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Poynter president on why they're hosting African journalists when USF St. Pete would not listen

10/24/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Ebola, Media, Poynter Institute, USF, USF St. Pete, St. Petersburg, Africa, Journalism

This week the University of South Florida at St. Petersburg decided to rescind its invitation to a group of African journalists because of student and faculty fears of Ebola; but the nearby Poynter Institute decided to host the journalists instead.

To find out what was behind those decisions and how the media is covering the Ebola outbreak, WMNF spoke with Tim Franklin, president of the Poynter Institute.

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USF students rally against Rick Scott listen

10/21/14 Gwyneth Dunsford
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: USF, midterms 2014, Florida politics, Rick Scott

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TAMPA - It’s two weeks until Election Day and some University of South Florida students are rallying against Governor Rick Scott. On Tuesday, a small gathering at the Tampa campus gave Scott a failing grade on education and women’s rights.

Alison Strand is a campus Democrat who helped organize the rally.

“I’m tired of having a governor who doesn’t care about students,” said the 19-year-old. “[Rick Scott] doesn’t care about what’s best for us…We’re leaving school with $20,000, $40,00...

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Journalist will warn USF Tampa students about Israeli leaders inciting racist violence listen

10/16/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Israel, Palestine, racism, violence, USF, Tampa

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Political and religious leaders in Israel frequently incite violence toward Palestinians, Africans and other non-Jews; that’s the message of Israeli journalist and filmmaker David Sheen.

Sheen will speak at 6:00 p.m Thursday at the University of South Florida in Tampa in the Marshall Student Center room 2708 about racism in Israel directed at non-Jews, Africans and Palestinians.

Sheen grew up in Toronto has lived in Israel for more than a decade.

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Solar energy tour hits Tampa listen

10/03/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: solar, solar energy, solar power, USF, alternative energy, sustainable living, energy efficiency

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If you’re considering installing energy efficient technologies or solar in your home or business, there’s a program at USF this weekend can help you.

The Tampa Bay Solar Tour kicks off at 10:00 a.m. Saturday.

WMNF spoke with Rachana Vidhi, the founder of the International Solar Energy Society’s student chapter at USF. She's the supervisor of the Tampa Bay Solar Tour and recently received her ...

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North Tampa Head Start kids get their hands dirty through gardening listen

10/03/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Head Start, north Tampa, USF, Gardening, vegetables, food, community gardens

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Young kids in a Head Start program in north Tampa planted a vegetable garden Friday morning.

The Garden Goodies Program teaches the children and their families how to grow food and the importance of eating right.

WMNF interviewed Simon Bollin, the agribusiness development manager for Hillsborough County economic development.

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USF researchers identify two bodies found in Dozier School graves listen

09/25/14 Gwyneth Dunsford
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Dozier School, University of South Florida, USF

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On Thursday, researchers at the University of South Florida identified two more victims from the site of the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Florida.

One body belonged to Thomas Varnadoe, who was taken to the Dozier school in September 1934. A month later the 13-year-old was dead, reportedly after succumbing to pneumonia. USF researchers said were not able to establish the final cause of Thomas’ death due to the condition of his remains.

Thomas’ nephew, Glen, has l...

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High-profile defendants speak out about entrapment, preemptive prosecution and solitary confinement post 9/11 listen

09/15/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Nahla al-Arian, Sami Al-Arian, Hatem Fariz, USF, Ibragim Todashev, Sami Osmakac, Elena Teyer, Communications Management Unit, entrapment, solitary confinement

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People who have had their lives changed from investigations in the time since 9/11 spoke out Saturday in Tampa against what they’re calling entrapment by law enforcement, preemptive prosecution and hyper-restrictive solitary confinement. Several high-profile defendants and their relatives discussed their personal struggles in light of the war on terror. The common thread connecting all the speakers was overreach by the US justice system.

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Jobs, economy at top of list of concerns for Floridians listen

09/11/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Sunshine State Survey, Florida, USF, Susan McManus, WMNF News, Seán Kinane

The results are in: Floridians care about schools, crime, immigration, the environment ... but most about jobs and the economy.

Those are the findings of The Sunshine State Survey. University of South Florida political science professor Susan MacManus announced the results in a telephone conference with media Thursday.

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Jane Goodall surprises elementary students with a talk at USF’s Botanical Gardens listen

09/09/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Jane Goodall, chimpanzee, apes, USF, University of South Florida, Africa, The Everglades, Roots and Shoots, environment

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A scientist famous for studying primates is speaking Tuesday night at the University of South Florida in Tampa. But Tuesday morning elementary students were treated to a surprise talk from Jane Goodall at USF’s Botanical Gardens. Goodall emphasized the importance of naturalists and scientists and protecting the Everglades, but first she started off with an ape greeting.

More than 100 children and USF students gathered under the shade of a sprawling oak tree to hear [Jane Goodall](http://w...

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Performance at USF reflects on Arab-American experience after 9/11 listen

09/08/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: war on terror, September 11th, Middle East, poetry, Art, music, USF

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"Spoken word meets Middle Eastern music" is how a performance scheduled for Monday night at USF, Tampa is billed.

But there’s also a heavy dose of political commentary based on the Arab American experience during the post-9/11 so-called “War on Terror.”

Last week WMNF interviewed Andrea Assaf, the artistic director of Art2Action, about her performance Monday night called Eleven Reflections on September.

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