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WORLD AIDS DAY to observed in St. Pete and Tampa by Dawn Morgan

11/30/06

Tomorrow is World AIDS Day which is designed to bring international attention to the fight against HIV and AIDS. It will be observed in both downtown Tampa and St. Petersburg tomorrow.

Events in Tampa actually are underway right now..An event from 5 to 7 PM is taking place in Gaslight Park in Tampa…..There will be similar events in Tampa in the park tomorrow beginning at 9:30 AM…

And in St. Petersburg, The World AIDS Day Wellness Fair will be held in William...

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FLORIDA TURNPIKE REACTS TO RIGHT WING PRESSURE by Mitch E. Perry

11/30/06

Motorists driving on Florida’s turnpike who found it politically offensive that Citgo has been the only brand of fuel available at service plazas will be getting some roadside assistance on other options.

The Florida Department of Transportation has announced that within the next few months, , signs will go up at turnpike exits listing other gas stations just off the highway. Drivers will not have to pay an additional toll if they get off to fill up.

Citgo is the U.S....

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FLEEING FUNDAMENTALISM author Carlene Cross

11/30/06

Our guest on this first part of the program, Carlene Cross, was educated at a conservative bible college in the 1970's and was firmly part of the fundamentalist movement for much of the 1980's- as we saw conservative Christians exert political power in the campaigns of Ronald Reagan and in Congress and many state legislatures. Carlene has written a new memoir about her journey from being a person who believed the Bible was the literal word of God- to someone is more accepting of religious an...

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Stanford Poli Sci Professor on Iraq situation by Mitch E. Perry

11/30/06

Jim Fearon is a professor of Political Science at Stanford University. Many analysts see Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in an extremely uncomfortable situation – in many ways dependent upon the U.S. and their 150,000 or so troops in his country – but also from critics – like Moktada al-Sadr and others, who accuse him of being a stooge for the U.S. (roll tape#1 o.q.� Sunni’s in government now�)

That’s Stanford University Political S...

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Tyler Drumheller - Former CIA Agent - goes off on Porter Goss by Mitch E. Perry

11/30/06

Last Friday morning WMNF was able to speak at length to Tyler Drumheller, the former CIA Chief for Covert Operations in Central Europe, about his new book
On the Brink: An Insider's Account of How the White House Compromised American Intelligence

In tonight’s excerpt, Drumheller , who quit the CIA in disgust last year, bothered by what he said was the Bush Administration’s manipulation of intelligence to push for the war in Iraq – discusses Porter Goss...

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Tampa City Council Selects 2 new interim members by Mitch E. Perry

11/30/06

The Tampa City Council today selected 2 new members to server for the next 4 months on the Council.

Land use attorney Charles “Chip� Fletcher was selected to replace Rose Ferlita in District 2, and Frank Reddick, an executive board member of the East Tampa Partnership, was selected to replace Kevin White in District 5.

Ferlita and White left the board earlier this month after they both successfully were elected to the Hillsborough County Commission.

Ori...

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Tyler Drumheller on Shaping Pre-War Intelligence by Mitch E. Perry

11/29/06

With all of the problems with Iraq right now, the question for Democrats when they take over Congress in January will be – how much will they want to focus on what went wrong in the build up to Iraq.

Critics have said for years that the intelligence that was provided by the CIA and other agencies, like the Defense Intelligence Agency, was shaped in a fashion to provide the pretext to invade Iraq – and they say much of that intelligence was manipulated by the Bush Admini...

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TAMPA MAYOR SPEAKS OUT ON CENTRO ESPANOL BUILDING by Roxanne Escobales

11/29/06

Yesterday the residents of West Tampa held another meeting of the Save Our Centro Committee. That group wants to stop the scheduled December 14th sale of the area’s historically significant Centro Espanol building to Without Walls International church.

As one of Tampa’s unique ethnic social clubs, the Centro Espanol once acted as the heart of the Cuban-Italian neighborhood of cigar factory workers. The history of many West Tampa residents are bound with the building an...

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MIAMI'S UMOJA VILLAGE BY DAWN MORGAN

11/29/06

Lead Homeless activists in Miami, fed up with the city for not providing enough affordable housing due to years of mismanaged funds, built a shantytown last month in the Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood on an acre of public land. WMNF’s Dawn Morgan has more.

Story (clip – “If you’re not going to provide housing for the people, then the people have the right to take over the land for themselves.� .9 sec.)

On October 23, in the Liberty City neig...

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FLORIDA'S JAILS ARE TEEMING WITH MENTALLY ILL PEOPLE

11/29/06

Judges across the state- in Miami-Dade, Broward, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Orange and Osceola counties are trying to force the Florida Department of Children and Families to comply with state law on the mentally ill. Currently, the DCF is looking the other way while hundreds of mentally ill people are housed in county jails.

One judge, Crockett Farnell of Pinellas County, last week issued DCF Secretary Lucy Hadi seven counts of criminal contempt for ignoring his orders to clear the Pinel...

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Professor Andrew Bacevich dismisses Iraq Study Group by Mitch E. Perry

11/29/06

ABC News reported last night that Pentagon officials are considering a major strategic shift in Iraq, to move U.S. forces out of the dangerous Sunni-dominated al-Anbar province and join the fight to secure Baghdad.

There are now 30,000 U.S. troops in al-Anbar, mainly Marines, braving some of the fiercest fighting in Iraq. At least 1,055 Americans have been killed in this region, making al-Anbar the deadliest province for American troops. The region is a Sunni stronghold and the mai...

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INTERVIEW WITH DR. BOB EDGAR OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CHURCHES

11/28/06

Dr. Bob Edgar is general secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, the leading U.S. organization in the movement for Christian unity. Thirty-five Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, historically African-American and peace communions, to which approximately 45 million congregants belong, work together in the Council to promote unity and to serve churches and people worldwide. The Council is focusing its energies on major initiatives in the areas of overcoming povert...

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Tampa City Council hears from those who want to serve with them by Mitch E. Perry

11/28/06

On Thursday, the Tampa City Council must choose who will replace 2 open positions on the 7 member Council.

So today, the now 5 member Board heard 2 minute presentations by all of those candidates vying for those open seats – over 50 people in all.

The seats became vacant earlier this month, after Council members Rose Ferlita and Kevin White both successfully were elected to the Hillsborough County Commission.

The positions are on an interim basis only ââ...

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Testing of Computers in Sarasota's Congressional District begins by Mitch E. Perry

11/28/06

Today began the first step of a three-week audit that of electronic voting machines in Sarasota County that is being conducted all day long.

State auditors will be looking for evidence that computer programs, which tell the machines what to do, were changed in a way that would affect what voters saw on the screen or how the votes were recorded.

There were over 18,000 undervotes in the Congressional race between Republican Vern Buchanan and Democrat Christine Jennings. ...

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Rhonda Abbott, mgr of social services funding w/ City of St. Pete by Dawn Morgan

11/27/06

This morning, WMNF spoke further with Rhonda Abbott, manager of social services planning for the city of St. Petersburg. She oversees all the funding for the city’s social service activities and says a lot of progress has already been made toward the homeless cause, and much more effort is still to come with St. Pete’s 10 year plan, which was implemented earlier this year.

Homeless leadership network – elected officials in P. Co., service providers leaders, civic lead...

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