St. Pete committee selects organization for police social worker program

A committee of St. Pete first responders and city leaders met Thursday to select the organization that will handle its promised police social worker program. Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services will handle non-violent emergency calls for police by early 2021. Listen: In July Mayor Rick Kriseman and Police Chief Anthony Halloway first promised… Read more »

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Election experts rebuke Trump’s voter fraud claims: ‘We have a sociopathic president’

As President Donald Trump continues to lose support and legal challenges in his effort to overturn election results, more and more election scholars and officials are rebuking his actions. LISTEN: On a zoom call Wednesday, members of the National Task Force on Election Crises didn’t hold back in their rebuke of President Trump’s dangerous, often… Read more »

Radioactivity Wednesday: A First in Florida as Rights of Nature Amendment Passes in Orange County

December 2, 2020 Good Morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. On November 3rd,  89% of voters in Orange County Florida approved the Right to Clean Water Charter Amendment.  The Orange County/Orlando area is now the largest jurisdiction in the nation to pass this kind of legislation. This is the first time voters anywhere in Florida… Read more »

Radioactivity Tuesday: Local businesses calling for more federal aid; Breaking down the St. Petersburg black vote

December 1, 2020 Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity.  I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll take a deep dive into the November 3rd election and look at voting trends among African Americans in St. Petersburg. But first – small businesses are still hurting because of the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier this year many stores, restaurants and bars were… Read more »

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Republican Pasco Supervisor of Elections says 2020 election was fair; slams “illegitimate” claims of fraud

The Pasco County (Florida) Supervisor of Elections put out a statement Wednesday afternoon saying the 2020 presidential election was not riddled by fraud as President Trump and many of his followers falsely contend. Republican Brian Corley wrote, “With every deep state conspiracy and illegitimate claim of fraud our democracy sinks deeper and deeper into divisiveness.”… Read more »

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Freeze Warning for northern counties in Tampa Bay area; here’s a list of cold weather shelters

The weather cooled down a lot in the Tampa Bay area Tuesday morning, but it’s expected to get a lot colder Tuesday night and Wednesday morning; here’s information on weather warnings and cold weather shelters in the Tampa Bay area, especially in the northern counties.   Information from Hillsborough County: Hillsborough County Cold Weather Shelters… Read more »

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Doctor from Tampa General Hospital talks about the latest coronavirus surge and what can be done

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources Florida will pass one million confirmed coronavirus infections this week. Nearly 19,000 Floridians have died. The virus is surging nearly everywhere in the U.S. One American is dying from COVID-19 on average every minute. On WMNF’s MidPoint we talked about the latest coronavirus news in Tampa Bay… Read more »

Radioactivity Wednesday: Lorenzo Milam, Community Radio and Disability Rights Activist Remembered

November 25, 2020 Good Morning, welcome to Radioactivity.  I’m Rob Lorei. This month, at the age of 86, radio activist Lorenzo Milam passed away in Oaxaca, Mexico.  Milam was known as “The Johnny Appleseed of Community Radio” because he founded so many radio stations.  He was part of the second wave of community radio stations…. Read more »

Radioactivity Tuesday: Why QAnon Wasn’t Prepared for the Election Outcome

November 24, 2020 Good Morning, welcome to Radioactivity.  I’m Rob Lorei.  Perhaps no group in the country was more disappointed by the outcome of the presidential election than the followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory. For three years “Anon’s” (as they call themselves) have been told that the “Deep State” would soon be revealed and… Read more »

Recalling Reality. A Tale Of Revenge. Passionate Music.

Two engaging conversations in this edition of Life Elsewhere with two authors who have written two completely different books. One is an intimate, revelatory memoir, exploring the ways we can care for and repair ourselves when life knocks us down. The other takes us into the well-trodden path of noir set in Los Angeles. Only… Read more »

Radioactivity Thursday: Questions about ACA Open Enrollment? Our guest has answers.

November 19, 2020 Open enrollment for Obamacare is now in full swing in Florida, even as the U.S. Supreme Court listened to oral arguments last week on whether the law is constitutional.  Florida’s Republican attorney general and attorneys general in 17 other states and the Trump administration argue the entire law should be struck down…. Read more »

Radioactivity Wednesday: How Corporations Deny the Truth

November 18, 2020 Barbara Freese is an environmental attorney and a former Minnesota assistant attorney general, currently living in St. Paul.  Freese is author of several books, including “Industrial-Strength Denial: Eight Stories of Corporations Defending the Indefensible from the Slave Trade to Climate Change”. Her interest in corporate denial was sparked by cross-examining coal industry… Read more »

Tampa police review policy pushed to 2021 following citizen pushback

The Tampa City Council Thursday voted unanimously to push considering changes to its police Citizen Review Board until early 2021. Citizens came out in droves in person and virtually to call for citizen-led oversight of police amid a call for resistance from police unions. LISTEN: The call came from Tampa Mayor Jane Castor’s office in… Read more »

With Thanksgiving approaching, Florida Education Association wants Board of Governors to take stricter measures against COVID-19

As Florida Coronavirus cases continue to rise by the thousands every day and test positivity rates nearly double the daily recommendation for phase 3 openings, the Florida Education Association is asking the Board of Governors to enact stricter regulations throughout Florida’s university system. Some schools are taking steps beyond the Board of Governor’s recommendations. LISTEN:… Read more »

In Florida, budget woes won’t get you out of accessibility responsibilities

The 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act provided federal civil rights safeguards for people with physical and mental impairments. But in the years since numerous pieces of federal and state-level legislation have determined exactly how those protections are enacted. Florida’s guidelines for transportation compliance often encourage going beyond minimum standards, including putting budget concerns in the… Read more »

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Hillsborough County’s coronavirus update

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources Here’s the COVID-19 update for 16 November 2020 as provided by the  Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center: Nov. 16 County Commission COVID-19 Summary: Resolution Advocates for Routine Staff Testing at Senior Care Facilities, Other Congregate Homes COVID-19 coronavirus Update No. 239 Hillsborough County, Fla. (Nov. 16, 2020)… Read more »

“Lowering The Temperature” On Morning Energy

The announcement of Joe Biden as president elect of the 2020 presidential race did not settle well with many Americans and resulted in protest around the nation due to what many felt was a rigged presidential race that led to Biden’s victory. Post election blues and waging protests against sitting president, presidential candidates, or presidential-elect… Read more »

Radioactivity Thursday: Strongmen rulers – from Mussolini to Trump

November 12, 2020 Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. President Trump and his allies—including most of the top elected Republican officials in Florida are refusing to concede that Democrat Joe Biden has won the presidential election. The President is challenging some results in courts but so far the courts have dismissed his claims… Read more »

With Obama-style strategies Republican Party might’ve turned Florida from swing state to solid red

Joe Biden is the President-elect of the United States, even as some election officials count votes in states where victory seems assured but it is too close the call. In Florida though, President Donald Trump’s victory was swift and decisive. A group of panelists at a Tiger Bay meeting considered whether Florida can be considered… Read more »

Following end of federal oversight, a Catholic University in Florida said it will no longer recognize faculty union, leaving teachers vulnerable

Faculty at Saint Leo University in Pasco County are worried about job security and other protections after a surprise decision from the school’s board of trustees stripped them of union protection. The university’s announcement came after the National Labor Relations Board ended oversight of faith-based universities. LISTEN: The news came as a shock to Valerie… Read more »