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Author discusses "violent history" of Islam listen

09/28/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last week, WMNF reported on the Family Impact Summit, a gathering of right-wing Christians at Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon.

One of the topics covered at the summit was "What Christians Must Know of Islam." William Federer was a speaker in that session. Federer authored a book called What Every American Needs to Know About the Qur’an: A History of Islam & the United States.

WMNF spoke with Federer before his lecture and he outlined what he called the violent history of Islam. ...

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Mental health courts and activism are topics of conference listen

09/28/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today was the final day of this week’s Mental Health Conference at the TradeWinds Island Resorts in St. Pete Beach.

The three-day conference was co-hosted by the Florida Council for Community Mental Health and the Florida Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association.

This morning’s plenary speech was by David Shern, president and CEO of the advocacy group Mental Health America.

A year ago Shern left his tenured position as Dean of USF’s Florida Mental Health Institute because he felt he c...

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Director: "Sharkwater" tells real story about sharks listen

09/28/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tonight, the documentary “Sharkwater” is opening in several different theatres in Tampa.

In it, filmmaker Rob Stewart attempts to debunk historical stereotypes and media depictions of sharks as bloodthirsty, man-eating monsters.

Stewart talked last week with Art in Your Ear contributor and film critic Diane Howe Eberly.

“Sharkwater” is being shown in movie theaters in Tampa and in Florida today; it opens nationally next week.

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USF football reaches new high, but is everybody happy? listen

09/28/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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One of the biggest college football events ever held in Tampa takes place tonight at 8 p.m., when the USF Bulls, ranked 18th in the country, take on the 5th ranked West Virginia Mountaineers.

Win or lose, the nationally televised event is the apex of a meteoric rise of a football program that has only been playing for 11 years.

But for everybody wearing green and gold and cheering for the Bulls tonight, there were many on the USF campus back in the early 1990’s who did not want big time...

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Bright House realignment riles City Council listen

09/27/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A representative from Bright House Networks received a somewhat combative reaction at today’s Tampa City Council meeting in response to a proposal by the cable service that could potentially decrease viewership of the Council meetings.

Come December, analog subscribers in the Tampa bay area will lose the PEG channels. And for the majority of viewers watching on digital cable, those channels – representing Public access, Education and the Government - will move from its current spot in the...

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Tampa Democrat preps for fight against DNC listen

09/27/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Earlier this week, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson threatened to sue the Democratic National Committee unless it reconsiders plans to strip away all of Florida’s delegates to next year’s nominating convention. But one Tampa Democrat has already beaten him to the punch, and he says he’s not backing down in suing the DNC and the Florida Democratic Party.

Tampa Political Consultant Victor DiMaio filed the suit earlier this month. Recently, both the DNC and the Florida Democratic Party responded by ...

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Homeless awareness campaign kicks off listen

09/27/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County unveiled a new awareness campaign today. It highlights the fact that virtually anyone can become homeless.

Dozens of paper grocery bags with the faces of Hillsborough County residents who are or formerly were homeless were set up on the steps of the Old Federal Courthouse in downtown Tampa while advocates for the homeless and some of those pictured on the bags spoke to the public.

Rayme Nuckles, the CEO of the Homeless Coalition of Hillsboro...

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Does Bush plan to attack Iran?

09/27/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Today we’ll talk about a Senate resolution passed yesterday that would put pressure on Iran’s government. Some people say it is a precursor to an American attack on that country.

But first some listener comments about yesterday’s program on which we got into a discussion again of the president of Iran’s visit to the U.S. and about the U.N. weapons inspectors who were in Iraq from November 2002 until just before the U.S. invasion.

The Senate on Wednesday approved a resolution urging the ...

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Pinellas schools superintendent speaks at forum

09/26/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Pinellas County Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox spoke today at the Unitarian Universalists church of Clearwater’s Community Forum.

Wilcox addressed the topic "What’s Going on in our Schools," and said the district will be closing some schools at the same time it needs to build others.

Wilcox said Pinellas County Schools will be making major reorganizations and be reassigning students next year, but they have not made final decisions.

There is a serious achievement disparity in ...

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Florida to appeal ruling on ballot amendment

09/26/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Florida Gov. Charlie Crist announced today that the state will appeal a court ruling throwing out the proposed Constitutional Amendment to increase the homestead exemption.

Leon County Circuit Judge Charles Francis called the language of the proposed amendment, "misleading and confusing."

Still no word regarding whether the state Legislature, will attempt to reword the amendment and perhaps expand on giving homeowners a bigger exemption.

There had been a conflict between state Se...

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Anti-gay graffiti mars St. Pete art gallery

09/26/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The owner of an art gallery in downtown St. Petersburg says anti-gay graffitti spray-painted outside his shop early yesterday morning will not deter him from continuing his business.

William Schramm owns Antiques 2061 on Central Avenue. A few weeks after a successful opening of an erotic art show, he said it was a shock to his system to see the words, “No fag porn” scrawled in red spray paint when he went to his establishment yesterday.

Schramm has another opening coming up this Friday ...

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Author of "Omnivore's Dilemna" discusses his book

09/26/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Michael Pollan is the award-winning author of the book, The Omnivore’s Dilemna: A Natural History of Four Meals, just recently released in paperback.

The book, named one of the 10 best non-fiction titles of 2006 by the New York Times, investigates the elements and ingredients that go into four different meals: The fast food meal, the organic meal, the local "beyond organic" meal and a meal that is completely hunted or gathered by Pollan himself.

In the second part of our interview w...

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Eckerd College's Eat Local Challenge

09/25/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Instead of the usual lunchtime fare today at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg students were able to eat meals made from locally grown food.

Almost all of the meats, seafood, vegetables and fruit served at today’s Third Annual Eat Local Challenge were grown or harvested within a 150-mile radius of St. Pete.

David Bateman is general manager of Food Services with the Bon Appetit at Eckerd College and described two of the reasons why he is providing students the opportunity to eat locally....

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Farm Bill full of fat, critic suggests

09/25/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Federal subsidies to some farmers has been ongoing in the U.S. since the 1930s. And that’s how it would continue under the $286-billion farm bill the Senate is now considering.

The five-year plan for agriculture, billed as a temporary remedy for stricken farmers 75 years ago, is up for renewal by Congress as farm income breaks U.S. records. The House passed its version of the Farm Bill in July.

According to journalist Michael Pollan, the Farm Bill – or Food Bill – is contributing to the...

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Scholar discusses tension between U.S., Iran

09/25/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Ervand Abrahamian joined us in this segment. He received his B.A. and M.A. at Oxford University, and his Ph.D. at Columbia University. He is an American born in Iran and raised in England,

Abrahamian teaches Middle Eastern history at Baruch College at the City University of New York. He has published Iran Between Two Revolutions, The Iranian Mojahedin, Khomeinism, Tortured Confessions, and Inventing the Axis of Evil.

He teaches at the CUNY Graduate Center, and has taught at Princet...

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