News & Public Affairs06/06/06
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 â€“ 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 â€“ New York, Cleveland, and Minneapolis are also in ...Be the first to comment
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...Be the first to comment
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.
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Anti-war groups want citizens to call their Representatives for a debate on Iraq in Congress by Mitch E. Perry06/05/06
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...Be the first to comment
Features guest Donald Dowridge Jr. discussing the influence of Hip Hop on youth.Be the first to comment
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m just a shrimper whose gonna stop eatinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ to stop the war!" and TROOPS HOME FAST - DIANE WILSON, activist, author w/ Mary Glenney, Women's Show06/03/06
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...Be the first to comment
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 firstname.lastname@example.org...Be the first to comment
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...Be the first to comment
photographer Kathleen Finnerty discussed her nature photography(25min); Jobsite theater actors discussed their production of 'We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!(25min)Be the first to comment
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 hostelâ€”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 travelersâ€™ 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...Be the first to comment
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...Be the first to comment
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, â€œSecurity Begins at Homeâ€?, Thurman laid out a general list of agenda points that State Democrats represent (roll tape#1 o.q.â€?had been mutedâ€?)
Thurman mentioned sp...Be the first to comment
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...Be the first to comment
Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan are foreign correspondents for the Washington Post , and they head that paperâ€™s London Bureau. In 2003, they won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting for their coverage of Mexicoâ€™s criminal justice system. And they are the authors of â€œThe Prison Angel: Mother Antoniaâ€™s Journey from Beverly Hill to a Life of Service in a Mexican Jailâ€?, just published in paperback.
This is the story of Mary Clarke, a woman ...Be the first to comment
The Marine Fish Conservation Network has just released a report detailing major problems in US Fishery Management. â€œTurning A Blind Eye: The â€˜See No Evilâ€™ Approach to Wasteful Fishing.â€?
The report, presented to the press in Tampa this morning, tells a story of legislation that looks good on paper, but isnâ€™t working in practice.
WMNFâ€™s Stan Davis filed this story.
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