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STATE SENATE DISTRICT 16 TRIO SPEAK IN CLEARWATER By Roxanne Escobales

07/27/06

The division between two of the three candidates in the race for Florida Senate District 16 became clear today at a campaign stop in Clearwater. The three senate contenders are all currently state representatives, and trio appeared at a lunch meeting of the Tiger Bay club. Roxanne Escobales reports.

ACT: It’s time to non renew the politicians that sided with the insurance companies instead of with you

That was Florida senate hopeful Charlie Justice addressing a meeting o...

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CONSUMER GROUPS ARE CRITICAL OF EXXONS RECORD PROFITS-Andrew Stelzer

07/27/06

Sky-high oil prices are helping Exxon Mobil to post another near-record profit. Exxon Mobil says it earned more than ten-point-three (b) billion dollars in the second quarter. That's the second-largest quarterly profit ever posted by a publicly traded U-S company. It fared even better with the numbers covering the fourth quarter of last year, when it notched the record of ten-point-seven (b) billion dollars in earnings. Revenues for the quarter came to 99 (b) billion dollars...

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TAMPA MAYOR GETS A RAISE-Andrew Stelzer

07/27/06

The Tampa city council voted to increase Mayor Pam iorios salary today by 15,000 to 150,000 but not without some objections. The vote was 6 to 1, councilwoman Rose Ferlita said she was uncomfortable giving the mayor such a large pay raise, as she thought there was low morale among city employees who feel they are underpaid. During the public comment period, one parks department employee gave credence to Ferlita’s concerns, saying he and his co-workers didn’t get a bonus they were expecti...

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ORLANDO BANS FEEDING HOMELESS IN CITY PARKS-Andrew Stelzer

07/26/06

The Orlando city council is facing widespread criticism after passing an ordinance, which bans several grassroots groups from feeding homeless people in city parks. The city of Tampa tried to institute a similar policy in 2004, after the group food not bombs had been conducting free feedings downtown in Massey Park. In Tampa, a compromise was reached after several members of food not bombs were arrested. In Orlando, the ACLU is now threatening a lawsuit after the 3 to 2 vote on Monday ni...

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FILM-MAKER SAYS INCOME TAX AND FEDERAL RESERVE ARE THE CAUSE OF FASCISM IN U.S.

07/26/06

AARON RUSSO, IS A FORMER LIBERTARIAN PARTY CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT, A SUCCESSFUL PRODUCER OF SUCH HOLLYWOOD FILMS AS "TRADING PLACES" AND "THE ROSE" HAS PRODUCED A NEW DOCUMENTARY FILM THAT WILL GIVE TAX PROTESTORS REASON TO CELEBRATE. IT'S CALLED AMERICA:FREEDOM TO FASCISM. IN THE FILM RUSSO ARGUES THAT THE FEDERAL INCOME TAX IS ILLEGAL AND THAT THE THE FEDERAL RESERVE IS A SECRET CORPORATION WHICH CONTROLS MOST OF THE ACTIONS OF OUR GOVERNMENT. THE FILM PREMIERS IN THE TAMPA BAY AREA THIS W...

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AL GIORDANO ON MEXICAN ELECTION AND 'THE OTHER CAMPAIGN'-Andrew Stelzer

07/26/06

3 weeks after the Mexican elections, the country is still waiting for the electoral commission to decide whether to recount some, all or none of the votes which will determine who theri next president is. That process could take until September. Al Giordano is the publisher and journalist with Narconews.com; hes been working in Latin America for the past 9 years. He had been covering the other campaign, a national tour by the Zapatistas and subcommadante Marcos, which took place at the sa...

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AL-ARIAN CO-DEFENDANT SENTENCED TO 37 MONTHS By Roxanne Escobales

07/25/06

The final chapter in the Sami al-Arian case closed today in downtown Tampa with the sentencing of Hatem Fariz. Fariz was one of three Palestinians indicted alongside al-Arian on terrorism charges, and he was the last to receive a sentence.

US Circuit Court Judge James S Moody sentenced Fariz to 37 months in prison, the minimum allowed for the charge, and he will have to serve three years of probation after his release. He has already served two months, which will be applied to his se...

