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Empowerment Hour

04/16/06

Features guest Dr. Michael Dyson Professor University of Pennsylvania a leading expert on Black Culture. Also an interview with Hakeem Aquila candidate for Florida State Representative District 59.

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YVONNE FREEMAN ON EDUCATION IN AMERICA AT BLACK CHILD AND FAMILY CONFERENCE-Andrew Stelzer

04/14/06

Over the past two days, hundreds of academics, teachers and social services providers have gathered at the University of South Florida for the annual “Black Child and Family� conference. Today’s lunchtime keynote speaker was Dr Yvonne Freeman, who formerly worked for NASA, but is currently the Executive director of the Science, Engineering, Communication, Mathematics Enhancement Program, abbreviated SECME, at the Georgia institute of technology. SECME is a national strateg...

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Iraqi woman says treatment by Customs officials 'shocking' by Mitch E. Perry

04/14/06

The Iraq born woman who was stripped search at the Pinellas County Jail earlier this week calls her detention for 48 hours not too different than what occurred at Abu Ghraib.

45 year old Safana Jawad spoke today on WMNF’s True Talk program from London, en route to her home in Spain….She arrived in England, early this morning after being released from detention last night and then deported – 2 days after she arrived to visit her son , but never had the opportunity...

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UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI FILES CHARGES AGAINST SEIU AS JANITORS STRIKE CONTINUES-Andrew Stelzer

04/13/06

Janitors at the University of Miami are now in the 7th week of their strike. Despite getting a 25 percent pay raise last month, the janitors still want to use a card check election to vote on becoming unionized, but UNICCO, the Boston based contractor which employs them, will only honor a secret ballot election, a method which has been found to be more subject to anti-union harassment and threats to employees. In the past week, more than a dozen janitors and their students’ supporter...

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Indiana Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate coming to Tampa by Mitch E.Perry

04/13/06

Democratic Indiana Senator and likely presidential candidate Evan Bayh is coming to Tampa for a $500-per-person fundraiser at the Tampa Club.

Bayh is a member of the centrist leaning Democratic Leadership Conference or DLC, the same mainstream organization that Bill Clinton and Al Gore came from….

Democratic Party consultant and former Tampa City Councilman Bob Buckhorn is also a member of the DLC…..He’s hosting Bayh’s visit next week (roll t...

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Critic of Foreign Aid discusses new book by Mitch E. Perry

04/13/06

In the past 5 decades, the rich countries of the West have spent over $2.3 trillion dollars on foreign aid, yet , some would say, there is very little to show for it.

According to eminent development economist William Easterly, part of the tragedy of global poverty is the story of the squandering of 50years of aide and resources.

Easterly is a professor of economics at New York University, and a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development. Previously, he worked as...

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Democrats vow to restore college aid by Mitch E. Perry

04/13/06

President Bush’s budget for the fiscal year 2007 cuts student aid by $1.2 billion and eliminates a number of programs that encourage individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to enter and complete college. In addition, the budget cuts the Perkins Loan program that offers low interest loans to almost one million students.

Today on a national conference call, 2 Democrats say they want to stem these cuts. Northern California Democratic Representative George Miller, announc...

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RESCUING JESUS' TEACHINGS FROM THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT

04/13/06

In his new book, THE HIJACKING OF JESUS: How the Religious Right Distorts Christianity and Promotes Prejudice (Nation Books), longtime journalist and author Dan Wakefield turns his analytic eye on the religious right. Through careful research and interviews with religious leaders across the country, Wakefield has developed a unique understanding of the rise of this new political juggernaut and thoughtful insights into what can be done about it.

Appearing today on WMNF Wakefield discussed t...

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UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS ANALYZES IRAN'S NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM

04/13/06

Stephen Young, Senior Analyst for the Union of Concerned Scientist's Global Security Program discussed how close Iran is to developing a single nuclear weapon (at least three years). He also talked about the technology needed to develop a weapon, the difficulty for them of building anything more than an atomic weapon, and the reasons why other countries might feel the need to develop a nuclear weapon- with the U.S. and Russia each possessing tens of thousands of thermonuclear weapons.

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Techniques & training for finding lost pets--TALKING ANIMALS

04/12/06

Interview with Kat Albrecht--a real-life pet detective, author of "The Lost Pet Chronicles" and founder of Pet Hunters International, the first-ever pet detective academy, which trains pet detectives and search dogs to find lost pets--discussed her background and how that led to pioneering the field of pet detective work, techniques for locating lost pets, the evolution of Pet Hunters Internationals and the seminars offered by the academy.

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AUDIT OF MARCH 7TH ELECTION IN PINELLAS-Andrew Stelzer

04/12/06

In the march 7th elections in Largo, Pinellas Park, and Safety Harbor, several sequoia vote-counting machines malfunctioned for approximately 2 hours, and election tabulation stopped until the company could email a technician some code to help fix the problem. 3 days later the elections results were certified.

Now, in an unprecedented move an audit, is being conducted on the March 7th election to verify the means and the method of the vote tally, to ensure that it was accurate. Its the...

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STATE LEGISLATURE MAY REINSTANTE KIDCARE FOR LEGAL IMMIGRANTS CHILDREN-Andrew Stelzer

04/12/06

The Florida legislature has been working on re-opening the kidcare enrollment process to the children of legal immigrants. But earlier this week, after the bill made it through several house committees, its been stalled in the House appropriations committee, because committee chair Joe Negron says there isn’t enough money. Karen Woodall is a lobbyist for several statewide farm workers associations.

ACT-Woodall “His statement wee this may not be a priority. I submit tha...

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One week Boycott among undocument workers still possible by Mitch E.Perry

04/12/06

In the wake of this week's massive immigration demonstrations, the Washington Post reports that many House Republicans are worried that a tough anti-illegal-immigration bill they thought would please their political base has earned them little benefit while becoming a lightning rod for the fast-growing national movement for immigrant rights.

Last night WMNF reported that the sponsor of the now infamous House Bill 4437, Wisconsin Republican James Sensenbrenner, thought it was a mistak...

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HOW WELL IS THE PRESS COVERING THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT IRAN HAS A URANIUM ENRICHMENT PROGRAM?

04/12/06

In his column for Slate.Com (TODAY'S PAPERS) our guest Eric Umansky writes: Posted Wednesday, April 12, 2006, at 3:30 AM ET

"The New York Times, Wall Street Journal's world-wide newsbox, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times all lead with Iran's announcement that it has enriched a bit of uranium for use in civilian reactors, though far below the quantity and purity needed for nukes. "Iran has joined the nuclear countries of the world," said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in a ceremony fil...

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FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND SOLAR ARRAY TO BE INSTALLED IN SARASOTA

04/12/06

Sarasota County and Florida Power & Light (FPL) are working in partnership to develop a photovoltaic solar facility at Rothenbach Park, formerly the Bee Ridge Landfill site, 8350 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota. The project moved closer to reality yesterday, as the Sarasota County Commission approved the signing of a host site lease.

Photovoltaic panels, also known as “solar cells,� convert sunlight into electricity. Because they have no moving parts, they are quiet, and because they ...

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