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Hillsborough County OKs $2 Million for new YMCA in Gibsonton listen

08/07/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners unanimously approved a 30-year lease for the YMCA that includes more than 35 acres of land in Gibsonton. The deal also doles out $2 million to the non-profit group for capital development.

During public comment at the commission meeting Wednesday, three people affiliated with the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA, including its director, Tom Looby, urged the board to move forward with the new South County facility.

“We have four public/private partnersh...

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G.M.O.s [genetically modified organisms]

06/29/13 The Urban Cafe Crew
The Urban Cafe


The Urban Cafe answers to the 10 most intriguing questions concerning G.M.O.s [genetically modified organisms]

  1. Why are many people against the consumption of GMOs?

  2. What are some examples of GMOs?

  3. Why do these food giants opt for genetic modification?

  4. What are some of the concerns people have when it comes to feeding Genetically Modified food to our children?

  5. What countries have banned GMOs?

  6. Why do they want the animals growing bigger/faster?

  7. How ...

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Up Heartbreak Hill - a documentary film

08/02/12 Erica Scharf
From A Woman's Point of View
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Erica Scharf who is the director, producer, and cinematographer of the documentary "Up Heartbreak Hill" talks about the hopes and heartbreaks of young people on the Navajo Reservation in Navajo, New Mexico. We see teen angst and conflicts but in the context of Native Culture. The lives of the young people and their families are seen though the special lens of their running which is an integral aspect of the Navajo culture. Erica lived in a trailer on the high school parking lot and develop...

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Full text of President Obama's speech on new policy to not deport most undocumented youth listen

06/15/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Here's the full text of the speech as provided by the White House:


Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release June 15, 2012



Rose Garden

2:09 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. This morning, Secretary Napolitano announced new actions my administration will take to mend our nation’s immigr...

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Tavern owner says stricter club rules didn't work in New Orleans, won't work in Tampa

05/30/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Tampa City Council is proposing new rules for local bars and nightclubs. Among the changes would be excluding 18- to 20-year-olds from Tampa clubs and requiring bars to hire extra duty law enforcement officers based upon venue occupancy.

Joining us to talk about these proposed rules is someone who experienced similar regulations when he owned night clubs in New Orleans. Lux Devoid owns the Mermaid Tavern in Seminole Heights. He attended the city c...

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Tampa considers whether to ban people under 21 from Ybor City clubs, gets resistance from clubs and patrons listen

05/24/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa is considering excluding 18 to 20 year-olds from clubs in Ybor City. But at a City Council workshop today, owners and employees of those establishments warned that move would hurt or kill their businesses. More than a dozen members of the public spoke out against the proposal, including Czar bartender Jennifer Harvey. She says the city doesn’t need to worry about people over 21 buying drinks for underage patrons.

Sandra Hein runs the club Czar. S...

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Community Stepping Stones offers classes for at risk teens listen

04/16/12 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Recent budget cuts have prompted some nonprofit organizations in Tampa Bay to scale back on their programs. But one organization in the Sulphur Springs neighborhood of Tampa instead offers more classes and extends their urban arts program to youth and adults.

Until the recent budget cuts at Hillsborough County public schools, for the past 15 years, artist Terry Klaaren has been transforming the walls of public schools into community mural projects.

"And the schools had better budgets a...

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Immigrant and youth issues propel USF student body president to claim political speech record listen

04/20/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Late this morning, University of South Florida student body president Cesar Hernandez wrapped up a record-breaking speech that lasted twenty-four hours. The aspiring doctor and politician hopes to catch the eye of lawmakers in Tallahassee and Washington.

"What struck me most forcibly about the NLF was the totality as a social revolution first and as a war second..."

It was a Mr. Smith Goes to Washington-style filibuster, but unlike the film, spectators wore flip-flops and carried iPo...

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St. Pete City Council rejects curfew for minors listen

04/07/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today the St. Petersburg City Council voted down a proposal to explore a curfew for minors. Council member Karl Nurse brought up the idea, which would have required youths aged 16 and under to be home between 11pm and 6am during the school week. Police would have taken those caught in public during those hours home or to a so-called curfew center. Nurse’s rationale was that it would help kids get a healthy amount of sleep while keeping them out of trouble. The recent shooting of Officer Dav...

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Philanthropic Youth Tampa Bay raises money for art museum listen

02/18/11 Lachelle Roddy
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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With today’s economy, arts are often the first target of funding cuts. But young people have formed a new organization to raise money for the arts.

The Philanthropic Youth Tampa Bay gathered last night at the Tampa Museum of Art. They have helped to raise funds to purchase a film from New York artist Janet Briggs, to donate to the museum. The film, which depicts scenes of the melting Arctic, was introduced by Todd Smith, the executive director of the Tampa Museum of Art.

“Each of ...

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