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Reaction to trademark board calling Washington NFL team name "disparaging" listen

06/18/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Native American, NFL, football, racism

The nickname of the NFL team in Washington, D.C., is considered by many people to be a racial slur against indigenous Americans.

And today a federal trademark board concurred, calling it "disparaging of Native Americans" and recommending canceling the team's trademark protections. The team has faced pressure for years to change its name from the “R-word,” but it responded today by announcing it will appeal.

For reaction, WMNF spoke with Emelie Jeffries. She is host of Voices of Our Pe...

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Tampa Police: NFL player commits suicide near Middleton HS listen

07/30/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tampa Police say they are investigating an apparent suicide by an NFL player in front of Middelton High School this morning. Police say they found the body of O. J. Murdock inside his car with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police spokesperson Andrea Davis says Murdock was in critical condition and transported to Tampa General Hospital. But he died at 10:43 a.m.

“At about 8:30 this morning officers discovered the victim...

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Counter-protesters attacked by some tea party participants at Tampa tax-day rally listen

04/18/11 Christopher Davis and Lenka Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Fewer than 1000 people turned out Last Friday for the Tampa Tax Day Tea Party Rally, even though organizers expected more than 5000. Marco Rubio, Ralph Reed and many others gathered to speak about lower taxes and government spending, to denounce the new health care law, and to protest undocumented immigration.

Ralph Reed from Faith and Family Coalition spoke about religion and freedom, but also encouraged the Tea Party activists.

"When people were writing the premature obituary of con...


Live report from tax day Tea Party rally in Tampa listen

04/15/11 Christopher Davis, Lenka Davis and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today, April 15, is the traditional day federal income taxes are due to the IRS. For the last few years, tea party affiliated groups have held large protests on April 15. At this hour, outside the taxpayer-funded National Football League Stadium in Tampa, Marco Rubio is headlining a tax day protest.

Our reporters Lenka Davis and Christopher Davis are there and will bring you a full report Monday. Christopher joins us live now on the phone. Christopher, tell our listeners how many people a...

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NFL Commissioner: Recession is hard on football fans listen

01/30/09 Mitch E. Perry
Alan Watts

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell today addressed how the troubling economy is affecting what is considered America’s most popular sport.

Although there has been talk about how the recession is affecting the atmosphere around the big game this year, it’s hard for most bay area citizens to detect.

Prices to some of the biggest publicized Super Bowl parties this weekend still cost hundreds of dollars, and tickets for the game don’t appear to be dropping below face value, which are $8...

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Former Buc has brain damage from concussions listen

01/28/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In Tampa yesterday, medical researchers said that former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Tom McHale’s death last year at the age of 45 may be connected to concussions received during his playing days – making him the sixth deceased former NFL player 50 or younger to have such brain damage.

Doctors at Boston University’s School of Medicine found a condition called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in McHale’s brain.

The Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy studied six former...

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Former NFL players and military hold joint fundraiser listen

11/12/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Over the past couple of years, many retired professional players have clashed with current players over pension and disability payments that the retirees have criticized as unfairly low, if they qualify for them at all.

In an effort to increase awareness of their plight, today that group announced a partnership with the U.S. Military Special Operations Community. The partnership will share in joint fundraising efforts for the former players, and for the group that pays for scholarships fo...

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