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ANTONIA JUHASZ DISCUSSES THE IRAQ STUDY GROUP'S REPORT

12/07/06
A visiting scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies, Juhasz just wrote the piece "Oil for Sale: Iraq Study Group Recommends Privatization," which states: "The [Iraq Study Group] report calls for the United States to assist in privatizing Iraq's national oil industry, to open Iraq to private foreign oil and energy companies, to provide direct technical assistance for the 'drafting' of a new national oil law for Iraq, and for all of Iraq's oil revenues to accrue to the central government...
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National Association of Hispanic Journalists - Parity Project Town Hall Meeting -- by Seán Kinane

12/07/06


Last night at the offices of the Tampa Tribune, The National Association of Hispanic Journalists, or NAHJ, held a town hall meeting to address whether there has been progress in local news coverage of Latino issues since the first meeting two years ago. WMNF’s Seán Kinane has this report.

Members of the community brought up four major issues during the town hall meeting. These were the need to increase the recruitment of Latino journalists from local high schools and ...

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MARK POTOK OF THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER TALKS ABOUT THE RISE OF RIGHT WING HATE GROUPS

12/06/06

Mark Potok, is the editor of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s quarterly Intelligence Report, which monitors far-right hate groups in the United States. He joined WMNF's Rob Lorei for this segment to talk about the activities of far-Right hate groups in the U.S.

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WITHOUT WALLS PULLS OUT OF CENTRO ESPANOL SALE by Roxanne Escobales

12/06/06

This just in… Without Walls International Church has just announced that it will not buy the Centro Espanol building in West Tampa. In a statement, the church’s non-profit spin-off, the Institute for Community Development, stated that it faced opposition from West Tampa developers who were – quote – “uncomfortable with the plan to dispense social services from the building.�

The statement also said it was unlikely the Hillsborough County Board o...

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Hillsborough County Narrowly approves approving funding to fix Convention Center Roof by Mitch E. Perry

12/06/06

The Hillsborough County Commission today narrowly approved a motion to free up $6 million dollars in tourist tax money to help fix the Tampa Convention Center’s leaky roof and air conditioning system.

In September, the Commission voted to earmark the funds, but said they would not release the money until next August, unless the City of Tampa began giving financial support to the Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey team.

But last week, the Lightning announced they will tap i...

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Hillsborough County Commission Votes for Transportation Task Force by Mitch E.Perry

12/06/06

The Hillsborough County Commission today voted to support convening a task force to study transportation needs. It’s not the first time the Commission has done so, but Board members seemed to be on the same page that it would be a dereliction of duty not to begin looking to alleviate the region’s concerns.

The motion was introduced by Commission Vice Chairman Ken Hagen(roll tape#1 o.q.�multi-modal solution�)

Hagen listed some of the issues whic...

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Largest Development in Hillsborough History approved by Mitch E. Perry

12/06/06

Last night the County Commission convened for one issue only – that being whether or not to approve Lake Hutto, one of the largest developments in Hillsborough County history.

The plan by developers Pulte Homes would be to add nearly 3,200 homes to the area north of Fish Hawk Boulevard, and East of Boyette Road.

On Monday morning, neighborhood activists held a news conference to advocate that Commissioners deny Pulte Homes the re-zoning required for the project.

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Sarasota Election by Mitch E. Perry

12/05/06

In Sarasota county, the computer source code that tells touch-screen voting machines how to run will be analyzed in the next phase of the state audit to determine what, if anything, went wrong in the November 7th Congressional election between Republican Vern Buchanan and Democrat Christine Jennings. Buchanan has already been certified the winner in the race.

Sarasota County's voting machines recorded 18,000 undervotes in the District 13 race, nearly three times the rate report...

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Florida 'Mainstream Democrats' plows on by Mitch E. Perry

12/05/06

Last month’s Democratic tide seemed to hit most parts of the country, but somehow stopped around the Mason Dixon line.

Jim Davis’ loss to Charlie Crist in the Governors race was not that close. Bill McCollum also beat Skip Campbell relatively easily in the race for Attorney General.

But Democrats were able to crow about taking 7 seats in the House, their best showing in a long, long time.

State Senator Dave Aronberg announced last week that his ...

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VOTING RIGHTS GROUP FILES LAWSUIT FOR REVOTE IN DISTRICT 13 CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION

12/05/06

This segment featured an interview with Lowell Finley of Voter Action. He's the co-Director of Voter Action, a national, non-partisan election reform group, and lead attorney in the non-partisan voters' lawsuit concerning the 18,000 undervotes in Sarasota County. He has spearheaded the non-partisan legal action, arriving in Sarasota the day after the election when he began building the case and collecting evidence. Last week he observed the audit process of some of the election machines us...

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DEVELOPING YOUNG LEADERS TO PROMOTE DIVERSITY IN OUR SOCIETY

12/05/06

IMAGINE a community free from discrimination in which every individual is treated with dignity and respect. Community Tampa Bay promotes dialogue and respect among all cultures, religions and races through education, advocacy and conflict mediation. An innovative partnership has been formed between CTB and the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County and is resulting in a collaboration in their mission to better the lives of children and families in Hillsborough County. This partners...

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Hillsborough DEC Election - Michael Steinberg -by Mitch E. Perry

12/05/06

The Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee will soon have an election to replace its current chair, Janee Murphy. Murphy announced her intention to step after last month’s mid term elections.

Hillsborough Democrats have been considered to be in disarray for a number of years, sinc Murphy took over.

To say her reign has been controversial would be an understatement. A number of longtime members of the Party have dropped out of the party – some jo...

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SOLAR ENERGY QUESTIONS ANSWERED

12/04/06

Ian Woofenden, an instructor with Solar Energy International and a senior editor at Home Power Magazine joined Jon Butts and Rob Lorei to answer questions about the state of solar power for the home on this edition of the Sustianable Living program.

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Tampa Woman washes cars to raise funds for Darfur trip by Mitch E. Perry

12/04/06

For the past 2 days, activist Sara Newton, with help from some friends, has been washing cars right behind the Starbucks Coffee Shop in Tampa’s Seminole Heights District (roll tape#1 o.q. “sound�)

From 11 AM to 3 PM on Both Sunday and Monday, Newton was cleaning cars as a way to raise money for her trip to Darfur, the site of perhaps the worst humanitarian crises in the world at the moment.

The 26 year old former USF student will be working an intern with ...

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Eastern Hillsborough Residents against Major Development project by Mitch E. Perry

12/04/06

Tomorrow night the Hillsborough County Commission is scheduled to vote on a development that could signficiantly change Eastern Hillsborough.

The development is called Lake Hutto, and the plan is to add nearly 3,200 homes to the area north of FishHawk Boulevard and east of Boyette Road. Some local residents say the proposed plan, which also includes duplexes and condomininums, is simply too big for the area.

So today, several spoke out against the plan in front of the ...

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