News & Public Affairs08/05/06
MARJORIE COHN, professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, president-elect of the National Lawyers Guild, and the US representative to the executive committee of the American Association of Jurists. New vision for the Middle East? Any connection between what is happening in Iraq and Lebanon? Marjorie Cohn thinks so. She discussed her take on both these fronts. You can read her commentaries at the web sites listed below.Be the first to comment
JODIE EVANS, co-founder of Code Pink. Hear the weekly update. After 28 days of fasting, anti-war hunger strikers received a breakthrough victory for their sacrifice. Leading members of the Iraqi Parliament invited fasters to joins them to discuss their plans for peace in Iraq. Earlier this week hunger strikers traveled to Amman, Jordan to meet with these Iraqi MPs and break their fast. We talked with Jodie in Jordan. She is there with Medea Benjamin, Diane Wilson, Cindi- Sheehan, Tom Hay...Be the first to comment
Palm Bay moves to ban hiring of illicit immigrants In Palm Bay, a coastal town in East Central Florida, an ordinance that would punish employers of illegal immigrants was approved on first reading last night .
The City Council voted 4-1 in favor of Palm Bay's crackdown on the employers.. The proposal has yet to return for a final reading and vote later this month.
The ordinance would make it unlawful for "any business entity" to hire illegal immigrants. It would give code-e...Be the first to comment
Today the four Republican candidates in the race for their partyâ€™s nomination to run for the US Senate District 13 seat spoke to the Belleair Republican Womenâ€™s Club. The four include three low profile candidates alongside US Representative Katherine Harris, a politician famous for her role in controversy.
Club president Petey Henning requested that when speaking the candidates follow Ronald Reaganâ€™s 11th commandment, which says â€œThou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republic...Be the first to comment
A red tide bloom that has been killing fish in Lee County since July spread north this week to do the same in Charlotte and Sarasota counties.
The Sarasota County Health Department sent out an advisories yesterday warning of red tide's first major return to area beaches this year.
Charley Henry is environmental administrator with the Sarasota Health Department . He says that says January, Sarasota County, in association with the Mote Marines, have been testing all of their ...Be the first to comment
A jury spared Lawrence Storer up to 15 years in prison today after they found him not guilty of manslaughter. Storer is the Tampa restaurant owner who in 2003 chased the man who robbed him of 15 dollars and 23 cents and then struck the robber with his car. The robber, 24-year-old Shantavius Wilson, died on the scene. WMNFâ€™s Roxanne Escobales speaks with the prosecuting assistant state attorney and a legal expert about the â€œexcusable homicideâ€? defence used by Storer.
A glare...Be the first to comment
The Tampa City Council today approved a â€˜compromiseâ€™ settlement between a downtown developer and the Iorio Administration that effectively rescinds a historic preservation label applied earlier this year to 2 historic buildings.
Specifically, the historic labeling had gone to the facades of the old Newberry and Woolworth buildings in downtown Tampa, right near the Kress building, which received landmark status earlier in the year.
But after that vote, the developers...Be the first to comment
Just before Senators are about to leave Washington for their summer recess, a proposal to increase the minimum wage is due to be voted on tomorrow.
But the measure â€“ already passed in the house, which would raise the minimum wage from the current $5.15 an hour to $7.25 an hour by 2009, is actually opposed by most Democrats now, even though they were the Party that brought the issue up, complaining that it has not been raised in 9 years.
But thatâ€™s before House Republ...Be the first to comment
"The federal minimum wage was last increased, to $5.15, in 1997. Since then its purchasing power has dropped 20 percent and is now at its lowest level since 1955.
This year, Senate Democrats vowed not to allow a vote on raising their own pay until they are allowed to vote on raising the minimum wage. Fifty-eight House Republicans asked their leadership for a vote before the August congressional recess. In late July, 30 House Republicans said they would join Democrats in preventing the Hou...Be the first to comment
This Saturday, August 5th, a group of churches and organizations will come together for a 1,000+ person march and rally to call on the community to unite to "Stop the Violence," and end the string of black-on-black murders in South St. Petersburg. Marchers will carry poster-sized photos displaying the faces of the 85 young African-Americans who have lost their lives in fights, shootings and senseless violence on the streets of South St. Petersburg within the past five years. The August 5th ...Be the first to comment
Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio introduced her 2007 fiscal year budget this morning â€“ a $728 million dollar document that she calls a â€œCommitment to the Basicsâ€?.
In presenting her last budget before she runs for re-election next spring, the Mayor was able to boast of some impressive statistics â€“ such as no proposed fee or millage increases, and a crime rate that is the lowest in the city in 30 years.
The Mayor said top priority for funding will go for Police and Fire, followe...Be the first to comment
Katherine Harris received a grand jury subpoena from federal investigators and concealed the fact from some of her top campaign advisors.
The Tampa Tribune reported today that Harris most recent campaign manager â€“ Glenn Hodas â€“ said he learned about the subpoena while reviewing invoices with an attorney.
Hodas said the invoices were for work related to a Department of Justice Subpeona.
Katherine Harris has said she is cooperating with authorities and has been i...Be the first to comment
As has been mentioned by foreign policy analysts over the course of the last 3 weeks, in the crises in the Middle East, for Hezbollah, victory may mean simply avoiding defeat.
As Gidi Grinstein, a former Israeli negotiator and director of the Reut Institute, a research group calls it the â€œ90-10 paradoxâ€?. By that he means that Israel can eliminate 90 percent of Hezbollahâ€™s fighting capacity, but Hezbollah can still declare victory and claim that it fought the Israeli Army t...Be the first to comment
Yesterday the Pinellas County Commission heard that the countyâ€™s jail faced an overcrowding crisis. A consultant hired to study the situation called it â€œsevereâ€? and â€œa dire situation thatâ€™s getting worseâ€?.
Roll tape: o.q. â€œin those housing unitsâ€?
That was consultant Dennis Kimmy revealing the findings of a study into the Pinellas County Jail system to the county commission yesterday. The last time conditions at the jail were researched was in 1992.
As the September 5th primaries near, Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Gallagher got firm support today from religious and social conservative groups. During a press conference the media was told in no uncertain terms that Gallagher and not his opponent and frontrunner Charlie Crist stood for solid Christian family values.
ACT: gay civil unions
That was John Stemberger, the president and general counsel of the Florida Family Policy, a group that stands for what it calls pro-family ...Be the first to comment