News & Public Affairs

Saturday July 4, 2015

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Islamic Charity event will offer free medical exams, bicycles in West Tampa

Today on Radioactivity we have Hakim Aquil and Dr. Husain Nagamia of the Tampa Bay Muslim Alliance, which is organizing the 18th annual Islamic Charity Festival at Macfarlane Park on Sunday April 26th from 11am-5pm. The festival will offer free medical services, food, clothing, and 2000 bicycles with helmets,lights and locks. Charity in Islam, known as Zakat, is one of the 5 principles considered essential to muslims.

We then get listener responses to...

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Kameel Stanley and Alexandra Zayas, journalists for the Tampa Bay Times

photo by Rob Lorei

Tampa Bay Times reporters discuss profiling of poor, black cyclists by Tampa Police

Today on radioactivity we discuss a Tampa Bay Times report published over the weekend that found Tampa Police disproportionately cite black residents with bicycle violations. Of the 2500 citations issued, 79 percent went to African-Americans, though less than a quarter of the city's population is black. According to the report, police used bicycle stops for minor ...

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Martha Nussbaum at Eckerd College

photo by Samuel Johnson

Is a new religious intolerance is entering into public discourse?

Is a new religious intolerance is entering into public discourse? That was one of themes from renowned professor and philosopher, Martha Nussbaum. She spoke Monday night at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. Nussbaum makes historical connections to the present some of us might have missed.

Nussbaum is the distinguished service professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago. From this chair position she also teaches philosophy with a particular interest in ancient Greek and Roman p...

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Police Chief Jane Caster in Sulphur Springs

photo by Samuel Johnson

Tampa neighborhood and police department walk side-by-side in peace march

Escalating violence in some Tampa neighborhoods unite the Tampa police and residents in raising awareness. Saturday afternoon in the Sulphur Springs area roughly 200 plus residents, community leaders, the police chief and even the mayor all gathered to march in solidarity to stop the violence. The community as well as elected officials recognize the importance of bringing attention to the uptick in violent crime as the first part of the remedy.

People who participated in the 6 block trek...

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Florida history professor recounts black migration from Florida in early 20th century

Today on Radioactivity our guest is Gary Mormino, the Frank Duckwall history professor emeritus at USF St. Petersburg and author of several books on Florida History. He talks to us about the Great Migration in Florida, a period starting right before World War I until the early 1920's when over a million African American workers fled the state for the Northeast and Midwest states. This is was part of a larger exodus of millions of southern blacks seeking to escape low wages and racial discrimi...

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Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida president Susan Smith on WMNF's MidPoint.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

More problems with standardized tests; discussion of education issues in Florida

There was a new round of problems around the state Monday with Florida's standardized tests; we spoke about this and several other state education issues with Susan Smith, the president of the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida.

We also spoke about the state's class size amendment, education funding, charter schools and private school vouchers.

Here's The Associated Press story on Monday's testing problems:

Florida school districts are suspending testing amid a new round of ...

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Former senator Bob Graham and independent journalists claim Saudi ties to Sept.11 attacks

This week the New York times reported on former Florida Senator Bob Graham's pursuit to reveal Saudi Arabia's link to the 9/11 hijackers. Graham has called for the federal government to make public 28 classified pages of the 9/11 commission report, which he claims conceals a tie between the hijackers and a Saudi family that hastily left their Sarasota home days before ...

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freeFall Theatre's Harvey & Kirk Ke Wang on Why Art?

The classic play Harvey explores, in a silly and funny way, how we treat people who are odd. freeFall theatre's production refreshes the classic.

Kirk Ke Wang travels frequently between his birth country, China, and his home, Tampa. His work reflects the multiple strands of our multicultural lives. He will be doing a talk Saturday night (4/18/15) at the St.Pete Opera Company in conjunction with his art show, Yes & No.

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photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News

5 years later, effects from the BP oil spill still felt in the Gulf today

Monday is the 5th anniversary of the BP oil spill that devastated The Gulf of Mexico's ecosystems and the coastal economies that depended on them. Raleigh Hoke of the Gulf Restoration Network, an environmental coalition focused on the continued clean-up of the Gulf, says that despite what BP would like the public to think, there are still lingering effects of the oil spill on the Gulf waters today. The Network will be organizing a series of protests and events over the weekend leading up to t...

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Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St.Petersburg).

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Should law enforcement departments keep the spoils from seized money and property?

A Florida Senate committee is considering a bill by St. Petersburg Republican Senator Jeff Brandes to direct money and property seized by police to charities instead of to the law enforcement agency itself.

Thursday morning in the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Republican Senator Joe Negron supported Brandes’ bill.

An amendment by Tampa Democratic Senator Arthenia Joyner attempted to keep seized assets in the hands of law enforcement.


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