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County Commissioners approve Development Across Shell Point Road by Mitch E. Perry

08/22/06

Despite opposition from neighborhood environmental groups and previous denials, the Hillsborough County Commission today approved a development on Shell Point Road in Ruskin.

The original proposal for the developer, Manatee Bay Associates, was voted down by the Board earlier this year. But Manatee Bay then asked for a Relief Hearing before a special magistrate, where they pared down their original proposal somewhat – asking for 327 condos instead of 360, as well as prov...

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New Voting Rules in Florida by Mitch E. Perry

08/21/06

With voting beginning today in Florida, there are now new laws in place when you go to the polls.

Perhaps the most important law, voted on by the Republican led legislature last year, requires voters to have photo and signature Identification.

If a voter does NOT have a drivers license or signature identification, you will have to fill out a provisional ballot .

Mark Bubriski is a spokesperson for the Florida Democratic Party (roll tape#1 o.q.â€? happening nowâ...

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HEALTHIER FOODS IN SCHOOLS by Roxanne Escobales

08/21/06

As our children get fatter and unhealthier with record levels of obesity and diabetes, a new awareness about what we eat is spreading across the Western World. Today in Tampa, a leading advocate of healthy eating and farming talked to school children and community leaders about real food. WMNF’s Roxanne Escobales reports.

Nat sound: walking on farm, greenhouse lecture [BED]

Today at Sweetwater Organic Community Farm in West Tampa, Mrs Towner’s fourth grade cl...

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Jim Davis Votes Early by Mitch E. Perry

08/21/06

Early voting began throughout Florida, 15 days before the September 5th Primary Election.

At the Supervisor of Elections office in downtown Tampa today, Congressman Jim Davis, joined in a rare public appearance with his wife Peggi, came with a small entourage to cast his vote, and encourage others to do so (roll tape#1 o.q.�get out and vote�)

In polls taken throughout the summer, a majority of registered Democrats continue to say that they’re undecided betw...

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Rod Smith speaks to WMNF by Mitch E. Perry

08/21/06

WMNF interviewed StateSenator & Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rod Smith – the other Democrat in the race for Governor….We began our early morning conversation with the Senator this morning by asking if HE was concerned that over 50% of registered Democrats still don’t know who to vote for with only 2 weeks left go in the race (roll tape#@1 o.q.except one person�)

That’s state Senator and Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Rod Smith…A progr...

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Magida Djouri, Sarasota Pride Film Festival

08/19/06

Magida gave an overview of the Sarasota Pride Film Festival to be held at Burns Court Cinema August 24-27.

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In Search of a Damn Fine Cup of (Fair Trade) Coffee, Liza Featherstone w/ Mary Glenney, Women's Show

08/19/06

Liza Featherstone is a journalist based in New York City. She is "In Search of a Damn Fine Cup of (Fair Trade) Coffee..." Her work on student and youth activism has been published in The Nation, Lingua Franca, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Left Business Observer, Dissent, The Sydney Morning Herald and Columbia Journalism Review. Featherstone has also written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Newsday, In These Times, Ms., Salon, Nerve, US, Nylon and Rolling Stone. She is the co-a...

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JANICE WARD PARRISH, author, "The Sweet Shade of the Chinaberry Tree" w/ Mary Glenney, Women's Show

08/19/06

Janice Ward Parrish spent summers in Tuskegee, AL as a young person. She has written an excellent novel, "The Sweet Shade of the Chinaberry Tree" based somewhat on the experience of her aunt and uncle and cousin. It involves the first integration of schools in Alabama and an interracial love affair. It is also her attempt to deal with some of the early issues in her life -- and to deal with her own built-in prejudices. She also talked about the difficulties of overcoming prejudice in our o...

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DIANE WILSON, Fisherwoman, Code Pink from Crawford, TX w/ Mary Glenney, Women's Show

08/19/06

Diane Wilson, just back from the Middle East meeting with Iraqi parliamentarians and Lebanon, talked from Crawford, TX. She talked about the support near Fort Hood in Texas. She also talked about the experience of the Code Pink/Troops Home Fast delegation that went to Jordan. They talked with a majority of the parliamentarians in Iraq -- both Sunni and Shiites (not the Kurds). They said they wanted the troops out "yesterday." They want the insurgents legitimized, they consider them freed...

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Tom Gallagher

08/18/06

As Tom Gallagher tries to climb back from perhaps as a 20 point deficit to Charlie Crist in the race for the Republican nomination for Governor, conservative supporters of Florida’s CFO seized on an article in today’s St Petersburg Times questioning where Crist stands on abortion.

The article begins: Charlie Crist – pro-choice, pro-life, or pro-family, or all 3?

This afternoon Gallagher supporters held a telephone conference call, denouncing Crist as being no diff...

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CANDIDATES FORUM IN ST PETE, THURSDAY, 17 AUGUST 2006, Stan Davis

08/18/06

CD 11 CANDIDATES FORUM, THURSDAY, 17 AUGUST 2006

Lead:

Despite the terrible weather Thursday night, about 40 people turned out for a candidates’ forum in St Petersburg.


The feature attraction of the evening was the panel of contenders for the Congressional seat currently held by Jim Davis.

WMNF’s Stan Davis was there and filed this report.

[Total Running Time-9:41]
Story:

The skies were storming Thursday ni...

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PINELLAS COUNTY VOTING MACHINES BACK ON TRACK By Roxanne Escobales

08/18/06

Throughout the state early voting for primary elections starts on Monday. The Pinellas County supervisor of elections has been testing the voting machines this week, but the process has not been without its problems. WMNF’s Roxanne Escobales reports.

ACT: “We did not have the accurate results we were expecting…�

Those words from Pinellas County elections spokeswoman Nancy Whitlock are not the most reassuring with early voting for primary elections sta...

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Stephen Zunes on Mid East by Mitch E. Perry

08/18/06

Stephen Zunes is a professor of political Science at the University of San Francisco, and Middle East editor for the Foreign Policy and Focus Project.

We spoke with him today about a number of subjects regarding the Middle East…We began by asking him about a report that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has met with a member of Hamas agreeing to suspend attacks Israel, but Hamas said any such such deal would require a halt in Israeli military action (roll tape#1 o.q.�lon...

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FLORIDA ONE OF WORST STATES FOR VOTER TURNOUT By Roxanne Escobales

08/17/06

At this time in American history more people than ever can vote. Yet voter turnout has steadily decreased over the decades. Primary elections are particularly low-show events.

30-year-old Luis from Tampa can not vote in the primaries because he is neither a Democrat or Republican. But he’s excited about the upcoming November elections. It’s the first time in his life that he’ll be able to vote.

ACT: I’ve had issues in the past and just got my rig...

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State bars abortions at 2 clinics in Orlando, 1 in Tampa by Mitch E. Perry

08/17/06

The state of Florida has ordered 3 clinics – including one in Tampa - to stop doing abortions for a week – and ordered 2 other Orlando clinics to stop performing them indefinitely. They have also suspended the medical license of the owner of those clinics, Dr. James Pendergraft, on grounds that he illegally performed third-trimester abortions.

The restrictions began last week at one Orlando location, and by yesterday all five of Pendergraft's offices statewide had bee...

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