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SAMM SIMPSON: CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS

09/28/06

Samm Simpson, a 53 year old grandmother and former emplyee of Raymond James is running for Congress as a Democrat in Florida's Tenth Congressional district. She joined Rob Lorei in the WMNF studio today to discuss her background and campaign. Among the issues she discussed were the Iraq war, the claim that Saddam Hussein had WMD's, impeaching President Bush, military spending, health care, the Medicare prescription drug plan, the treatment of terrorism suspects, the drug war, the nation's inc...

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New study on nuclear power by Mitch E. Perry

09/28/06

According to a poll published last month, Twice as many Americans support nuclear power as oppose it.

The L.A. Times/Bloomberg poll of nearly 1500 Americans said that 61 percent of respondents said they supported the increased use of nuclear power as a way to contain projected global warming, while 30 percent opposed it. The poll continues a trend of ever-increasing public support for nuclear power as a clean, economical, and environmentally friendly power source. Global warmin...

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LEE AND SINK SLUG IT OUT OVER RACE FOR CFO by Roxanne Escobales

09/27/06

In the race for Florida’s next chief financial officer, Republican state senator Tom Lee leads Democrat opponent Alex Sink in the polls by a healthy 12 points. That could be because banker Sink is relatively unknown while Lee has led the state senate as president for the past two years. Today both candidates met at a Tiger Bay Club event in St Petersburg for their first debate ever. While the pair spent most of their time talking about property insurance, the differences couldn’...

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Environment Florida launches New Energy Future Campaign by Dawn Morgan

09/27/06

In a press conference today at Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry, Environment Florida introduced their New Energy Future campaign, a platform they hope will move Florida voters and candidates, and in turn, the nation, toward a future of cleaner and greener energy choices. Dawn Morgan reports.

Unsatisfied by the lack of renewable energy discussions by the current Congress, Environment Florida launched New Energy Future, saying they hope to bring energy to the roster of topics ...

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Attorney General Race Heats Up by Mitch E. Perry

09/27/06

In the Attorney Generals race, Democrat Skip Campbell’s camp is accusing Bill McCollum of avoiding any type of debate.

The two were in Miami together this morning, speaking to the Miami Dade County Bar Association Luncheon …Originally, McCollum had said he would NOT accept Questions, but then relented.

But afterwards, the Campbell team complained that a debate scheduled for next month at the University of Florida Law School, may not happen now.


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CONGRESS DEBATES WHAT KIND OF LEGAL PROTECTION TO EXTEND TO TERROR SUSPECTS

09/27/06

WELCOME TO RADIOACTIVITY..... I'M ROB LOREI.... COMING UP TODAY WE'LL TALK ABOUT THAT AGREEMENT REACHED BETWEEN THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION AND THREE DISSIDENT REPUBLICAN SENATORS ON HOW TO INTERPRET THE GENEVA CONVENTION....

LAST WEEK THREE REPUBLICAN SENATORS REACHED AN AGREEMENT WITH PRESIDENT BUSH ON THE INTERPRETATION OF THE GENVA CONVENTION AS IT PERTAINS TO DETAINEES IN THE CURRENT WAR ON TERRORISM....THE COMPROMISE IS TO BE VOTED ON BY THE HOUSE AND SENATE THIS WEEK- BEFORE CONGRESS A...

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State Democrats trail in other political races by Mitch E. Perry

09/27/06

Nationally, Democrats have been speaking optimistically about taking control of the House of Representatives after this November’s election, and perhaps even the U.S. Senate.

While that remains to be seen, the anti-Republican Party fervor may not be as great in the Sunshine State. Having said that, the rest of the Strategic Vision poll released today does not auger well for other Democrats in state wide races this fall.

In addition to Jim Davis’s deficit, In...

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New Polls show Davis in trouble in Florida Gov. race by Mitch E. Perry

09/27/06

Two new polls released in the last 24 hours show Jim Davis is in trouble in his race against Charlie Crist for Governor.

A Mason Dixon Poll released last night has Crist up by 15 points over the Tampa area Congressman, 51 to 36 percent, while a Strategic Visions Poll released this morning has Christ up by 11 points, 51 to 40 percent.

