News & Public Affairs

Wednesday April 23, 2014

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Is marijuana medicine?

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei explores the heated debate over marijuana. Are people dying from marijuana? Are their brains being changed forever? And are there any medical uses for the plant- which is outlawed in Florida. But that may change somewhat if voters approve a medical marijuana amendment this November. Is marijuana medicine? Rob talks about this issue today with Greg Gerdeman an assistant professor of biology at E...

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Kevin Beckner talks transportation, homelessness and development in Hillsborough County

Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner is now in his sixth year in office. The Democrat talked a lot of about transportation (including Uber, the PTC and what the county's plan are for mass transit), about how the Commission has handled development issues in recent years, and about the county's Homeless Recovery Program, which was embarrassed in published reports last year about the lack of accountability in that department.

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Kathleen Rumpf.

photo by Seán Kinane

Peace advocates continue to raise awareness on Pinellas street corners

Religious-based peace activists continue their weekly sign-waving on busy Pinellas County street corners.

During rush hour Wednesday afternoon, Kathleen Rumpf joined half-dozen others from Pax Christi and Quaker groups on the corner of U.S. 19 and 22nd Avenue South in South St. Petersburg.

They plan to peace corner again next Wednesday.

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Ybor City neighborhood in Tampa.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (Feb. 2011).

Bar owners convince Tampa City Council to hold off on large nightclub rules

Tampa has been working on an ordinance regulating large Ybor City nightclubs for months, but after hearing from frustrated bar owners Thursday, it’s on hold again.

The city wants to avoid repeating violations and aggression that came to a head in shootings two years ago.

But during public comment several bar owners said irresponsible owners were no longer around. Dave Hundley owns The Orpheum nightclub in Ybor and establishments in St. Petersburg.


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New book explores legacy of FDR on 69th anniversary of his death

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with University of Wisconsin Professor Harvey J. Kaye about his new book, THE FIGHT FOR THE FOUR FREEDOMS: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great (Simon & Schuster). Franklin Roosevelt brought the country through two major crises- the Great Depression and World War II.

Listen to the entire show above.

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David Jolly doesn't support oil drilling near Florida's Gulf coast.

photo by Janelle Irwin

Fours years later, BP oil disaster still churns up environmental concerns

Four years after the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, researchers are still turning up evidence that the ecosystem is suffering. During a press conference Thursday on the downtown St. Pete waterfront, David White with the National Wildlife Federation said a recent study shows 14 species have problems likely caused by the oil and dispersants used to clean it up.

“Recently we found oil in the embryos, in the eggs of White Pelicans on their breeding grounds in Minnesota – both Macondo ...

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Clearwater Beach

Rising sea level effects on Tampa Bay

No matter what you think about global climate change, the seas around the world are rising and the rising ocean level will have a big effect on the Tampa bay area. A new scientific study has cited 99.9 percent of the effects of climate change are a result of human activity.

Physics Prof. Shaun Lovejoy from Quebec's McGill University used historical data to analyze the past and identify if man-made emissions were real cause of climate change and global warming. Lovejoy said this latest st...

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Retired FBI profiler's book coaches public on how to avoid harmful people

Today on Last Call, Warren Elly interviews retired FBI profiler Joe Navarro who spent a quarter century chasing spies and terrorists. Now he travels the world teaching everything from how to interrogate terrorists to the basics of body language in dating.

His 19th book “Dangerous Personalities- Identify and protect yourself from harmful people” is about to be published.

The following is from the fact sheet on Joe’s book

We seem to wake up to a new tragedy in the news every day—...

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U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross takes questions from constituents in New Tampa.

photo by Janelle Irwin

U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL) gets hammered by progressive activists

A Republican member of congress took a verbal lashing from progressive activists during a town hall meeting in New Tampa last night. Dennis Ross was met with a clamor of dissent when he told a young woman working part time at a fast food restaurant that he would not support raising the federal minimum wage.

“Markets do work and I’m not suggesting that we do away with the minimum wage, that’s not it at all. But the minimum wage is not a career wage. It’s a wage that’s paid to make sure th...

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