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Florida Yards & Composting

06/13/11 John Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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First on the Sustainable Living Program we talked to one of the founders of the Peaceful Plate group about their upcoming event at the Gulfport Casino on Saturday June 18. This all day event will focus on different aspects of sustainable living. For more information check out www.peacefulplate.org . Next up, the Water Wise Coordinator for Hillsborough County Extension Service, Virginia Overstreet joined the program. We talked about issues with our Florida yards; mainly composting and wate...

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Help available for retirees targeted in scams listen

01/26/11 Andrea Lypka
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Senior citizens are often the target financial fraud. But, there are organizations that can help by warning about common scams and assisting after a fraud has occurred.

Stephen Lintner’s mother was a victim of a financial scam.

“Mom used a company for some kind of credit card consolidation that had some problems and it disappeared and things fell apart. I don’t even know the details. She has had some problems with phone calls that turned out to be a scam and she lost a measure of money ...

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Longtime civil rights activist John Seigenthaler receives award listen

12/20/10 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Civil rights leader and journalist John Seigenthaler Sr. spoke about racial, gender, religious and sexual orientation injustices that groups of people faced in history and continue to face.

“I want to ask you to think with me on times, on times when we suffered defeat, times when we forgot our way, some times when our values escaped us. There is, I think if we are honest, a dark side to our national character that has periodically taken hold in our history and threatened at times to under...

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Pinellas schools consider swapping fundamental, Montessori programs listen

11/09/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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It’s no secret that many public schools in Florida are disappointing at best. The Pinellas County School Board is trying to makes some tweaks to the system to boost results, but one of these changes has two South Pinellas communities up in arms. Deputy Superintendent Jim Madden says the draft of the county’s Student Achievement Proposal takes a long view of student success.

"We're trying to look at our district from say, like the 30,000 foot level, and saying 'how are we structured school...

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Not All Teachers Oppose SB 6 listen

04/12/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Not all teachers oppose Senate Bill 6. Fran Strayhorn is a kindergarten teacher at Gulfport Montessori She said it would force teachers to work harder.

While the bill’s opponents say it would place an undue burden on educators while leaving families off the hook when it comes to student success, Strayhorn says someone has to take up the slack.

She said that to expect some families to step up their involvement in their children’s education is ...

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Five Contenders Aim for One Gulfport Council Seat listen

03/09/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today several Pinellas beaches hare holding municipal elections. Towns like Treasure Island and Indian Shores had commission or council seats go to unopposed candidates. Others, like Indian Rocks Beach and Gulfport, had multiple candidates vying for the same seat. Gulfport has five candidates in the running for its Ward One commission seat, including the incumbent, Judy Ryerson. Ryerson, who is finishing her first term, said she isn’t sure why so she has much competition when Gulfport’s other...

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Drilling forum in Gulfport draws large crowd listen

11/06/09 Matthew Cimitile & Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In Gulfport last night, the public piled into a town hall meeting on drilling for fossil fuels off the coast of Florida. It was billed as a meeting about one of the most important decisions impacting Florida’s future. Scientists, politicians and advocates gave arguments for and against a controversial proposal that would open up Florida’s Gulf coastline to gas and oil exploration as close as three to five miles from shore. Florida House Representative Rick Kriseman, a Democrat from St. Peters...

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Gulfport gallery offers green art listen

12/19/08 By Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Outpost is not just a run of the mill art gallery in Gulfport but a gallery where art is made from recyclables.

Carol Zuelsdorf is an environmentally inspired artist who incorporates trash into a functional art. “Green art is using things over and over again to help our environment,” she said.

During the eco-cleanups organized by her husband Kurt Zuelsdorf, she picks up debris from Clam Bayou and incorporates it into her art. She turns palm fronds into colorful fish or masks, coc...

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Will Clam Bayou be dredged? listen

06/02/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last month the Gulfport City Council passed a resolution asking the Southwest Florida Water Management District (Swiftmud) to dredge parts of Clam Bayou. But many citizens oppose the idea of removing sediment from such a large portion of the estuary.

This morning, Swiftmud employees, members of the Pinellas-Anclote River Basin Board and city officials toured the navigable portions of Clam Bayou by boat.

The Gulfport City Council’s only vote against the resolution calling for large-scal...

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