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DUE TO FIRE, TAMPA SOUP KITCHEN SEEKS DONATIONS By Roxanne Escobales

05/02/06

Last Friday, the Trinity Café, a Tampa soup kitchen, had to close its doors because of a fire on its premises in the Salvation Army on Florida Avenue and East Henderson Avenue. The damage means that the non-profit organization has to find innovative ways to feed the hungry. And innovation means money. Thanks to community support and donations, today they’ve moved operations outside to the Salvation Army parking lot, and clients are being treated to a barbecue, cooked by chef Alfred ...

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TWO VIEWS ON THE OUTCOME OF THE SAMI AL-ARIAN CASE

05/02/06

Norm Gross, the president of Promoting Responsibility in Middle East Reporting (PRIMER) and Peter Erlander, professor at William Mitchell College of Law and past president of the National Lawyer's Guild discussed the outcome of the Al-Arian trial. Gross agreed with Judge Moody that issues not proved during the jury trial were fair game for determining the sentence. While Erlander was critical of the judge's use of issues that had been rejected by the jury. During the listener call-in segment ...

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PROTEST TO MARK THE 3RD ANNIVERSARY OF BUSH'S 'MISSION ACCOMPLISHED' IN IRAQ SPEECH-Andrew Stelzer

05/02/06

With much of the country’s attention focused on the massive immigrants rights protests taking place Monday, the war in Iraq was temporarily off the front pages. But may 1st also marked 3 years since President Bush declared “mission accomplished.� in Iraq. On that day in 2003, wearing a flight suit, Bush pretended for TV cameras to be flying a fighter jet, and landed on the USS Abraham Lincoln warship and delivered a nationally televised speech about how major combat opera...

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Free screening for Skin Cancer to take place at Lowry Park on Saturday May 6 by Mitch E.Perry

05/02/06

According to the latest statistics available from the National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cancer of the skin is the most common of all cancers in the United States.

Other important items to note regarding this cancer is that there are more than 1 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are diagnosed in the US each year. And, although exposure to the sun's ultraviolet or UV rays is said to be the most important factor in the caus...

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FLORIDAS MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE HAS HAD NO NEGATIVE EFFECTS-Andrew Stelzer

05/02/06

In the run up to the 2004 election, several business industry groups were lobbying hard for voters to defeat a ballot measure that would increase Florida’s minimum wage. They predicted that jobs would be lost, the cost of goods would increase, and that companies would choose to locate elsewhere rather than come to Florida. Voters overwhelmingly passed the measure, and Florida’s minimum wage was raised in April of 2005 to $6.15 an hour, and, since then has been raised to $6.4...

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WEST PASCO CITIZEN'S POLICYHOLDERS VOICE THEIR INSURANCE WOES. Mark Antokas

05/02/06

INTRO: With a hurricane season bearing down daily on Florida’s homeowners and business, there are still no clear-cut answers to insurance rate relief in sight. While some plans in the current legislative session call for caps on sinkhole claims, elegibility requirements to reduce Citizens Insurance risk, and sweetheart deals for private insurers, rate hike requests to homeowners abound. Citizens Insurance, the States “Insurer of last resort� has for many, become the insurer ...

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THE ALTERNATIVE HEALTH SHOW FEATURES DR. LINDSEY BERKSON

05/01/06

Dr. Carol Roberts guest today was chiropractor Lindsey Berkson. Berkson is a former SF radio talk show host. She now lives in Austin and is author of several books including one on hormone replacement therapy.

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UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI JANITORS STRIKE ENDS-Andrew Stelzer

05/01/06

Janitors of the university of Miami are ending their two month long strike, as they have reached an agreement with UNICCO the subcontracting company which employs them. Some janitors and their student supporters had resorted to a hunger strike in recent weeks, calling for the right to organize a union and vote to join the union using a card check election. UNICCO would not agree to a card, check, insisting instead on a secret ballot. But less than 2 hours ago, an announcement was made that...

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May 1st Immigration Protest in Tampa by Nancy Morgan

05/01/06

Lead: About 5,000 protestors joined thousands of others across the country and gathered along Dale Mabry Highway today to send a message to America that their work is valuable. Some feared losing their jobs if they joined the protest, but that didn’t stop them. They lined the street from Columbus Ave. North to Raymond James Stadium as supporters drove by honking horns and cheering. Nancy Morgan reports.

Things did not start out well for organizers of the protest.

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Al-arian sentencing -Lance Robson

05/01/06

Today in Tampa Florida sentencing was handed down to former University of South Florida professor Sami Al-arian, who was acquitted on 8 of 17 counts of providing material support to a Middle East Terror group last December.
Judge James Moody handed down the maximum sentence of 57 months to Al-Arian.

CUT Al-arian’s attorney Linda Moreno explained the sentencing of her client CUT

Some analysts have called the trial a failure for the US Attorneys Office due to the a...

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Imigrant rally (Ernesto)

05/01/06

Legal and illegal immigrants and their supporters met today at the Yankee training center. Police security was on hand and helicopters overhead. Although there is not one overriding resolution, demonstrators were there to show solidarity for better legal treatment of hard working and taxpaying immigrant workers.

May first, Labor Day most places; a day to remember sacrifices for fair labor practices. Like those Chicago workers of the 1880s, Today’s active labor force is permeated b...

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Common Cause asks for investigation of Congresswoman Katherine Harris by Mitch E. Perry

05/01/06

Common Cause asks feds to investigate Harris The government watch dog group Common Cause asked the Justice Department today to investigate Congresswoman Katherine Harris' dealings with a now disgraced defense contractor accused of bribery.

The group wants to know whether Harris broke the law when she and Mitchell Wade met at an exclusive Washington DC restaurant last year. At that dinner -- which cost Wade up to $2,800 -- Wade offered to hold a fundraiser for Harris and sought he...

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Helen Caldicott speaks on dangers of nuclear - by Seán Kinane

05/01/06


On Saturday at the Bradenton campus of Manatee Community College, physician and activist Dr. Helen Caldicott spoke to a crowd of 250 people about the dangers of nuclear power and nuclear weapons. WMNFs Seán Kinane reports.

“You know, terrorists don’t need nuclear bombs. They are deployed all over your country, 103 of them. I could melt a nuclear power plant down in a couple of hours. All you do is cut off the external electricity supply upon which it depend...

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