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COALITION OF IMMOKALEE WORKERS EMBARK ON MCDONALDS TROUTH TOUR-Andrew Stelzer

03/27/06

LEDE: This month, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a group of migrant farm laborers from South Florida, is celebrating the anniversary of a successful 4-year boycott of Taco Bell. The farm workers demanded they be paid a penny more per pound for picking tomatoes that ended up in Taco Bells food. They also wanted to draw up a code of conduct to protect their rights in the fields.
In March of last year, Taco Bell agreed to the workers’ requests. It was a groundbreaking agreeme...

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY CALLS ON MORE STATE FUNDING TO FIGHT CHILD ABUSE-Andrew Stelzer

03/27/06

A child is abused in the United States every 10 seconds, and 4 children die every day because of abuse. Hillsborough County are launching a campaign to get increased funding from the state for prevention programs, to try and stave off what they say is a growing crisis in the community.

SOUND “Simon says to yell. Simon says sit, everybody stand

Hillsborough County has the highest rate of child abuse in the entire state. Now the newly created Hillsborough county chil...

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The Sunday Forum

03/26/06

Features an interview with author Albert Mensah a motivational speaker discussing "Opportunity and Success".

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Susan Seidelman, director, "Boynton Beach Club" - Sarasota Film Festival w/ Mary Glenney, Women's Show

03/25/06

Susan Seidelman, director, producer and co-writer, “Boynton Beach Club.â€? "Susan began her career in 1982 with the independently financed film, “Smithereens,â€? the first American Independent film accepted into the official competition of the Cannes Film Festival. In addition to directing numerous movies, including “Desperately Seeking Susan,â€? she has directed for TV – among the highlights was the “pilotâ€? and several of the early episodes of â...

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Janis Ian, singer/songwriter with Mary Glenney, Women's Show

03/25/06

Janis Ian, singer/songwriter. Rolling Stone once state, “Before there was Jewel, there was Janis Ian.� It is an apt portrayal of an artist known for her ethereal vocals, poetic wordplay, literate phrasing, and sublime melodies. Through more than four decades, Ian has managed to keep folk music fresh and inspiring, always winning praise for her remarkable songwriting and tender voice.

Janis will appear in concert at the JCC, 582 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota, Thursday, March 30, 7:...

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Uncle Earl, all girl string band in concert for WMNF - Mary Glenney, Women's Show

03/25/06

Abigail Washburn and Rayna Gellert of Uncle Earl. UNCLE EARL is an all girl string band powerhouse made up of five talented young women, each from a different region of the country. The "G'earls" hammer out traditional southern Appalachian string band music around a single microphone, singing the hillbilly canon of hard times, love's good and evil, and getting wronged. Scott Alarik of the Boston Globe picked their CD "She Waits for the Night" as the #1 CD of 2005: "The hottest new ensembl...

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Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize Winner from Kenya - Mary Glenney

03/25/06

Mary talked about Wangari Maathai and brought clips from her speech at USF. You can support Wangari Maathai's efforts: http://www.marioninstitute.org/matriarch/MultiPiecePage.asp?PageID=29&PageName=SupportGreenbelt

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Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai speaks at USF - Lance Robson

03/24/06

Last night 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai spoke at the University of South Florida. Nearly a thousand people came to hear the first African woman who is also the first environmental activist to be honored by the Nobel committee. WMNFs LR filed this report

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In the late 1970s Wangari Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement, a grassroots organization comprised largely of poor rural women dedicated to environmental conservation and community development. The ...

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Author on Boot Camps explains her motivation by Mitch E. Perry

03/24/06

Maia Szalavitz

On Wednesday, the Evening News aired the first part of an interview with journalist Maia Salavitz, who has just written an expose of boot camps and similar juvenile facilities, called “Help At Any Cost: How The Troubled –Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids�.

Her book is filled with different stories about young people and their parents involved in such treatment programs, frequently called “Tough Love� programs. One chapter invo...

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AN ISLAMIC APOSTATE SPEAKS OUT

03/23/06

Ibn Warraq From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ibn Warraq is a bestselling author and Islamic scholar currently living in the United States. He is an outspoken critic of Islam who has written extensively on what he views as the oppressive nature of Islam and religion in general.

The name, Ibn Warraq, is a pseudonym that has traditionally been adopted by dissident authors throughout the history of Islam.

Among the few personal details known about his life is that he was born in ...

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COALITION CALLS ON MIKE BILIRAKIS TO VOTE AGAINST PRESIDENTS BUDGET-Andrew Stelzer

03/23/06

A coalition of groups is calling on several Florida state representatives to reconsider their votes on President Bush’s proposed budget, which includes cuts to education, healthcare and veterans programs. This morning a press conference was held outside the north Tampa offices of Congressman Mike Bilirakis, asking him to vote to preserve programs that are essential to many of Florida’s lower and middle class residents. Phil Compton from the Florida consumer Action Network said...

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FLORIDA REDISTRICTING BALLOT INITIATIVE REJECTED BY COURTS-Andrew Stelzer

03/23/06

The Florida Supreme Court has knocked off the ballot a proposed constitutional amendment that would've stripped lawmakers of their power to redraw districts. The justices ruled today that the proposal failed to meet requirements to address no more than a single subject and have clear and unambiguous ballot language. The citizen initiative would've set up a 15-member commission to handle redistricting every ten years. Sponsors had collected the 611-thousand signatures needed to...

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TAMPA MAY REQUIRE DEVELOPERS TO PAY FOR BRICK PAVED ALLEYS IN YBOR-Andrew Stelzer

03/23/06

The Tampa city council is looking at ways to pave more of the alleys in Ybor city with bricks, and is looking into requiring developers to pay for it.. At the request of the council, Roy Lamotte the manager of the city’s transportation division, gave a report on the number of alleys in Ybor which are currently paved.

ACT-Lammott “thee are 86 boundary, they are of various materials, there is 4.5 percent of brick in the alleys, it would cost 3 million dollars, there is ...

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AFFORDABLE HOUSING BILL INTRODUCED IN STATE HOUSE-Andrew Stelzer

03/22/06

A bill introduced in the Florida house to help with the states affordable housing shortage is drawing praise from advocates who have been calling for a solution for years to a problem that has reached crisis proportions.

ACT-Ross “The housing crisis has reached middle class and workers, so now they are paying attention..�

Jamie Ross is the affordable housing director for 1000 friends of Florida. She says the best part of House bill 1363, which was endorsed by the...

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MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCES HURT FAMILIES

03/22/06

In this segment we heard from three guests, two of whom say their husbands received unfair prison sentences under "mandatory minimum sentencing". Our guests were Stetson Law School professor, Robert Batey; Mary Jones whose husband Albert is serving a 25 year sentence for cocaine trafficking- even though he never handled the cocaine and the man who carried out the deal was given a lighter sentence. Our third guest was Linda Paey whose husband Richard was convicted of dealing in prescription pa...

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