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Earth Jurisprudence symposium in Orlando

02/29/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A cutting-edge legal field known as Earth Jurisprudence seeks to fortify legal rights for the natural world. Today in Orlando, the Barry University School of Law hosted the country’s first symposium on the topic.

The Center for Earth Jurisprudence is a collaborative initiative of the Miami area’s Barry and St. Thomas Universities. That center, along with the Barry Law Review, sponsored the symposium, "Framing an Earth Jurisprudence for a Planet in Peril."

Sister Patricia Siemen, ex...

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Group urges haste in plan to restore felons' rights listen

02/29/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Yesterday a state advocacy group called for new changes in the restoration of civil rights to ex-felons.

Last April, Gov. Charlie Crist and other members of the Board of Executive Clemency approved a change that sped up some civil rights restorations for ex-offenders who had finished their sentences in Florida.

But the procedure is still anything but automatic. And a group, the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, has been authorized to see how the process might work better.

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Eyes turn to Texas in Democratic presidential battle

02/29/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Fort Worth Star Telegram reported today that the Texas Democratic Party is warning that its March 4 caucuses could be delayed or disrupted after aides to White House hopeful Hillary Clinton raised the specter of an "imminent" lawsuit over its complicated delegate selection process.

The paper reported a knowledgable Democratic source said Clinton’s political director, Guy Cecil, had pointedly raised the possibility of a courtroom battle with Democratic Party officials.

Several ne...

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Protesters target Brown-Waite over comment listen

02/28/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite angered many last month when she referred to residents of Guam and Puerto Rico as “foreign citizens.” Her comments came in a press release regarding the tax rebates that Americans will receive under Congress’ economic stimulus package.

Today, nearly 100 people protested against Brown-Waite outside her Brooksville office.

A busload of more than 50 Puerto Ricans and their supporters from Orlando joined two-dozen Hernando County residents in a march down ...

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Residents fight phosphate mine expansion

02/28/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Norma Killibrew and Dan Hardy live in southeast Hillsborough where it meets Manatee, Hardee and Polk counties. That’s also the area where one of the largest phosphate mines in the region is located. The Mosaic Co., which owns the mine, is asking that it be expanded. And Norma and Dan are part of a neighborhood group that’s trying to fight it.

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Health forum this weekend for black men

02/28/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Our guest was Keisha Pickett who discussed the AAMHF.

Men throughout the Tampa Bay community will have access to free health screenings at the annual men’s health forum on Saturday, March 1st at Hillsborough Community College-Dale Mabry Campus, according to a press release.

Tests for prostate cancer, colon cancer, blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol and more will be conducted from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Prostate cancer screenings are limited and available by appointment only. All...

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Bloomberg not interested in White House bid listen

02/28/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg officially quashed any thoughts of his running as an Independent candidate for president by announcing he won’t run in the op-ed pages of today's New York Times.

In the piece, Bloomberg, originally a Democrat who switched his affiliation to Republican in order to have a chance to be mayor in 2001, and then last year made a high profile announcement that he was switching to Independent, wrote: “I listened carefully to those who encouraged me to r...

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Local campaign finance reform plan draws fire listen

02/28/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last night Tampa City Councilman John Dingfelder held a town hall meeting in South Tampa to discuss his proposal to bring campaign finance reform into city elections.

Dingfelder originally wanted the City Charter changed to limit campaign contributions to the three city council at-large seats at $200 per contributor, per election. He also wants to limit campaign contributions to candidates for the four district seats to a maximum of $100 per contributor, per election.

The current exis...

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Tampa City Council wants budget analyst listen

02/28/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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As the city of Tampa tries to cope with reduced funding and more possible staff cuts, the City Council today took the first step toward hiring its own budget analyst.

City Councilman Tom Scott led off the discussion with a motion. Other Council members quickly endorsed Scott’s motion. They all praised the mayor’s budget analyst, Bonnie Wise, but Council member Linda Saul-Sena said they didn’t want to tax her resources.

But such a sentiment wasn’t unanimous. Councilman Charlie M...

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Groups file suit over citizenship delays listen

02/27/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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This morning in front of the Federal Courthouse in downtown Tampa, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center announced they were filing federal lawsuits challenging lengthy delays in processing the citizenship applications of Florida Muslims.

Jamila Baraka, with the Tampa chapter of CAIR, discussed the suit.

“We’ve recently filed one set of what we expect will be many waves of class-action lawsuits related to naturalization delays thr...

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Local delegate selection is this weekend

02/27/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Going into next week’s series of four primary elections, Barack Obama hold a 91-delegate lead over Hillary Clinton. But who are these delegates? And when the question comes to Florida, will they count?

That has yet to be decided. But the Florida Democratic Party will decide this Saturday who those representative delegates are.

The delegates are broken down by Congressional District. So in the 25 districts throughout the state, those delegates will be chosen Caucus-style on Saturda...

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Report: Lawsuit against DNC still alive

02/27/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A lawsuit filed by a Tampa Democrat against the Democratic National Committee over Florida’s loss of all of its delegates to the convention has been given a second life.

In August, political consultant Vic DiMaio filed suit against the DNC, claiming that stripping Florida of its Congressional Delegates because of the early primary voting date was unconstitutional. But in October, federal Judge Richard Lazzarra threw out the case.

But DiMaio and his attorney, Michael Steinberg appealed...

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Children’s mental health is topic of forum listen

02/26/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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This week the University of South Florida’s Mental Health Institute is hosting the 21st Annual Conference on Children’s Mental Health Research. The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration or SAMHSA provides grants and contracts to improve service delivery for mental health and substance abuse, according to the Chief of its Child Adolescent and Family Branch, Gary Blau.

Blau said the conference is an important way for mental health researchers to share information about ...

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Loaded guns allowed in national parks? listen

02/26/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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If the National Rifle Association gets its way, you’ll soon see loaded guns in America’s national parks.

A proposal to do just that was offered late last year by Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn. He had more than 50 sponsors in the U.S. Senate, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid quashed the idea.

But according to Scott McElveen, president of the Association of National Park Rangers, the Bush Administration will put the change into law. He says one reason his group is against ...

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Ex-CIA agent mocks U.S. foreign policy listen

02/26/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Former CIA agent Michael Scheuer isn’t a happy fellow. The man who was responsible for getting Osama bin Ladin in the late 1990s says that under John McCain, Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton, bin Laden and his allies will be huge winners.

Schuer’s explosive new book criticizes Democrats and Republicans who are all part of a foreign policy he says is not serious about going after America’s foes.

Scheuer says the next president is doomed to continue the failed policies put in place b...

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