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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMISSION VOTES NOT TO RAISE IMPACT FEES-Andrew Stelzer

02/15/06

In 2005, a task force made up of county government, school board, and community members studied what to do about the lack of proper funding for Hillsborough county schools, they came up with several recommendations, including raising impact fees on new home construction. Today, the county commission discussed whether they would follow the recommendation and raise impact fees, and despite massive public support for the idea, voted to put of discussion for another 3 months. The meeting began...

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BUCS AND TSA COME TO AGREEMENT ON SECURITY COSTS by Mitch E. Perry

02/15/06

BUCS AND TSA COME TO AGREEMENT ON SECURITY COSTS

The Tampa Tribune reported today that the Tampa Sports Authority and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are close to coming to an agreement over who should pay for extra security at Raymond James Stadium.

The 3 member executive committee for the Authority agreed on Monday to endorse an offer from the football team to essentially split the costs.

The Bucs will now pay half of the costs for the security “pat downs� au...

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IS THE HILLSBOROUGH RIVER IN TROUBLE BECAUSE OF GOVERNMENT NEGLECT?

02/14/06

Tampa residents concerned about the health of the Hillsborough River are invited to the Save Our River Town Hall Meeting Saturday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m. at the Harbor Club, 918 Grant St. in Sulphur Springs. For more information, see www.friendsofhillsboroughriver.org or call 813-237-8497. The event will include environmental reports and discussion on government proposals to block freshwater flow and pump treated sewage water into the lower Hillsborough River at the Rowlett Park dam. A coalition...

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THE ONGOING GENOCIDE IN DARFUR

02/14/06

Rev. William Sinkford, president of the national Unitarian Universalist Association, was our guest during this segment. Recently he visited refugee camps in Chad where victims of the Darfur genocide in Sudan have fled. Sinkford says that thousands of people are dying every month as a result of killing by the militias. He also said that President Bush has been slow in his promise to do anything to stop the genocide. Sinkford will speak on “Moral Politics,� Sunday, Feb. 19 at 11 a.m....

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CAMPAIGN TO EXPLORE THE LIFE OF MOHAMMED-Andrew Stelzer

02/14/06

As protests against cantons depicting the prophet Mohammed as a terrorist continuing throughout the Arab world, the council on American Islamic relations, has come out to denounce any form of violent protest, and launch a campaign to educate the American public as to who Mohammed actually was. Ahmed Bedier, is the director of the west central Florida chapter of the council on American Islamic relations, abbreviated CAIR, he’s also the co host of the WMNF program True Talk.

AC...

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New 'One Stop' Domestic Violence Center to open in Hillsborough County by Mitch E. Perry

02/14/06

Hillsborough County has the 2nd highest rate of domestic violence in Florida. But advocates who support Domestic Violence victims, as well as officials from local law enforcement agencies, say they have real hope that a new facility in the County has a chance of dramatically helping those victimized by such violence – and to see that their punishers are prosecuted.

(roll tape#1 o.q.�by the abuser�)Natalie Baird is a former victim of domestic violence and currentl...

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Cuban Economy since 1989 – Seán Kinane

02/14/06


Yesterday at the University of South Florida’s Tampa Campus library, the Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean sponsored a lecture on the economy of Cuba.

WMNF’s Seán Kinane has this report.



Dr. Carmelo Mesa-Lago is Professor Emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh. The title of his lecture was “The Cuban Economy and Social Welfare 16 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall.�


Between 1960 and 1990, the S...

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Bald Eagle No longer to be Extinct By Mitch E. Perry

02/13/06

Today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced they are re-opening the comment period on removing the Bald Eagle from the Endangered Species Act.

In a national teleconference held today, the director of the Fish & Wildlife Service, Dale Hall, said the bird, has made a remarkable comeback from where it was 4 decades ago (roll tape#1 o.q.�recovery goals nationwide�)

Director Hall said de-listing the Bald Eagle the Endangered Species Act isn’...

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JEB BUSH AT STATE FAIR-Andrew Stelzer

02/13/06

Today was governors day at the Florida state fair, and over 1000 people gathered at the fairgrounds for a luncheon, which included remarks by governor Jeb Bush as he heads into the final year of his last term. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report. Tampa mayor Pam Iorio, congressman Jim Davis and Adam Putnam, and George Steinbrenner were just a few of the elected officials and business leaders who came to the governor’s day luncheon. Eth governor was introduced by sta...

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Cartoon Controversy - Samar Jarrah with Mary Glenney, Women's Show

02/11/06

Samar Jarrah, author of Arab Voices Speak and co-host of “True Talk.� Samar will discuss the controversial Danish cartoons, including issues of free speech and editorial responsibility. She thinks the news media have ovr-emphasized this issue. There is hypocrisy in our atitudes and definitions of freedom of speech.

Samar will be speaking on Women and Islam at the Port Charlotte Public Library, Monday, February 13 at 6:00 pm.

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WISE Study and Women's Healthy Heart Month - C. Noel Bairey Merz, M.D. - Mary Glenney, Women's Show

02/11/06
  1. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, Medical Director of the Preventive and Rehabilitative Cardiac Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases and medical examination, she is also holder of the Women's Guild Chair in Women's Health and Medical Director of Women's Health at Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Bairey Merz also serves as Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine for the Department of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Dr. Baire...

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V-Day 2006 - Jerri Lynn Fields w/ Mary Glenney, Women's Show

02/11/06

Jerri Lynn Fields, Executive Director of V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls. She came to V-Day in 2001 as the development and communications director after serving in the same role with the Fund for the City of New York. She will discuss V-Day 2006 and Violence Against Women.

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"Vagina Monologues" at USF - Clare Walsh - Mary Glenney, Women's Show

02/11/06

Clare Walsh, Women’s Studies Graduate Student Organization, USF, Tampa. Clare will discuss the USF 2006 production of “The Vagina Monologues.� V-day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. The Women's Studies Graduate Student Organization of USF-Tampa is proud to present V-Day USF 2006 with a campus production of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues. The event will take place February 17 at 7PM and Feb 18 at 1 and 7 PM in the Marshall Center. Proceeds ...

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Coretta Scott King Funeral - Maya Angelou and Bernice King - Women's Show

02/11/06

From Coretta Scott King's funeral -- Maya Angelou's tribute and Bernice King's eulogy -- powerful statements.

Coretta Scott King funeral program -- 28 pages, but well worth looking at. Thanks to Kim Vaz, Chair of Women’s Studies at USF for sending this link. http://alt.cimedia.com/ajc/pdf/kingfuneral/funeralprogram.pdf

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How much of the film "The New World" hew to reality? By Mitch E. Perry

02/11/06

“The New World� is only film Director Terence Malick’s 4th feature film, and his first in 7 years, since his World War II film, “A Thin Red Line�.

The film is about British explorer John Smith coming to America, the banks of the James River in Virginia in 1607, and establishing Jamestown- the first permanent English settlement in the America’s.

Events are starting later this year for the quadi-centennial of Jamestown and Americaâ...

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