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Charlie Crist names running mate by Mitch E.Perry

09/13/06

In what some are perceiving to be move reaching out to conservatives in his party, GOP gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist today named Cape Coral Representative Jeff Kottkamp to be his running mate.(roll tape#1 o.q.�and Florida will too�)

The 45 year old Kottkamp hails from a Republican part of the state. He was elected in 2000. His district includes Lee and Charlotte Counties. (roll tape#2 o.q.�for the people of Florida�)

Not surprisingly, The Flor...

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Sarasota Judge allows citizens to vote on getting rid of electronic voting machines by Mitch E. Perry

09/13/06

Sarasota citizens will vote in November on whether to have voter verified paper ballots be mandatory in all elections.

That’s because a Judge in the county ruled in favor of a citizens activist group, the Sarasota Alliance for Fair Elections. The group had submitted more than the required signatures to get on the ballot last month, but the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections office and County Commissioners refused to accept those signatures, and in fact, filed a laws...

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Bob Graham slams Bush on national security by Mitch E. Perry

09/13/06

Today in Tampa, former Florida U.S. Senator and unsuccessful Presidential candidate Bob Graham campaigned with local Democratic Congressional candidates Kathy Castor and Phyllis Busansky at the Port of Tampa.

The Democrats used the Port as their location to highlight national security – an issue that they think will be a winner for them in the Congressional Elections in November.

Hillsborough County Commissioner Kathy Castor is the Democratic nominee for Congres...

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SERVING THE ONE: A DIALOGUE AND CELEBRATION AMONG JEWS, MUSLIMS AND PEOPLE OF OTHER RELIGIOUS FAITHS

09/13/06

This year (and next) the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and the Jewish holy month of Tishrei coincide. A local group of people called SERVING THE ONE has come together to promote an interfaith dialogue and to try to create more trust and understanding. This Sunday (September 17th at 4pm) in North Straub Park in St. Petersburg there will be a celebration of the convergenece of the Jewish and Muslim holy days. Our guests (Ahmed Bedier of CAIR, Kate Fagan an ordained rabbinic chaplain, and Bill Ca...

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DID THE U.S. DO ALL IT COULD TO CAPTURE OSAMA BIN LADEN AT TORA BORA IN 2001?

09/13/06

Our guest for this segment: In the wake of the debate over a recent ABC docudrama on the events leading up to 9/11, the question has been raised: Did the U.S. government do all it could to capture Bin Laden after 9/11. Our guest was Gary Berntsen a highly decorated CIA officer who has written a book about the effort to capture Bin Laden called JAWBREAKER. Newsweek magazine wrote of the book: "During the 2004 presidential campaign, George W. Bush and John Kerry battled about whether Osama bin ...

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UPCOMING IMMIGRANT SOLIDARITY PROTEST

09/13/06

Oscar Salas of the Coalition of Progressive Workers of Dade City discussed this Saturday's immigrant's rights rally at Dale Mabry and Columbus Drive in Tampa. The rally is co-sponsored by immigrant and peace groups.

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Larry Burns on Miami Herald report on new groups working to monitor Cuba

09/13/06

The Miami Herald reported today that the Bush Administration – convinced that Fidel Castro will never regain power- has created 5 interagency working groups to monitor Cuba, and carry out U.S. policies.

The Herald reports that U.S. officials have told them that the groups were set up after the July 31st Announcement that Castro had temporarily ceded power to a collective leadership headed by his brother, Raul.

Officials portrayed the working groups as logical outco...

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Pinochet war crimes and Universal Jurisdiction

09/13/06 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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On Monday and Tuesday of this week, experts from three continents gathered at USF to discuss the crimes of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. The two-day panel, called Human Rights, State Terrorism, and Universal Jurisdiction was sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean.

On September 11 1973, the democratically elected government of Chile, led by Salvador Allende, was overthrown in a military coup by General Augusto Pinochet. Juan Guzman, a Chilean...

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TAMPA MAYOR LAUNCHES ART EDUCATION FUND by Roxanne Escobales

09/12/06

This year, Florida received over 1 million dollars from the US government in No Child Left Behind funding. While reading, math and science are allocated money in the program, not one dollar is dedicated to arts education.

This morning Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio announced a new city arts fund that she hopes will help fill in some of the gaps between the what arts education receives and what it needs.

[song and then under] At Edison Elementary School in Seminole Heights, the scho...

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TAMPA MAYOR LAUNCHES ART EDUCATION FUND by Roxanne Escobales

09/12/06

This year, Florida received over 1 million dollars from the US government in No Child Left Behind funding. While reading, math and science are allocated money in the program, not one dollar is dedicated to arts education.

This morning Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio announced a new city arts fund that she hopes will help fill in some of the gaps between the what arts education receives and what it needs.

[song and then under] At Edison Elementary School in Seminole Heights, the scho...

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"Stressed out girls" A study - by Mitch E. Perry

09/12/06

A new study from England says that one in ten teenager self-harm each year.

The study, the largest ever into self-harm among 15 and 16 year olds in England, was conducted by researchers from Bath and Oxford Universities.

Here in the U.S., a new work about teenage girls, called, “Stressed-out girls: Helping Them Thrive in the Age of Pressure�, written by Dr. Roni Cohen-Sandler has just been published.

WMNF spoke with Dr. Cohen-Sandler today about abou...

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ANNE MULDERRY, MOTHER OF STEPHEN MULDERRY WHO WAS KILLED IN 9/11, DISCUSSES THE WAR ON TERROR

09/12/06

The White House is defending the Iraq passage in last night's Nine-Eleven anniversary speech by President Bush. Democrats say that by defending the controversial war in his Oval Office address, the president exploited a day of mourning for political gain. However, Press Secretary Tony Snow says Bush had no choice but to mention Iraq, since he views it as central to the war on terror. If he hadn't, Snow says critics would have asked, "Is he hiding?" Snow adds the Iraq po...

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Florida Environmental groups join together to deliver “Blueprint� on Florida’s Oceans by Mitch E. Perry

09/12/06

As the General Election campaign for Governor begins to take shape, a coalition of Florida Environmental groups have come together to deliver what they are calling a ‘blueprint’ on the state’s ocean waters and coastlines – and they say they hope both candidates endorse their recommendations.

Sarah Chasis is director of the Ocean Initiative for the Natural Resources Defense Council. She says this new report builds on the recommendations by 2 recent nati...

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RETROFITTING YOUR HOUSE FOR SOLAR ENERGY

09/11/06

On this edition of the Sustainable Living program Jon Butts and Rob Lorei interviewed Dan Chiras (author of THE HOMEOWNER'S GUIDE TO RENEWABLE ENERGY- New Society Press) and John Gamble, a Tarpons Springs resident who is installing a solar electric system on his home. Gamble is also the co-owner of Hotwire Enterprises. Our guests discussed solar water heating, the number of solar modules needed to power a home, passive cooling, heating, insulation, reducing internal/external heat gain, hurric...

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Sarasota County Commission to Vote on New Stadium project by Mitch E. Perry

09/11/06

On Wednesday, Sarasota County Commissioners are scheduled to vote on raising the county’s bed tax from 3 to 4 percent. Half of that new tax would then go towards building a new spring training home and practice fields for the Cincinnati Reds baseball team – the other half – would go to the Sarasota Convention & Visitors Bureau.

But originally, the visitors Bureau had opposed splitting the money with the Reds (roll tape#1 o.q.�.obviously�) Virginia...

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