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HILLSBOROUGH CONTY COMMISSION RAISES IMPACT FEES-Andrew Stelzer

07/25/06

For the first time in 20 years, the Hillsborough county commission has voted to raise new home construction impact fees, in an effort to help support the over-populated and indebted county public schools. With a rapidly expanding school age population and a need for money to build new schools, pressure had increase over the past year on anti-tax county commissioners to raise fees, which would go towards construction of new schools. The Hillsborough county commission voted last month to app...

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THE LAST DEFENDANT IN THE AL-ARIAN CASE IS SENTENCED

07/25/06

THE LAST DEFENDANT IN A HIGHLY PUBLICIZED TERRORISM-RELATED TRIAL IN TAMPA WAS SENTENCED TODAY IN FEDERAL COURT. HATEM FARIZ WAS A CO-DEFENDANT WITH FORMER USF PROFESSOR DR. SAMI AL-ARIAN AND TWO OTHERS. LAST DECEMBER A FEDERAL JURY IN TAMPA ACQUITTED DR. AL-ARIAN AND HIS CO-DEFENDANTS OF 61 COUNTS AND DEADLOCKED ON THE REST. TWO OF THE CO-DEFENDANTS WERE FOUND NOT GUILTY ON ALL CHARGES. OF ALL THE DEFENDANTS- HATEM FARIZ WAS FACING THE MOST CHARGES.- 33. THE JURY ACQUITTED HIM ON 25 ...

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AVON PARK CITY COUNCIL VOTES AGAINST ANTI-IMMIGRANT LAW-Andrew Stelzer

07/25/06

Monday night, after hearing from more than 100 speakers, the city council in Avon Park reversed their earlier decision to pass a wide-ranging ordinance, which would have cracked down on policies towards immigrants. The law, which attracted national media attention, would have made English the official language of the south central Florida town, would have prevented city officials from licensing any business that had aided or abetted illegal immigrants, and would punish those businesses with ...

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Lebanese Peace protest

07/24/06

On Saturday several hundred people gathered for a peaceful protest of the war in Lebanon,along dale mabry, in tampa. WMNF’S Arielle Stevenson reports

Over 300 people gathered alongside the corner of dale mabry and Columbus, to protest for peace. The event was organized by Evita Cheaib of OASIS, the organization of arab students in solidarity, university of south florida chapter. She spoke with wmnf briefly about their mission for the day.

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Currently Lebanon has lost at lea...
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CRIST AGAINST ELDERLY SCAMS By Roxanne Escobales

07/24/06

In his role as Attorney General, Republican Charlie Crist opened a forum today on fraud against senior citizens in St Petersburg. The educational session at the Sunshine Center in St Petersburg was hosted by the Crist’s office and the AARP. WMNF’s Roxanne Escobales caught up with the gubernatorial candidate afterwards to talk about Crist’s campaign and what he believes are the major issues facing Florida’s elderly population.

ACT: Birthday song

That was AARP state ...

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FLORIDA FAMILY POLICY COUNCIL LAUNCHES JUDICIAL ACCOUNTABILITY PROJECT AND VOTER GUIDE-Andrew Stelzer

07/24/06

People throughout the state of Florida who are running for a judgeship may have received an unexpected piece of mail recently—it’s a judicial questionnaire from the Florida Family Policy Council. The group, which campaigns against same sex marriage and abortion, and supports public religious displays and the teaching of intelligent design in schools, is distributing the questionnaire as the first part of their judicial accountability project. The candidates’ answers to questions will ...

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LEN DRAMESI LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN FOR PINELLAS COUNTY DISTRICT 6 SEAT-Andrew Stelzer

07/24/06

There was one last minute candidate for a seat on the Pinellas county commission. Only hours before Fridays filing deadline, Len Dramesi entered the race for the District 6 seat, currently filled by John Moroni, who is running for reelection and has no other opposition. Dramesi, a former newspaper publisher and editor, prides himself as a mobile home owner, and held a campaign kickoff today, to detail how he will represent the endangered mobile home residents of Pinellas county. WMNF spo...

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EMPOWERMENT HOUR

07/23/06

Features guest Sam Logan publisher of the Michigan Chronicle in Detroit. Listeners got the opportunity to hear the remainder of Chapter 3 of the Alex Haley Story as he searched for his roots.

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