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Friday April 18, 2014


Kathleen Rumpf.

photo by Seán Kinane

Peace advocates continue to raise awareness on Pinellas street corners

Religious-based peace activists continue their weekly sign-waving on busy Pinellas County street corners.

During rush hour Wednesday afternoon, Kathleen Rumpf joined half-dozen others from Pax Christi and Quaker groups on the corner of U.S. 19 and 22nd Avenue South in South St. Petersburg.

They plan to peace corner again next Wednesday.

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Ybor City neighborhood in Tampa.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (Feb. 2011).

Bar owners convince Tampa City Council to hold off on large nightclub rules

Tampa has been working on an ordinance regulating large Ybor City nightclubs for months, but after hearing from frustrated bar owners Thursday, it’s on hold again.

The city wants to avoid repeating violations and aggression that came to a head in shootings two years ago.

But during public comment several bar owners said irresponsible owners were no longer around. Dave Hundley owns The Orpheum nightclub in Ybor and establishments in St. Petersburg.


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photo by Simon & Schuster

New book explores legacy of FDR on 69th anniversary of his death

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with University of Wisconsin Professor Harvey J. Kaye about his new book, THE FIGHT FOR THE FOUR FREEDOMS: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great (Simon & Schuster). Franklin Roosevelt brought the country through two major crises- the Great Depression and World War II.

Listen to the entire show above.

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David Jolly doesn't support oil drilling near Florida's Gulf coast.

photo by Janelle Irwin

Fours years later, BP oil disaster still churns up environmental concerns

Four years after the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, researchers are still turning up evidence that the ecosystem is suffering. During a press conference Thursday on the downtown St. Pete waterfront, David White with the National Wildlife Federation said a recent study shows 14 species have problems likely caused by the oil and dispersants used to clean it up.

“Recently we found oil in the embryos, in the eggs of White Pelicans on their breeding grounds in Minnesota – both Macondo ...

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Clearwater Beach

Rising sea level effects on Tampa Bay

No matter what you think about global climate change, the seas around the world are rising and the rising ocean level will have a big effect on the Tampa bay area. A new scientific study has cited 99.9 percent of the effects of climate change are a result of human activity.

Physics Prof. Shaun Lovejoy from Quebec's McGill University used historical data to analyze the past and identify if man-made emissions were real cause of climate change and global warming. Lovejoy said this latest st...

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Retired FBI profiler's book coaches public on how to avoid harmful people

Today on Last Call, Warren Elly interviews retired FBI profiler Joe Navarro who spent a quarter century chasing spies and terrorists. Now he travels the world teaching everything from how to interrogate terrorists to the basics of body language in dating.

His 19th book “Dangerous Personalities- Identify and protect yourself from harmful people” is about to be published.

The following is from the fact sheet on Joe’s book

We seem to wake up to a new tragedy in the news every day—...

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U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross takes questions from constituents in New Tampa.

photo by Janelle Irwin

U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL) gets hammered by progressive activists

A Republican member of congress took a verbal lashing from progressive activists during a town hall meeting in New Tampa last night. Dennis Ross was met with a clamor of dissent when he told a young woman working part time at a fast food restaurant that he would not support raising the federal minimum wage.

“Markets do work and I’m not suggesting that we do away with the minimum wage, that’s not it at all. But the minimum wage is not a career wage. It’s a wage that’s paid to make sure th...

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Volunteers hand out shirts and pledge cards in support of "sensible" gun laws.

photo by Janelle Irwin

Mayors of St. Pete and Gulfport sign on with gun control advocacy group

The mayors of St. Pete and Gulfport are joining forces with a new group aimed at stamping out gun violence. Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg announced Wednesday he’d throw $50 million of his own money into Every Town for Gun Safety.

During a press conference in front of St. Pete City Hall Wednesday, Mayor Rick Kriseman said police officers confiscate at least one gun per day in the city.

“Every Town opens the next phase in the fight to end gun violence. It will take the works of m...

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Researchers used skeletal remains to recreate what a Dozier student may have looked like.

photo by Photo courtesy USF

Researchers' new focus is on identifying remains of 55 boys found at panhandle reform school

Researchers haven’t identified any of the remains exhumed from 55 grave sites found at the former Dozier School for Boys in Mariana Florida. But they are getting closer. Tuesday in Tampa, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson heard an update from the team trying to find out who the boys are so their remains can be returned to family members.

“Especially the families who don’t know what happened; don’t know [if] there was a crime committed, don’t know how their loved one died.”

The Dozier School for...

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Randy Kehler

Are federal income taxes heavily used to support military spending?

Today is the deadline for filling out your forms and paying your federal income taxes for last year. One major component of those taxes, military spending is rarely discussed in-depth. Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei explores military spending and speaks with tax resistor who objects to paying his federal income taxes.

Depending on how you measure it, military or what’s usually called defense spending makes up either 20% of the federal budget. If you remove Social Security and Medic...

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