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Voting advocates challenge Pinellas Election By Mitch E. Perry

03/13/06

The Voting Integrity Alliance of Tampa Bay , or VIA Tampa Bay has requested to Florida Secretary of State Sue Cobb that she investigate what the group says are the failures of Pinellas County's Sequoia election system during last Tuesday’s elections and the Logic & Accuracy Tests conducted in February .

Pamela Hengal is Executive Director of the Voter Integrity Alliance of Tampa Bay. She says that Sequoia Voting system failed last week (roll tape# 1 o.q.�tabulati...

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Samm Simpson try to gain enough signatures for the chance to run against Congressman Bill Young by Mitch E. Perry

03/13/06

Despite rumors, longtime veteran Pinellas County Republican Congressman C.W. Bill Young is expected to run for re-election this November.

If so, it will be for his 19th Term in Congress…….And currently, there is NOT a Democrat on the ballot to run against him.

But that may soon change.

County Resident Samm Simpson says she has never ran for office before, but feels that somebody should oppose Young. So why not her? But instead of paying th...

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Democracy for America - Democratic Candidates Forum - Lance Robson

03/13/06

Democracy For America held a candidate forum at the Largo Cultural Center on Friday night. Jim Davis and Rod Smith, both democratic candidates for governor, were in attendance and doubtlessly the main draw. Davis and Smith seem to agree on the vast majority of “breakfast table� issues such as insurance reform, rethinking disaster planning, improving education & sun setting FCAT, Medicare drug reform, continuing environmental protection, and the remedying the unfilled promises of...

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MARTIN LEE ANDERSONS BODY EXAMINED IN TAMPA-Andrew Stelzer

03/13/06

The body of Martin Lee Anderson, the 14 year old who died after being beaten by guards at a Bay County boot camp in January, was brought to Tampa this weekend for a second autopsy. Andersons parents and many community members were outraged at the first autopsy, which blamed Anderson death not on the beating, but sickle cell trait, a blood disorder that strikes 1 of 10 African Americans. At 8 am this morning, about 75 people gathered outside the medical examiners office in downtown Tampa to ...

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Nude Bicyclists protest War in Style by Mitch E. Perry

03/13/06

This coming Sunday will mark the 3rd anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq, and a protests are being planned for around the world – including in Tampa, at Joe Chillura Park at 11AM.

Yesterday, there was a more unconventional protest against the war – and against oil dependency – in the form of the World Naked Bike Ride, which was being held simultaneously in cities across the world.

Participants, and those who just wanted to see naked bodies, ca...

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Iorio reacts to Council's rebuke by Mitch E. Perry

03/10/06

As we reported last night on the Evening News, the Tampa City Council yesterday voted 6-1 to designate the facades of two downtown buildings as historic landmarks, ignoring a request from Mayor Pam Iorio to compromise with developers who did NOT want such a label.

Immediately after the vote, Developer Doran Jason , who was slated to build 975 condominium units on the site, now says his company will walk away with the project.

The group will still build 573 units one blo...

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Forum on Youth Violence Held in Town N Country

03/10/06

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Last night a coalition of groups under the umbrella of the Florida Institute for Community Studies sponsored a Forum on gang Violence in Town n Country.

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Students, teachers and residents of the area as well as representatives of the Hillsborough School Board and Sheriff's Department were in attendance. Only two weeks after the murders of 16 year old Sebastian Luengus and 20 year old Michael Lee Roberts, the meeting proved to be both emotional and inspirational...

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Town Hall in Ruskin to Discuss Incorporation

03/10/06

Town Hall in Ruskin to Discuss Incorporation- Thursday, March 9

Last night, more than 150 people filled the cafeteria at Ruskin Elementary School to get the latest information on their quest for incorporation. Stan Davis reports…

On January 7, the Hillsborough County delegation to Tallahassee unanimously agreed to support the Ruskin proposal to put a referendum on the ballot in November.

The measure will be introduced to the le...

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RENU KHATOR SPEAKS AT WOMENS HISTORY MONTH CEREMONY-Andrew Stelzer

03/10/06

The city of Tampa held is annual women’s history month ceremony at the Tampa Convention Center this morning,; the keynote speaker was Renu Khator, the Vice President and provost of the University of South Florida. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.

FENCES SONG

Bell canto singers of The University of South Florida’s women’s Chorale sang a song called fences to open the womens month ceremony, which included city council woman Gwen mille...

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Sportswriter says Bonds being unfairly targeted by Mitch E. Perry

03/10/06

On Tuesday around noon Eastern Time, Sports Illustrated posted on its website an excerpt from a new blockbuster book that says definitively that Major League Baseball’s biggest superstar, San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds, has used steroids since before the 1999 Major League Season.

CNN reported it as breaking news about an later. All 3 Major Television networks featured the story in its first segment of their Evening NewsCast that night.

Why the interest?<...

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Detert Bill to help keep spring Training teams in Florida by Mitch E. Perry

03/10/06

Speaking of baseball, it is all around us in the Tampa Bay Area……As Is customary this time of year, no fewer than 7 teams within the listening range of this station are engaged in the rituals of Spring Training. Beginning a couple of weeks ago and lasting until the end of this month, the entire state of Florida, but particularly in the Tampa Bay Area and in South Florida, The Grapefruit League is in full season.

2 Years ago, the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater said g...

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LEON COUNTY ELECTIONS SUPERVISOR TAKING LEGAL ACTION AGAINST DIEBOLD-Andrew Stelzer

03/09/06

The Supervisor of elections in Leon county Florida, who recently exposed that Diebold voting machines can be hacked, is now planning legal action against Diebold, because the company is refusing to sell him voting machines.

In December, Leon county elections supervisor Ion Sancho enlisted a Finnish computer expert to try and hack the county’s Diebold machines. After the hacker was successful in showing how someone inside the supervisor's office could alter election results wi...

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PLANNING COUNCIL HOLDS PRESENTATION ON CARGILL AND PINEY POINT SPILLS-Andrew Stelzer

03/09/06

The Tampa bay Regional Planning council met today to hear progress reports on the clean up efforts of the Piney Point dumping of waste water into Bishops harbor, and an assessment of the ecological impacts of the overflow of the Cargill Gypsum stack during Hurricane Frances in 2004. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.

Gypsum is a toxic byproduct of processing phosphate into fertilizer. About 1 billion tons of gypsum is stored at 25 gypsum stacks in Florida, and th...

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LOCAL IMMIGRANT ADVOCATES DISCUSS HOUSE AND SENATE BILLS FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM

03/09/06

With the number of immigrants illegally in the United States estimated at 11 million, the tensions between Americans and Mexicans -- chiefly, working- class Americans and working-class Mexicans -- are rising. And those are tensions that congressional Republicans are eager to exploit.

In December the House approved a bill by Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin that would turn all those undocumented immigrants into felons. It would supersede local ordinances that ke...

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Interview with Soil & Water Conservation Board Supervisor candidate Tammy Harman - Lisa Marzilli

03/08/06

In the WMNF tradition of interviewing local candidates running for office, today we turn our focus to one of the lesser known offices – that of the Hillsborough County Soil & Water Conservation Board.

The board was created in 1946 to assist the Conservation District in managing the county’s soil and water, with a particular focus on agricultural lands. The five elected board members serve a district wide, four year term and receive no monetary compensation.

Tammy...

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