that the event is drawing to a close people are going to have to start finding other places to go.

Shortly after all of the delegates and journalists leave Tampa, Romneyville residents will have to pack up their tents and go somewhere else. The Poor People’s Economic and Human Rights Campaign leased the property where they’re st...

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Tampa Police give leftover Republican convention lunches to Romneyville homeless camp listen

08/30/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Police presence around the Romneyville camp has been tight this week, but today they showed up not for security, but to hand out food. Hundreds of left over boxed lunches were given to people sleeping in tents in downtown Tampa.

Inside the white boxes were massive sandwiches, chips and fresh fruit. Most of the people staying at Romneyville don’t have homes and often wonder where their next meal will come from. The camp had a bus that s...

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