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FOUR VETERANS FOR PEACE DISCUSS THE VETERAN'S ADMINISTRATION, THE IRAQ INVASION, RECRUITING IN HIGH SCHOOLS AND U.S. FOREIGN POLICY

05/24/06

Four veterans (Vietnam, Korea, and Iraq II) appeared on the 1PM call-in show to discuss the Iraq War, the U.S. foreign policy, and their views on a variety of issues affecting veterans. Our guests were Jesse Kern, Janice Carney, Bill Hines, and Charlie Anderson. Charlie was in the first wave of the Iraq invasion and he's currently trying to get armor for soldiers in Iraq. The other three vets will be taking part in a candlelight vigil at the corner of Bayshore and Bay to Bay in Tampa this Mon...

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BAN ON ACADEMIC TRAVEL TO CUBA WILL SOON BE LAW-Andrew Stelzer

05/24/06

Governor Bush is expected to sign a law any day now, which will restrict students or professors from using university or other state funds to travel to countries accused of supporting terrorism. There are only 5 countries on the State Departments list—and 4 of them are raising hardly any concern—Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria. But the 5th country on the list of terrorist states is Cuba, and Florida’s academic community is concerned that their ability to learn about...

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ACLU Affiliates to go after state regulators on NSA spying Program by Mitch E. Perry

05/24/06

The ACLU announced today that affiliates in 20 states are filing complaints with state agencies regarding recent reports that the National Security Agency has access to millions of Americans telephone records.

That announcement was made today in a nationwide conference call held by the civil liberties group. Anthony Romero is Executive Director of the ACLU (roll tape#1 o.q.�what set of circumstances�)

The ACLU says they are reacting to the 2 major news stories t...

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New Poll Shows Crist, Davis gaining on top opponents by Mitch E. Perry

05/24/06

3 Full months before Floridians will vote in the Primary Election for Governor, a new poll finds the leading candidates, Republican Charlie Crist and and Democrat Jim Davis are building up their support.

A Quinipiac poll released today shows overall, that, if the election were to be held today, Congressman Davis would squeak by Crist, 40 to 37 percent……The poll also shows a near identical result if Davis were to face Florida CEO Tom Gallagher this November.

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NRDC sues EPA, says water in most beaches dirtier than it should be by Mitch E. Perry

05/24/06

Two beaches in Florida have made the top ten list of best beaches in the country.

That’s according to Doctor Stephen Leatherman , the director of Florida International University's Laboratory for Coastal Research. He ranks Caladesi Island State Park in Dunedin as second best in the country, and Barefoot Beach in Bonita Springs is number ten.

The self proclaimed beach expert better known as Doctor Beach has been compiling an annual report of the top ten beaches since 1991...

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Tampa Historic Tour -by Emily Reddy

05/24/06

On Saturday morning about 35 people boarded a HARTline bus for a 2 1/2 hour historical tour of Tampa. This was the third tour of its type, coordinated by the Ada T. Payne Friends of the Urban Libraries and led by the group's President, Fred Hearns. The tour focused on the African American and Hispanic history of Tampa. WMNFs Emily Reddy went along, and she filed this report.


As curious...

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NAACP holds mock trial regarding Taser stun guns - Seán Kinane

05/24/06



On Tuesday night at the Stetson University College of Law campus in Tampa, the NAACP convened a mock trial to evaluate the use of stun guns. WMNF’s Seán Kinane reports.

“Be it resolved, the NAACP urges the use of Taser guns be banned. That is the NAACP position.�

That was Pat Spencer of the Tampa Branch of the NAACP describing why this mock trial was called. The NAACP has called for an end to the use of Taser, a brand name of stun gun. Stu...

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SAVE OUR SHORES CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED TO PROTECT FLORIDA COAST FROM DRILLING-Andrew Stelzer

05/23/06

Although the house rejected an effort to open up all of the country’s coastlines to oil and gas exploration last week, by all accounts the fight to protect Florida’s coasts is far from over. An increasing number of long time opponents of drilling have called for compromise, or voted to allow it, and rising gas prices have led to calls for exploration on the editorial pages of newspapers across the country. In anticipation of a continuing struggle against what they say is a env...

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New anti Walmart ad makes it in NY Times by Mitch E. Perry

05/23/06

In recent years, the world’s largest retail chainstore,Walmart, has become the object of growing resentment. Last year alone saw a film devoted to the perceived evils of the corporation, and 2 different national coalitions formed to essential try to change some of the Arkansas based company’s tactics.

Critics blast the company for its failure to provide health care coverage for nearly half its employees, it’s effect on local mom and pop stores, and its relativ...

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A JUROR'S VIEW OF THE AL-ARIAN TRIAL

05/23/06

Our guest "Ron" (he asked that we not use his last name) was on the federal jury that found former USF professor Al-Arian not guilty of terrorism related charges brought by the federal government. "Ron" discussed the deliberations, the reasons the jury failed to convict the professor and his three co-defendants, and the judge's decision to snetnce Al-Arian to the maximum on the one charge to which Al-Arian pled guilty. This was the first live interview with a former Al-Arian juror in which th...

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SHOULD TASERS BE USED TO SUBDUE THE ELDERLY, CHILDREN, AND PEOPLE WHO ARE PHYSICALLY RESTRAINED?

05/23/06

TONIGHT AT THE STETSON LAW CAMPUS IN TAMPA THERE WILL BE A mock trial designed to investigate the use of tasers on children, seniors and restrained individuals. The event is sponsored by the upper Pinellas and Hillsborough chapters of the NAACP.

Representatives of law enforcement, the ACLU, and defense attorneys will make presentations to a 12 person jury made up of community members.

Joining us for this segment were Pat Spencer and Carolyn Lighty of tampa branch of the NAACP. To...

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NEW PROPOSAL FOR REDEVELOPMENT OF CENTRAL PARK UNVEILED-Andrew Stelzer

05/22/06

After several years and several failed attempts, The Tampa Housing Authority Board of directors gathered this afternoon at Stetson Law school to have their first look at the newest proposal for what will replace the central park housing projects. Less than 3 weeks before a county commission vote which will determine if the plan can move forward, there is cautious optimism that the poverty stricken area will be replaced by a mix of housing and help change the image of inner city Tampa. WMNFs...

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Property owners in Florida get worse news by Mitch E. Perry

05/22/06

With the chance of more hurricanes hitting the sunshine state, some of the biggest insurance agents in the country are fleeing from doing business in Florida, or charging a lot more for their coverage.

On Friday, Allstate, the state’s 2nd largest insurer said it would drop 174,000 policies statewide. A spokeswoman for the company said the transition will take a year, and will NOT start until hurricane season is over.

And State Farm announced it was adding in...

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SOLAR ENERGY IDEAS FOR YOUR HOME

05/22/06

Jon Butts, the co-host of the Sustainable Living program put together a brilliant panel today comprised of Mark Binder, a home designer; Carol Ann Breyer who owns an award-winning, energy efficient home in Ellenton; and Jennifer Szaro of the Florida Solar Energy Center. They discussed home design, materials, lighting, landscaping, conservation techniques, electric costs and new incentives for solar energy in Florida.

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The Sunday Forum

05/21/06

Features guests Mabili and Warren Dawson discussing prayer after school.

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