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James Yee, Guantánamo Chaplain at USF -- by Seán Kinane

11/17/06


Last night on the USF Tampa campus, the Muslim Student Association and the Council on American-Islamic Relations held a Guantánamo Bay Forum featuring representatives from the local chapter of Amnesty International and the American Civil Liberties Union. But as WMNF’s Seán Kinane reports, the main attraction was former Army Chaplain, Captain James “Yusef� Yee.

Yee was a Muslim Chaplain at the U.S. military prison in Guantánamo, Cuba for ten months...

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RENOWNED EDUCATOR JONATHAN KOZOL CRITICIZES THE BUSH BROTHERS by Roxanne Escobales

11/16/06

Education activist and former teacher Jonathan Kozol (KOE-zuhl) gained national fame for his 1967 work Death at an Early Age, his account of teaching at an inner city school in Boston. After that he became involved in the civil rights movement and has written several award-winning books on the racial inequalities of the American school system. As guest speaker, he brought his insight and ire to a luncheon celebrating USF’s 50th anniversary. WMNF’s Roxanne Escobales has more. ...

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A MUSLIM CHAPLAIN, WRONGLY ACCUSED OF SPYING, TELLS ABOUT HIS ORDEAL

11/16/06

An interview with U.S. Army Chaplain James Yee. Yee served at Guantánamo Bay before being wrongly accused of treason, imprisoned and later honorably discharged from the armed forces. Yee spent 76 days in solitary confinement but was ultimately exonerated. In 2004, the government dropped all charges against him and in October 2005, James Yee wrote a book about his experience called, “For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire.� In the book Yee charges that he was target...

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A BIBLICAL SCHOLAR DISCUSSES ONE OF THE "LOST" BOOKS OF THE BIBLE

11/16/06

WE ARE LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE EARLY CHRISTIAN CHURCH; NEWLY TRANSLATED WRITINGS ABOUT EARLY CHRISTIANITY HAVE BEEN UNCOVERED, SHEDDING NEW LIGHT ON THE FOUNDING OF ONE OF THE WORLD'S MAJOR RELIGIONS.

THE MOST RECENTLY UNCOVERED WRITING IS THE GOSPEL OF JUDAS AND HERE TO TALK ABOUT THE GOSPEL OF JUDAS IS ONE OF THIS COUNTRY'S LEADING SCHOLARS ON THE EARLY CHRISTAIN CHURCH- UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA PROFESSOR OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES BART EHRMAN.

EHRMAN TOLD WMNF'S ROB LOREI THAT CARBON D...

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New Twist in Sarasota Congressional saga? By Mitch E. Perry

11/16/06

As the manual recount continued today in Florida’s Congressional 13 race between Vern Buchanan and Christine Jennings, a new twist is developing in the increasingly bitter battle.

After the machine recount increased Buchanan’s lead over Jennings to 401 votes, it is considered unlikely that the manual recount will bring about a much different result. That means Buchanan could be declared the winner of the race as soon as next Monday morning.

But the Jennings c...

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New Twist in Sarasota Congressional saga? By Mitch E. Perry

11/16/06

As the manual recount continued today in Florida’s Congressional 13 race between Vern Buchanan and Christine Jennings, a new twist is developing in the increasingly bitter battle.

After the machine recount increased Buchanan’s lead over Jennings to 401 votes, it is considered unlikely that the manual recount will bring about a much different result. That means Buchanan could be declared the winner of the race as soon as next Monday morning.

But the Jennings c...

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The Tampa City Council discusses homelessness by Mitch E. Perry

11/16/06

As reported by WMNF earlier this week, this is National Hunger and Homelessness week. Today a member of the Iorio Administration and a local homeless coalition gave an update to the Tampa City Council on the state of Homelessness in the City of Tampa.

After hearing the presentation on the Homeless, City Councilman Sean Harrison asked local officials what if anything could be done about the number of homeless sleeping on the steps of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in downtown Ta...

