State Attorney, Supreme Court Justice, Sheriff say HB1 protest bill is unconstitutional affront on democracy

Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren joined a former Florida Supreme Court Justice and a former Sheriff Thursday in blasting the HB1 protest bill. The group called the bill an unconstitutional affront on democracy. No solutions, just more problems Of the 20 State Attorneys in Florida, Warren is one of the few who’s actually dealt… Read more »

Hillsborough’s biggest criminal justice stakeholders commit to supporting civil citations, addressing racial bias

Some of Tampa Bay’s biggest criminal justice stakeholders Monday said they’d support more access to arrest avoidance programs and would address racial bias issues. They spoke during an annual meeting of the Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality, but some stakeholders were noticeably absent. LISTEN: Sheriff Chad Chronister and Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan are… Read more »

Radioactivity Thursday: Covid long-haulers; local firefighter recounts his near year-long battle with the coronavirus

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources March 18, 2021 Good morning. I’m Rob Lorei. Welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity. It’s often said that young people usually don’t get infected with COVID 19. And if they do, their symptoms aren’t that serious. Today on the program we’ll meet a COVID long-hauler, a 37 year old… Read more »

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Different reactions to the gun violence in Boulder, CO

The suspect in Monday’s Boulder supermarket shootings bought the assault rifle six days before he allegedly shot and killed ten people. Investigators have not established a motive. On Tuesday President Biden reiterated his priorities for gun safety: banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and closing gun background check loopholes. “It received votes from both Republicans… Read more »

Florida’s GOP-backed voting bills could disenfranchise millions of elderly and disabled Floridians, especially in minority communities

Supervisors of Elections and advocates for voting access said changes to existing laws could disenfranchise millions of elderly and disabled persons in Florida. Some of the greatest impacts would be felt in minority communities. LISTEN: Republican Rep. Blaise Ingoglia presented a House version of the election bill during a Monday meeting of the Public Integrity… Read more »

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Radioactivity Friday: Florida House takes up controversial bill that would criminalize protest

March 19, 2021 Good Morning, welcome to Radioactivity.  I’m Rob Lorei. The Florida House will consider a controversial bill next week that would increase penalties on protests. Democrats and others argue the measure would violate First Amendment rights and have a chilling effect on peaceful protests. The bill (HB 1),is  a priority of House Speaker Chris… Read more »

What Animals May Tell Us About Aliens. A Return Visit With Katherine May.

Was Arik Kershenbaum’s intent in writing, The Zoologist’s Guide To The Galaxy to make the reader reconsider – everything? To look at our world from a new perspective? “Yes!” the zoologist, College Lecturer, and Fellow at Girton College, Cambridge responds rapidly. His new book will not only make you think, you’ll also find yourself wanting… Read more »

Radioactivity Wednesday: Pentagon “Boondoggle” Flying Over Tampa Bay for the Next Two Weeks

March 17, 2021 Good Morning, welcome to Radioactivity.  I’m Rob Lorei. The Tampa Bay Times is reporting: “The Tampa Bay skies will be louder than usual this month as MacDill Air Force Base hosts F-35B Lighting II fighter jets for training, according to a release. Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 is conducting fighter jet training… Read more »

Legislature takes on local governments

By Javan Frinks The Florida legislature’s trend of pushing bills superseding local regulation continues this year with proposed laws touching everything from renewable energy to impact fees, apprenticeship programs, campaign finance and ports. Tampa’s sustainability efforts led by City Council member Joe Citro is the target of a bill that seeks to prevent local governments… Read more »

‘Anti-educator’ bill clears Senate committee as hundreds of Florida teachers and school faculty testify against it

Hundreds of Florida teachers, some representing thousands of union faculty members, headed to Tallahassee Wednesday to protest a bill they call “anti-educator.” The bill cleared Wednesday’s Senate committee meeting anyway, but teachers are not giving up the fight. Listen: As far as Senator Victor Torres is concerned, the message was loud and clear. “There’s no… Read more »

A Conversation With Dr. Camilla Pang. Richard Gabriel On Infamous Verdicts.

Camilla Pang An Outsider’s Guide To Humans – What Science Taught Me About What We Do And Who We are “Blessed with the solid combination of ASD, ADHD, and Ph.D. – I use the powers of neurodiversity to navigate the under-passed connections of how human psychology can meander beyond the norm. The study of humans… Read more »

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Kathy Castor on American Rescue Plan, Cuba and gun safety bills

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources On Thursday, President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill called the American Rescue Plan. Many people have already gotten their $1400 stimulus deposited into their bank account. Other provisions will provide additional unemployment insurance and health insurance assistance. American Rescue Plan WMNF’s MidPoint Monday spoke… Read more »

‘The cavalry has arrived,’ Michigan Governor Whitmer, St. Pete Mayor Kriseman talk American Rescue Plan signing

With the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan now law, Florida is set to receive billions in funding along with direct payments to citizens. St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman joined Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and others on a call Thursday to discuss the importance of the bill becoming law. LISTEN: Also joining the call was Milwaukee… Read more »

Civic and faith leaders gather to denounce ‘anti-protest’ bill, HB1, ahead of judiciary committee hearing

A group of mostly Black civic and faith leaders gathered in Tallahassee’s Captiol Courtyard Wednesday to denounce the controversial HB1 bill. Many fear the Republican-backed bill being fast-tracked through the legislative process would silence minority voices while attacking home rule and the First Amendment. LISTEN: State Representative Kevin Chambliss, a Democrat who represents parts of… Read more »