Radioactivity Wednesday: Is QAnon the future of the Republican Party?

August 19, 2020 Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. The QAnon conspiracy theory has emerged during the last three years among defenders of President Trump. It says there is a worldwide cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles who rule the world, essentially, and they control everything. According to Wikipedia: There is an alleged “deep state”… Read more »

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Scott Franklin ends Ross Spano’s chance at second term with GOP primary victory

Embattled Republican Congress member Ross Spano will not be returning to Washington next year. Lakeland City Commissioner Scott Franklin ousted the incumbent Spano in Tuesday’s Republican primary. The District 15 seat was one of the most-watched, and hotly contested, contests of the night. Listen: Franklin’s strong showing in his home Polk County earned him the… Read more »

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Here’s a list of Saturday “pop up” coronavirus testing sites in Pinellas County

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources UPDATE: Due to weather considerations related to Tropical Storm Laura, the pop-up testing event at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 1200 Douglas Ave., Clearwater, has been canceled for Saturday, Aug. 22. Below is coronavirus testing site information provided by the Florida Department of Health in… Read more »

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Legislators want compassionate release because of coronavirus in Florida prisons

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources More than 13,000 Florida prisoners have tested positive for coronavirus. There are more than 2,000 confirmed cases among staff within Florida’s correctional facilities. We hear from several state legislators and from a justice advocate about this crisis in Florida prisons. They want the governor to release many… Read more »

Black Lives Matter, other activists, respond to beating of Jae Passmore with Rally in Tampa park

Dozens of activists gathered in Tampa’s Lykes Gaslight Park Friday morning in response to the arrest and beating of prominent Black Lives Matter activist Jae Passmore. The smell of burning sage mixed with palpable frustration as Passmore led chants calling for the ousting of Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan and Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, who… Read more »

A Happy Conversation With Richard Price

“Poet Richard Price, Musician and Producer Roberto Sainz de la Maza, Singer Elisa de Leon. Recorded in a small studio in west London, a set of love songs, political songs, and something more mystical — Zen?” This short, self-description of The Loss Adjusters is like their debut album, perfect. And, like their music, it sounds… Read more »

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Here’s how Hillsborough residents can get a free test for coronavirus antibodies

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources Today, Hillsborough County announced that all residents can get a free test for coronavirus antibodies. Below is the full email from the Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center: Beginning Friday, Aug. 14, Hillsborough County residents will be able to receive free testing for antibodies to the COVID-19 coronavirus…. Read more »

Hillsborough Schools set to reopen online, add in-person learning Aug. 31 despite COVID-19 concerns

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources Caving to financial threats from the Florida Department of Education, Hillsborough Schools will now start the school year with only one week of virtual classes before transitioning to in-person instruction for students whose parents want them to come back that soon. Superintendent Addison Davis announced the latest… Read more »

Radioactivity Wednesday: Controversial mural evokes more police violence against activists in Tampa

August 12, 2020 Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Tension is brewing in downtown Tampa involving mural painters, Food Not Bombs, BLM protestors, police and Neo Nazis. Last night four more people were arrested in what’s become a controversy over a mural painted outside of Tampa police headquarters. The mural was  painted without the… Read more »

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Florida Forest Service: lightning causes three wildfires in west Hernando County; Pine Island Park closed

The Florida Forest Service is responding to a series of wildfires along the west coast of Hernando County. In a press release on Tuesday, the Withlacoochee Forestry Center-Florida Forest Service says three wildfires broke out after lightning strikes Monday around 6:30 p.m. “The Shoal Line Blvd Wildfire was 100% contained at acre. “The Preserve Wildfire… Read more »