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Wednesday May 27, 2015

STADIUM SECURITY ON AGENDA for Sports Authority -By Mitch E. Perry

The Tampa Sports Authority, security guards, and local law enforcement agencies plan to meet before the next home game for the USF Bulls, in the wake of what some say was excessive force by security officials immediately after last Saturday night’s game at Raymond James Stadium.

Various Media reports say that between 20 to 40 fans jumped from the stands on to the playing field after the game – which is illegal. 7 were arrested. But as WMNF reported earlier in the...

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COLUMNIST MARK SHEILDS DISCUSSES THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, THE IRAQ WAR, POLITICAL CHAT SHOWS AND THE PLAME CONTROVERSY

Acclaimed syndicated columnist and political analyst Mark Shields will speak to FORUM 2005, Thursday, October 6, 7:30 PM at the Sarasota Opera House.
Mark Shields has been on the political playing field since Robert F. Kennedy ran for president in 1968. After years of managing campaigns from the courthouse to the White House, he is now one of the most widely recognized commentators in the United States.

Shields is best known as the former moderator for CNN's 'Capital Gang', featuring...

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CHILD ABUSE HEARING IN TAMPA-Andrew Stelzer

The State house of representatives’ future of families committee is touring the state, holding hearings to address Florida’s child abuse rate, which is one of the highest in the country. Today they were in Tampa, where they heard from local officials, childcare professionals and the general public—the them of the hearing was “the prevention of child abuse and neglect.� WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report. --------

About 50 people ca...

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Hurricane Prepared? (Ernesto)

State and local elected officials along with emergency response professionals, participated in a Regional Hurricane Forum today. The purpose was to bring together the region’s leaders and emergency personnel to clarify existing plans and procedures. Ernesto Difilippo was there for WMNF.

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have our local officials reviewing Tampa Bay’s preparedness in case of Hurricanes or other disasters. Betti Johnson of the Regional Planning Council spoke on what...

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SUSAN BUCHER ON CHILD ABUSE HEARING IN TAMPA THURSDAY-Andrew Stelzer

The state of Florida has one of the highest rates of child abuse in the country. To try and investigate the causes and solutions of the problem, the Future of Floridas families committee, a group of state legislators is holding 4 public hearings throughout the state. Tomorrow they will be in Tampa, at the downtown county center from 1 to 4 pm, to hear testimony from service providers, foster parents, politicians, and any interested members of the general public. The theme of the hearing i...

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PULITZER PRIZE WINNING REPORTER ANTHONY SHADID DISCUSSES THE IRAQ WAR

Anthony Shadid is the Baghdad reporter for the Washington Post and has covered the war almost continuously since 2003. As a Lebanese American he speaks Arabic and in his new book NIGHT DRWAS NEAR: IRAQ'S PEOPLE IN THE SHADOW OF AMERICA'S WAR (HOLT) he profiles many Iraqi families as they deal with the consequences of the ongoing violence and instability. He offered his views of life in Iraq beyond the Greenzone and the prospects for democracy in the country.

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USF GRADUATE INTERNS WITH HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP IN EAST JERUSALEM

Our guest this segment, Sara (she asked that only her first name be used because she says international workers face harassment by the Israeli government) is working with an international justice group. She described eyewitness accounts of Israeli checkpoints, hardships faced by Palestinians and the tragic case of four brothers injured while gathering a piece of scarp metal that turned out to be a bomb.

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INSTANT RUNOFF VOTING IN GAINESVILLE?-Andrew Stelzer

The city of Gainesville is beginning to consider adopting Instant runoff voting, a system which has been adopted in San Francisco and other cities around the world, in an effort to avoid costly runoffs, eliminate the so called “spoiler’ problem, and increase voter confidence.

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“in the past 4 or 5 years, people have woken up to the problems of the electoral process, and the time has come fro reform..’

Charles Grapski teaches political...

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TASER USED AT USF GAME ON FAN- By Mitch E. Perry

On Saturday night, the football program at the University of South Florida achieved perhaps their greatest moment in their history, when the Bulls upset 9th ranked Louisville in front of over 30,000 fans at Raymond James Stadium.

The crowd was ecstatic after the 45-14 victory, which may catapult the Bulls to their first top 25 ranking…..As has happened in college football stadiums upon such an occasions, some fans did rush onto the field after the game….

Security at Ra...

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WEST PALM BEACH VOTES TO CREATE BUFFER AT ABORTION CLINICS- By Mitch E. Perry

West Palm Beach City commissioners yesterday approved a law that will prohibit anti-abortion protesters from coming any closer than 20 feet to the driveways of the last remaining Palm Beach County clinic that provides abortions. The buffer law will take affect nearly three months after someone set fire to it.

Mona Reis is founder and director of the Presidential Women’s Center in West Palm Beach. She says the first discussions about such a law originated in the late 19...

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