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Sunday April 19, 2015

TECHNOLOGY AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM-Andrew Stelzer

The National Institute of Justices National Conference on Science technology and the law concluded to today in St Petersburg. The final session focused on The Impacts of New Technologies on the Criminal Justice System. Joe Peterson, the acting head of the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Illinois in Chicago, focused his presentation on DNA, which he says has revolutionized the criminal Justice system since it was introduced in the 1980s.

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Polk County Citizen threatens to lead recall petitions against pro tax County Commissioners- By Mitch E. Perry

The Lakeland Ledger reported today that a member of the Polk County Republican Executive Committee says he wants to begin a petition drive to recall four of his fellow Republicans -- the 4 Polk County commissioners who voted for a tax increase.

John Long of Davenport says that and his lawyer are studying the process for beginning a petition drive, which he hopes ultimately will lead to a recall vote for commissioners Bob English, Sam Johnson, Jack Myers and Paul Senft. Long has a...

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Just Say No Family Portrait Project Exhibit Friday September 9-By Mitch E. Perry

When the Hillsborough County Commission voted 5-1 to have the County abstain from promoting gay pride events in June, one of the largest public demonstrations in recent years took place in protest a week later in Tampa. There have been other events designed to show disgust at the vote, which the Commissioners have indicated they have no inclination to reverse.

One response has been through art….A show called, “The Family Values Portrait Project� had its grand openin...

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RACISM AT GRAND HAMPTON?- By Mitch E.Perry

In New Tampa, construction has been underway in a development known as Grand Hampton. Home prices in the development run from $200,000 to over a million dollars.

Grand Hampton is advertised on the web site of the developer, the Landmar Group as a ‘gated, master-planned community that has the casual atmosphere of Old Florida “ with the best that life has to offer in private, club living.

But last week at the development site, several construction workers, all ...

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PAT BEAN SAYS COUNTY IS IN CHARGE IN EMERGENCY-Andrew Selzer

Hillsborough county administrator Pat bean called a press conference this afternoon to let the public know that thin the case of an emergency, its the county, not the city of Tampa, that is in charge. The move may exacerbate tensions between Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio and county officials, as the mayor was scheduled to meet with Bean twice over the past week and that meeting has been cancelled both times. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has more.

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FLORIDA MEDIA REFORM CONFERENCE-Andrew Stelzer

This past April, more than 2,500 people gathered in St Louis for the national conference for media reform. Some Floridians at that conference held a Florida caucus, and decided that they needed to organize on a statewide level. The result of that meeting was a 2 day media reform conference held this past weekend in Tampa. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.

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Mississippi Woman says Victims in her area overlooked - By Mitch E.Perry

Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast 2 weeks ago (Monday), and the stories continue….The devastating of New Orleans, a city of 500,000 now virtually extinct except for law enforcement and other public officials, has received the dominant amount of news coverage.

Some believe that the damage done to Mississippi has been ignored by the mass media.

Tina How lives in Biloxi, Misssissippi…After sleeping on her front lawn for days after Katrina hit, her daughter ca...

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Security Expert says America Not prepared to protect the Country-By Mitch E. Perry

Stephen Flynn, author of “America, the Vulnerable

Yesterday was the 4th – and quietest – anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington D.C.

Since Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast 2 weeks ago, and the tardy Federal Response, many have wondered how good are Homeland Security Department really is, if we couldn’t react quicker to a natural disaster that was known days in advance.

Stephen Flynn is forme...

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INTERVIEW WITH CONNIE JACKSON OF THE AMERICAN RED CROSS. Mark Antokas

INTRO: With so many competing organizations scrambling to accept aid to those helpless against Katrina’s fury on the Gulf Coast, it is not unusual for some organizations to have a conflict in exactly how to help those in need. In a story brought to you last Friday on the Holy Ground homeless shelter, owner founder Lisa Barabas-Henry had some scathing remarks regarding the American Red Cross. WMNF’s Mark Antokas has more.

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CSI'S EFFECT ON NEWS MEDIA-Andrew Stelzer

The National Institute of Justice is holding an conference on Science, Technology and the Law at the Renaissance Vinoy hotel in St Petersburg this week. Today, about 100 people spent their lunchtime at a panel discussion regarding “ THE 'CSI EFFECT' AND THE IMPACT OF NEWS COVERAGE ON HIGH PROFILE CASES. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is a popular CBS television series about a team of forensic scientists investigating mysterious and unusual deaths in Las Vegas, Nevada. WMNFs Andrew St...

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