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Recovery Act funds provide stimulus to Port of Tampa listen

08/31/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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More than $10 million of federal stimulus funding is coming to four ship repair businesses in the Tampa Bay area. One Port of Tampa company, Gulf Marine Repair, is receiving more than $4 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to expand the width of its dry-dock ship repair operation.

During a press conference Monday morning, a deck barge and a tug boat received blasting, coating, and steel work on the dry dock...

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Hillsborough Sheriff's Office presents plan for Courthouse security listen

08/31/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In early August, Hillsborough County security officials were embarrassed after a woman was identified as bringing in a gun to the County Courthouse, and that it took nearly three hours for Courthouse security to notify the Sheriff’s Office.

Though it later was determined that the 'gun' was actually a lighter that resembled a gun, the incident continues to have repercussions nearly a month later.

Today Colonel Jim Previteria with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department detailed ...

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Dennis Kucinich endorses Ed Helm in St. Pete Mayor's race listen

08/31/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday

In less than 24 hours, St. Petersburg voters go to the polls. Mayor Rick Baker leaves due to term limits at the end of the year.

One dark horse candidate, 2005 general election runner-up Ed Helm, today received an endorsement from Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich.

It’s not the first Washington based endorsement that Helm, the controversial Democrat who ran and lost to Rick Baker in 2005, has received in his 2009 campaign.

Former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley and former Indiana Co...

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Kucinich worried about public option 'incredibly shrinking' listen

08/31/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In an op-ed in today’s Washington Post, former GOP Senator Bob Dole wrote that President Obama is our president, not a commentator, and therefore it’s vital that for the President to be out front with his specific plan on this critical issue.

Connecticut Democratic Senator Christopher Dodd made similar comments yesterday.

Today WMNF heard from Ohio Democratic Representative Dennis Kucinich, who has been one of the strongest advocates in Congress for a single-payer system for health ...

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National security implications of climate change listen

08/31/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This afternoon on the USF Tampa campus, a discussion on global warming and its implications for national security was held. We’ll have a full report on tomorrow night’s newscast.

Speaking at the forum alongside former U.S. Senators Bob Graham, Connie Mack, and John Warner, was Dr. Tom Crisman, a Patel Professor of Environment at the Patel Center for Global Solutions at USF. Dr. Crisman spoke to WMNF today about climate change.

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Health Care - The People's Voice

08/29/09 Mary Glenney and Arlene Engelhardt
From A Woman's Point of View

Jane Hamsher, American film producer, author and blogger. As a filmmaker, her best known film is Natural Born Killers.

But we talked to her in her capacity as founder and publisher of the progressive blog, FireDogLake. She is sitting by her fireplace with her dog watching the Lakers. This progressive blog is perhaps one of the most interactive and stimulating in the blogosphere. With twitter, they managed to get the most up to date accounts of the Plame aff...

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She Is a Matador

08/29/09 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Gemma Cubero, filmmaker, Ella Es el Matador, documentary to be aired on POV, Tuesday, September 1, 11 pm on WEDU. This is Gemma's first effort directing a film.

Born in Spain, she and her co-director/producer were working in Mexico as cinematographers when they became aware of the terrible discrimination against women as matadors. While not necessarily interested in bull fighting, being born in Spain, they realized the cultural significance of bull fighting as, not a sport, but an eve...

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"The Shortest Distance Between Two Women"

08/29/09 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Kris Radish, author and journalist, completed her 6th novel, The Shortest Distance Between Two Women, a wonderful, funny and warm account of a family of women - 4 sisters and their mother.

We pick up their lives years after the death of their father, preparing for the annual family reunion and find out what is the shortest distance between two women.

Ms. Radish has recently relocated to Apollo Beach, so she is now a veritable neighbor.

[www.krisradish.com](http://www.krisradis...

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USF Amnesty International Human Rights Fashion Show listen

08/29/09 Lindsey Kratochwill
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday

This afternoon the University of South Florida chapter of Amnesty International held the first bay area Human Rights Fashion Show at the Marshall Amphitheatre. Many different human rights groups and local performers came out to be involved in the event.

The Human Rights Fashion Show this afternoon, which was three months in the making, was put together in order to gain more recognition for important issues facing the world today. Glory Cordero is the president of the USF chapter.

Dav...

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Crist names former aide as next Senator listen

08/28/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Governor Charlie Crist today announced he will appoint George LeMieux to serve the remainder of Senator Mel Martinez’s term upon Martinez’s official resignation.

The 40-year-old LeMieux has been working at a law firm in Tallahaseee. He’s best known as serving as campaign manager for Governor Crist’s 2006 campaign. After Crist beat Jim Davis, LaMieux then served as his Chief of Staff, before going back to the law firm where began his career out of college.

Crist and LeMieux hav...

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AFL-CIO Unity Rally listen

08/28/09 Pamela Sullins
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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An estimated one hundred people came together on the sidewalks in front of the Blue Cross & Blue Shield offices in South Tampa Thursday evening. Many displayed signs that read “insurance profits are bad for my health” and “healthcare can’t wait”. The event, deemed as a Unity Rally, was sponsored by the West Central Florida Federation of Labor.

Aaron Carmella of the AFL-CIO was one of the rally’s organizers. He said, “Much of the media has been about protests and town hall m...

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Tampa Council considers funding continued community liason position at USF listen

08/27/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Tampa City Council today voted to have their Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board review with an attorney the possibility of funding a position being phased out at USF.

The issue arose after City Councilwoman Linda Saul-Sena said she recently had a meeting with school officials to discuss the USF collaborative on East Tampa. That collaborative has involved having a university researcher work on mobilizing students and faculty on community projects in East Tampa.

The Univer...

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Energy Citizens Rally and Protest listen

08/27/09 Lindsey Kratochwill
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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An Energy Citizens Rally, organized by the American Petroleum Institute, was held today at the Ritz Theatre in Ybor City. The rally, which is in response to the Waxman-Markey Bill that was passed in the House of Representatives, was also met by protestors.

The rally included speakers that were involved with different industries, such as trucking and farming who expressed their opinions on the new bill on climate change. Before the rally, protesters gathered across the street from the Ritz...

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Tampa City Council refuses to look at cell tower ordinance listen

08/27/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Tampa City Council today voted to send a formal letter to the Hillsborough County School Board to reverse an ordinance that makes it easy to place cell towers at schools without public comment.

But that decision failed to mollify many angry citizens who wanted the city to go further in making it more difficult for such towers to be installed.

The issue has been a potent one for citizens in Tampa over the past year, with parents of children at schools in South Tampa rising up agains...

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Peace Groups Plan To Protest Military Fair

08/27/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Our next guest, Dwight Lawton, is a member of Veterans for Peace. His group and other peace groups will protest the annual Military Fair, hosted by Congressman Gus Bilirakis. to be held this weekend at Eastlake High School in Tarpon Springs. The group says the event is "used to glorify the military to children." Advertised as a "family" event, the fair includes multiple displays of military machinery and weaponry. Also The annual Military Fair, hosted by Congressman Gus Bilirakis, is used to ...

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