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Hillsborough County Commission talks smack about Tampa Bay Bucs by Mitch E. Perry

09/20/06

When Hillsborough County taxpayers agreed to fund Raymond James Stadium back in 1996, they also agreed to fund $12 million dollars for a training facility.

Recently, the Bucs decided to build a facility with their own money, that cost over $30 million dollars. So the County would now like that $12 million back.

But an attorney for the Bucs said on Monday that the money was offered strictly for that training facility, and can NOT be used elsewhere. The Bucs signed an agreem...

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Ric Burns on Andy Warhol Part I by Mitch E. Perry

09/20/06

Tonight and tomorrow night PBS will air on the program “American Masters�a 2 part film on Andy Warhol.

The film , called “Andy Warhol:A Documentary film�, runs 2 hours on both nights, and is directed by Ric Burns. Burns has had previous success with his biographical documentaries about the playwright Eugene O’Neill and the photographer Ansel Adams.

In the first of a 2 part interview, WMNF spoke with Ric Burns earlier this week. We asked h...

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Hillsborough County says it cost $11 million to feed and house illegal immigrants...Ronda Storms is outraged by Mitch E. Perry

09/20/06

Hillsborough County Commission Ronda Storms thinks it’s outrageous that County Taxpayers are paying for undocumented immigrants in County jails.

In August, Storms asked for an audit to find out how many illegal immigrants are in the system, and how much its costing the county. She received an answer by the official in charge, Colonel David Parrish (roll tape#1 o.q.�at the total cost is�)

But Parrish , the County Sherriff’s Office detention departme...

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Harris makes list of most Corrupt in Congress by Mitch E. Perry

09/20/06

Although Katherine Harris continues to struggle in the polls against Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson in the race for U.S. Senate, she did make a very select list of members of Congress today.

That would be being one of the 20 most corrupt members of Congress, as named by the group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, as it released its 2nd annual report.

The official title of the report is “Beyond Delay: The 20 most corrupt members of Congress (and 5...

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Amy Goodman speaks on Static -- by Seán Kinane

09/20/06


Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now! spoke last night at the Tampa Theatre promoting the new book, Static, which she co-wrote with her brother David Goodman, who also lectured. WMNF’s Sean Kinane reports.

Much of the book Static is about how the corporate media does the bidding of the government. To illustrate this point, Amy Goodman identified a time when things did not work like that, in the immediate aftermath of the New Orleans flooding after the breach of the levee...

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BLOW TO CITIZENS -- NECESSARY OR ELECTION-YEAR MOVE? by Roxanne Escobales

09/19/06

The Florida cabinet dealt state-run Citizens Property Insurance another blow today by rejecting its proposed plan of operation. The Financial Services Commission, or the FSC, which is made up of the Governor and the Cabinet, told Citizens Insurance that it’s time to go back to the drawing board.

The insurer says it’s doing the best it can with what it’s got, but Florida’s insurance crisis is complicated. And the repercussions of the mess left behind by th...

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Rabbis tell Bush to meet with Iranian and Syrian leaders by Mitch E. Perry

09/19/06

As President Bush refuses to meet with Iranian President Ahmadinejad at the United Nations, more than three-hundred rabbis from across the country are urging the Bush administration to re-engage Iran and Syria, and to use its influence to promote political solutions rather than polarization and conflict. As the High Holy Days approach, the Rabbis, from the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace are also urging Americans to actively pursue peace in the Middle East.

In a letter that wi...

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Tallahassee Black Democrat uncertain he'll endorse Jim Davis by Mitch E. Perry

09/19/06

For Jim Davis to win the Governors race, he’ll need all the help he can get.

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That means grabbing independent voters, as well as getting his entire base out to vote. But yesterday 2 Democratic Mayors –Jim Naugle of Fort Lauderdale and Susan Gottileb of Aventura - announced their support for Republican candidate Charlie Crist.

And today Tallahassee State Senator Al Lawson, an influential but independent Democrat in Panhandle politics for a quarter-century,...

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ARE THE U.S. AND IRAN HEADING FOR WAR?

09/19/06

President Bush is again warning Iran's leaders to stop their nuclear program and start talking about it -- warning of what he calls "consequences" if they keep stalling. Bush says once Tehran stops enriching uranium, the U-S "will come to the table." Otherwise, he says the Iranians face sanctions for defying the United Nations Security Council. Bush is warning that "time is of the essence." Iran was a key topic for Bush and the president of France when they met this morning ...

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Liberal blogger takes on conservatives ones regarding AP photographer in Iraq by Mitch E. Perry

09/19/06

The U.S. military in Iraq has imprisoned an Associated Press photographer for five months, saying he is a security threat but never filing charges or permitting a public hearing.

The Pentagon says Bilal Hussein, an Iraqi citizen, is being held for “imperative reasons of security� under United Nations resolutions.

The military said Hussein was captured with two insurgents, including Hamid Hamad Motib, an alleged leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq. “

But ex...

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Lawrence Haas on Iran by Mitch E. Perry

09/19/06

Lawrence Haas was Communications Director and Press Secretary for Vice President Al Gore during most of the 1990’s. Currently, he is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute.

Haas has a hawkish attitudes towards Iran, and says he completely agrees with President Bush that he should NOT meet this week with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinajad (roll tape#1 o.q.�hopelessly naïve�)

That’s Lawrence Haas, a former Press Secr...

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NATURAL ALTERNATIVES TO BLOOD PRESSURE MEDICINE

09/18/06

Jay S. Cohen, M.D. is a nationally recognized expert on medications and side effects. As an Adjunct (voluntary) Associate Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, Dr. Cohen's work has been featured in newspapers and magazines across America including the New York Times, Newsweek, the Washington Post, Consumer Reports, Wall Street Journal, Modern Majority, Women's Day, Bottom Line Health, and Life Extension Magazine. Dr. Cohen has appeared on mo...

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TRADE UNIONS THROW WEIGHT BEHIND DAVIS by Roxanne Escobales

09/18/06

While Republican Charlie Crist leads the race for governor less than two months before the general election, polls show the margin is slim enough that Crist should feel opponent Jim Davis’s breath on his neck. At a strategy meeting today in Tampa, trade union federation the AFL-CIO hopes to light Davis’s jets by mobilizing members to get out the vote for a Democratic candidate they say will help working families. WMNF’s Roxanne Escobales reports.

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Teachers union: State's performance pay rules are invalid by Mitch E. Perry

09/18/06

The Florida Education Association is challenging state guidelines for developing local teacher performance pay plans.

Officials of the statewide teachers union say the Florida Department of Education has cut teachers out of the guideline-writing process for the new program dubbed Special Teachers are Rewarded, or STAR. The challenge is aimed at invalidating several interpretations of the plan that the department has made.

Union president Andy Ford says his group doesn't opp...

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Death Penalty Unfair by Mitch E. Perry

09/18/06

A new study says that Florida’s death penalty has problems with fairness and accuracy. It also says there are disparities racially and geographically in how it is administered.

An 8 member teach assembled by the American Bar Association has just spent the last year and a half studying the state’s capital punishment system. (roll tape#1 o.q.�the death penalty�)

Mark Schlakman is the director of the Center for the Advancement of Human Rights at Flori...

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