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Tuesday March 31, 2015

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Sami Al-Arian visited Tampa in January 2015 before he was deported this week.


photo by Seán Kinane (c) 2015.

Sami Al-Arian interviewed live on WMNF from Turkey

Former University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian was deported from the United States Wednesday night. He and his wife, Nahla, arrived in their new home, Turkey on Thursday. In only his second broadcast interview since being arrested in February 2003, Al-Arian spoke Friday on True Talk.

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Sami Al-Arian (r) and his wife Nahla.


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Sami Al-Arian deported: "my time in the U.S. has come to an end"

Update: On Wednesday afternoon one of their daughters confirmed to WMNF News that Sami and Nahla Al-Arian had arrived in their new country, Turkey. In the days to come we'll bring you more on this story.

Former USF professor Sami Al-Arian was deported from the U.S. late Wednesday night; in an online statement he thanked friends and supporters, writing, "We look forward to the journey ahead and take with us the countless happy memories we formed during our life in the United States."

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Florida Governor Rick Scott.


photo by Janelle Irwin/WMNF News (Jan. 2013).

In Tampa, Florida Cabinet addresses Gerald Bailey ouster

Florida Governor Rick Scott is saying he mishandled the ouster of the head of Florida's main law enforcement agency.

Scott made the statement at the start of Thursday’s meeting of the governor and Cabinet at the Florida State Fair in Tampa. He did not explain what exactly he could have done differently.

Questions have been raised about Scott's decision to force out Gerald Bailey, the former commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Bailey said he was pushed out after re...

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Dr. Carter G. Woodson African-American museum

St. Pete residents rally to save Dr. Carter G. Woodson African-American museum

Some within St.Pete community are voicing their support for keeping city’s only African-American museum where it is now. Saturday at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African-American museum backers filled the main room to listen to advocates explain why the museum’s location means so much. Museum board members, community activists and elected officials are focused on preserving the museum.

The museum is located near the intersection of 9th Avenue South and 22nd St...

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Michael Pheneger.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

ACLU of Florida criticizes Range-R radar use by police and other surveillance methods

The ACLU of Florida is criticizing a type of radar that is being used by police to penetrate buildings. The name of the device is Range-R. To talk about Range-R and other surveillance methods, WMNF's Seán Kinane was joined in the studio by Michael Pheneger, the local chair of the ACLU of Florida, who also took calls from listeners.

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Darwin Day event in Clearwater celebrates reason and understanding of science

Saturday is Charles Darwin day, and a group of humanists from the Tampa Bay area will be celebrating the scientist at the Clearwater Unitarian Universalist Octagon. Mark Brandt,one of the organizers of the event, joins us to talk about the importance of valuing reason and scientific thinking. Also joining us are two scientists who will be speaking at the event, David Lynn and Herb Silverman. Lynn is the Chemistry Chair at Emory University and Silverman is a retired math professor who once ra...

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New WMNF GM will be Craig Kopp, current host of All Things Considered on WUSF

After a long search, WMNF has found its new general manager; Craig Kopp will leave his position as host of All Things Considered at WUSF to be the new manager of this station, 88.5 FM. His first day at WMNF will be March 2.

Craig Kopp said, "WMNF is a Tampa Bay treasure. What other station in town can say it started by seeking donations door-to-door. It is really a Tampa Bay station - for the people, by the people. WMNF's all-volunteer air staff and support personnel have what it has alwa...

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FL Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Pete) answers questions with Janelle Irwin regarding his medical marijuana bill.


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Florida Republican State Senator Jeff Brandes "cautiously optimistic" about medical marijuana bill

Early this week State Senator Jeff Brandes from St. Pete filed a broad medical marijuana bill that would legalize the drug for medical use for patients with a bunch of different ailments. Those include things like ALS, AIDS and HIV, seizures, cancer and more broad areas like chronic pain. The move may have shocked some people. That's because Brandes is a Republican. He and many in his party lobbied hard against a medical marijuana amendment that would have similarly allowed the medical use of...

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