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JAN PLATT AT TAMPA TIGER BAY CLUB, FRIDAY, 19 MAY 2006, Stan Davis

05/19/06

Lead:

Former County Commissioner and Tampa City Councilwoman, Jan Platt, spoke this afternoon at the Tampa Tiger Bay Club. She said she had a lot to get off her chest about the proposal for a Mayor of Hillsborough County. WMNF’s Stan Davis was there and filed this report.

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[Actuality 1- “I’m finally having an opportunity to get all this off my chest…...

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HIP HOP TEEN SUMMIT IN ST PETE-Andrew Stelzer

05/19/06

Thousands of teens were expected to spend the day at the coliseum in St Petersburg today, to hear from a panel of speakers featuring Hip Hop mogul Russell Simmons, and Benjamin Chavez, founder of the Hip-hop summit action network, a group that has been organizing the hip hop generation in New York City to become politically aware and active. Eric green is the founder and executive director of everybody’s youth united, a non profit organization in St Petersburg which works to steer loc...

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Fresh Air

05/19/06

Kristof on the Sudan Crisis- Journalist Nicholas Kristof has just won the Pulitzer prize for his New York Times commentary on Darfur. He and John Prendergast of the International Crisis Group deliver an update on the continuing crisis and genocide still under way in the African republic of Sudan. The Spanish-Language Anthem- Linguist GEOFF NUNBERG comments on the recent controversy surrounding the Spanish-language version of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

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WILL FLORIDA'S INSURANCE CRISIS PRICE ORDINARY PEOPLE OUT OF THE HOUSING MARKET?

05/18/06

Bill Newton, Executive Director of the Florida Consumer Action Network (FCAN) stopped by the WMNF studios to discuss the rising cost of homeowners insurance. Many large insurance companies are cancelling policies. The MIAMI HERALD reported this week that:

"Gov. Jeb Bush signed a massive insurance reform bill into law Tuesday that attempts to stabilize the state's insurance market and provide a smidgen of relief for beleaguered Florida homeowners.

Yet many lawmakers and industry experts...

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LOCAL AGENCIES FIGHT HUMAN TRAFFICKING by Roxanne Escobales

05/18/06

It is estimated that up to 17 and a half thousand people are trafficked into the United States every year. Today in Oldsmar a specialist from the US Department of Health and Human Services addressed a local multi-agency network about working together more effectively to fight human trafficking. Almost two years after President Bush visited Tampa and pledged money to fight this crime, local services are just now beginning to come to terms with helping the victims of human trafficking here in t...

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PINELLAS COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD DEBATE-Arielle Stevenson

05/18/06

This afternoon, the suncoast Tiger bay club held a debate at the feathersound country club in Clearwater, featuring the 3 candidates running for the district 2 seat on the Pinellas county school board. WMNFs Arielle Stevenson was there and filed this report.

SCHOOL BOARD DEBATE

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'STOP THE INVASION' BILLBOARDS IN MIAMI-Andrew Stelzer

05/18/06

Today Miami residents saw a new billboard go up in the east side of Interstate-95 at 79th street. It reads “Stop The Invasion�—a reference to illegal immigration. The billboard is the latest in an advertising campaign by grassfire.org. Today, WMNF spoke to Steve Elliott, the president of Grassfire.org, an on line network of citizens, which he says is one million strong.

GRASSFIRE BILLBOARDS

That was Steve Elliott, the president of Grassfire.org. They p...

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Democracy Now!

05/18/06

Confirmation Hearing Opens for CIA Nominee and Former NSA-Head Michael Hayden- For the first time since the Sept. 11 attacks, the full Senate and House Intelligence Committees were briefed Wednesday on the National Security Agency's warrantless domestic surveillance program. The Bush administration agreed to allow the briefing to happen with hopes it would pave the way for the Senate Intelligence Committee to approve the nomination of former NSA Director General Michael Hayden to become the ...

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Fresh Air

05/18/06

Daniel Okrent was the first ombudsman of The New York Times. His new book is a behind-the-scenes look at the art and politics of America's most respected newspaper. Okrent has spent more than 25 years in the print-media business, with writing and editing jobs at Esquire, Time and Life magazines. Poetry: Billy Collins and 'Poetry on Record' In the first part of a two-part interview, former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins guides us through the new spoken-word four-CD box set Poetry on Rec...

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ALTERNATIVE RADIO- Joseph Stiglitz- Iraq: A Trillion Here, A Trillion There

05/18/06

Everett Dirksen, Republican Senator from Illinois in the 1950s and 60s, once said, "A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon, you're talking real money." Well, if Dirksen were alive today, he'd be talking about trillions. The U.S. war on Iraq is draining the Treasury coffers to the tune of at least a $ trillion possibly two. Besides being illegal, as Kofi Annan said, the war is wreaking economic havoc on the future of the U.S. Remember when hawks like Paul Wolfowitz were confidently say...

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Democracy Now!

05/17/06

FBI Launches Criminal Civil Rights Investigation of NYPD Over RNC Protests Ex-NSA Head Bobby Ray Inman on the National Security Agency’s Domestic Surveillance Program: “This Activity Was Not Authorized� Church Committee Counsel Frederick Schwarz on Corporate Involvement in Government Spying Baghdad ER: Documentary On US Military Hospital in Iraq Gets Cold Reception From Army

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Fresh Air

05/17/06

Business: Sweatshops in U.S. Territory Ms. magazine reporter Rebecca Clarren and executive editor Katherine Spillar discuss the latest issue's cover article about the sweatshops of the Northern Mariana Islands. Books: 'The Girls Who Went Away': Birth Mothers' Stories Ann Fessler talks about her new book, The Girls Who Went Away. Using her own story of adoption as a basis for her book, Fessler tells the story of over a million women who surrendered children for adoption prior to legal...

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY INCREASES SCHOOL IMPACT FEE TO $4,000 by ROXANNE ESCOBALES

05/17/06

A landmark vote in the Hillsborough County Commission raised the amount builders of new homes pay towards schools by over 2 thousand percent. Known as the school impact fee, the increase past by a 4 to 2 vote:

ACT: The motion carried 4 to 2, commissioners storms and blair voted no

The school impact fee is currently set at 196 dollars. Today’s vote raised it to 4 thousand dollars to be implemented gradually over five years. Under pending legislation in Tallahassee, it...

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NEW PLAN TO DRILL FOR GAS OFF FLORIDAS COAST IN CONGRESS-Andrew Stelzer

05/17/06

Last week, the House of representatives’ Interior Appropriations committee passed an an amendment by Pennsylvania Congressman John Peterson which would strip the words “natural gas� from the moratorium which protects Florida’s coasts from new offshore drilling operations. If passed into law, it would mean that drilling could occur off all of the nations coasts—3 miles off the Atlantic coast, and 9 miles off of Florida’s gulf coast. Its only the latest ...

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REEFING OF USS ORISKANY--IS IT SAFE?-Andrew Stelzer

05/17/06

The U-S-S Oriskany (oh-RISK'-any) is on its way to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. Navy divers have detonated explosives aboard it to send the retired aircraft carrier on a 212-foot plunge. They're trying to create the world's largest intentionally created reef. The rusting 888-foot ship was expected to take about five hours to sink after the detonations, which was around 9:30 Eastern time this morning. The Oriskany, nearly three football fields in length, is the first shi...

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