David Johnson is the CEO with Strategic Visions. He says Jim Davis must get ads on television soon, or risk being defined by Charlie Crist (r...

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INTERVIEW WITH JEFF COHEN ABOUT HIS WORK AT FOX, MSNBC AND CNN

09/26/06

In his new book, Cable News Confidential: My Misadventures in Corporate Media, Jeff Cohen takes you inside TV news and the conservative biases, timidity and tabloidism that dominate it. Few media critics have been afforded an intimate, on-the-job view of the outlets they condemn, but Cohen -- who founded the media watch group FAIR -- spent years at CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. He was a senior producer at MSNBC’s Donahue during the run-up to the Iraq war, and witnessed war-enabling bias a...

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SUNSHINE IN THE DARK: A NEW BOOK ABOUT FLORIDA FILMS

09/26/06

From The University Press of Florida web site: "Florida has been the location and subject of hundreds of feature films, from Cocoanuts (1929) to Monster (2004). Portraying the state and its people from the silent era to the present, these films have explored the multitude of Florida images and cliches that have captured the public's imagination--a nature lover's paradise, a wildlife refuge, a tourist destination, home to the "cracker," and a haven for the retired, the rich, the immigrant, and...

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INCREASE FRESH WATER IN HILLSBOROUGH RIVER, SWIFTMUD TOLD by Roxanne Escobales

09/26/06

A report presented to the region’s water board today in Tampa could be the first step toward reviving the natural wildlife of the Hillsborough River. After the presentation long-time Tampa riverfront resident Thalia Potter urged the Southwest Florida Water Management District, or Swiftmud, to make the right decision and return the river to its former glory.

ACT:

Potter and her husband Sydney built their home on the banks of the Hillsborough River in 1955. During publ...

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Scholar says Charlie Crist's investigation into the deaths of Harry T. Moore is bogus by Mitch E. Perry

09/26/06

Less than a month before the GOP Primary, gubernatorial candidate and Attorney General Charlie Crist announced that his office had solved the 55 year old murders of a major civil rights activist and his wife – identifying 4 dead KKK members as the perpetrators.

But a scholar who wrote a book about the late Harry T. Moore says Crist has got it wrong. (roll tape#1 o.q.�on these 4�)

Ben Green is perhaps the pre-eminent scholar when it comes to the life and dea...

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MYSTICAL EXPERIENCES LINKED TO PSILOCYBIN MUSHROOMS

09/25/06

From a Johns Hopkins University press release dated July 5, 2006: Scientists Show Hallucinogen in Mushrooms Creates Universal Mystical Experience Rigorous study hailed as landmark (Links to all of the papers discussed here may be found at end of this article.)

Using unusually rigorous scientific conditions and measures, Johns Hopkins researchers have shown that the active agent in "sacred mushrooms" can induce mystical/spiritual experiences descriptively identical to spontaneous ones peo...

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Jim Davis endorsed by the Sierra Club in Florida Governors race by Mitch E. Perry

09/25/06

According to the latest poll conducted by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Republican Charlie Crist leads Democrat Jim Davis by 6 points in the governor's race, but analysts say undecided voters who favor Davis on key issues could drive the contest even closer.

According to the poll, only 7 percent of Florida's likely voters are undecided. Crist and running mate, Jeff Kottkamp, would get votes from 49 percent of those polled. Davis and his running mate, Daryl Jones, are favored by 43...

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CONSERVATIONISTS OPPOSE BALLFIELDS IN BROOKER CREEK by Roxanne Escobales

09/25/06

The Brooker Creek Preserve in Pinellas County provides an oasis of environmentally sensitive land in Florida’s most densely populated county. So when a local youth recreation group decided to use some of the land to build sports fields, environmentalists and neighbors spoke up. WMNF’s Roxanne Escobales reports.

North Pinellas resident Bob Loos has owned land in Crescent Oaks adjacent to Brooker Creek Preserve since 1992. The subdivision has 440 houses on 880 acres, and ...

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