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Black history celebration held in Tampa listen

02/01/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This morning, the city of Tampa celebrated the beginning of Black History Month with a program called “Reaching Back, Moving Forward, Holding Up the Light.”

The city of Tampa Black History Committee organized the 20th annual celebration at the Tampa Convention Center.

Several hundred people attended, including former Mayor Sandy Friedman and Tampa City Council Members Mary Mulhern, Linda Saul-Sena and Thomas Scott. Committee founder Bobby L. Bowden spoke about why he and others for...

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Brown-Waite remark alienates Puerto Ricans listen

02/01/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Floridians of Puerto Rican descent are livid at comments made by Brooksville area Congresswoman Ginny Brown Waite earlier this week, when she said that Puerto Ricans living on the Island are “foreign citizens “ who should not receive the benefits of the economic stimulus plan that Congress is debating.

The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that Puerto Rico’s official representative in Washington, D.C., Eduardo Bhatia, has written a letter to the congresswomen calling her comments “no...

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Swiftmud may fine Cypress Creek mall developers listen

02/01/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Local environmental officials now say they will sanction the developers of the Cypress Creek Town Center for a series of polluted discharges into the creek.

Robyn Hanke, a spokeswoman for the Southhwest Florida Water Management District (Swiftmud), said that Swiftmud wrote to the developer, the Richard Jacobs Group, giving them two days to submit a repair plan. The issue has also been forwarded to the legal department for a technical review to determine whether there were any permit viola...

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Hometown Democracy Amendment supporters stay optimistic listen

02/01/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The deadline for signatures to be submitted to the Florida Secretary of State’s office to qualify to get amendments on the November ballot has come and gone.

All signatures had to be submitted by 5 p.m. this afternoon. Supporters and opponents of two high profile amendments are waiting to see if they have qualified for the ballot.

Organizers behind a plan to ban same-sex marriage in Florida and to have citizens vote on comprehensive plan changes are both hoping that they will be told ...

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Russian spy was a double agent for U.S.

02/01/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Sergei Tretyakov was an operative of the KGB, the former Soviet intelligence service. When the Soviet Union dissolved, the agency changed its name, but its mission remained the same.

Tretyakov was supposed to be running a press office at the Russian mission to the United Nations in New York. In reality, he was turning over a number of intelligence agents who, in turn, were trying to get information out of Americans and others at the U.N.

In 2000, Tretyakov became one of the highest-ra...

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