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Supporter of Venezuela’s president will speak in Tampa on Friday

The U.S. government considers someone who wasn’t elected to be the interim president of Venezuela. But the elected president, Nicolas Maduro has maintained power despite the attempted coup. Several Trump administration officials have implied the U.S. could intervene militarily. A supporter of the Maduro government will speak this Friday in Tampa about what she learned… Read more »

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FDOT hosting public workshops on options for downtown Tampa and Westshore interchanges

The Florida Department of Transportation is hosting two public workshops this week to share information about proposed changes to a stretch of I-275 in Tampa from the Westshore / Veterans Expressway to the I-4 / downtown interchange. The first one is Tuesday evening. Rick Fernandez is the transportation committee chair for the Tampa Heights Civic… Read more »

Insects – Good and Bad on the Sustainable Living Program

On Monday’s Sustainable Living Program we had two guests talking about insects; good and bad. Paul Zamoda, a local plant and insect expert; and Daniel Dye, Gainesville area insect expert joined us. Daniel is also an expert on spiders and snakes and has written books about these subjects. Paul has expertise in various other gardening… Read more »

A Conversation With Klive & Nigel Humberstone of In The Nursery on Life Elsewhere

Alternative, Ambient, Atmospheric, Cinematic, Electronic, Experimental, Industrial, Modern Classical, Neo-Classical, Soundtrack, these are just some of the labels used to describe In The Nursery, the Sheffield-based musical project centered around the nucleus of twin brothers Klive and Nigel Humberstone who have been producing music since 1981. Even their own publicity reads, “Their cinematic style blends electronics,… Read more »

Abortion Rights organizations take provider restrictions to court

Abortion-rights groups challenge restrictions on providers By DENISE LAVOIE AP Legal Affairs Writer RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — As abortion opponents cheer the passage of fetal heartbeat laws and other bans on the procedure, abortion-rights groups have been waging a quieter battle in courthouses around the country to overturn less direct restrictions passed in recent years…. Read more »

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Hillsborough will study “Boulevard Tampa” & vote on ferry to MacDill AFB

There’s a growing movement among transportation advocates in Tampa to remove I-275 between the I-4 interchange and the I-75 junction and put an at-grade road in its place to re-connect neighborhoods like Seminole Heights and Tampa Heights. Last week the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) voted unanimously to study the idea of what’s called… Read more »

Progressives: independent body should draw new district lines in Sarasota

Now that the Sarasota County Commission is made up of single-member districts, commissioners are considering re-drawing the district lines to create districts with more equal populations. But a progressive group wants an independent group to draw the new lines, rather than have the commissioners do it. WMNF interviewed Claire Snyder-Hall, the president of the Sarasota-Charlotte… Read more »

State of Florida sued over its solitary confinement policy

Suit: Florida solitary confinement policy excessive, cruel By BRENDAN FARRINGTON Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Department of Corrections is being sued over its use of solitary confinement in a complaint filed Wednesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Florida Legal Services and the Florida Justice Institute. The federal class action lawsuit alleges… Read more »

Florida Bar won’t dismiss complaint over Rep. Gaetz tweet

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida Bar disciplinary investigation will continue into a tweet sent by Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz about President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen. Gaetz is a strong supporter of the president. Bar officials said in a statement Wednesday the matter is being examined by a grievance committee. Gaetz represents… Read more »

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Custodians rally against privatization at Hillsborough School Board

On Tuesday afternoon custodians from Hillsborough County Schools rallied outside the school district’s building in downtown Tampa. They were there during the School Board meeting because they’re upset about a proposal to let private companies bid to do their work instead. Custodians and their allies rallied outside the school district building Tuesday morning as well…. Read more »

Compost Versus Waste on the Sustainable Living Program

On Monday’s Sustainable Living Program we had two guests talking about compost versus waste. Joining us was Joseph Jenkins, author of the Humanure Handbook, that was first published in 1994 and today the 4th edition of the bestseller is being released. Joe has traveled the world teaching others to make gardens instead of sewage. Also,… Read more »

The Stonewall Anniversary + A Conversation With m1nk on Life Elsewhere

June 28, 2019, marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, which is considered the most significant event in the gay liberation movement, and the catalyst for the modern fight for LGBTQ rights in the United States. Drawing from the New York Public Library’s archives, The Stonewall Reader is a collection of first accounts, diaries,… Read more »

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Environmentalist gives Florida governor an “F” on conservation lands promise

During his campaign for governor and after he was elected, Ron DeSantis promised Floridians he would be a champion for conservation lands. His website says he “will work with Florida’s legislative leadership to ensure proper funding is put toward conservation and preservation.” But a conservation advocate grades the governor as low as an “F” on… Read more »

Florida legislature expands arming teachers who want to carry

Florida lawmakers pass bill allowing more armed teachers By CURT ANDERSON Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — More Florida classroom teachers could carry guns in school under a bill passed Wednesday by state lawmakers. It’s the latest response to last year’s mass shooting at a Parkland high school. The Republican-led House voted 65-47 on Wednesday… Read more »