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Friday April 18, 2014

Homelessness fundraiser will ask donors to sleep in boxes

A non-profit nearly four years in the making is raising money this weekend by having donors spend the night in a box this Saturday night at Nativity Catholic Church. Family Promise of Greater Brandon began organizing in 2010 and is about to finally open its doors to families in need next month.

The chapter is an off shoot of a nationwide coalition of faith-based groups that started in New Jersey in 1986. Deborah Humphrey is the board president.

"Basically what happens is you come to t...

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Seminole Heights artists rally around fire victims

Residents in Seminole Heights have been rallying behind people affected by a fire that wrecked two local businesses. Now they hope to raise some money for artists too. Tammy Harmon Siebel has been organizing the Heights Unites Artist Benefit Bonanza this Sunday from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

"It's a group of community artists coming together to put on an exhibition and sale of local artwork and the benefit is for the fire relief fund. Back in February a Modern Line furniture store and Domani's rest...

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Hillsborough NAACP wants to organize to save Tampa's historic Jackson House

A dilapidated historic house in downtown Tampa may get a second chance at renovations. The Jackson House was built in 1901 and served as a boarding house. During decades of racial segregation it was one of the only places blacks could find accommodation. The Jackson House hosted celebrities such as Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie.

Carolyn Collins, president of Hillsborough Branch NAACP, told Tampa City Council Thursday h...

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Protesters gather beneath four red light cameras at Dale Mabry & Waters in Tampa

photo by WMNF File Photo 2011

Tampa extends red-light camera contract with 25% of net revenues earmarked for intersection safety

The City of Tampa is renewing its contract with the vendor of its red-light cameras. City council voted 6-1 today to extend the contract by two years despite a vote last month against renewing the contract. What changed? Mayor Bob Buckhorn proposed using a quarter of the net revenue from red-light camera citations to improve the safety of intersections with the cameras.

But that didn

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Environmentalists want Duke Energy to use solar instead of coal.

photo by Janelle Irwin

Duke Energy subject of solar petition drive in St. Pete

About 100 environmental activists are asking Duke Energy to start investing in solar energy instead of continuing to rely on the coal-fired Crystal River plant. The group claims to have delivered more than 5,000 petitions to Duke Energy

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Reverend Barry W. Lynn

Reverend Barry W. Lynn advocates for separation of church and state

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with Reverend Barry W. Lynn about school vouchers, contraception and religious freedom. Reverend Lynn has been the Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State since 1992. He is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, and a prominent leader of the American religious left. He is a strong advocate of separation of church and state.

Reverend Barry Lynn will be speaking this weekend in Sara...

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