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Wednesday July 1, 2015

ACLU Sues Tampa Sports Authority by Mitch E. Perry

The ACLU announced this afternoon that it was suing The Tampa Sports Authority to stop conducting pat-down searches of fans who enter Raymond James Stadium to watch the Bucaneers play.

The civil rights organization said they were suing on behalf of a disgruntled season ticket holder, Gordon Johnson.

The move comes after the Tampa Sports Authority and the Buccaneers begin conducting searches since the beginning of the season As all teams have been mandated to by the Na...

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Sarasota House Rep Bill to Ban Some Drilling- By Mitch E. Perry

Sarasota House Rep Bill to Ban Some Drilling

Damage to oil derricks and refineries in the Gulf of Mexico by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the subsequent $3 a gallon of has given ammunition to proponents of drilling off of Florida’s Coasts.

Sensing the harsher political climate, Governor Jeb Bush recently changed his hard line anti-drilling stance, saying he now a 100-mile no-drilling buffer zone around Florida in exchange for allowing drilling in areas beyond The Gover...

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Domestic Violence Month observed by Hillsborough County- By Mitch E. Perry

A new national survey of employed adults finds that intimate partner violence has a wide and far-reaching effect on Americans' working lives -- whether in terms of economic productivity, personal safety, office culture or other issues. At the same time, the report says employers have failed to respond to domestic violence's impact, with most respondents lacking access to much-needed workplace policies or programs.

The study, from the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence, fou...

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HILLS BOROUGH SCHOOLS WILL LIKELY ELIMINATE ALL RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS-Andrew Stelzer

Hillsborough county schools will soon probably be eliminating good Friday and Yom Kippur as days off from schools. That decision was recommended by the school board today, and its the end result of a year long process that began when a Muslim parent asked the district to designate a day off to celebrate a Muslim holiday. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has the story.

Earlier this year, Joan Zaki, whose daughters attends Williams middle magnet school, requested that the school board calendar c...

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Al-Arian trial, E-evidence goes on and on- Lance Robson

Defense attorneys, and at one point Judge Moody, questioned why the prosecution is taking so long to admit and discuss information found on websites believed to be run by the PIJ. The Defense has and continues to complain that the new website & e-mail evidence has violated admission deadlines and put the defense at a disadvantage, since the Prosecution is expected to rest their case soon.

Over and over again the prejudicial nature of what a person may or may not have read on the intern...

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THE ARREST OF A POLK COUNTY MAN WHOSE WEB SITE FEATURES BOTH GRAPHIC PHOTOS OF IRAQ WAR AND SEXUALLY EXPLICIT MATERIAL

A Lakeland man who allowed soldiers to post gruesome pictures of Iraq war casualties on his x-rated Web site was exercising his First Amendment rights, according to Larry Walters, an Alatmonte Springs attorney who specializes in the first amendment. Walters represents Christopher Michael Wilson whose website has generated an international media furor and spawned a military investigation.

Wilson was released from Polk County Jail after posting a $151,000 bond. He had been arrested on 301 c...

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ALL RELIGIOUS SCHOOL HOLIDAYS MAY BE ELIMINATED IN HILLSBOROUGH CO.-Andrew Stelzer

This Wednesday, the Hillsborough county school board will be considering a recommendation to eliminate all religious holidays, including Yom Kippur, and the Monday after easter.. The issue has arisen because of a request by Muslim citizens for one day off a year for the most important day of the year in Islam; instead of granting that request, the school board calendar committee proposed that days off related to any religion be eliminated. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has more.

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INTERVIEW WITH CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN ALAN KEYES. Mark Antokas

INTRO: Strong Conservative opinions are not something that former Presidential Candidate Alan Keyes is wont to keep to himself. A two time Republican nominee for Maryland’s U.S. Senate seat, he challenged but lost to Democrats Paul Sarbanes in 1988, and Barbara Mikulski in 1992. In that campaign, Keyes campaign was hurt badly when it was learned that he was paying himself one hundred thousand dollars a year out of campaign funds. During the 2000 Republican Convention, Keyes the candida...

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Mananatee County volunteers witnessed New Orleans beating- By Mitch E. Perry

In the last 2 days, videotape of a black man being beat up by New Orleans Police Officers has been repeatedly shown on television.

3 New Orleans Police Department officers and 2 federal officers arrested 64 year old Robert Davis for public intoxication, resisting arrest, battery on a police officer and public intimidation in the French Quarter on Saturday night.

But the videotape shows one officer striking Davis at least 4 times in the head, with 4 other officers wrestling ...

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Bush's Social Security plan dies quietly - By Mitch E. Perry

Today the USA TODAY officially declared President Bush’s proposal to create private Social Security Accounts dead.

In an editorial, the paper began by writing that “Just 1 year after Bill Clinton introduced his health care overhaul in 1993, the plan collapsed. It took only eight months for the same to happen to President Bush's proposal on Social Security�.

Phil Compton is Program Director for the Florida Consumer Action Network. He put in many hours th...

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