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 »

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Hillsborough County coronavirus testing modified holiday hours

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources Because of the Holidays, many coronavirus testing locations will be closed some days or have modified hours. Here is the information provided by Hillsborough County about COVID-19 testing holiday schedules.   Hillsborough County COVID-19 Public Testing Schedule for the Holidays COVID-19 coronavirus Update No. 250 Hillsborough County,… Read more »

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Groups sue EPA to stop radioactive phosphogypsum approval for road construction

In October, the Environmental Protection Agency approved the use of phosphogypsum in road construction. It’s a waste product of phosphate mining and it contains small amounts of radioactive isotopes of radium and uranium. On Friday a coalition of public health, environmental and union groups sued the EPA for approving phosphogypsum in roads. One of the… Read more »

Floridians are showing out for prison reform

The Sarasota County Legislative Delegation Friday met with civic organizations and county residents to discuss priorities for Florida’s 2021 legislative session. Among many areas of concern discussed, none was talked about more than prison reform. LISTEN: To illustrate her point, Denise Rock of Florida Cares told the story of Christopher Dean. ‘Nobody had any choice… Read more »

Environmentalists again hope to save 74-acres of land on Anclote River nearly 15 years after pushing back Walmart

The same group that fought Walmart from developing land along the Anclote River in Tarpon Springs has taken up the cause again. More than 10 years after beating back the big-box giant, environmental advocates are trying to keep a 74-acre residential community from going up at the same site. LISTEN: Just before midnight, city commissioners… Read more »

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Radioactivity Thursday: Former Florida COVID-19 data manager says she will not be deterred – despite death threats

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources December 17, 2020 Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. There are now more calls for an investigation into the search of a former Florida COVID data scientist’s home.  A group of Florida Congress members, all Democrats, sent a letter to the state’s chief inspector general…. Read more »

Pandemic prompts St. Pete residents to call for rent relief, eviction moratorium during Friday rally

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources A group of St. Petersburg residents have organized to fight back against a rising wave of evictions, another crisis brought during the COVID-19 pandemic. A rally is scheduled Friday to call for rent relief and extension of eviction moratoriums while the pandemic persists. LISTEN: Mel Meyer’s year… Read more »

St. Leo U. moves forward with disbanding union amid faculty, Catholic pushback

Pasco County’s Catholic St. Leo University is moving full-speed ahead with plans to replace its 44-year-old faculty union and senate with a new “shared governance system.” Faculty members, state unions and even Catholic organizations are asking the school to pull back before it’s too late. LISTEN: Valerie Wright has been president of the United Faculty… Read more »

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Congress member Charlie Crist criticizes raid on home of former Florida COVID-19 data scientist

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources Last week, the home of former state COVID-19 data manager Rebekah Jones was raided by the Florida Department of Law enforcement. The security video she released shows several officers with their guns drawn. Congress member Charlie Crist released an email statement critical of the raid of Rebekah… Read more »