Tarpon Springs moves forward with developing land along Anclote River, environmentalists not deterred

The Tarpon Springs City Commission voted Friday to move forward with a planned residential community on 74 acres near the Anclote River. Environmentalists hope the land, which they once blocked Walmart from building on, can still be saved. LISTEN: One month to the day after the city started the quasi-judicial hearing process, commissioners voted 3-1… Read more »

Radioactivity Tuesday: Government watchdog calls for the resignations of FL GOP lawmakers who voted to overturn Electoral College results

January 12, 2021 Good morning, welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity, I’m Rob Lorei. The Florida chapter of a national non-profit dedicated to open and honest government is calling for most of Florida’s Republican members of Congress to resign after voting last week to overturn the results of the presidential election. Our guest today is Common Cause… Read more »

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Florida Conservation Voters push for electric school buses

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection announced in November that some school districts in Florida were eligible for grants to help replace diesel school buses with electric buses. The eligible districts are from the most polluted and populous regions of the state, including Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties. Zac Cosner, with Florida Conservation Voters, says the… Read more »

Florida lawmakers call for reform after DOJ report finds ‘systemic’ sexual abuse in women’s prison

Florida lawmakers are calling for sweeping reforms after a Department of Justice investigation alleged a culture of “systemic” sexual abuse and cover-ups at a women’s prison in Ocala. State legislators last week held a Zoom call with former inmates of Lowell Correctional Institution to talk about how to move forward. LISTEN: Laurette Philipsen expected to… Read more »

“Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, and Social Justice” on Morning Energy

For decades the fight for civil liberties, civil rights, and social justice have been a mission for many individuals and groups around the world. This fight has resulted in many deaths as well as many victories. In the United States, some of the most important civil liberties and civil rights are guaranteed by the “United… Read more »

Task force unveils action plan to get COVID-19 vaccine to minority communities

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources The Statewide Coronavirus Vaccination Community Education and Engagement Taskforce unveiled its 10-point plan Wednesday. It aims to get more COVID-19 vaccine to Florida’s minority communities. The Task Force announced the plan during a morning Zoom meeting. LISTEN: Task Force Chair Reverend RB Holmes said in the week… Read more »

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Nikki Fried, Manny Diaz condemn Florida AG Ashley Moody’s involvement in group that sent calls asking people to march on Capitol

Florida’s Republican Attorney General Ashley Moody once served on the board of an organization that sent robocalls asking people to march on the Capitol building last week. Moody is now among many elected officials receiving backlash for supporting rhetoric and rallies that culminated in last week’s domestic terror attack in Washington. LISTEN: The call The… Read more »

Who Stormed The Capitol Building?

When the results for the 2020 Presidential election were finally announced we here at Life Elsewhere were relieved yet hesitant to announce that Donald John Trump would not feature in yet another of our shows. For well over four years we have interviewed many authors, discussed with professors, experts, and pundits the phenomena of Trump…. Read more »

Development on 74-acres of land along Anclote River could come down to roads

Roads. Where the proposed Anclote Harbor residential community is going, it might need roads. LISTEN: The Tarpon Springs City Commission again postponed a vote to rezone 74-acres of land along the Anclote River after more than eight hours of public hearing. Traffic safety and environmental factors have emerged as concerns. Developer the Morgan Group and… Read more »

Go progressive like Georgia or keep center? Florida Dems choose new leader Saturday

UPDATE, On Friday 8 January Wes Hodge dropped out and endorsed Cynthia Chestnut. After being trounced by Republicans in recent elections, the Florida Democratic Party will vote to choose its new leader Saturday. Candidates met in a virtual forum Thursday, presenting the party with a challenge – continue a centrist path or follow the progressive… Read more »

Radioactivity Wednesday: Media analyst Jeff Cohen on the Georgia Senate race; what’s possible under President Biden and the rise of the far right in the US

January 6, 2021 Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity.  I’m Rob Lorei.  After what is likely a huge democratic win in the two US Senate runoff races in Georgia….. and the session of Congress today designed to count the Electoral College votes to make Joe Biden president….. and the right wing protests today where Proud Boys,… Read more »

Radioactivity Tuesday: The race to save one of the last undeveloped areas in Tarpon Springs/Media Matters selects The Misinformer of the Year 2020

January 5, 2021 Good Morning, welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity.  I’m Rob Lorei. Today we’ll talk with Peter Dalacos, a community activist who is spearheading the effort to protect 74 acres along the Anclote River in Tarpon Springs from being turned into a housing development. The issue comes up this Thursday at the Tarpon Springs City… Read more »

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Congress member Kathy Castor: Dems are prepared to counter GOP protest of Electoral College results

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources On Wednesday, Congress will count the Electoral College results that delivered Joe Biden a 306-232 victory in the 2020 presidential election. But many Republicans plan to object based on debunked claims of election fraud. Tampa Democratic Congress member Kathy Castor told WMNF’s MidPoint Monday that her party… Read more »

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Limited supply, tech issues stunt COVID vaccine rollout to Floridians 65 and older

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources UPDATE 5 January 2021: Here’s an update to this story. Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties are not accepting new appointments for the coronavirus vaccine after demand for it filled up appointments for those counties’ existing stocks of vaccine. They might get more next week.   Florida county health… Read more »

FWC, Hillsborough State Attorney urge boater safety as charges filed in death of 12-year-old girl on the Alafia River

The Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office has formally charged a man they say killed a 12-year-old girl while boating under the influence on the Alafia River in May. State Attorney Andrew Warren and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission urged boaters to think before they drink and boat. LISTEN: Donna Campbell remembers her 12-year-old… Read more »