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Sunday November 23, 2014

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ADDRESSES HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ANTI-GAY VOTE-MITCH PERRY

This morning The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce finally weighed in on the controversy regarding a resolution passed by the Hillsborough County Commisssion last week on not promoting gay pride events.

The Chamber’s hand was forced after members of the gay rights group Equality Florida said they would be meeting outside the Chamber’s monthly meeting today.

Before the meeting began, The Chamber’s Vice President for Public Relations, Brad Swanson , ...

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NEW YORK TIMES WILL START "BLACK" NEWSPAPER IN GAINESVILLE-Andrew Stelzer

The New York Times is planning to start a newspaper in Gainesville aimed at the black community. It’s a move that elevates the African American press into the spotlight along with other ethnic media, but some are worried it will damage black owned media that cant afford to compete. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has more.

ACT-Criswell “people of color prefer reading their own.we trust each other as far as news..�

Clara Criswell is the publisher and editor of the F...

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Al-Arian trial, USF, Computer forensic experts - by Lance Robson

Three witnesses were called in the trail against Sami Al-Arain and three co-defendants accused of providing material support to a terrorist group.

Mohsan Malani was called first. Malani is a tenured professor at USF and chairmen on the Government & International Affairs department. The government pointed out a misspelling of Malani’s name on a graduate application form, and implied some wrongdoing. On cross examination by the Defense Mr Malani described Sameeh Hammoudeh as a v...

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FLORIDA DEMOCRATS HIT WITH FINANCIAL WOES- MITCH PERRY

The Florida Democratic Party, out of cash and out of power, has been slapped with a federal tax lien for failing to pay nearly $200,000 in Social Security and payroll taxes.

The latest hit -- coming just as the party's most recent former chief revs up a campaign for governor – could further hurt a party that has struggled in recent years to compete financially and politically with organized and well-financed Republicans. And it could give ammunition to opponents of Scott Ma...

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Marriage, A History with author Stephanie Coontz

Social Historian Stephanie Coontz has written a new book looking at the history of marriage (MARRIAGE, A HISTORY: FROM OBEDIAENCE TO INTIMACY OR HOW LOVE CONQUERED MARRIAGE published by Viking). Coontz said the early history of marriage shows people did not marry for love but rather it was motivated by acquiring in-laws, property, security, and status. In fact says Koontz, love was belittled as a too temporary reason to join as partners. In this interview Coontz said that marriage is in flux ...

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JUSTICE FOR THREE SLAIN CIVIL RIGHTS WORKERS?

Forty one years ago this week civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, James Cheney and Andrew Goodman were murdered as they participated in Freedom Summer in Mississippi. Just yesterday the Ku Klux Klan leader suspected of ordering their murders was found guilty of manslaughter at a trial in Philadelphia, Mississippi. The brother of Michael Schwerner, Steve Schwerner, joined us in this segment. He spoke about other unsolved killings of civil rights workers, the fear that many activists at the...

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HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOL EMPLOYEES DONT GET COST OF LIVING RAISE-Andrew Stelzer

Hillsborough county school employees failed in a last ditch effort to negotiate a bigger raise this morning. In October, school bus drivers, maintenance workers and custodial workers asked for more than the standard 2 percent annual raise, but the school board refused. After failed negotiations, a special master mediator was brought in this past January; his report recommended that the school board not give more than the standard 2 percent, which can be as low as 14 cents an hour. At today...

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Al-Arian trial, Important Stipulation that may shorten trial - Lance Robson

It was practically passed over yesterday, but a very important stipulation was presented to the jury.
At one time the Prosecution had intended to call close to a hundred Israeli witnesses, but the stipulation announced on Tuesday, and discussed further today, will save court time and will spare the jury from hearing highly prejudical testimony about terror attacks.

The agreement details 14 of 17 attacks listed in the 53-count indictment of allegations, and establishes that...

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"ASK "DAY FOR GUN SAFETY IN THE HOME-Andrew Stelzer

Today is national ASK day, part of a campaign to prevent accidental deaths of children from guns in peoples homes. The Pinellas county health department has made gun safety part of their violence prevention program and is trying to get children and adults to ask if there is a gun in the house. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has more.

ACT-Caroline “some people say people kill people guns don’t—I think its both..�

Jeanne Caroline’s 12...

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U.S. Senate Defeats Coastal Protection Amendment - MITCH PERRY

Less than a week after Florida Senators Bill Nelson and Mel Martinez were congragulating themselves for a victory in their battle on maintaining a moratorium on drilling off of Florida’s Gulf Coast, the Senators lost today when their amendment to strike the Outer Continental Shelf inventory from the Federal Energy Bill was voted down.

Mark Ferrulo is Director at Florida PIRG – the Florida Public Interest Research Group.
He explains what the vote today means (ro...

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