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The Sunday Forum-Crisis in the Middle East

07/23/06

Discussion regarding Lebanon and the Middle East with guest Mabil.

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Interview with Rabbi Richard Birnholz about his recent Israel trip

07/23/06

Rabbi Richard Birnholz of Congregation Schaarai Zedek in Tampa joined the Sunday Simcha to tell of his recent trip to Israel with 46 of his congregants. Rabbi Birnholz explained how on some days it seemed as if Israel was at peace, and also described when they experienced a Katyusha missile exploding close by. Rabbi Birnholz and his congregants arrived safely back in Tampa the morning of an Israel peace rally that was held at Schaarai Zedek last Thursday.

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Sunset Bills - Genevieve Smith, Office of Management and Budget Watch w/ Mary Glenney, WS

07/22/06

Chopping Block Bill Emerges – Bush’s Most Radical Plan Yet!

Genevieve Smith, Federal Regulatory Policy Analyst, Office of Management and Budget Watch. If you've got something to hide in Washington, the best place to bury it is in the federal budget. The spending plan that President Bush submitted to Congress this year contains 2,000 pages that outline funding to safeguard the environment, protect workers from injury and death, crack down on securities fraud and ensure the sa...

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Who Will Own the Internet? - Frannie Wellings, Free Press w/ Mary Glenney, Women's Show

07/22/06

Senate to Consider the Telecommunications Act or Who Will Own the Internet? Frannie Wellings, Program Manager, Free Press. The net neutrality issue, which has captivated and divided the tech industry for months, pits content providers like Google, which want all traffic to move across the Internet for the same price, against big phone and cable companies, which want to be able to create a tiered pricing system that would charge more for speedier delivery of content. In short, who will ââ‚...

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Jaguar Wright in concert for WMNF w/ Mary Glenney, Women's Show

07/22/06

Finally Free To Do My Work – JAGUAR WRIGHT JAGUAR WRIGHT in concert for WMNF. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, especially in the case of fiery Philadelphia chanteuse Jaguar Wright. As notorious for her impassioned, spine-tingling vibrato as she is for her show-stealing performance at Jay-Z´s 1999 MTV Unplugged concert with The Roots, Jaguar is the quintessential soul maven. Her sophomore debut, "Divorcing Neo to Marry Soul," is appropriately titled because it not only rids ...

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TROOPS HOME FAST - Medea Benjamin & Diane Wilson w/ Mary Glenney, Women's Show

07/22/06

Medea Benjamin and Diane Wilson of Code Pink. Code Pink continues their historic hunger strike in Washington, D.C. in front of the White House. Many people around the world are joining them for one or more days. Code Pink is also calling for an immediate ceasefire in Israel and Lebanon. Medea and Diane update us on the latest implications and actions.

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VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY IN TAMPA TO FUNDRAISE FOR GUS BILIRAKIS-Andrew Stelzer

07/21/06

Vice President Dick Cheney came to Tampa today, for a 500 dollar a head fundraiser for Gus Bilirakis, who is running to replace his father Mike Bilirakis for the district 9 seat in the US House of Representatives. Cheney landed in Tampa around 11am, but hours earlier, about a dozen protestors were gathered on Kennedy Boulevard in front of the Wyndham, to voice their discontent about the vice president.

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Some of the protestors were also upset about the track record of Gus ...

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Hillsborough County Commission Candidate Speaks to WMNF by Mitch E. Perry

07/21/06

One of the more interesting local races this fall promises to be the Hillsborough County Commission seat held by the Republican incumbent, Chairman Jim Norman.

Norman – who just returned to work with the Commission this week after taking time off after heart bypass surgery – will face Democrat Joe Redner in the fall.

But there’s another candidate in the race: (J) Yamel Christina Arronte, running as an independent. The local Tampa native bills herself as...

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Sierra Club drops lawsuit regarding Babcock Ranch by Mitch E. Perry

07/21/06

It now appears that the sale of the 91,000 acre Babcock Ranch, the largest piece of land remaining in the state, WILL go thru, with the announcement that the Sierra Club has dropped their legal challenge to that sale. . The challenge to changes in the Charlotte County land use plan threatened to derail a long-standing effort to preserve in state ownership up to 74,000 acres of the 91,000-acre Babcock Ranch.

The conservation plan was approved by the Cabinet and the Florida Leg...

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CITIZENS DELIVER PETITIONS TO BILIRAKIS CALLING FOR MEDICARE PART D FIX-Andrew Stelzer

07/20/06

Holding signs reading “fix Bush’s Medicare part d disaster�, this afternoon, members of the Florida consumer action network, the AFL-CIO, and the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans gathered in front of congressman Mike Bilirakis’ office on North Dale Mabry in Tampa, to deliver a message about the Medicare prescription drug program.

ACT-Tony “It is a catastrophe and the congress must fix it..�

Tony Fransetta is state president for the al...

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IMMIGRANT RIGHTS GROUPS PREPARE FOR UPCOMING VOTE IN AVON PARK

07/20/06

The city of Palm Bay is set to vote today on an ordinance that intends to crack down on illegal immigration by imposing fines and possibly leveling criminal charges on employers hiring unauthorized workers.

Localities across the country are following the footsteps of the Pennsylvania city of Hazleton in trying to restrict the influx of illegal immigrants.

Palm Bay, a city of more than 80,000 in southern Brevard County, is the first Florida municipality to consider such legislation. Avon...

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HOUSE SET TO VOTE TODAY ON EXPANDING "FREE TRADE" TO OMAN

07/20/06

Eric Rubin of the Florida Fair Trade Coalition joined us for this segment to talk about the pending vote in the U.S. House to expand a "free trade" agreement with the Middle East nation of Oman. Rubin says that Oman has a history of human rights, labor and environemntal problems (none of which are corrected by this agreement) and this agreement is not in the best interest of American workers. Among the human rights problems in Oman according to the Florida Fair Trade organization is that huma...

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State Farm latest Insurance Company to raise rates by Mitch E. Perry

07/20/06

Yesterday State Farm became the latest insurance company in Florida to raise home insurance rates…..Statewide, the increase will be 53% - and is actually much higher in some local areas – such as Collier County, where rates will rise by about 90 percent on November 1st for existing customers.

New customers will start paying higher rates beginning September 1st.

Renters Insurance will increase 19% statewide….State Farm sells policies to about 23% of Flo...

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Brian Blair wants property tax reduction by Mitch E. Perry

07/19/06

Brian Blair wants property tax reduction

Hillsborough County Commissioner Brian Blair proposed today a property tax reduction for Hillsborough residents.

But before he got too far along, several of his colleagues on the County Commission said it would be wise to know how much money might be available to such a tax cut – such as tomorrow night’s Budget meeting.

Blair read aloud from the Hillsborough County Property Appraiser’s office, in which they advocate that...

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LOCAL LEBANESE WANT U.S. TO CALL FOR CEASEFIRE IN LEBANON-Andrew Stelzer

07/19/06

Today, as bombs continued to fall, about 2,400 Americans were evacuated out of Lebanon by US military ships and marines. But Thousands more remain, and many are having difficulty getting to evacuation points, for fear of being killed by Israeli bombs. This morning in Tampa, family members of some of those trapped in Lebanon issued a plea to the US government to call for ceasefire so that Americans can be brought out to safety.

ACT-Khalil “This is my aunt..uncle and sister..m...

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