News & Public Affairs04/22/06
Helen Caldicott, Physician, author, speaker, activist. The single most articulate and passionate advocate of citizen action to remedy the nuclear and environmental crises, Dr Helen Caldicott, has devoted the last 35 years to an international campaign to educate the public about the medical hazards of the nuclear age and the necessary changes in human behavior to stop environmental destruction. Her most recent book is The New Nuclear Danger: George Bushâ€™s Military Industrial Complex, she h...Be the first to comment
Celebration of Earth Day in word and music by Mary Glenney. Nature sounds and a journey in nature. Tribute to Rachel Carson.Be the first to comment
"Memory of Water" - Stageworks production at Shimberg - Mary Glenney and Arlene Engelhardt, Women's Show04/22/06
DAWN TRUAX, EILEEN KOTELES and AMY RAGG star as sisters in the Stageworks production of â€œThe Memory of Water.â€? Stageworks Theater puts a fresh spin on sisterhood with â€œThe Memory of Water,â€? a hilarious and poignant play by award-winning playwright Shelagh Stephenson. Centered around three very different sisters who reunite for their motherâ€™s funeral, the story is witty and honest, portraying relationships and perceptions with truth and humor. The play opens at the Shimberg Theate...Be the first to comment
Wake Forest communications professor Michael Hyde was the guest speaker at the University of South Floridaâ€™s Tampa campus today, speaking about euthanasia, the Terri Schiavo case, and the use of language in the way various people, and groups tried to communicate their messages in the battle over whether to remove Schiavos feeding tube and kill her. Hyde characterized the entire sags as reflective of humans search for perfection, especially in the exaggerations made by both Michael Schiavo ...Be the first to comment
According to a new poll, voters in Florida now say immigration is the state's second most pressing problem, but they're not certain how to resolve it.The finding -- coming two weeks after a Senate immigration accord dissolved in partisan bickering -- reflects a national Gallup poll that found a sharp increase in the percentage of Americans who now believe immigration is the ''most important problem in the U.S.'' -- just below the war in Iraq. And in Florida, 13 percent of voters now rank immi...Be the first to comment
The long simmering feud between Hillsborough County Commissioners Kathy Castor and Ronda Storms reached new highs â€“ or lows, yesterday at the conclusion of a Environmental Protection Commission meeting.
The angry exchange of words between the 2 came after the County Commission â€“ yet again â€“ discussed again why the County Mayor concept would be bad for County Government.
The proposal to have an elected County Mayor has not yet officially made it onto the ballot,... Be the first to comment
The state legislature is coming closer to passing an anti-bullying law for schools throughout the state, but many gay and lesbian advocates say there hasnâ€™t been enough done to specifically protect one of the most frequently bullied populationsâ€”students who are targeted because of their sexual orientation. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer reports.
Graham Frye is the community coordinator at also out youth in Sarasota, a group that promotes the health safety and personal growth of gay, les...Be the first to comment
A week and a half after there were major rallies supporting undocumented workers in Florida and throughout the country, and amidst a national debate about immigration, the enforcement side of the issue came back with a vengeance yesterday when seven managers of IFCO Systems NV, a maker of portable containers and pallets, were arrested, in what officials called the biggest ever worksite enforcement operation against a single employer. More than 1,100 illegal aliens were also captured during ...Be the first to comment
Earlier this week it was revealed that Dr. Sami Al-Arian and the Justice Department had reached an agreement on the terrorism realted charges against him. Al-Arian is the former USF professor who allegedly sent money to and was the highest official of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the U.S. But a six month federal trial failed to bring any convictions against Al-Arian or his co-defendants. Al-Arian remains in jail and for the past several months secret negotiations have taken place between ...Be the first to comment
Last summer a forum on defining â€œGreenâ€? or environmentally friendly buildings was held in downtown Tampaâ€¦One of those impressed by the presentation, sponsored by the group BEST and the Downtown Partnershipâ€“â€“ was City Council woman Linda Saul-Sena, who said she hoped to bring some of the concepts discussed that day back to the Council.
8 months later, the City is finally going to work on exploring environmentally friendly buildings for the City of Tampa.
Today Liz T...Be the first to comment
Parking on oneâ€™s lawn is NOT permitted in St. Petersburg or Temple Terrace , two cities that adjoin Tampaâ€¦.But that is hardly the case in Tampa, which became a topic of discussion at todayâ€™s Council Meeting.
The fact is that in many homes in Tampa, residents donâ€™t have any choice because their homes donâ€™t have driveways or sidewalks to park their autos on.
But to Councilman John Dingfelder, such actions create blight in the City.(roll tape#1 o.q.â€?that is ju...Be the first to comment
HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOLS RE-ZONING, TUESDAY, 18 APRIL 2006
Parents of children at Town â€˜Nâ€™ Countryâ€™s Dickenson Elementary School had a lot to cheer about Tuesday night as the Hillsborough County School Board voted 6 to 1 to keep their kidsâ€™ school operating next year with no changes.
But the parents of some 1000 other children in the county left the meeting shaking their heads in disbelief as they found out their kids will be reassigned to other el...Be the first to comment
As congress returns to Washington next week, one issue that may rise near the top of their agenda is the new Medicare part D prescription drug plan. The plan, instituted January 1st, has been a minor disaster in many parts of the country, with a confusing number of plans to choose from, long waits on the phone, and has been criticized for the donut hole, where after the first 2,250 dollars, Medicare recipients will have to pay out of their own pocket for the next 2,850 dollars worth of medic...Be the first to comment
Environmental organizaiton names Caloosahatchee River one of the 10 Most Endangered Rivers in the Country by Mitch E. Perry04/19/06
The environmental group American Rivers released its 10 most Endangered Rivers List of 2006 today, and number 7 on the list is the Caloosahatchee River, located in Floridaâ€™s Southwest region.
Rebecca Wodder is President of American Riversâ€¦Like recent articles about wetland in the ST. Petersburg Times, Wodder points the Army Corps of Engineers as one of the culprits in sending polluted water from Lake Okeechobee into the Calooshatchee (roll tape#1 o.q.â€?decision makers in th...Be the first to comment
Lawrence Korb on Rumsfeld
A day after President Bush and Donald Rumsfeld both said that the besieged Defense Secretary would not be leaving his post, The NY Daily News reported today that â€œ In moments of quiet candor, Bush has vented to confidants that much of the advice he got from Rumsfeld about how Iraq would play out after the 2003 invasion was wrong. â€œ
The article written by Thomas DeFrank also reports that some military brass that Bush respects believe Rummy should ha...Be the first to comment