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U.S. versus John Lennon film - audience reaction -- by Seán Kinane

12/18/06



Last Friday, the documentary film “U.S. versus John Lennon� opened in Tampa at the Tampa Theatre. It tells the story of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s anti-war activism in the United States in the early 1970s and how that made the Nixon administration feel threatened. WMNFs Seán Kinane reports.

John Lennon was followed by the FBI and eventually threatened with deportation by the INS because the Nixon administration felt that his activism could rally you...

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Protest against war profiteers Lockheed Martin -- by Seán Kinane

12/18/06


On Saturday at the Oldsmar plant of weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin on Tampa Road, St. Pete for Peace held a protest against the corporation’s war profiteering. WMNF’s Seán Kinane reports.

“Well, we’re out here peaceful protest against Lockheed Martin because they make the weapons that kill innocent people. And we’re on the public sidewalk. And we’re just expressing our opinion that it’s not just the government thatâ€...

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MARGARET CARLSON, columnist, Bloomberg News w/ Mary Glenney, Women's Show

12/16/06

MARGARET CARLSON, columnist, Bloomberg News, first woman columnist and former Washington Bureau Chief, Time. Margaret discusses her views of the Iraq Study Report, Bush and what we can expect as we move toward 2008. She is the author of Anyone Can Grow Up: How George Bush and I Made It to the White House. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/commentary/carlson.html.

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ELIZAETH DE LA VEGA, United States v. George W. Bush, et. al. w/ Mary Glenney, Women's Show

12/16/06

Indict Bush? Elizabeth de la Vega says, “I Wish� ELIZABETH DE LA VEGA, author, former federal prosecutor. What if there were a fraud worse than Enron and no one did anything about it? In United States v. George W. Bush et. al., former federal prosecutor Elizabeth de la Vega brings her twenty years of experience and her passion for justice to the most important case of her career. The defendants are George W Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, and Colin Pow...

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TRIVENI BALKRISHNA ACHARYA, Sex Trafficking in India w/ Mary Glenney, Women's Show

12/16/06

TRIVENI BALKRISHNA ACHARYA, Mumbai India, Rescue, Inc. Triveni talked with Mary and Arlene about her work at Rescue, Inc., the organization she and her late husband founded to help women and girls who were trafficked to brothels in Mumbai. She won one of the 3 international “Women of Peace Awards� given by the Women’s Peacepower Foundation. Triveni raids brothels in red-light districts with police to rescue underage girls who are trafficked from Nepal, Bangladesh, and No...

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Gay Straight Alliances banned in Okeechobee by Mitch E. Perry

12/15/06

Earlier this week, the Hillsborough County School Board voted NOT to require students to get parental permission to join clubs on campus.

The discussion was initiated after controversy erupted last year over the creation of a gay-straight alliance at Newsome High School in Lithia. A parent group objected to such a club there, though similar clubs were in existence throughout the School District.

But whether students needed to get parents permission or not, there was nev...

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Military considers sending as many as 35,000 more U.S. troops to Iraq by Mitch E. Perry

12/15/06

Yesterday Arizona Senator John McCain said that American military commanders are discussing the possibility of adding as many as 10 more combat brigades – maximum of about 35,000 troops – to bring Iraq under control.

Denis McDonough is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, a liberal Washington think tank. He says the question is: how would these new troops be utilized? (roll tape#1 o.q.�resolve this problem�)

There is one interesting ...

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NY Times reporter James Risen Part II by Mitch E. Perry

12/15/06

A year ago tomorrow, the NY Times published their blockbuster story on the Bush Administration’s National Security Agency’s secret domestic surveillance program on Americans, a program that on its face was illegal because it was done with getting court warrants.

When the story broke, Democrats, and 1 Senate Republican, Pensylvania’s Arlen Specter, reacted with outrage about the very real possibility that the Administration had violated the law.

But the ...

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Tampa City Council on Creamatorium by Mitch E. Perry

12/14/06

A proposed crematorium that would be built in Tampa Heights has local residents very troubled. Today at the Tampa City Council’s weekly meeting, some of those citizens made their opinion known that they will do what they can to prevent it from ever being built.

The Project is scheduled to be constructed on the 3900 block area of Florida Avenue, and there are many concerns, concerns that Council members appeared to take seriously.

John Dixon says he’s live...

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Governor Bush requests a review of what happened at the execution of Angel Diaz by Mitch E. Perry

12/14/06

At Governor Jeb Bush’s request, the Department of Corrections will review the procedures used in the unusually lengthy execution of a convicted killer Angel Diaz last night…..It took Diaz 34 minutes to die from the procedure, and witnesses said he appeared to suffer. Department of Corrections Secretary James McDonough appointed two corrections officials and an official from the state health department and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to the team that will review the...

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Ed Helm Loses re-election bid for Pinellas Democratic DEC Bid by Mitch E. Perry

12/14/06

Last night, Pinellas County Democrats dumped their Chairman, Ed Helm, after just 4 months on the job.

Toni Molinaro beat Helm handily last night at the Pinellas County Democratic Executive Committee Meeting in Largo, taking 142 votes to Helm’s 72.

For Helm, his Chairmanship was a short one. The Democratic candidate who lost to Mayor Rick Baker a year ago, Helm had certainly ruffled feathers within the party. He took over from Carrie Wadlinger, who quit the post th...

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Michael Isikoff on Hubris –- by Seán Kinane

12/14/06


Last night at Inkwood Books in South Tampa, investigative journalist Michael Isikoff spoke about his recent book, Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War. WMNF’s Seán Kinane reports.

“It’s a truly stunning story because what happened in the Fall of 2002 and the winter of 2003 is the President took the country to war by presenting an entirely false reality to the American public.�

That was Newsweek inves...

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Adopting Dogs/Novel--TALKING ANIMALS

12/13/06

Interview with Emmy-award winning TV writer & author MERRILL MARKOE about her acclaimed new dog-centric novel and about important factors to consider in adopting dogs from pounds and shelters--including answering caller questions about those issues.

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SUPPORTERS OF DR. SAMI AL ARIAN SAY FEDERAL PROSECUTORS ARE VIOLATING THE TERMS OF HIS PLEA AGREEMENT

12/13/06

Sami Al-Arian, the former University of South Florida professor who pleaded guilty last spring to aiding a terrorist group (the charge involved helping his brother-in-law, Mazen Al-Najar, on an immigration issue and no actual support for violence), was found guilty of contempt last month for refusing to testify in another terrorism-related case and could serve as many as 18 additional months in prison. Mr. Al-Arian pleaded guilty last April to providing aid to Palestinian Islamic Jihad, an...

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New Nuclear Plant proposed for Levy County, 85 miles north of Tampa by Mitch E. Perry

12/13/06

Yesterday Progress Energy announced that it has selected a site in Levy County for a new nuclear power plant – if they decide to build one.

Progress says the 3,000 acre site, located 85 miles north of Tampa and just 8 miles from Progress’ Crystal River Plant, could actually hold 2 nuclear power plants. One reactor would cost between 2 ½ to 3 ½ billion dollars to build, and it would produce at least 1,100 megawatts of electricity, or enough to power 700,000 ho...

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