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Out with 2006 and in with the New Year - Mary Glenney & Arlene Engelhardt, Women's Show

12/30/06

Looking at events and music of the past year and looking ahead to 2007. Excerpts from interviews with Eve Ensler, Diane Wilson and Elizabeth Holtzman.

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RESEARCHER SAYS MARIJUANA HAS BECOME NATION'S LARGEST CASH CROP

12/28/06

Our guest, Jon Gettman with Drugscience.org says: "The most recent and on US marijuana production reveals that not only is cannabis now the largest cash crop in the United States, but also that according to US Government data domestic marijuana cultivation has grown ten-fold over the last 25 years. This new report on marijuana production was recently published in the Bulletin of Cannabis Reform and distributed to the national media by the Marijuana Policy Project. In 2006 domestic marijuana c...

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IS THE U.S. PLANNING TO ATTACK IRAN?

12/27/06

The New York Times reported last week: "The United States and Britain will begin moving additional warships and strike aircraft into the Persian Gulf region in a display of military resolve toward Iran that will come as the United Nations continues to debate possible sanctions against the country, Pentagon and military officials said Wednesday." Another Times front-page piece is headlined "Iran President Facing Revival of Students' Ire."

TRITA PARSI, (202) 386-2303, tp@tritaparsi.com, http...

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A Celebration of Winter Holidays in Music and Words w/ Mary and Arlene, Women's Show

12/23/06

Music and words to celebrate the winter holidays: Solstice, Channukah, Christmas, and Eid.

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Fathers-4-Justice by Dawn Morgan

12/21/06

Lede Fathers 4 Justice, a national non profit inspired by an organization of the same name in the UK, held its first Florida demonstration today outside of the St. Petersburg Judicial Building. Protestors hoped to reach out to the community for support, new members and understanding from the community at large. WMNF’s Dawn Morgan has more.

Story Don Delaney joined Fathers 4 Justice as he watched his grown son divorce and go through a 3 year custody battle that resulted in standar...

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GROUP PLANS PEACEFUL PROTEST AGAINST DISCRIMINATION TOWARDS HOMELESS

12/20/06

What: Sleep Out with the Homeless

When: Friday, December 22th at 900pm

Where: BayWalk in St. Petersburg

Why: Because the City has not met the demands of the homeless and their supporters, which include opening the public Bathrooms 24/7, a safe zone for the homeless to sleep outside unharassed, a 75 bed low criteria 24/7 shelter within 6 months, and a moritorium on all arrests of the homeless for public trespassing and sleeping outdoors in public areas, and in recognition of the E...

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DOES WETLANDS MITIGATION BANKING WORK?

12/19/06

In a new series of investigations appearing in the St. Petersburg Times this past weekend reporters Matthew Waite and Craig Pittman looked at the practice of wetlands mitigation banking in Florida, whether it works, who has benefited and the supervision (or lack thereof) of the mitigated sites.

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THE GROWING ANTI IRAQ WAR MOVEMENT AMONG AMERICAN SOLDIERS

12/19/06

Our guest, Marc Cooper, writes in the latest edition of The Nation Magazine:

"For the first time since Vietnam, an organized, robust movement of active-duty US military personnel has publicly surfaced to oppose a war in which they are serving. Those involved plan to petition Congress to withdraw American troops from Iraq. (Note: A complete version of this report will appear next week in the print and online editions of The Nation.)

After appearing only seven weeks ago on the Internet,...

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Massachusetts Congressman speaks of trip to Cuba, chances of more trade with the Island by Mitch E. Perry

12/19/06

Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern was part of a10-member bipartisan congressional delegation that visited Cuba over the weekend, the largest group of lawmakers to travel there since the U.S. trade embargo began more than 40 years ago.

The lawmakers are trying to gain a better understanding of the political situation in Cuba given the uncertainly surrounding Fidel Castro's health. They are also looking for ways to boost U.S. agricultural exports to the communist nation.

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Former CIA Agent Larry Johnson on the latest in Iraq by Mitch E. Perry

12/19/06

The White House today denied a published report that the Bush administration is split over the idea of a surge in troops to Iraq, with White House officials aggressively promoting the concept over the unanimous disagreement of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Sending 15,000 to 30,000 more troops for a mission of possibly six to eight months is one of the central proposals on the table of the White House policy review to reverse the steady deterioration in Iraq. The option is being discuss...

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Tyler Drumheller on US Intelligence by Mitch E. Perry

12/19/06

Late last month WMNF began airing excerpts of our interview with Tyler Drumheller, the former chief of the CIA covert operations in Europe.

Drumheller has written a new book, On the Brink : An Insider's Account of How the White House Compromised American Intelligence.

Drumheller makes a number of points in his book that make the Bush Administration look foolish in their search to twist intelligence to make the case for the war in Iraq..
In an excerpt never previously b...

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PRESSURE GROUP DEMANDS ACTION FROM SCHOOL BOARD FOR BLACK STUDENTS by Roxanne Escobales

12/18/06

In Pinellas County, less than a quarter of black males graduate from high school. Today at the Enoch Davis Center in the heart of St Petersburg’s Midtown, black community leaders drove that figure home at a press conference to once again put pressure on the school board to help black students. WMNF’s Roxanne Escobales reports.

As a result of an ongoing class-action lawsuit filed in 2000, Pinellas County Schools were ordered by the court to take seven steps to promote...

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Legal Action Being Considered by Diaz’ family in death penalty by Mitch E. Perry

12/18/06

Last Friday, Governor Jeb Bush announced a halt to executions in Florida pending the outcome of an investigation by a special panel into the circumstances of inmate Angel Diaz’ execution last week….Bush called for a quasi-moratorium after a medical examiner suggested that Diaz’s execution was botched.

It took 34 minutes, and 2 doses of the deadly chemicals to kill Diaz Witnesses said that he appeared pained, as he grimaced, flexed his jaw, and opened his ...

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Evan Bayh Out as Presidential contender by Mitch E. Perry

12/18/06

Over the weekend, Indiana Senator Evan Bayh stunned the political world when he announced that he would NOT run for the Democratic Nomination for Presiden.

That news came less than 2 weeks after Bayh had announced the creation of an official exploratory committee, a first step candidates do before generally declaring their candidacy.

Bayh had been running hard in the last year, making frequent trips to New Hampshire and Iowa, the critical first stops on the Primary Preside...

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Dennis Kucinich wants to cut funding for the troops by Mitch E. Perry

12/18/06

Last week Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich became only the 2nd Democrat to officially announce his candidacy for the 2008 Presidential nomination.

Kucinich also ran in 2004, gathering few delegates but attractive fervent response from anti-war Democrats.

With the Democrats taking control of Congress next month, Kucinich has been one of the most vocal representatives in discussing the possibility of bringing U.S. troops home by cutting off funding to them – a controv...

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