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FOUR GAYS ARRESTED AFTER TRYING TO ENLIST IN NAVY by Roxanne Escobales

10/06/06

In a campaign to end the discrimination of homosexuals in the military, today in Brandon a group of gay and bisexual men attempted to enlist in the Navy. Instead of becoming the latest naval recruits, however, they got thrown in jail.

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With their hands cuffed behind their backs, the four men were led out of the Navy Recruitment office after getting arrested for trespassing. As part of the national Right to Serve campaign Michael Freincle organized today’s action....

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Florida Refuge among top ten most endangered according to environmental group by Mitch E. Perry

10/06/06

The environmental group, Defenders of Wildlife have just released a new report

In it, it declares global warming as the single greatest challenge threatening the National Wildlife Refuge System as a whole. Noah Matson is the Director of the Federal Lands Program with Defenders of Wildlife (roll tape#1 o.q.� places to care about�)

That’s Noah Matson from the group Defenders of Wildlife. They have just produced a report on the Top 10 Most Endangered Refu...

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blogger says Ashcroft story bigger than being played by Mitch E. Perry

10/06/06

Former Attorney General John Ashcroft this week became the only Cabinet-level Bush official to attack the September 11th Commission, writing in his memoirs it "seemed obsessed with trying to lay the blame for the terrorist attacks at the feet of the Bush administration, while virtually absolving the previous administration of responsibility." Ashcroft also writes that the commission's hearings "were not so much about discovering the truth as they were about assessing blame and grandstanding...

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Jim Davis gets GOP Support by Mitch E. Perry

10/05/06

In the Florida’s Governors race, both Charlie Crist and Jim Davis are considered moderate, non-ideological candidates.

So a recent Mason Dixon poll released late last month had to be alarming to the Davis camp. That showed that Charlie Crist, had the support of 24 percent of registered Democrats while Davis was supported by just 5 percent of Republican voters.

So the Davis campaign attempted today to show that their candidate does indeed enjoy bi-partisan support, by...

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Juan Williams of Fox News by Mitch E. Perry

10/05/06

The Mark Foley story has seemingly surpassed any other news in Washington, now that Congress has broken session to focus on next month’s Congressional elections.

But it was just last week that the talk was all about former President Bill Clinton, who went off in an angry exchange on the Fox Broadcasting network’s Sunday morning public affairs show, Fox News Sunday.

Clinton in particular became agitated when asked by Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace if he ha...

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POLL: MOST IRAQIS WANT AMERICAN TROOPS TO LEAVE COUNTRY

10/04/06

A newly released poll of Iraqi public opinion finds that seven out of 10 Iraqis want the United States to withdraw its military forces within one year. The poll was conducted by the University of Maryland. Steven Kull, director of the university's Program on International Policy Attitudes, says the results of his group's survey are clear.

"Basically, we asked which of the following would you like the Iraqi government to ask the U.S.-led forces to do? And 37 percent say they would like them...

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Hillsborough County hears Affordable Housing Task Force Study by Mitch E. Perry

10/04/06

In Hillsborough County, the average home price has gone up some 204% since 1994, yet average earnings have only gone up only 50% in that time. That wage gap is one of the big problems that is preventing citizens from getting get housing in the County (roll tape#1 o.q.�and have not increased�)

That’s County Commissioner Thomas Scott, who has served as Chairman of the County’s Affordable Housing Task Force for the past year and a half. Scott was summarizing ...

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COUNTY COMMISSIONERS DEBATE NEW EOC Headquarters by Mitch E. Perry

10/04/06

Yesterday one of the preeminent hurricane forecasters in the country, Colorado State University researcher William Gray, once again revised his forecast for hurricanes – saying he doesn’t expect any in the remaining 2 months of the season.

If a major storm does go through the Hillsborough County area, however, all eyes and ears will be focused on getting information from the County’s Emergency Operations Center, located on Hanna Street in East Tampa.

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TALIBAN REVIVAL IN PAKISTAN?

10/03/06

In a program called RETURN OF THE TALKIBAN to be broadcast tonight: "FRONTLINE reports from the lawless Pakistani tribal areas along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border and reveals how the area has fallen under the control of a resurgent Taliban militia. Despite the presence of 80,000 Pakistani troops, the Taliban and their supporters continue to use the region as a launching pad for attacks on U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan. Off limits to U.S. troops by agreement with Pakistan's presid...

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GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE JIM DAVIS ANNOUNCES HIS TAX CUT PLAN

10/03/06

From the Associated Press: "Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis said (today) he would rescind some tax breaks handed out by Republicans in recent years and force the state to pay a larger share of public education costs to create $1 billion in property tax relief.

In his example, Davis said the plan would save the owner of a $225,000 home about $120 annually.

The Tampa congressman conceded he would be trading taxes to a degree to make his plan work, but that his would be more e...

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CLEARWATER POLICE GET HUMAN TRAFFICKING GRANT by Roxanne Escobales

10/03/06

This past June with the bust of a brothel, the Clearwater Police Department announced with certainty what it suspected for some time-- that human trafficking does indeed happen right here in the Bay area. Today US Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez announced that Clearwater was awarded 450-thousand dollars in federal funding to create an area task force to fight human trafficking, the first of its kind in the area.

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CPD Deputy Chief Dewey Williams says human trafficking...

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STUDENTS CHALLENGED TO EAT LOCALLY by Roxanne Escobales

10/03/06

Today in the cafeteria at Eckerd College in St Petersburg, students and faculty were treated to a lunch made of local food – all grown within 150 miles of the campus. This was one site of 400 around the country that caterer Bon Appetit hosted its Eat Local Challenge.

To see a list of the local farms and food suppliers that contributed food to today’s Eat Local Challenge at Eckerd College, visit the News and Public Affairs page on wmnf.org.

Farmers includ...

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GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE JIM DAVIS ANNOUNCES PLAN TO CUT PROPERTY TAXES

10/03/06

Democratic nominee for governor Jim Davis today unveiled his “Contract with Florida Taxpayers,� promising to reduce property taxes in Florida by $1 billion next year – without cutting funding for schools (roll tape#1 o.q.�the last 6 years�)

In fact, in 1999 the state spent $6.77 billion on day-to-day operations of public schools while local districts spent $4.28 billion. This year, the state will spend a little less than $10 billion dollars, while local d...

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Busansky calls for investigation of "Foley 5" by Mitch E. Perry

10/03/06

As controversy continues to surround the Republican House leadership involving the Mark Foley incident, Democrats nationwide are doing what they can to make the most of the situation politically.

Yesterday, 2 Republican candidates for Congress in Florida, South Florida incumbent Clay Shaw and in Sarasota, Vern Buchanon, both donated money received from Mark Foley’s Political Action Committee to charity, and Charlie Crist said today he would do the same for the $500 dollars h...

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Dr. Gerald Durley on Global Warming by Mitch E. Perry

10/03/06

Over 4,000 Faith Communities nationwide are coming together this week to highlight the moral issues present with Global Warming.

Many of the churches, synogogues, and mosques that are a part of Interfaith Power and Light are screening the Al Gore documentary on global warming, “An Inconvenient Truth� that played in theatres across the country this summer.

Dr. Gerald Durley is the Pastor at Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta. He says it was actually ...

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