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National Health Care Homeless Week

03/22/06

This week is National Homeless Health week, which happens at this time of the year and is coordinated by the National Health Care for the Homeless Coalition.

Lack of regular health care has been a major problem in the US for years, and the latest statistics say there are now 45 million Americans who don’t have health insurance.

Obviously, those that are homeless falls into that category.

Lesa Weikel is Community Relations Manager for the Homeless Coaliti...

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SPRAWL TAKES OVER THE FLORIDA LANDSCAPE

03/22/06

THE ORLANDO BUSINESS JOURNAL REPORTS THAT IN Florida- as we all know---, open space is vanishing, its highways are clogged with polluting traffic jams, and every day, 860 acres of its forests and farmland are lost to development. Florida is changing rapidly and a lot of what drew people here in the first place is gone forever.

Our first guest, Bill Belleville is a veteran outdoors writer and documentary film maker--- he’s written a new book called LOSING IT ALL TO SPRAWL: HOW PR...

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Maia Szalavitz on the dangers of boot camps by Mitch E. Perry

03/22/06

Governor Jeb Bush said yesterday he does not have the ability to fire Bay County Sheriff W. Frank McKeithen, as the parents of 14-year-old Martin Lee Anderson have demanded, "unless there's a compelling case made." But he expressed empathy for the boy's parents, saying their impatience is "very understandable."

Anderson died after being beaten and kneed by Bay County Sheriff's Boot Camp guards in January. Conflicting autopsy reports led Anderson's parents, Gina Jones and Robert An...

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FAST – Nehemiah Action Assembly - by Seán Kinane

03/21/06


Last night at the Pasadena Community Church in Pinellas County, the group Faith and Action for Strength Together, or FAST, held their Nehemiah Action Assembly. WMNF’s Seán Kinane reports.

ACT McClendon (3 sec)
“We stand FAST together for justice tonight�

That was Rev. Willie McClendon of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Largo, one of the 29 member congregations that participated in this assembly of more than one thousand people of fai...

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CONVERGYS OUTSOURCING DATA ON STATE EMPLOYEES-Andrew Stelzer

03/21/06

“what we want to know is what could have happened to those records, info could have gotten into wrong hand. In India, or florida..�Florida Democratic party spokesman Mark Bubrinski says answers have not been forthcoming about where the information may have ended up.

ACT-Bubrinski “Bill Coterell has been digging, he asked Convergys where the info went. They responded the records are in the US, they did not address where the records used to be they just said they ar...

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AN AMERICAN WHO LIVED IN IRAQ COMMENTS ON THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF THE OCCUPATION

03/21/06

This past Sunday marked the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq by a multi-national force led by the United States…..

Earlier today, during his second major news conference this year- President Bush has said he does not believe Iraq has descended into civil war. Over the weekend, Iraq's former interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi told the BBC 50 to 60 people were dying every day and that the country was in civil war. Today, Bush hinted to reporters that US troops would remain...

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NEW SOCIAL MOVEMENTS IN LATIN AMERICA-Andrew Stelzer

03/20/06

The University of South Florida is holding a two-day seminar Today and Tomorrow, on the topic of “The New Social Movements and Democracy in the Americas.� WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was at this mornings session, regarding social movements, Globalization and Democratization in Latin America, and filed this report.

Dr Harry Vanden, USF professor of Governmental and International Affairs, said there have been popular insurrections all over the world, but Latin America has a uniq...

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Antiwar Demonstration on Sunday in Tampa by Nancy Morgan

03/20/06

About 300 antiwar protesters came together on Sunday at the Joe Chillura Courthouse Square in downtown Tampa to commemorate the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Nancy Morgan reports.

Sound--Chant

The rally was one of many demonstrations held around the country and around the world this weekend to demand an end to the war. Organizer Jay Alexander of Veteran’s for Peace talked about what he hoped to accomplish and why he thought the rally would be effectiv...

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Cecile Richards, New Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Attends 40th Anniversary Celebration of Local Affiliate

03/18/06

Cecile Richards, daughter of former Texas governor, Ann Richards. She has been at the helm of Planned Parenthood for less than 3 weeks and has a long history of work in the reproductive rights community. She has been at the forefront of social justice movements for more than 20 years, most recently as president of America Votes. Mary talked with her about the status of reproductive rights for women today and the role of Planned Parenthood.

Mary also taped the press conference precedin...

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Wise Woman Expo, Robin Hankins w/ Mary Glenney & Arlene Engelhardt, Women's Show

03/18/06

Robin Hankins, Wise Woman Expo. Robin says, “I have designed the 2006 Wise Woman Expos as a gift to you. The seminars are focused on giving you tools to assist you through some of the most challenging times in life with . . . I trust . . . a sense of humor. We are all strong and powerful women, but there is no badge of honor in trying to do it all – alone. I feel certain that there will be tools and information both days of the Expo that can transform your life in a beautiful ...

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Mary Gauthier coming to Tampa - w/ Mary Glenney, Women's Show

03/18/06

Mary Gauthier, singer/songwriter. "Mary Gauthier. At 43, this folk-country-leaning Louisiana native is probably the oldest artist ever to make the Freshman Class list, but it just takes some singer-songwriters time to season — and the former owner of the Dixie Kitchen restaurant in Boston didn't even get started writing songs until she was in her 30s. Mary Gauthier's "Mercy Now" ranked #3 on the New York Daily News' Best Albums of 2005. "At age 45, Gauthier cut her country debut, ri...

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Terrorism or Surveillance - The Thomas Merton Center - Anne Feeney w/ Mary Glenney

03/18/06

Anne Feeney, former board member, Thomas Merton Center. An FBI counterterrorism unit monitored - and apparently infiltrated - a peace group in Pittsburgh that opposed the invasion of Iraq, according to internal agency documents released on Tuesday. The documents released on Tuesday were obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union under the Freedom of Information Act. They showed that the Joint Terrorism Task Force of the FBI's Pittsburgh office conducted a secret investigation into the...

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In-Town-Homes- First Housing Initiative in West Tampa since the 1950s

03/17/06

This morning, politicians, local community leaders, and Private sector builders came together to celebrate the opening of In-Town-Homes, the first new homes to be built in West Tampa since the 1950s. Stan Davis reports.

City Bigwigs, architects, building contractors, and credit union lenders were all smiles Friday morning as they came to cut the ribbon for In-Town-Homes, the public-private venture spearheaded by former County Commissioner, Ed Turanchick.

In-...

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SOUTH FLORIDA TO BECOME PAVED PARADISE?-Andrew Stelzer

03/17/06
  1. Florida to become 'paved paradise' in the next 25 years, FAU study shows

A new report analyzing the growth of 7 southeast Florida counties predicts that it will become what researchers call a “paved Paradise� in the next 25-year. The Florida Atlantic University, study, titled Charting the Course: Where is South Florida Heading?, found the paved paradise scenario to be the most likely of 4.

With increased population, especially Latinos, and development continuing to...

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MIAMI JANITORS GET A RAISE BUT STAY ON STRIKE-Andrew Stelzer

03/17/06

The University of Miami said Thursday it would immediately raise the minimum wages of its contract employees, including striking janitors and groundskeepers, by at least 25 percent. But union leaders said the strike over unfair labor practices would continue.

The new policy will apply to about 900 workers, not just janitors.

The current base hourly pay is $6.40 an hour, the state minimum wage. The new hourly minimum for food service workers will be $8; $8.55 for housekeepers; and $9.30 ...

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