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ST PETE TIMES COLUMNIST HOWARD TROXLER ON ELECTIONS by Roxanne Escobales

11/15/06

St Petersburg Times columnist Howard Troxler is known for writing about complex issues in an accessible folksy style. Today in downtown St Petersburg he delivered a rare speech after swearing off public speaking a few years ago. Troxler had a couple of strong opinions about last week’s election, and he couldn’t have picked a better audience than the political Suncoast Tiger Bay club. His first target? Negative campaigning, which he says has never been this bad.

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THE CAMPAIGN TO STOP TRU GREEN CHEMLAWN FROM USING WHAT ENVIRONMENTALISTS SAY ARE DANGEROUS PESTICIDES

11/15/06

According to our guest, Ashley Schaeffer of the Toxics Action Network: "Area residents placed phone calls to the local office of TruGreen ChemLawn to ask that they discontinue their use of pesticides that are known possible carcinogens, offer a safe, non-toxic lawn-care program without the use of synthetic fertilizers, stop using children to market their products, disclose all ingredients in their pesticide products, and protect workers while phasing out pesticides.

“ChemLawn ...

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BIG BOX SWINDLE AUTHOR STACY MITCHELL

11/15/06

In less than two decades, large retail chains have become the most powerful corporations in America, capturing nearly 30% of the more than $2.3 trillion dollars Americans spend at stores each year. Stacy Mitchell (senior researcher with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance) discussed with WMNF's Rob Lorei how mega-retailers are fueling many of our most pressing problems, from the shrinking middle class to rising pollution and diminished civic engagement—and she described how a growing...

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Hillsborough County Commission may increase buffer zone for sex offenders by Mitch E. Perry

11/15/06

The Hillsborough County Commission today voted unanimously to study the possibility of banning sex offenders from living within 2,500 feet of schools, parks and day care centers – 1,500 feet farther than required by state law.

The motion was sponsored by County Commissioner Ken Hagen, who acknowledged that there are many questions that need to be answered before installing such a ban – (roll tape#1 o.q.�do they have to be grandfathered in�)

The idea...

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Case to charge Donald Rumsfeld with War Crimes Goes Forward by Mitch E. Perry

11/15/06

A U.S. based legal group representing 11 prisoners held at Guatanamo Bay and at Abu Ghraib have filed a criminal complaint with a prosecutor in Germany against Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, former CIA Director George Tenant, Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez and others with war crimes and torture.

German prosecutors have yet to decide whether to pursue the case. An earlier request for a similar case in 2004 was ultimately dropped. Lawyers say that was in part because U.S....

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WMNF Town Hall Meeting on Middle East Coverage by Mitch E. Perry

11/14/06

Last night on the University of Tampa campus, a crowd estimated around 150 people participated in a 2 ½ hour discussion regarding WMNF’s recent coverage of events in the Middle East.

At issue have been complaints from members of the Tampa Bay Area Jewish community that the news and public affairs coverage has been slanted against Israel, and been too pro-Arab and Muslim.

Station officials say they first began receiving e-mails taking offense as the Israeli-Hezboll...

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Haasen on Voting by Mitch E. Perry

11/14/06

As the recount continues in the disputed Congressional race between Vern Buchanan and Christine Jennings, a state election audit was delayed for 1 day after Jennings won a temporary injunction in Circuit Court today.

There were no objections to Judge Deno Economou’s granting an injunction requested by Jennings to preserve voting machines and other electronic equipment pending independent audits by the candidates’ experts.

Methods on how independent audits...

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HOMELESS HEROES HONORED IN HILLSBOROUGH by Roxanne Escobales

11/14/06

Today in Tampa the 20-year-old Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County held its annual meeting. Aside from the business of reviewing its annual report, the coalition recognized what it calls Homeless Heroes. CEO Rayme Nuckles announced the winners, and read descriptions of them from their nomination applications. But first he read the lyrics to a Mariah Carey song.

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Case manager assistant Sharon Singletary has worked for ...

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