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Did the FBI entrap would-be Tampa terrorist Sami Osmakac?

03/17/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Sami Osmakac, terrorism, islam, FBI, Tampa, entrapment, Trevor Aaronson, The Intercept, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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In 2012, Sami Osmakac, a 25-year-old naturalized Muslim American from Kosovo, was arrested in a counter-terrorism sting by the FBI for plotting a terror attack against a popular Tampa bar and casino. The Feds painted Osmakac as a lone-wolf Islamic extremist, citing a "martyrdom video" featuring Osmakac as damning evidence,. But journalist Trevor Aaronson reports in a lengthy investigative piece for The Intercept, tha...

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The Fairness Doctrine debate segment takes on the U.S. trade embargo with Cuba listen

03/11/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Cuba, embargo, Fairness Doctrine, Jennifer Sullivan, Patrick Manteiga, Ralph Fernandez, Tampa, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today we air the latest installment of the Fairness Doctrine, a debate style segment moderated and produced by Jennifer Sullivan. Today's episode addresses the current trade embargo against Cuba, and with recent talks of re-establishing diplomatic ties with the island nation, whether it should be lifted. Taking the side for lifting the embargo is Patrick Manteiga, publisher for the trilingual newspaper La Gaceta. Arguing in favor of the embargo is Ralph Fernandez, a Tampa-based attorney and c...

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Home health care workers want higher wages and unions listen

03/05/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday
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Tags: home health, nursing, health care, Tampa, wages, minimum wage, poverty, union

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Home health care workers are rallying for living wages. In Tampa Wednesday, industry workers spoke up and announced they are looking for union representation to aid them in the fight. Home health care workers are fed up with providing life sustaining services while remaining near poverty level.

This bottom up surge for a living wage is being staged not only in Tampa but throughout the country. Although done out of a love of their job, keeping your head above the rising tide of debt is par...

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Immigration panel Saturday in Tampa listen

02/12/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday
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Tags: Marisol Marquez, immigration, Raices en Tampa, Tampa, immigrants

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Comprehensive immigration reform remains elusive in Congress; but here in Tampa, local activists are calling attention to the need to stop deportations.

This Saturday several groups are hosting a panel on immigration called Stop the Heartbreak.

WMNF spoke with Marisol Marquez, an organizer with the group Raices en Tampa.

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USF students part of statewide vigil for Chapel Hill victims listen

02/11/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday

Tags: USF, Tampa, Muslim Students Association

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The Muslim Students Association at the University of South Florida will be part of a coordinated statewide vigil Thursday at 4:00 p.m. for the victims in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. To find out more, WMNF interviewed Malak Sakhoury, the interfaith chair with the MSA at USF.

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USF Students for a Democratic Society will hold anti-war teach-in Wednesday listen

02/09/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: USF, SDS, War, CENTCOM, MacDill, Tampa, peace

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Some area students are holding an anti-war teach-in at the University of South Florida this week. The Books Not Bombs teach-in on Wednesday is focused on ties between USF and the U.S. military. Andrew Curry is a member of the USF SDS; Students for a Democratic Society. He’s a student at St. Petersburg College and helping to organize the teach-in.

update: In a press release on 11 February, SDS wrot...

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Sami Al-Arian interviewed live on WMNF from Turkey

02/06/15 Samar Jarrah, Ahmed Bedier, Rob Lorei and Sean Kinane
True Talk
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Tags: Sami Al-Arian, USF, Tampa, Turkey, Palestine, Media

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Former University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian was deported from the United States Wednesday night. He and his wife, Nahla, arrived in their new home, Turkey on Thursday. In only his second broadcast interview since being arrested in February 2003, Al-Arian spoke Friday on True Talk.

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Sami Al-Arian deported: "my time in the U.S. has come to an end" listen

02/05/15 Sean Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday
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Tags: Sami Al-Arian, USF, Tampa, Turkey

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Update: On Wednesday afternoon one of their daughters confirmed to WMNF News that Sami and Nahla Al-Arian had arrived in their new country, Turkey. In the days to come we'll bring you more on this story.

Former USF professor Sami Al-Arian was deported from the U.S. late Wednesday night; in an online statement he thanked friends and supporters, writing, "We look forward to the journey ahead and take with us the countless happy memories we formed during our life in the United States."

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In Tampa, Florida Cabinet addresses Gerald Bailey ouster listen

02/03/15 AP
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday

Tags: Rick Scott, FDLE, Pam Bondi, Tampa, Florida State Fair, Jeff Atwater, Adam Putnam, Gerald Bailey, Florida Cabinet

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Florida Governor Rick Scott is saying he mishandled the ouster of the head of Florida's main law enforcement agency.

Scott made the statement at the start of Thursday’s meeting of the governor and Cabinet at the Florida State Fair in Tampa. He did not explain what exactly he could have done differently.

Questions have been raised about Scott's decision to force out Gerald Bailey, the former commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Bailey said he was pushed out after re...

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New WMNF GM will be Craig Kopp, current host of All Things Considered on WUSF listen

02/02/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: wmnf, Tampa, Media, radio, WUSF, npr

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After a long search, WMNF has found its new general manager; Craig Kopp will leave his position as host of All Things Considered at WUSF to be the new manager of this station, 88.5 FM. His first day at WMNF will be March 2.

Craig Kopp said, "WMNF is a Tampa Bay treasure. What other station in town can say it started by seeking donations door-to-door. It is really a Tampa Bay station - for the people, by the people. WMNF's all-volunteer air staff and support personnel have what it has alwa...

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