News & Public Affairs

Monday March 2, 2015

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photo by Kurt and Sybilla, Flikr, Creative Commons.

Tampa Bay activists will demonstrate against this week's planned execution in Florida

Florida plans on executing a death-row inmate this week. But anti-death penalty groups are asking for a stay on the execution, which would be the 21st under Governor Rick Scott’s watch.

Tuesday WMNF News interviewed John Stewart -- a member of Pax Christi Tampa Bay and Peace First -- about local demonstrations.

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Jose Godinez Samperio


photo by Rob Lorei

A NOVA interview with Edward Snowden on cyber attacks, and a local man's struggle towards legal status.

In the wake of Central Command's twitter account hacked by a group allegedly tied to ISIS, we listen to an interview with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden about cyber warfare, from an upcoming episode of PBS's NOVA science documentary series. We then hear the story of Jose Godinez Samnperio, a Largo resident who recounts his struggle to attend college and gain citizenship since he was illegally brought to U.S. as a child.

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Salvador Dalí. The Sacrament of the Last Supper (1955) Oil on canvas. 166.7 x 267 cm. Dale Chester Collection 1963.10.115. © Salvador Dalí. Fundación Gala-Salvador Dalí, (Artist Rights Society), 2015.


photo by courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Next Dalí Museum exhibit will feature work by Leonardo Da Vinci

The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg announced Tuesday that its next special exhibit will feature diagrams by Leonardo da Vinci as well as manuscripts and paintings by Salvador Dalí in an exhibit called "Invention as Art." It will run from March 8, 2015 through July 26, 2015.

According to a press release:

'The exhibit features more than 75 works, including da Vinci diagrams, Dalí manuscripts and paintings, and the invented objects both da Vinci and Dalí propo...

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Dennis Plews, local inventor, attorney, and husband of WMNF alternative health show host Eve Prang Plews


photo by Rob Lorei

Local inventor patents device straight from the Star Trek universe, and the threat to Social Security disability program.

On this morning's Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei interviews local inventor Dennis Plews about his most recent invention, a device called a Stardrive that would make a fictional method of propulsion, called impulse drive, a reality. We then discuss Social Security's disability program, which is expected to run out of reserves by next year if funds are not diverted from the larger retirement fund. Last Tuesday,house Republicans enacted a new rule that would prevent congress from redirecting the...

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photo by Alfredo Mendez/Flickr

Disability rights activist voices concern over accessibility within ride-sharing services

On today's Radioactivity, Ben Ritter, co-chair of the Tampa Mayor's Alliance for Persons with Disabilities, voices concern over disability access to ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft. The United States Department of Justice has recently sued Uber for violating the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, which Uber claims it does not fall under as it is not a "public accomodation". The Alliance for Persons with Disabilities will be hosting a discussion regarding disability access to ...

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photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (Dec. 2014).

Alternative "Ferguson Black Grand Jury" recommends indictment for officer who killed Michael Brown

Last year the grand jury in Missouri hearing evidence about the death of Michael Brown did not indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed the teenager; so the black community gathered together its own grand jury last weekend.

St. Petersburg resident Penny Hess is chair of the African Peoples Solidarity Committee and traveled to Missouri last weekend to participate in what was called the Black People’s Grand Jury.

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Watching the Cuba-U.S. rapprochement unfold

22 days ago, President Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro announced a breakthrough in diplomatic relations between the two neighboring countries.

Al Fox, the head of the Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy Foundation appeared on the program to talk about landmark agreement. Fox is an insider with deep knowledge of the goings-on of the Cuban government, and he shared some of his knowledge during the program.

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Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (Sept. 2009).

Sixty Tampa Police will wear body cameras as part of pilot program

Tampa Police will roll out a pilot program to check the effectiveness of officers wearing body cameras; It’s part of a nationwide movement to document more interactions between police and the public, especially following several high-profile deaths.

Council member Frank Reddick asked Chief Jane Castor how Tampa Police officers felt about using the cameras.

Chief Castor said the cameras will be purchased from TASER International and the contract for storage and analysis of the video wil...

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Supporters of CIW march in front of a St.Petersburg Publix grocery store. Publix has not joined the Fair Food Program.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (Nov. 2009).

Fresh Market grocery chain joins CIW's Fair Food Program

A farmworker organization in Florida has gotten another large grocery chain to sign on to its Fair Food Agreement. The Coalition of Immokalee Workers announced Thursday that the Fresh Market grocery chain has become the 13th corporation to support “fair farm labor conditions and verifiable, worker-driven social responsibility in US agriculture.”

According to a press release, the grocery chain will purchase some tomatoes from growers that have agreed to pay an additional penny per pound to ...

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