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Tampa Organizers show official bid for 2008 GOP Convention By Mitch E. Perry

06/06/06

Yesterday afternoon, organizers attempting to bring the 2008 Republican National Convention to Tampa unveiled their official bid to the media.

The cost? About $124 million dollars – with close to 2/3rds of it coming from the taxpayers.

Organizers say the convention would bring in $150 million dollars in direct spending, and perhaps $300 to $400 million dollars in indirect spending.

3 other cities – New York, Cleveland, and Minneapolis are also in ...

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Chloe Coney to run for County Commission by Mitch E. Perry

06/06/06

Across the street from the laundry mat that she helped bring to East Tampa, longtime community activist Chloe Coney announced her candidacy today for the Hillsborough County Commission District 3 seat, being vacated by Tom Scott later this year.

Wearing one of her more than 300 hats that is her signature fashion statement , Coney announced her bid for office just a week after stepping down after 14 years as director of the Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa. (roll tape#1...

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TARPON SPRINGS MAY BAN PASSING OUT MENUS ON STREET-Andrew Stelzer

06/05/06

In Tarpon Springs, a decades long tradition of people standing on the sidewalk handing out restaurants menus may be ended Tuesday night, when the city commission votes whether to ban an activity which some say has gotten out of hand. The economic and cultural effects of the ban could be far reaching, and many community members are calling for a solution outside the legal system. From tarpon Springs, WMNFs Andrew Stelzer reports.

SOUND OF GREEK TOYS

In a souvenir shop alo...

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Anti-war groups want citizens to call their Representatives for a debate on Iraq in Congress by Mitch E. Perry

06/05/06

The anti-war group United for Peace and Justice has organized a coalition of organizations, all of which are asking their members to phone their members of Congress this Wednesday, to urge them to sign a Discharge Petition that would force, for the first time, a full and open debate on Iraq on the floor of the House of Representatives.

Among the groups participating include the American Friends Service Committee, Code Pink, Democracy Rising and the Unitarian Universalist Asso...

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The Sunday Forum

06/04/06

Features guest Donald Dowridge Jr. discussing the influence of Hip Hop on youth.

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“I’m just a shrimper whose gonna stop eatin’ to stop the war!" and TROOPS HOME FAST - DIANE WILSON, activist, author w/ Mary Glenney, Women's Show

06/03/06

Diane Wilson, a fourth-generation shrimper from Texas, activist and author. She is a mother of five and has become legendary for her struggles to stop chemical companies from dumping devastating toxins into the Gulf Coast, as chronicled in her new book An Unreasonable Woman: A True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters and the Fight for Seadrift, Texas.

Diane, a founding member of CODEPINK, announced at the Mother's Day peace vigil in Washington DC on May 14 that she was going on a hu...

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SHIRLEY VALENTINE at The Gorilla Theatre w/ Mary Glenney & Arlene Engelhardt, Women's Show

06/03/06

Bridget Bean, actress (Shirley Valentine) and Nancy Cole, director. Shirley Valentine is a middle-aged Liverpool housewife who is offered a chance to take a Greek vacation. Will she accept the opportunity of a lifetime and take a leap into the unknown? Brimming with forthright comedy and pithy observations, Shirley shows us how to be who we are, and how to embrace life.

Shirley Valentine will be at the Gorilla Theatre through June 18th. (813) 879-2914 or e-mail info@gorillatheatre.com...

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Anne E. DeChant, Cleveland Singer/songwriter Live on the Women's Show w/ Mary & Arlene

06/03/06

Anne E. DeChant was named Cleveland's 2005 Best Singer Songwriter by both the Cleveland Free Times and Scene Magazines. Anne's format stretches from solo/acoustic, to an acoustic trio to full band performances. Singer-songwriter Anne E. DeChant Anne combines the best of folk music with introspective, personal songs. Anne has performed at Lilith Fair, has opened for Melissa Ethridge, Nora Jones, Train, Vonda Shepard, 10,000 Maniacs, Stevie Nicks, and appeared in the Vagina Monologues. Sh...

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photography at Weedon Island; Jobsite theater

06/02/06

photographer Kathleen Finnerty discussed her nature photography(25min); Jobsite theater actors discussed their production of 'We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!(25min)

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GRAMS PLACE HOSTEL MAY BE SHUT DOWN-Andrew Stelzer

06/02/06

A place to sleep for 25 bucks a night is hard to find anywhere, let alone a mile from downtown Tampa. But a little known youth hostel—the only one in the city of Tampa, has been offering that for the past several years, and has been mentioned as 0one of the most unique hostels in the world in travelers’ guidebooks. However, the city of Tampa has leveled code zoning and code violations on the two-cottage complex called Grams Place, and the high price of repairs is threatening t...

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PINELLAS COUNTY BACKS OFF PLANS TO DRAIN WATER FROM BROOKER CREEK PRESERVE-Andrew Stelzer

06/02/06

In the wake of massive public outcry about a plan by Pinellas county utilities to drain water from under Brooker Creek Preserve, and use that water for 2 private golf courses, the county announced today that the utilities department is asking the Southwest Florida Water management District to put their application on hold indefinitely, while the county forms an Environmental Science Forum, to solicit input from experts in the community, and reviews the pumping proposal as well as other init...

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Florida Democrats unveil agenda by Mitch E. Perry

06/02/06

Today in Tampa, Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Karen Thurman ended a series of news conferences held throughout the state this week in which she is laying out the Democratic Party agenda for this election year.

Standing behind a dais at the restaurant Mise En Place with a sign reading, “Security Begins at Home�, Thurman laid out a general list of agenda points that State Democrats represent (roll tape#1 o.q.�had been muted�)

Thurman mentioned sp...

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Smith –Davis Battle is on By Mitch E. Perry

06/02/06

The Florida Professional Firefighters, representing 21,000 firefighters and EMS personnel, endorsed State Senator Rod Smith for Governor today.

For Smith, it was another endorsement from organized labor as he continues to try to gain ground on Tampa area Congressman Jim Davis for the Democratic nomination for Governor.

Although Davis leads by a substantial amount over State Senator Smith in all polls recently taken, Smith has been on a roll of late, getting positive press a...

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Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan on Mother Antonia by Mitch E. Perry

06/02/06

Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan are foreign correspondents for the Washington Post , and they head that paper’s London Bureau. In 2003, they won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting for their coverage of Mexico’s criminal justice system. And they are the authors of “The Prison Angel: Mother Antonia’s Journey from Beverly Hill to a Life of Service in a Mexican Jail�, just published in paperback.

This is the story of Mary Clarke, a woman ...

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WASTEFUL FISHING, THURSDAY, 06 JUNE 2006, Stan Davis

06/01/06

Lead:


The Marine Fish Conservation Network has just released a report detailing major problems in US Fishery Management. “Turning A Blind Eye: The ‘See No Evil’ Approach to Wasteful Fishing.�


The report, presented to the press in Tampa this morning, tells a story of legislation that looks good on paper, but isn’t working in practice.


WMNF’s Stan Davis filed this story.


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