News & Public Affairs07/05/06
The sale of the 92,000 acre Babcock ranch, the largest piece f land remaining in the state, is scheduled to be completed on July 25th. But last month, the Sierra Club filed a legal challenge to the sale because is would allow for the creation of a small city on land which is right now totally undeveloped. Now a coalition of state environmental groups is intervening in the lawsuit, opposing the Sierra Clubs effort to stop the sale, because they are afraid that all of the land could be lost i...Be the first to comment
Delegates met for the final day of the National Education Associationâ€™s Convention in Orlando today. The big news to come out of the 5 day summit was a vote on Monday by an overwhelming majority of delegates to approve a plan to aggressively lobby Congress for reform of the No Child Left Behind Act.
The NEA has fought to change the measure since the education initiative became law in 2001, but union officials say this will be their most organized effort.
Andy ...Be the first to comment
The city of Berkeley, California will let voters decide whether to call for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. The City Council voted last week to put an advisory measure on the Nov. 7 ballot calling for the impeachment of Bush and Cheney. The measure says the administration violated the Constitution with illegal domestic spying, justified the Iraq war with fraudulent claims and illegally tortured citizens. The move is largely symbolic because only Congress ...Be the first to comment
Perhaps the biggest news about the 7 test missiles that North Korea fired off in the last Day was that the one test of their long range missile, the Taepodong 2, was a total dud.
Dr. Harlan Ullman is a military strategist and Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the author of the book, "America's Promise Restored: Preventing Culture, Crusade and Partisanship from Wrecking Our Nation."
WMNF spoke with him this morning (roll ta...Be the first to comment
With hurricane season upon us a federal judge has put a stop to flights out of Tampa, which attempt to predict the intensity of storms. The aircraft operations center base at Macdill airforce base has 2 planes that do hurricane reconnaissance. A P3 that flys at low levels through the storms, and a smaller Gulfstream 4, that usually flies around the perimeters of the storm. Last year, NOAA decided to fly the smaller G4 through the eye of developing hurricanes, but the union for the civilia...Be the first to comment
One might consider liberal leaning residents of Hillsborough County to be excited about this fallâ€™s election, with a chance to alter the heavily Republican leaning slant of the current board.
But in actuality, some analysts arenâ€™t sure if Hillsborough Democrats will even maintain their current 2 seats on the current board, what with District I commissioner Kathy Castor stepping down to run for Congress.
Perhaps the most progressive candidate this fall on the ...Be the first to comment
On this edition of the Sustainable Living program our guests were Don Kendzior ("Ken-z-or) naturalist, environmental consultant, and creator of the Noah's Notes web site (www.noahsnotes.com) with Merritt Mitchell a local environmental professional. Topics included our environmental quotient, top ten eco tips, and the lawn parable.Be the first to comment
A group of 150 Sierra Club members and supporters gathered Saturday under the mid-day sun at Pass-a-Grille beach to hold a "No Drilling Beach Party" in response to the U.S. House's vote Thursday to end off-shore drilling restrictions. If approved by the Senate, the bill would allow companies to drill at 50 miles or more from the shore. States would be able to vote to extend the ban to 100 miles from shore, but they would also be allowed to vote to allow drilling as close as 3 miles from sho...Be the first to comment
On July 4, Code Pink will launch an historic hunger strike called TROOPS HOME FAST in Washington, D.C. in front of the White House. â€œWhile many Americans will be expressing their patriotism via barbeques and fireworks, we'll be fasting in memory of the dead and wounded, and calling for the troops to come home from Iraq.â€? As Diane Wilson says,
â€œIâ€™ve seen throughout history how people have used hunger strikes. Gandhi won independence for India without firing a sh...Be the first to comment
Sara Gruen, author, Water for Elephants. The irresistible story of a young man whose life is changed by his parentâ€™s sudden death, the story moves easily between Jacobâ€™s present life in a nursing home (and the helplessness and frustration he feels there), and a third-rate traveling circus in the 1930â€™s Depression. Funny and poignant, the novel is filled with wonderful historical details and characters (including Rosie, the elephant) you take into your heart. Donâ€™...Be the first to comment