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Local Labor Activists on Wage Theft, Fair Wages for Fast Food Workers and Rebuilding Better Working Conditions

09/02/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. Today we'll talk with Aaron Carmella (813-215-5945) and Dustin Ponder of the West Central Florida Federation of Labor about the recent fast food strike in Tampa, wage theft, and what can be done to improve working conditions here in Florida.

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Peace activists plan No War With Syria rally in Tampa Saturday listen

08/30/13 Samar Jarrah, Rob Lorei, Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Peace activists are planning a No War With Syria demonstration in South Tampa Saturday at 6 p.m. They’re gathering at the corner of Gandy Boulevard and Dale Mabry Highway.

One of the organizers from St. Pete for Peace was on the WMNF program True Talk Friday morning. Host Samar Jarrah is in Jordan but used Skype to interview Chris Ernesto, who was in the studio with Rob Lorei.

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Tampa City Council weighs whether to pay to maintain RNC surveillance cameras listen

08/29/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last year Tampa used part of a $50 million federal grant to purchase surveillance cameras to be used during the Republican National Convention.

Soon the city will have to decide if it wants to keep the cameras and pay more than $160,000 to maintain them.

Critics argue about the cost and the loss of privacy but supporters say they help deter crime.

For example police say cameras helped catch a sexual battery suspect near a downtown garage last November.

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Fast food workers in Tampa join national strike listen

08/29/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Fast food workers are walking off the job today in more than fifty cities across the country, including in Tampa.

They’re fighting for the right to unionize and for an end to poverty wages.

In Tampa a rally will began at 4:30 p.m. Thursday outside the Wendy’s on Fowler Avenue at 15th Street.

WMNF interviewed Aaron Carmella, a field representative for the West Central Florida Federation of Labor.

*Here's more information about the [strike](https://www.facebook.com/events/2...

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USF students plan "sit-out" to protest reduced library hours listen

08/28/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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USF students are planning a protest Thursday night against shorter library hours.

But instead of a traditional “sit-in,” the activists are staging a “sit-out” outside the shuttered library where they used to do late night studying on the Tampa campus.

WMNF News spoke with Larry Roop, a 1st year student majoring in nursing and with another organizer, Melissa Garzon, a 2nd year student majoring in sociology.

*[USF Students Demand Longer Library Hours]( https://www.facebook.co...

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Illegal Immigration: Separating Fact from Fiction

08/26/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up—today- much of what we know or think we know about illegal immigration is wrong. That’s what one of our guests will tell us in the next hour. We’ll also hear from an immigration activist who says that during the Obama administration we’ve had a record number of immigrant deportations…..

But first one listener comment- about an environmental issue I mentioned briefly on last Friday’s program.

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FL public education summit to tackle Common Core, teacher evaluations & school grades listen

08/26/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Education leaders in Florida are meeting in Clearwater this week for what will likely be three days of controversy surrounding the state’s public education system. A spokesperson for the Florida Department of Education, Joe Follick, says stakeholders from across the state will brainstorm ways to improve things like teacher evaluations and school grading criteria.

“Reasonable people have a lot of different ideas about how to go about that and that’s the purpose of why we’re here â€...

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ComicCon 2013 encourages participants to geek out in Tampa listen

08/26/13 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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“People watching on steroids” could have been the motto of the 13th annual Tampa Bay ComicCon held at the Tampa Convention Center last weekend. The three day event pre-sold more than 20,000 tickets. A report from Florida’s largest Comic convention.

It was like an amusement park and street fair combined. People costumed as superhero’s and villains mingled with “civilians”. George Trinnings drove his family up from Fort Lauderdale for their first [ComicCon](http://tampabaycomic...

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Social Security's $56 Billion Dollar Impact on Florida Every Year

08/23/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, Welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up on the first part of today's program we'll talk about the proposals in Washington DC to cut Social Security. The New York Times reported this week:"Budget talks between the White House and Senate Republicans have gone nowhere since Congress began its summer recess, increasing chances of a fiscal stalemate ...

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Proposed private toll road in Pasco County may catch criticism from environmental groups listen

08/23/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A new private toll road proposal in Pasco County could spark debate among environmentalists. They’re worried the long stretch of highway could lead to natural environments giving way to new development.

A company called International Infrastructure Partners submitted a proposal to lease state owned land for the project. Kris Carson is a spokesperson for the Florida Department of Transportation.

“What they would do is design, construct, operate and maintain a toll facility that woul...

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