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Revisiting the Sami Al-Arian case listen

07/03/14 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Tags: Sami Al-Arian, USF

On Friday, June 27, the Department of Justice dropped a long-stalled second criminal prosecution of Sami Al-Arian, the former USF professor who pleaded guilty to one count of aiding a terrorist group in 2006, following a high-profile federal trial in Tampa in 2005 where a jury of his members acquitted him on eight charges and deadlocked on the other nine.

But after Al-Arian ultimately pleaded guilty of count of aiding terrorists, he was scheduled to be deported. That has never happened, a...

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Environmentalists plan message to PSC with mock hearing listen

07/03/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: clean energy, solar, Duke Energy, Florida Power and Light, Public Service Commission, energy efficiency, Sierra Club, Clean Energy Coalition

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A coalition of environmental and civic groups thinks the state isn’t taking enough public input on clean energy. The Florida Public Service Commission won’t take public comment during a meeting about mandatory changes to some standards. So to get its point across, The Sunshine State Clean Energy Coalition hosted more than 100 Tampa Bay area residents at the Free Fall Theater in St. Pete for a mock hearing Wednesday night.

“This year, the Florida Public Service Commission will set new stan...

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From a Woman's POV discusses the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision and the evolution of war in America listen

07/03/14 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Tags: Burwell v Hobby Lobby, JESSICA MASON PIEKLO

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Supreme Court Hobby Lobby Decision

It's that time of year again – “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed with certain inalienable rights…” Oh, women…not so fast – you are not created equal as the Supreme Court reminded us again this week.

The last I looked it’s hard to have a life without a body and your body is subject to the religious beliefs of others - woe to you if it’s your boss. We will review Burwell v Hobby Lobby and ...

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Radioactivity listeners weigh in on the Declaration of Independence and patriotism listen

07/03/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Declaration of Independence

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The Fourth of July, is a holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei airs a reading of the Declaration by a group of actors and then opens the phone lines to get listener thoughts on the Declaration and patriotsim. The show also shares Howard Zinn's thoughts on the Declaration.

Reading of th...

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Charges dropped against Al-Arian; interview with his former lawyer listen

07/03/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Sami Al-Arian, Linda Moreno, Tampa

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Last Friday a federal judge in Virginia dropped all charges against former University of South Florida Professor Sami Al-Arian; could it signal the end of a marathon legal battle that began in Tampa more than a decade ago?

To find out, WMNF spoke Wednesday with Al-Arian’s former attorney, Linda Moreno, who is based in Tampa.

Linda Moreno is also affiliated with Doughty Street Chambers in London, a firm specializing in human rights and international law.

"Well, I’m very happy that a...

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Happy Birthday America listen

07/02/14 Warren Elly with Joe Redner
Last Call Wednesday
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Tags: Joe Redner, July 4th, Rand Paul, Jeff Sessions

A discussion of the America Dream in modern times, Civil Rights Act of 1964, unaccompanied children and immigration policy with Joe Redner.

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Tampa celebrates Civil Rights Act anniversary listen

07/02/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: civil rights, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Lyndon Johnson, Race, discrimination

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It’s been 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Officials from Hillsborough County and Tampa along with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission took a trip down memory lane during an anniversary celebration today. Delano Stewart was the first black public defender in Hillsborough County.

“It was monumental legislation, but we cannot go to sleep. If we go to sleep there is a Tea Party. I listen to the Republican Party saying they want to d...

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The Hobby Lobby Decision Would Never Have Happened with Single Payer Health Care: Guest Says Employer-Based Health Insurance Is a Bad System

07/02/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Dr. Elizabeth Rosenthal, Hobby Lobby, Supreme Court

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Today on Radioactivity we take another look at the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision from the perspective of a medical doctor who says our system of relying on employers for health care is a failure.

Earlier this week the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government could not require closely held corporations to pay for insurance coverage for certain kinds of contraception under the Affordable Care Act. Five justices- all men- ruled that it violated a federal law protecting religious...

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Outspoken oncologist's new memoir takes on pharmaceutical companies and members of the medical community

07/01/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Megalies, Lodovico Balducci, Moffitt Cancer Center

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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with Lodovico Balducci, a physician, an oncology professor at the USF Medical School and a senior member of the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. His new memoir takes on the pharmaceutical companies, members of his own profession and comes to believe in one truth. The memoir, called Megalies discusses the lessons he’s learned from dealing with patients, the medical industry, members of the profession and his own depression.

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Convicted terrorist's brother says Sami Osmakac was set up listen

07/01/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Sami Osmakac, Avni Osmakac, terrorism, FBI, Committee to Stop FBI Repression, Jared Hamil, Samantha Bowden, Muslim, islam, Sami Al Arian

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The brother of a man convicted of plotting terrorism says it was an FBI setup. Avni Osmakac lashed out at the government during a press conference Tuesday in front of the federal courthouse in Tampa. That’s where his brother Sami was found guilty last month of trying to possess a weapon of mass destruction.

“Everything my brother knows about religion is coming from them. He didn’t know [anything] about religion until he got sick. Everything he knows – the videos, the audios you hear, ...

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