News & Public Affairs12/18/06
Last Friday, the documentary film â€œU.S. versus John Lennonâ€? opened in Tampa at the Tampa Theatre. It tells the story of John Lennon and Yoko Onoâ€™s anti-war activism in the United States in the early 1970s and how that made the Nixon administration feel threatened. WMNFs SeÃ¡n 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 young people to v...Be the first to comment
On Saturday at the Oldsmar plant of weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin on Tampa Road, St. Pete for Peace held a protest against the corporationâ€™s war profiteering. WMNFâ€™s SeÃ¡n Kinane reports.
â€œWell, weâ€™re out here peaceful protest against Lockheed Martin because they make the weapons that kill innocent people. And weâ€™re on the public sidewalk. And weâ€™re just expressing our opinion that itâ€™s not just the government thatâ€™s guilty in all the imperial wars of t...Be the first to comment
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.Be the first to comment
Indict Bush? Elizabeth de la Vega says, â€œI Wishâ€? 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 Powell. Th...Be the first to comment
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 â€œWomen of Peace Awardsâ€? given by the Womenâ€™s Peacepower Foundation. Triveni raids brothels in red-light districts with police to rescue underage girls who are trafficked from Nepal, Bangladesh, and North India an...Be the first to comment
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...Be the first to comment
Yesterday Arizona Senator John McCain said that American military commanders are discussing the possibility of adding as many as 10 more combat brigades â€“ maximum of about 35,000 troops â€“ 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.â€?resolve this problemâ€?)
There is one interesting dilemma in the d...Be the first to comment
A year ago tomorrow, the NY Times published their blockbuster story on the Bush Administrationâ€™s National Security Agencyâ€™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, Pensylvaniaâ€™s Arlen Specter, reacted with outrage about the very real possibility that the Administration had violated the law.
But the GOP led Congre...Be the first to comment
A proposed crematorium that would be built in Tampa Heights has local residents very troubled. Today at the Tampa City Councilâ€™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 heâ€™s lived in Tampa...Be the first to comment
At Governor Jeb Bushâ€™s request, the Department of Corrections will review the procedures used in the unusually lengthy execution of a convicted killer Angel Diaz last nightâ€¦..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 executio...Be the first to comment
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 Helmâ€™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 this su...Be the first to comment
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. WMNFâ€™s SeÃ¡n Kinane reports.
â€œItâ€™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.â€?
That was Newsweek investigative correspond...Be the first to comment
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.Be the first to comment
SUPPORTERS OF DR. SAMI AL ARIAN SAY FEDERAL PROSECUTORS ARE VIOLATING THE TERMS OF HIS PLEA AGREEMENT12/13/06
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...Be the first to comment
Yesterday Progress Energy announced that it has selected a site in Levy County for a new nuclear power plant â€“ if they decide to build one.
Progress says the 3,000 acre site, located 85 miles north of Tampa and just 8 miles from Progressâ€™ Crystal River Plant, could actually hold 2 nuclear power plants. One reactor would cost between 2 Â½ to 3 Â½ billion dollars to build, and it would produce at least 1,100 megawatts of electricity, or enough to power 700,000 homes.
...Be the first to comment