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Tampa Mayor wants to reduce parks & rec fees despite budget deficit listen

06/11/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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If Mayor Bob Buckhorn gets his way, residents in and around the city of Tampa won’t have to pay as much to use some park services. In a press release Monday, Buckhorn announced a reduction in fees for services like gymnasium and shelter rentals. Greg Bayor, the newly appointed director of Tampa’s Parks and Recreation said the department needs to encourage more use by people who live outside city limits.

"I can tell you from our perspective, we’ve seen a significant drop off. When...

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Tampa Bay Rays tell LGBT community: "It Gets Better" listen

08/31/11 Atecia Robinson
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last week the Tampa Bay Rays became the 5th Major League Baseball team to speak against homophobic bullying when they partnered with St. Pete Pride to film a video for the “It Gets Better” campaign. It was shot at the Rays’ home, Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg to provide inspiration to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community facing harassment.

[GLSEN, The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network](http://www.glsen.org/cgi-...

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Skip Holtz steps down from East Carolina to replace Jim Leavitt as USF head coach listen

01/14/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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East Carolina coach Skip Holtz will be the next head coach for the USF Bulls, accepting USF’s offer this morning. The University has been looking for a coach since firing Jim Leavitt last Friday. The lawyer for USF football player Joel Miller is asking Ex-USF football coach Jim Leavitt to apologize for hitting him, the move that cost Leavitt his job. Miller’s legal team held a press conference today at their d...

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Steriods investigation touches Rays listen

04/13/09 Mitch E.Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tonight the Tampa Bay Rays host their home opener against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.

Yesterday the New York Times reported that Rays Quality Assurance Coach Todd Greene told federal prosecutors he consulted as a player with a doctor indicted last year for illegally writing prescriptions for steroids and human growth hormone.

Greene told the St. Petersburg Times over the weekend that he couldn’t discuss details because of an ongoing investigation. As...

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Senator tries to keep hope alive for spring training baseball listen

03/12/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Spring training is in full force in ballparks spread out throughout the Tampa Bay area, and will be for the rest of the month. But when the Cincinnati Reds pack up and head north to Ohio for the regular season, it will be their last time in Sarasota.

The Reds will train next year in Goodyear, Arizona.

Currently, Sarasota holds $1 million in escrow through legislation passed in 2006 for hosting the Reds. They are one of 10 cities in the state receiving money to maintain spring training...

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Super Bowl survey shows positive buzz for Tampa listen

02/05/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A new survey released today said that Tampa scored with the American public after last Sunday’s smashing Super Bowl.

The survey produced by Competitive Edge Research, said that the city received a 6 percent positive bump.

John Nienstedt conducted the survey. Nienstedt says Tampa’s positive impressions were most dramatic from viewers in the Pacific and Mountain time zones.

The results were not so favorable about halftime events.

Bruce Springstreen performed for the first ti...

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NORML reacts to Phelps drug buzz listen

02/03/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Just days after a photo of him indulging in marijuana hit the internet, several of Michael Phelps sponsors say they are standing by him.

Apparel company Speedo and luxury watchmaker Omega have announced their support for the Olympic star, who electrified the world last summer by taking home a record eight Gold Medals.

On Sunday, Phelps acknowledged "regrettable" behavior and "bad judgment" after the photo appeared in the British tabloid News of the World. The paper said the picture wa...

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Steelers coach reflects on big win, chat with president

02/02/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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There was a thrilling ending to last night’s Super Bowl, with the Pittsburgh Steelers beating the Arizona Cardinals in the closing moments last night at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

This morning, the winning coach, 36-year-old Mike Tomlin, addressed the media. He said he was humbled by the enormity of being a big part of one the most observed events in the country. Tomlin said he was a product of all the people who have taught and mentored him over his short career, including former T...

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Bob Costas rips Barry Bonds, again listen

01/30/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The New York Times reported yesterday that federal prosecutors preparing for baseball star Barry Bonds’ perjury trail have evidence that links Bonds to the use of a variety of performance enhancing drugs.

The Times reports that the evidence could be significant in Bonds trial, scheduled to begin in March. That’s because there have been question about whether two substances -- the "cream" and the "clear" -- were technically classified as steroids by the federal government when Bond...

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NFL Commissioner: Recession is hard on football fans listen

01/30/09 Mitch E. Perry
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell today addressed how the troubling economy is affecting what is considered America’s most popular sport.

Although there has been talk about how the recession is affecting the atmosphere around the big game this year, it’s hard for most bay area citizens to detect.

Prices to some of the biggest publicized Super Bowl parties this weekend still cost hundreds of dollars, and tickets for the game don’t appear to be dropping below face value, which are $8...

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