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Zirin hits back against Miami Marlins suspension of Guillen for Castro comments listen

04/10/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins suspended their manager Ozzie Guillen. The infraction? Paying a compliment to former Cuban president Fidel Castro. Guillen has apologized for telling Time magazine he loves Castro. Dave Zirin writes about the politics of sports and is critical of the Marlins and the right-wing Cuban exile community in Miami for their witch-hunt of Guillen. Zirin i...


University of Tampa group takes educational trip to Cuba, despite ongoing US trade embargo listen

02/23/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Despite the ongoing U.S. embargo of Cuba, it’s now easier for educational trips to the island. A group of University of Tampa students and professors traveled to Cuba as part of a cultural studies class. They presented their experiences to a standing-room-only crowd at UT’s Vaughn Center Wednesday.

Seventeen students and three professors made the tr...

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In Tampa Marco Rubio defends his characterization of parents' flight from Cuba listen

10/27/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio made his first official trip to the Tampa Bay Area today. The purpose of his visit was to field questions from the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce about policy in Washington D.C., but he came under fire for the ongoing scandal surrounding inconsistencies in his life story.

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Controvery over Senator Marco Rubio's claim to be a refugee from Castro

10/21/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)

The AP is reporting:

"Freshman U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is dismissing allegations he embellished his family's history by claiming his parents were exiles.

"The Florida political leader has always publicly identified as part of the Cuban exile community. His Senate website says his parents came to America following Fidel Castro's 1959 takeover.

"But media reports Thursday revealed they'd emigrated to the U.S. in 1956. Rubio's father was a bartender and came for economi...


Florida Orchestra heads to Havana for historical music and education exchange listen

09/29/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This morning marked another milestone in Tampa Bay’s reconnection with Cuba. The Florida Orchestra sent five musicians from its wind ensemble to Havana to perform and teach master classes. This is the first time in 12 years that a professional American orchestra has sent musicians to Cuba, and only the second time since the 1959 revolution.

Flowing fanfares from fellow musicians in the brass quintet were a fine farewell for the members of the Florida...

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Tampa City Council votes to write letter to Cuba's ambassador listen

09/22/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This month Tampa International Airport resumed direct flights to Cuba. The temporary chair of City Council, Mary Mulhern was one of the first members of Tampa’s government to visit the country. The Council voted yesterday to send a letter to the Cuban ambassador expressing Tampa’s desire to interact more with the Caribbean country.

Mary Mulhern wants the Tampa Port to handle a higher per...

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Direct travel between Tampa and Havana to take flight listen

09/07/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The first flight to Cuba from Tampa in 50 years will take place Thursday. Interested travelers gathered at the Cuban American Club in Ybor City Tuesday night to celebrate and get information from service providers about upcoming flights.

Cuban-Americans will have an easier time visiting family thanks to inaugural flights traveling between Tampa and Havana. U.S. Representative Kathy Castor said it’s been too long since there was an ease in travel between the two countries.

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Al Fox talks to Tampa Tiger Bay Club about benefits of lifting Cuba trade embargo listen

08/19/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Many people want Florida to be allowed to trade with Cuba. They say the benefits to both Cuban and American economies would be substantial if the current trade embargo was lifted.

Tampa International Airport could begin commercial flights to and from Cuba as soon as September. That news was announced in July after at least one Miami-based charter company was granted landing rights. But trade with the country still isn’t allowed. Al Fox, president of the Alliance for Responsible Cuba...


Tampa residents commemorate anniversary of death of Jose Marti listen

05/19/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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On this day in 1895, Cuban revolutionary José Martí died in battle against the Spaniards. Today on a tiny chunk of Cuban soil in Ybor City, a small group of Tampa residents of Cuban descent commemorated the anniversary. 89-year-old Al Arteaga of Cuba Vive Tampa Bay brought flowers to the Friends of José Martí Park.

"Jose Marti was a man who was from the youngest years joined the liberty of Cuba from the Spanish. The Spanish occupied Cuba since the 1700's."

Tell us about this park. ...

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Cuban Five advocates say trial journalists moonlighted as pro-US propagandists listen

05/09/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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For thirteen years members of the group known as the Cuban five have been in prison in the US. They were convicted on charges including espionage and conspiracy to commit murder after the Cuban military shot down two US planes in 1996. They were living in Florida at the time, and had allegedly infiltrated a network of anti-Castro Cuban exiles. A group that’s been fighting for the Cuban Five’s release says propaganda impeded their right to a fair trial.

The trial took place in Miami, wh...

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