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PETER SINGER AT ECKERD COLLEGE, 14 SEPTEMBER 2006, Stan Davis

09/15/06

A standing-room-only crowd of over 600 people came to hear philosopher-bioethicist, Peter Singer, in St. Pete Thursday night. Singer had been invited to Eckerd College to discuss the ethics of globalization. But some of the audience were more concerned about the ethics of Singer, himself.

Stan Davis was there and files this story.

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[Actuality 1-Richard & Kathy- “… I do not know whether equal time is being given… people like Adolph Hitlerâ€...

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FLORIDA FACES AFFORDABLE HOUSING CRISIS by Roxanne Escobales

09/15/06

For the past few years we’ve been hearing about Florida’s booming economy: property values are up; unemployment down. But somewhere in there lies an ugly truth policy makers, developers and residents are just beginning to face. And that’s Florida’s housing crisis.

Today in Tampa around 400 government officials, home builders and businesspeople attended a day-long summit dedicated to exploring solutions in finding affordable housing for Florida’s workforce. Lieutenant govern...

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Complicity: How the North benefit from slavery an interview by Mitch E. Perry

09/15/06

Slavery in the South has been documented in volumes ranging from exhaustive histories to bestselling novels. But the North’s profit from–indeed, dependence on–slavery has mostly been a shameful and well-kept secret . . . until now. In this startling and superbly researched new book, three veteran New England journalists demythologize the region of America known for tolerance and liberation, revealing a place where thousands of people were held in bondage and slavery was both an economic...

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St Pete City Council decides NOT to give Tax Break by Mitch E. Perry

09/15/06

The battle over property taxes continued last night in St. Petersburg , the City Council set their millage rate at 6.60 for the next fiscal year, the lowest rate in 20 years. But with rising property values , most homeowners will still pay more. The city expects to collect 12 percent more in tax dollars than last year.

As in Tampa, many citizens expressed their dissatisfaction with the City Council.

At one point during the discussion last night, Councilwoman Rene Flowers t...

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Tampa City Council by Mitch E. Perry

09/15/06

The Tampa City Council voted last night to cut property taxes for the first time in nearly 2 decades. But the actual amount of the cut will be minimal for most property owners.

Nevertheless, the Council reacted, no doubt affected by the bitter rhetoric coming from many angry citizens who spoke out last night.

The actual reduction will go from 6.539 to 6.4 mills.

Trish Moore owns property on Azeele Street in South Tampa, where Circles restaurant sits. She says her...

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PINELLAS SEEKS GAY TOURIST by Roxanne Escobales

09/14/06

A year after Hillsborough County decided to ban gay events, its neighbor across the bay has decided it will actively seek to attract the gay market. Yesterday Pinellas County voted in favour of spending money advertising in the gay media as a welcoming tourist destination. Gay rights groups welcomed the move, but as WMNF’s Roxanne Escobales reports, the vote was not with out dissent.

Research commissioned by Pinellas County’s Tourist Development Council, or TDC, last year and pre...

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THE REAL TRAGEDY OF THE IRAQ WAR: VETERANS WITH MASSIVE INJURIES

09/14/06

Medical treatment of combat wounds has improved dramatically in the half century since the Korean War. Today, if you are wounded in Iraq and are able to get treatment quickly, there is a high likelihood of survival, no matter how traumatic the injury. The number of combat dead in Iraq is far smaller than in comparable wars in the past. But the number of severe wounds such as loss of limbs or brain damage (polly traumas they are called) is eight to ten times higher than it was in Vietnam. But ...

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Healthy Farms Food and Fuels Act by Mitch E. Perry

09/14/06

Today in Washington, a bipartisan bill was introduced that advocates say will help farmers address the country’s energy crises. The bill’s aim is to boost funding for renewable energy development on farms, ranches and forest lands.

The bill, “The Healthy Farms, Foods and Fuels Act of 2006� is the first major agriculture bill introduced prior to the expiration of the current farm bill next year.

Karl Gephardt is a consultant with the group Environmental Defense i...

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Beltway proposal discussed, dissed at Tampa City Council by Mitch E. Perry

09/14/06

Today the embattled director of the Tampa Hillsborough County Expressway Authority came before the Tampa City Council to discuss transportation projects, including the new proposed beltway.

The 100 mile road would link Manatee, Hillsborough , Pasco and Pinellas Counties – but has been criticized by Tampa officials as not being the answer to gridlock on roads into downtown Tampa.

Last week, in a position paper, Mayor Pam Iorio expressed her lack of enthusiasm for the beltwa...

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Davis picks Daryl Jones as his running mate by Mitch E. Perry

09/14/06

This morning, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis selected former Miami State Senator Daryl Jones to join his ticket as Florida’s first black lieutenant governor nominee. (roll tape#1 o.q.�applause�)

The 51 year old Jones is a U.S. Air Force Reserves Colonel, as well as a lawyer and real-estate investor. 4 years ago, he finished 3rd in the Democratic Primary race for Governor, Garnering 12% of the vote, despite being massively outspent by winner Bill McBride and runn...

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Voters get final say on voting system in Sarasota by Mitch E. Perry

09/14/06

As we reported last night on the Evening News, Sarasota County voters will get a chance to pick which kind of voting system should be used for the next presidential election.

A judge ruled Wednesday that a proposed ballot initiative demanding a countywide paper-ballot voting system is not unconstitutional as the county's attorneys had argued.

WMNF was unable to reach Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent for comment…But we did speak to her today to get her r...

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Food choices & impact on environment & animals/TALKING ANIMALS

09/13/06

Interview with Internationally-renowned ethicist/author/philosopher/Princeton professor Peter Singer--perhaps best known as the author of 1975's landmark "Animal Liberation,"a highly influential work which has prompted many to view him as the father of the modern animal rights movement--discussed his latest book, "The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter" (co-authored with Jim Mason), notes some of the findings that surprised him in researching the new book, touches on how shopping/eating ...

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CITIZENS SPEAK OUT ABOUT HIGH PROPERTY TAXES by Roxanne Escobales

09/13/06

Last night at a public hearing on the budget, the Hillsborough County Commission heard from angry residents and business owners who said their property taxes are too high. Commissioner Brian Blair said he’s never seen the chambers so full.

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While the commission agreed to cut the property tax rate this past July, a rise in property values means that tax bills have also risen. Blair unsuccessfully pushed for rates to be cut significantly more than they were. Now the com...

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Jim Davis Apologizes by Mitch E. Perry

09/13/06

As we reported last night, Jim Davis has apologized directly to Freddie Pitts and Wilbur Lee. The 2 African American men were falsely imprisoned by the state of Florida for 9 years, before ultimately given compensation by the state in 1998.

But in 1990 while in the state legislature, Davis voted against paying compensation for Pitts and Lee’s wrongful years in prison. But speaking yesterday at the Carrie Meek Senior and Cultural Center in Miami, Davis admitted for the first time...

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Busansky in trouble? by Mitch E.Perry

09/13/06

The St. Petersburg Times reported online today that the Gus Bilirakis Congressional campaign is boasting about a poll taken by the Tarrance Group showing that Bilirakis has a 28-point lead over Democrat Phyllis Busansky … The results are somewhat stunning, since some analysts had been considering the 9th Congressional seat Democrats might be able to steal, with longtime Congressman Mike Bilirakis retiring after 2 decades.

But the name recognition factor appears to be working fo...

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