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Tampa activists hold prayer vigil for victims of Boston Marathon bombings listen

04/18/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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On Wednesday night in downtown Tampa, 15 people lit candles and shared stories about Boston.

Underneath a flag at half-mast in front of the federal courthouse, organizers led prayers for the victims of Monday's Boston Marathon terror attack.

It was billed as "Praying for Boston, Interfaith Vigil."

Here are more photos of the vigil.

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Montelione says Tampa's Bro Bowl skateboard park may be rebuilt, not preserved listen

04/04/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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There’s a fight to save a historic skateboard bowl in downtown Tampa from encroaching development.

During public comment at this morning’s Tampa City Council meeting, Shannon Bruffett, a representative from the Skateboarding Heritage Foundation asked council to protect what’s known as the Bro Bowl in Perry Harvey Park.

Bruffett had a receptive audience in council member Lisa Montelione.

"I know that it is sacred ground to those who've use it and it'...

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Pam Iorio awarded for service, says she isn't planning a gubernatorial bid listen

04/03/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio was recognized for her service to the community during a Hillsborough County Commission meeting Wednesday; after receiving the Ellsworth Good Government Award, Iorio said she was honored, but humble.

"It should never be about the next election. It should never be about the group that’s in the room at the time either. It really should be about taking a look at your community long-term and thinking about what is the best way to solve a problem."

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Tampa Mayor Buckhorn says region needs transit options including rail listen

03/26/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn gave his annual State of the City address Tuesday morning.

He used the example of a squirrel causing a power failure at a water treatment plant last month resulting in a city-wide boil water notice to emphasize the importance of investing in infrastructure.

Buckhorn said Tampa Bay should be a region with a first class transportation system with mobility options.

“That means bus rapid transit, that means HOV and it darn sure means rail.”

Buckhorn also...

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Memorial for former Florida Supreme Court justice and Hillsborough County administrator Fred Karl listen

03/15/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The memorial service for former Florida Supreme Court justice and Hillsborough County administrator Fred Karl was this afternoon at the Tampa Convention Center. Karl died earlier this month.

His son, Fred Karl Jr. relayed a story about when his father represented West Volusia County in the Legislature at a time that the KKK was active and Governor Leroy Collins vetoed a bill that would have closed all public schools if the state enforced the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown versus Board of Edu...

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Seminole Heights Walmart? Residents say no!

03/15/13 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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The City of Tampa has approved waivers for Walmart to build driveways at a property on Hillsborough Avenue West of 22nd St in the Seminole Heights neighborhood. Some local businesses aren't worried about the impacts to their bottom line, but residents say they'll shun the big box store.

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Walmart in Seminole Heights? Doesn't matter much to some local businesses listen

03/14/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Documents have surfaced that suggest Walmart might open a store in Tampa’s Seminole Heights neighborhood. But some locally owned businesses in the area aren’t sweating it. The big-box giant is feared in some communities for its propensity to put the little guys out of business. But Kendra Bailey, owner of Health Mutt on Central Avenue, said they can survive because they offer things Walmart doesn’t.

“What we do is we have a niche product. I know that Cleanse also has a Niche pr...

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Tampa will celebrate Women's History on March 19 listen

03/08/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The City of Tampa will celebrate Women’s History Month on March 19 at the Tampa Convention Center from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

On Thursday Tampa City Council member Mary Mulhern recognized the Women’s History Month Committee and their incoming chair, Jillian Howard.

"During Women's History Month we recognize the national theme: Women inspiring innovation through imagination. Celebrating women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Tampa strives to be a place of growth for...

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Tampa City Council wants more solutions for pedestrian safety listen

02/28/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa is consistently ranked in the top five most dangerous metropolitan areas for bicycle and pedestrian deaths.

A recent accident where a child was killed crossing a section of Busch Boulevard that lacks crosswalks prompted a discussion on safety at Tampa City Council Thursday morning.

Tampa City Council member Mary Mulhern questioned Debbie Hunt from the Florida Department of Transportation.

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Update on timeline of last week's water pressure failure and boil water notice in Tampa listen

02/28/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last Friday the City of Tampa lost power to a water treatment plant.

It caused a loss of pressure and a precautionary boil water notice that lasted until Sunday morning.

Thursday morning Tampa City Council members heard a revised timeline of how the problem developed from Tampa Water Department director Brad Baird, beginning with what happened after a squirrel chewed through a power supply line and the water treatment plant had to draw all of is electricity from a second power line.

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