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Friday July 3, 2015

Is fix in for HARTLINE Study Group? By Mitch E. Perry

INTRO: Earlier this month, the Hillsborough County Commission announced that John Dausman would lead a committee to study bus service in the unincorporated areas of the County.

The Committee – being organized by Freshman Commissioner Brian Blair, is being formulated to study how to improve services for the often beleagured agency. .

But now, some HARTLINE supporters are questioning just how objective this study will be.

WMNF reported on the discussion...

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DeLay Makes First Court Appearance in Fraud Case By Mitch E. Perry

Texas Congressman Tom DeLay was in court today to face his prosecutor and arch-enemy, Ronnie Earle, but the proceedings were halted minutes after they began as . DeLay's lawyer asked for a new judge.

The defense lawyer, Dick DeGuerin, asked District Judge Bob Perkins to remove himself from the case because he said Judge Perkins has Democratic leanings. DeLay did not enter a plea to the indictment accusing him of conspiracy and money-laundering. He remained free on $10,000 bond pending...

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BREVARD SHERRIFS WORK WITH ACLU TO STOP SURVAILLING PROTESTORS-Andrew Stelzer

This past June, WMNF brought you the story of how the ACLU had discovered that The Brevard county’s sheriffs had been conducting surveillance of peaceful political protests and creating files on protestors. The stepped up surveillance since 9-11 included videotaping protestors license plates, and researching email addresses and phone numbers of people who organized and attended rallies-they included members of the Jewish federation of Brevard, the global network against weapons and nu...

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Tampa City Council refuses to rubber stamp Iorio Administration on Art & Park Projects- By Mitch E. Perry

Tampa City Council members today expressed their frustration with the Iorio administration regarding several big ticket projects slated to be built in the city ,cutting in half a proposed lease agreement regarding the proposed Children’s Museum, as well as refusing to vote on a measure that would appropriate $837,000 for an architect to begin plans for a downtown Waterfront Park .

The Children’s Museum originally had an April deadline, but council members granted a...

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Will we Drill? (Ernesto Difilippo)

Several of Florida’s conservation groups gathered in Palm Harbor today in front of Congressman Michael Bilirakis’ District office. They were there to ask the congressman to stand with Senators Mel Martinez and Bill Nelson in rejecting White House and Oil lobby pressures to drill closer to Florida’s Gulf Coast. Ernesto Difilippo was there for WMNF news.

The organizations present were the Sierra Club, Florida Public Research Interest Group, Clean Water Action, the Florid...

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FORUM FOR ST PETE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES-Andrew Stelzer

More than 200 people came to the Sunshine Senior center in downtown st Pete last night to attend a candidates forum for the upcoming city council and mayoral elections. The forum, which was hosted by the league of Women voters and the council of neighborhood associations, was moderated by Bob Dillinger of the league of Women voters. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there, and brings us some of the highlights in the races for mayor and 4 open city council seats.

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COUNTY COMMISSIONERS VOTE ON CLEAR CHANNEL'S NOISE VARIANCE - Jen Germaine

Since the first concert at the Clear Channel owned Ford Amphitheatre, in the summer of 2004, the neighbors have been complaining about the concert noise that permeates their homes. When Clear Channel did not comply with county noise ordinances, Hillsborough County’s Environmental Protection Commission, or EPC, brought legal action. Since the summer, the two parties have been engaged in settlement talks. Clear Channel has stated that not granting them a noise variance will bring the t...

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Tampa Tribune latest media group calling for NY Times to fire Judith Miller- By Mitch E. Perry

New York Times reporter Judith Miller says she plans to take a couple of months off from working at the paper but will return next year. That’s according to the NY Observer.

3 days after the controversial national security reporter wrote her own story of her involvement in the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame – after 85 days in jail and 2 appearances before the grand jury investigating the lake, Miller continues to be the most discussed– and dissed â€â€...

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HURRICANE KATRINA VICTIMS IN MISSISSIPPI STILL NEED HELP

Tampa resident Karen McCormick has just returned from a church-related mission to help Hurrican Katrina victims in Waveland, Mississippi. Karen described to WMNF listeners how the town of 18,000 has been completely devastated and that many residents are just returning to begin the process of cleanup and rebuilding. She says many people are living in tents and that there is no functioning infrastructure in the town. The biggest needs are for implements to begin cleaning: shovels, rakes, mops, ...

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THE REPUBLICAN WAR ON SCIENCE

Journalist Chris Mooney has written a new book describing how elements within the Republican Party (including religious conservatives and big energy companies) are using various tactics to fight scientists on such issues as global warming, embryonic stem cell research, creationism and condoms. Because the ideology of oil companies and conservative religious activists is sometimes at odds with science on these matters, the GOP groups are using money and pressure politics to undermine serious r...

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