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ANARCHIST RADICAL CHEERLEADER ELECTED TO CITY COMMISSION-Andrew Stelzer

03/31/06

A self-described anarchist, and community activist has been elected to the Lake Worth City commission in Palm Beach county. Cara Jennings came in second in the primary, with only 29 percent of the vote, compared to well financed businessman Jorge Goyanes, who received 44 percent. But in the run off, Jennings received more than 61 percent of the vote, and was elected to the city’s district 2 seat.

In the late 1990s Jennings, along with her sister, founded the radical cheerleaders, ...

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Immigration debate continues by Mitch E. Perry

03/31/06

Although there has been much discussion about how immigration is dividing the Republican Party, an article in today’s Washington Post indicates a fear that the Democratic Party is pushing an immigration policy that forsakes the party's working-class mainstay.

The Post reports that a growing body of economic research contends that the recent surge of foreign workers has depressed wages for low-skilled workers, especially for high school dropouts, and has even begun displacing ...

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Off Shore Oil Drilling to be discussed in Tampa Bay Area

03/31/06

The issue of drilling off the coast of Florida is very much up for debate, , after the Government’s Minerals Management Service announced their plan earlier in the month that would for allow drilling in 2 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico south of the Florida Panhandle.

Florida lawmakers and critics of the proposal objected loudly when the government agency announced there would be 13 public hearings in 5 states to discuss the proposal, but none of them to be held ...

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Walid Shoebat at USF - 'Islam is not a religion' - by Seán Kinane

03/31/06


As part of Israel Week at USF, the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and Hillel sponsored a lecture Thursday night by Walid Shoebat, who was billed as a former terrorist turned Zionist. WMNF’s Seán Kinane has more.

ACT – fundamentalists – Shoebat (20 sec)
I said I’m sorry. I know I’m a Christian fundamentalist and I give people a headache because I proselytize. I admit that, us fundamentalists give the world a headache. But the Musli...

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MIAMI DADE AND BROWARD CHANGE MILITARY RECRUITING REGULATIONS-Andrew Stelzer

03/30/06

In the face of growing pressure from parents and other concerned citizens, two south Florida school districts are changing the policies about military recruiting in the schools. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has the story.

Alileen Brousseau has a daughter and son who attended coral reef senior high school in Miami Dade County. Last year, she became concerned when she found out that military recruiters had access to personal information about her children, and were calling them at home ask...

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Tampa City Council hears preliminary report on employees salaries by Mitch E. Perry

03/30/06

Salary Plans

Today a consultant being paid to provide a study of Tampa City employee salaries presented a draft report for the first phase of his research to the Tampa City Council.

City officials say the study is the first serious one to be done for city employees in over 20 years.

Dr. Jeffrey Lane is with MGT of America….The group surveyed wages in 19 comparable cities and counties in Florida and the nation doing the study "Total compensation was a same part of ph...

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State Legislature looks into regulating 527 groups by Mitch E. Perry

03/29/06

In Washington, House Republicans are vowing to use every opportunity to seek a crackdown on so called 527 groups….. The DC Newspaper the Hill reported today that Republicans want to rein in the hundreds of millions of dollars in unregulated donations flowing to 527s and that they will do so “whether as part of a larger reform package or as a stand-alone.�

The groups are named after Section 527 of the tax code, which permits them to accept unlimited donations for ...

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SHELL GAME REPORT SAYS FISHERIES ARE NOT BEING PROPERLY MANAGED-Andrew Stelzer

03/29/06

As congress is evaluating the regulations which determine how many of each type of fish can be caught every year, a coalition of local Tampa Bay groups is calling on legislators to address the growing problem of overfishing, and The Marine Fish Conservation Network, has released a new report, titled Shell game, how the federal government is hiding the mismanagement of our nations fisheries. Martha Collins is with the National Environmental Trust.

ACT-Collins “our Gulf of Mexico...

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USF JEWS COMMENT ON ISRAELI ELECTIONS-Andrew Stelzer

03/28/06

Today was Israel day on the University of South Florida campus. At the MLK plaza, several Jewish and Israel related student groups held a fair for food and outreach to the USF community. WMNF asked some of the people at the gathering, most of which had either live din Israel or visited several times, what they thought of today’s elections.

USF ISRAEL ELECTIONS

As part of a week of events called Israel, Not as seen on TV, Walid Shoebat, a Former PLO Terrorist who is...

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USF JEWS THOUGHTS ON ISRAELI ELECTIONS

03/28/06

Today was Israel day on the University of South Florida campus. At the MLK plaza, several Jewish and Israel related student groups held a fair for food and outreach to the USF community. WMNF asked some of the people at the gathering, most of which had either live din Israel or visited several times, what they thought of todays elections.

USF ISRAEL ELECTIONS

As part of a week of events called Israel, Not as seen on TV, Walid Shoebat, a Former PLO Terrorist who is Now a Z...

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TAMPA MAYOR LOOKS TO FUTURE IN STATE OF CITY SPEECH By Roxanne Escobales

03/28/06

Today in downtown Tampa, Mayor Pam Iorio delivered her third state of the city speech. She did not look back over her three-year career as the city’s leader, but instead she focused on the future. WMNF’s Roxanne Escobales reports.

Addressing an audience of suited civic and business leaders at the Tampa Convention Center, Iorio made her vision of what is to come the theme of her third state of the city speech. Calling Tampa a young city, she said that it is now in ...

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THE DEBATE OVER IMMIGRATION REFORM

03/28/06

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday approved a comprehensive immigration bill that would create a foreign guest-worker program and put millions of illegal immigrants on track toward permanent residency and U.S. citizenship. The legislation that now goes to the full Senate for debate was approved 12-6 by the Republican-controlled committee and embraces key elements of a bipartisan bill crafted by Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Edward Kennedy, D-Mass. While offering more hope to illegal...

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DEATH SQUADS OPERATING IN IRAQ?

03/28/06

The Associated Press reported Monday that a total of at least 151 people were killed in Iraq this past weekend---. Much of the recent killing is seen as the work of Shiite militias or death squads that have infiltrated or are tolerated by Iraqi police under the control of the Shiite-dominated Interior Ministry. Many of the victims have been found dumped, mainly in Baghdad, with their hands tied, showing signs of torture and shot in the head. In an apparent effort to clamp down on police...

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MARY ANN STILES AT THE TIGER BAY CLUB, FRIDAY, 24 MARCH 2006

03/27/06

Soundfile: “Stiles- 03-24-06� Total Running Time- 6:15

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High-powered Tampa attorney, Mary Ann Stiles, was at the Tiger Bay Club on Friday, taking her case for a Mayor of Hillsborough County to the non-partisan political forum she helped found more than 20 years ago. Stan Davis reports…



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Mary Ann Stiles, says she is sick and tired of waiting in traffic. She’s angry that her employees ...

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PROPOSED NEW ENERGY BILLS IN CONGRESS AND TALLAHASSEE

03/27/06

Our guests today were Matt Smith, assistant director of the USF Clean Energy Research Center and Jennifer Sazaro, senior researcher at the Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa, Florida. They discussed the energy bills making their way through Congress and the state legislature to reduce the country's dependence on imported, non-renewable energy. They also discussed the status of solar energy, conservation tax breaks, ethanol, biodiesel, the advances in hydrogen power and nuclear power.

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