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FUTURE OF TAMPA STREETCAR DEBATED AT HARTLINE/STREETCAR MEETING-Andrew Stelzer

02/28/06

The THS board, which governs the Tampa Streetcar, and the board of the Hillsborough Area Rapid Transit, or HARTLINE held a joint meeting this morning to discuss financial problems with the streetcar, and possible solutions. The Streetcar has come under intense criticism from County commissioners Rhonda Storms, and Brain Blair, who are concerned that Hillsborough county is helping to financially support a project that provides minimal benefit to the majority of county residents, and the stree...

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Les Miller on upcoming Legislative session by Mitch E. Perry

02/28/06

As the annual legislative session gets set to begin next week in Tallahassee, WMNF caught up over the weekend with one of the highest ranking Democrats in the Legislature, Tampa area State Senator Les Miller, the Senate Minority Leader.

This will be Miller’s last year in the Legislature, as he is stepping down after the session to run for Congress.

One of the issues we discussed with him was the death of 14 year old Martin Lee Anderson, who died after being ma...

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Congress takes up Dangerous Reversal of State Food Safety Law by Mitch E. Perry

02/28/06

A vote is expected in the House of Representatives as soon as Thursday on the “National Uniformity for Food Act�, which would effectively eliminate almost 200 l food safety and public health protections across the country.

The bill is prompting organic consumers associations and others concerned with food safety to rally citizens to contact their Congressional Representative to vote against the bill.

Critics note that there has not been a single hearing held on the legisla...

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CONVERTING YOUR CAR TO RUN ON VEGETABLE OIL

02/27/06

During this segment Jon Butts featured an interview with two brothers (John and Nick Sanguadulce) who teach people how to convert their deisel car or truck to run on vegetable oil, recycled from restauarants. Much is accomplished in this process: we reduce our reliance on oil; waste vegetable oil is recycled; pollution is diminished and a community of like-minded people is created.

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CREATING A BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN-FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT

02/27/06

On this segment of the Sustainable Living program, co-host Jon Butts invited Chris Hagelin and Al Bartolotta. Chris is chair of the Hillsborough county Bicycle and pedestrain Committee and with the Center for Urban Transportation Research Center at USF. Al is with the Pinellas Metropolitan Planning Commission. Both discussed how the public can have impact on making the area more friendly to bikes and walking.

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BOLIVIAN LANDLESS MOVEMENT SPEAKERS IN TAMPA-Andrew Stelzer

02/27/06

Movimientio sin tierra, or the landless movement, exists through Latin American, and the world. 2 Bolivians activists were at the University of South Florida this afternoon, speaking about the landless movement in Bolivia and the new administration of Evo Morales. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there, and filed this report.

The former president of the landless peasant movement of Bolivia, Silvestre Saisari explained that the indigenous people of Bolivia always viewed land as collectively ...

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Hillary Clinton Greeted by Protestors in Tampa by Mitch E. Perry

02/27/06

A new poll published over the weekend says that John McCain would defeat any of the top 4 Democrats for President if the election were held today.

The poll, by the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion , shows the Arizona Republican holding a 17 point lead over the last 2 nominees, John Kerry and Al Gore, a 10 point lead over Hillary Clinton, and a 6 point lead over John Edwards.

The election for President won’t take place for 2 /2 years, but that hasnâ€â„...

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Howard Zinn interview listen

02/27/06 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday

This Tuesday, historian Dr. Howard Zinn will speak in Gainesville. He will speak on the Uses of History and the Iraq War. WMNF's Sean Kinane spoke with Dr. Zinn last week and began by asking how he thinks future historians will record the history of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq.

"Well, you know, as always, historians will write differently about the war. When democracy was crippled during this war in Iraq. I suspect that most historians looking back will recognize that."

Wou...

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Sally Heckel, director, "Jury of Her Peers" w/ Mary Glenney

02/25/06

Sally Heckel, director of “Jury of Her Peers.� On a desolate American farm in the early 1900's, a farmer is found murdered and his wife is jailed as the prime suspect. In this short drama, two women neighbors find themselves in the kitchen of the accused and must decide whether to reveal the clues they discover. This is a re-release of the feminist film classic based on a 1917 short story by Susan Glaspell.

“Jury of Her Peers� – Friday, 7:15 pm.

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Beth Bird, director, "Everyone Their Grain of Sand" - globalization w/ Mary Glenney, Women's Show

02/25/06

Beth Bird, director of “Everyone Their Grain of Sand.� This important film chronicles the struggles of the fiercely determined citizens of Maclovio Rojas, Tijuana, Mexico, as they try to get state government funding for a community school and fight attempts to evict them from their land. Filmmaker Beth Bird follows the community for three years as it pays the human price of globalization.

“Everyone Their Grain of Sand� – Friday, 4:00 pm.

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Ann Hedreen, director,

02/25/06

Ann Hedreen, director of “Quick Brown Fox.� Who are you if you can't remember who you are? Ann Hedreen's documentary follows the gripping story of her mother's battle with Alzheimer's disease and confronts this illness head-on. Interviews with doctors and researchers about the politics and controversies around Alzheimer's give depth to this brave film and raise profound questions about the importance of memories.

“Quick Brown Fox� – Friday, 7:45 pm.

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Sonali Gulati, director, "Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night" w/ Mary Glenney, Women's Show

02/25/06

Sonali Gulati, director of “Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night.� An Indian immigrant living in New York City follows the trail of telemarketing to India's call centers, where telemarketers acquire American names and accents to become callers. Sonali Gulati's film is entertaining to the max and full of information.

“Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night� – Friday, 1:15 pm.

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Through Women's Eyes, Unifem Film Festival, Diane Mason w/ Mary Glenney, Women's Show

02/25/06

Gulf Coast Chapter of UNIFEM/USA presents their 7th Annual Women’s International Film Festival March 3rd and 4th

UNIFEM, the women's fund at the United Nation, supports women and girls by providing financial and technical assistance to projects that foster the development of women's economic security, promote women's human rights, and increase women's participation in decision-making processes that shape their lives.

Films will be shown Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4 at Ho...

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Florida Republican Party committed to stopping Gay Marriage by Mitch E. Perry

02/24/06

Determined to get a gay marriage ban on the ballot for Florida voters, the state Republican Party has now doubled its initial investment in the effort to $300,000. That’s despite the fact that such a measure will NOT appear on this year’s ballot.

The ST. Petersburg Times reported today that State Senate President Tom Lee said the additional $150,000 came after Florida4marriage.org, the political committee working to amend the state Constitution, failed to get enough...

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STENY HOYER IN TAMPA-Andrew Stelzer

02/23/06

Maryland congressman Stony Hoyer was in Tampa today, speaking to a group of students at the University of South Florida as part of their pizza, politics and power series of events. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.

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ACT "We have some young repubs, I am going to be harsh...we are heading down the wrong path..."

Stony Hoyer, now in his second term as democratic whip of the US House of Representatives, devoted most of his speech to criti...

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