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City Council candidates hoping to represent west St. Pete answer questions from residents listen

08/17/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The three candidates for the district one seat in St. Petersburg city council participated in a forum last night hosted by the League of Women Voters.

With the added shelter space provided by the Pinellas Safe Harbor facility that opened in January, people taking to the streets to sleep now have the option to go to a shelter, or get arrested. It’s a topic that will weigh heavily on the mix of opinions at the polls. That makes it a topic three city council candidates will certainly talk...

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Social media on display in St. Pete during Tweetup at Dali Museum listen

08/12/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The St. Petersburg Dali Museum’s first social media night, Get Surreal, kicked off on Thursday August 11. Museum officials presented the art collection and its building to the social media scene and because of this new communication approach, the turnout was a success.

Over 200 people tweeted live using their smartphones and iPads and they scanned QR codes. Museum docent and volunteer Christine Paul said that these bar codes allow the audience to instantly learn m...

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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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St. Petersburg Free Skool goes 2.0 listen

08/02/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A new, radically different grassroots educational project is taking shape in St. Petersburg. Students are learning life skills, arts and crafts, underground music history class, women’s health and different academic subjects in informal classes.

It is a full night at the St. Petersburg Free Skool: a bike ride followed by a women’s health and a U.S. history class. There are no classroom teachers here but a handful of volunteers who want to share their knowledge and passion. Classes are not ...

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St. Petersburg Police Chief addresses Suncoast Tiger Bay, answers safety and ethics questions listen

07/19/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The St. Petersburg Chief of Police met with Suncoast Tiger Bay Club members today. Chuck Harmon spoke about added safety precautions the department has taken in the wake of three officer deaths. He also answered questions from members about public safety and ethics.

As Tiger Bay Club members lunched on orange glazed chicken, Harmon discussed his thoughts on the recent deaths of officers Jeffery Yaslowitz, Thomas Baitinger and David Crawford and told them what he plans to do to make sure s...

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Community gardens grow in Tampa Bay listen

07/14/11 Aaron Dalley
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Community gardens have been sprouting up across Tampa Bay for the last few years. At one in South St. Petersburg, some of the local and global benefits of urban gardens are evident.

The Bartlett Park Community Garden in St. Petersburg has been in-bloom for 3 years now and counts tomatoes, black-eyed peas and a variety of herbs among its seasonal offerings. Ashley Spalding has a plot there and has also been helping organize the garden since last fall. She says what make this and other commu...

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Shuffleboard nonprofit urges city not to privatize facilities listen

06/21/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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In recent years, shuffleboard has seen a revival. The activity, once associated with Florida retirees, now attracts people of all ages and stripes. When the weather’s right, a shuffleboard complex at Downtown St. Pete’s Mirror Lake park brings in some sizable crowds – everyone from hipsters to families with young children – when it opens up its courts to the public for free on Friday nights. But a recent proposal might change that. Chris Kelly is Vice President of the nonprofit St. Pete Shuff...

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Food Not Bombs movement grows in Tampa Bay listen

05/13/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Across Florida the Food Not Bombs movement is going through a revival. It may be due to unemployment, foreclosures, and restrictions on homeless feedings in Orlando. In Tampa Bay new Food Not Bombs chapters are formed and volunteers share food and literature in support of the Orlando volunteers who got arrested for handing out poor to the homeless and needy. The St. Petersburg chapter is growing fast, says volunteer Alex Nadeau. He quit his corporate job and now works for free: he feeds the h...

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Tiger Bay Club meeting tackles legislative issues listen

05/12/11 Nolan Ruark
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Some of the controversy over the recently-completed Florida Legislative session spilled over at a Suncoast Tiger Bay Club meeting today.

Former Democratic state Representative Janet Long was defeated in her re-election bid last November. She says during the recent session, the Republican-controlled Legislature went too far in deregulating corporations.

"Deregulation of the banking industry almost brought our country and the entire financial world market to their knees. I don't see the ...

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Protesters criticize Florida's Republican Legislature at an Awake the State rally in St. Petersburg listen

05/11/11 Nolan Ruark
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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This year there have been rallies in Florida by people upset at policies pushed by the Republican-dominated state Legislature. Twenty-three Awake the State rallies were held across the state yesterday, including one at the office of Representative Jeff Brandes in St. Petersburg.

About sixty people held signs and shouted slogans outside the office of Republican Jeff Brandes on North 4th street. They encouraged drivers to honk their horns as they drove by. This is F. Timothy Martin, one of t...

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