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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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Feds consider weakening protections for manatees from endangered to threatened status listen

07/01/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: manatee, wildlife, endangered species, Center for Biological Diversity, Federal Fish and Wildlife Service

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Protections for manatees could soon be weakened. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday it will consider upgrading the marine mammal’s status from endangered to threatened. Jaclyn Lopez is an Florida attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity.

The Fish and Wildlife Service will take about a year to make a decision and there will be opportunities for public input.

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US Supreme Court Expands Corporate Personhood Rights in 5-4 Decision

06/30/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Supreme Court, Hobby Lobby decision

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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks to Stetson Law School assistant professor, Ciara Torres-Spelliscy about the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision.

Professor Torres-Spelliscy teaches courses in Election Law, Corporate Governance, Business Entities, and Constitutional Law. Prior to joining Stetson's faculty, Torres-Spelliscy was counsel in the Democracy Program of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law where she provided guidance on the issues of money in politics and the...

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Colombian Ambassador to the United States, Luis Carlos Villegas on The Last Call

06/30/14 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Tags: Ambassador Luis Carlos Villegas, Colombia

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Today on The Last Call, host Rob Lorei talks with the Colombian Ambassador to the United States. His visit coincides with the arrival today of the Arc Gloria- a tall ship used for training by the Colombian Navy. Ambassador Luis Carlos Villegas most recently served as President of the National Business Association of Colombia and is a member of the government’s negotiating team in the ongoing peace talks with FARC.

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SCOTUS decision says religion is an OK reason to deny contraception to employees listen

06/30/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Hobby Lobby, Women's rights, birth control, contraception, Religion, First Amendment, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

Some employers won’t have to provide birth control for employees through coverage in their health plans. A landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday sided with the retail chain Hobby Lobby that argued they shouldn’t have to pay for contraceptives. Stetson University College of Law professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy called the case another corporate person-hood issue.

“That’s one of the reasons that if you have a religious objection you can’t be drafted to go to war. If you have a religious...

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