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Tampa area food pantries face greater demand, fewer donations listen

11/23/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Many families will be spending the Thanksgiving holiday at home with family for a traditional dinner. The Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County estimates more than 17,000 people are on the county streets without a home every night, including this holiday weekend.

With the slumping economy, many of the area’s homel...

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Tampa passes partial ban on panhandling listen

10/20/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today the Tampa City Council passed a partial ban on panhandling on street corners. After the four to one vote, street solicitation is now banned every day but Sunday. Newspaper sales are excluded from the ban. Dozens of members of the public showed up comment on the three controversial panhandling ordinances.

After years of deliberation, Tampa City Council has decided to partially ban panhandling in public right of ways. Former City Council m...

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Tampa's partial panhandling ban advances toward final vote listen

10/06/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council has broken the tense deadlock by passing a partial panhandling ban. Council vice chair Mary Mulhern fought to stop the ban, to no avail.

The proposed panhandling ban has been tied up in a stalemate for several weeks, and finally passed a first reading this morning with a 6 to 1 vote. Council chair Charlie Miranda has been recovering from health issues, and missed the previous vote. He was preparing to phone in his vote today, but Mulhern took advantage of her position as...

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Tampa panhandling ban stalled in a City Council stalemate listen

09/23/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tampa City Council failed to pass a panhandling ordinance Thursday afternoon. With only 6 members voting, and Council member Charlie Miranda on leave with health issues, It's hard to tell if the three-to-three stalemate will let up any time soon.

The fate of beggars, charities, and independent newspapers hangs in the balance as Tampa's City Council failed to d...

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Occupy Wall Street protesters bare tops: "We can't afford a shirt!" listen

09/23/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests in New York enter their second week Saturday. But, unlike much smaller conservative Tea Party demonstrations, most of the media continues a black-out of these radical anti-capitalist gatherings. During one demonstration this week, men and women bared their naked tops, chanting “We can’t afford a shirt.”

The audio is from a [video](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBy9YDwqzwg&featur...

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St. Pete resident heads to court for feeding people in an Orlando park listen

08/03/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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More than 20 activists have been arrested in Orlando since the city began enforcing its ordinance making it a crime to feed people in public parks. But recently Orlando and the local Food Not Bombs chapter have come to an agreement that has, at least for the time being, stopped arrests. Instead of public feedings being in a downtown park, the activists have agreed to feed people in front of City Hall. But St. Petersburg resident Jimmy Dunson was arrested before the agreement. He has a court a...

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Panhandling policy workshop at Tampa Chamber fails to draw support for ban listen

07/27/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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This morning the Tampa Chamber of Commerce tackled the controversial issue of a possible ban on Panhandling in Tampa. Only two in attendance supported a full or partial ban. Everyone else expressed with a show of hands, their desire to give the matter further consideration.

It took effect in St. Petersburg last June. Parts of unincorporated Hillsborough County adopted it early this year. So far though, the city of Tampa has managed to thwart a ban on street solicitation. That could cha...

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Growing food for hungry citizens in Hernando County listen

07/22/11 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Access to healthy food can be difficult around the world, and here in the Tampa Bay area. A workshop will address the growing hunger problem in Hernando County.

The plan is to create awareness of the unsettling poverty situation in Hernando and other counties in Florida. According to Green World Path Inc., a large number of people in Hernando especially are struggling because they cannot afford to feed themselves and their ...

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More Orlando Food Not Bombs activists arrested for sharing food in Lake Eola Park listen

06/07/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Yesterday, four more Food Not Bombs activists were arrested in Orlando for sharing food in a public park. Last night WMNF spoke with Ben Markeson, the media liaison with Orlando Food Not Bombs, who was one of three people arrested last week.

We hope to speak with Ben Markeson by phone during tomorrow’s Last Call at 5:30 p.m.

"The Orlando police made 4 more arrests under the city's 'large group' feeding ordinance. They had a police officer out there with a video camera and he videotap...

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Tampa Bay Indian community awards heroes listen

05/16/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Tampa Bay Indian community honored its volunteers on May 15 at the Indian Cultural Center. They are committed to care for the helpless, forsaken, mentally ill, old and sick people. One of the honorees is Narayanan Krishnan who grew up in Madurai, India. At the age of 19 he was working as a chef for a five star hotel. But his career took a turn in 2002.

“I saw a very, very old man eating his own human waste for food,” Krishnan said.

He never left to Switzerland to work as a cook...

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