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Sustainable Battery Practices

12/31/07
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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We talked with John Heil with Dyno Batteries in WA. Major point: Lead acid batteries are still the standard in renewable energy systems, and to change to a more sustainable world we need to understand and use this old technology. John covered most of the basic battery appications: safety, maintainance, ratings, combinations, etc.

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HCDEC Chair, Vice Chair resign

12/31/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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HCDEC Chair, Vice Chair resign

According to an email circulated last night among Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee (HCDEC) members, the Chair and Vice Chair of the HCDEC have resigned. Chair Michael Suarez and Vice Chair Deborah Cope have resigned within the last week, according to the email from Rose Marie Varas, who was Secretary, but is now the acting chair of the HCDEC. WMNF spoke with Varas this afternoon and she confirmed that Suarez and Cope had resigned. She declin...

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Bhutto memorial held in Tampa listen

12/31/07 Doris Norrito
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Senator Ronda Storms led a memorial vigil for former Pakistan Prime Minister Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto last Friday in Tampa.

As news of Bhutto’s assassination last Thursday spread throughout the country, anger and revenge led to riots throughout Pakistan. Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf blamed Islamic militants: associates of Bhutto accused Musharraf of playing a role by not giving Bhutto adequate protection.

Hundreds of thousands attended Bhutto’s funeral in Pakistan, while a ...

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Pasco Voter Turnout Numbers Available listen

12/28/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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With Florida’s Presidential Primary election just over a month away, absentee ballots are beginning to arrive at the supervisor of elections offices in counties around the state. Voter turnout numbers are being posted daily on the website of Pasco County’s Supervisor of Elections, Brian Corley. WMNF spoke with Corley this morning.

You can view Pasco County voter turnout at pascovotes dot com .

Each night, the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections posts a .pdf file with voter turn...

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Tampa Pakistani Reactions to Bhutto Assassination listen

12/27/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Rana Younas is the owner of Apna Bazaar in Tampa. He is an American citizen, but was born in Punjab Pakistan and moved to Islamabad before coming to the United States in the 1970s. WMNF asked Younas whether Pakistanis expected the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.

A customer in Younas’ shop, Omar Chaudhry, is originally from Lahore, Pakistan. He has lived in the United States for 22 years. Chaudhry told WMNF his reaction to Bhutto’s assassination.

Chaudhry said he has already heard f...

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Tampa Attorney and Activist on Bhutto listen

12/27/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Neelofer Syed is an attorney in Tampa. She grew up in Pakistan but moved to the United States in 2001. Syed received political asylum because of her activism for women’s rights and child labor rights in Pakistan. WMNF spoke with her this afternoon and asked for her reaction to today’s assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

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Benazir Bhutto Assassinated

12/27/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto has been assassinated after a speech to thousands of supporters at a rally.

A party security adviser says Bhutto was shot in the neck and chest as she got into her vehicle, and then the gunman blew himself up.

Supporters have been smashing glass doors at the hospital where she died.

Some have been voicing their anger at Pakistan's president Pervez Musharraf. Others have been weeping.

Bhutto had twice served as Pakistan's prime minister. S...

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Big Cypress Preserve threatened by ATVs – part 2 listen

12/27/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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As WMNF reported last night, a coalition of conservation groups has filed a lawsuit to protect the Big Cypress National Preserve in southwest Florida from off-road vehicle use. The endangered Florida Panther inhabits large sections of Big Cypress. Yesterday, WMNF spoke with Matthew Schwartz, the political chair of the Florida Sierra Club’s Broward Group.

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Big Cypress Preserve threatened by ATVs – part 1 listen

12/26/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last week, a coalition of conservation groups filed a lawsuit to protect Big Cypress National Preserve in southwest Florida from off-road vehicle use. Parts of the preserve that had previously been closed to all-terrain vehicles, swamp buggies, and other off-road vehicles was recently re-opened. This afternoon, WMNF spoke with Matthew Schwartz, the political chair of the Florida Sierra Club’s Broward Group.

In a correction to information relayed by Schwartz during the interview, meeting...

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Anclote River Wal-Mart Back on Planning Table listen

12/26/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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For more than three years, environmentalists in northern Pinellas County have been fighting against construction of a Wal-Mart on the banks of the Anclote River. Next month the Board of Adjustments in Tarpon Springs will consider the issue. This morning, WMNF spoke with Andy Ennis, the Treasurer for the Concerned Citizens and Friends of the Anclote River.

There will be a public Board of Adjustments meeting on January 16th at the Tarpon Springs City Hall.

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[Friends of the A...

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ACLU weighs in on intelligent design listen

12/21/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida’s Board of Education will be instituting new teaching standards for science next fall. As WMNF has reported this month, the proposed Sunshine State Standards for science have been praised as a vast improvement over the current standards.

The emphasis on teaching evolution has motivated some proponents of the idea of "intelligent design" to lobby for the inclusion of that concept in the science standards.

Last Friday, the ACLU of Florida wrote a letter to the state Board of Ed...

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St. Pete fountain of youth rediscovered?

12/20/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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An environmental activist in Pinellas County might have "rediscovered" the legendary St. Petersburg Fountain of Youth-- right in the vicinity of the proposed "dredge and fill" site on the bay where the Rays' baseball team wants to build a new stadium.

Our guest, Lorraine Margeson, had this to say:

"I've come to discover that there are not only possible environmental impediments to the proposed Rays Waterfront Stadium Plan ... but historic preservation concerns as well. Today I assemble...

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Hearing held on privatization of city jobs listen

12/20/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last month, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio announced a new program called “Changing the Business of Government” that attempts to save the city money.

One of the most contentious parts of that program involves privatizing the jobs of some low-paid city employees in addition to layoffs announced earlier in the year. About 100 city employees, most of them from security and janitorial services, would be laid off and private companies would be contracted to provide these services.

There has been...

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Fear and courage in Democratic Party, Part 2 listen

12/20/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Yesterday WMNF broadcast the first half of our interview with Glenn Hurowitz, author of a new book called Fear and Courage in the Democratic Party. We began the second half of the interview by asking about one person in the book who Hurowitz says is an example of courage in the Democratic Party, the late Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone.

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Part 1 of WMNF interview with Glenn Hurowitz](http://www.wmnf.org/news_stories/5041)

Democratic Courage

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Is there really a shortage of farm workers?

12/19/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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As a way to deal with illegal immigration, earlier this year the Bush administration promised to reform the guest worker program by encouraging more temporary foreign workers to replace undocumented immigrants.

To help farmers deal with labor shortages, the U.S. allows farmers to bring in foreign workers under the H2A visa program. The farmers must prove there is a shortage of workers. The numbers of guest workers have grown each year for the past two years.

Last week two farmworker adv...

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