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Monday July 6, 2015

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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PUBLIC HEARINGS ON INCREASING SCHOOL DISCIPLINE-Andrew Stelzer

A coalition of African American leaders, along with educational advocacy organizations, are holding a series of public hearings throughout the state to being attention to the overuse of zero tolerance discipline policies in public schools, and the increasing use of law enforcement to solve minor problems. Today a press conference was held to get the word out about the first public hearing tonight in St Petersburg. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has the story.

ACT-brown “across the count...

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ED HELM, CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR OF ST. PETERSBURG

A Civil Rights lawyer with the US Department of Labor for 26 years before retiring from government service in 2002, Helm is one of two candidates running for mayor of St. Petersburg. Helm discussed his reasons for running for mayor including his passion for recycling; his concern that Pinellas is rapidly running out of landfill space; why he fears that condo-conversion is forcing low and moderate income people out of the city; Baywalk protests and free speech; and why he thinks the Mid-town e...

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The Eckerd Family Foundation

Eckerd Family Foundation

Over the last several years the Eckerd Family Foundation has been among the top 30 organizations in the state in terms of the amount of money it distributes. WMNF’s Arielle Stevenson reports

Scholarships are typically given out to provide financial assistance for education. But in the case of the Eckerd Family Foundation, the amount given, won't pay for a year of education necessarily, but it can open doors to opportunities, for young people to move on to...

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RAINBOW HEIGHTS RESIDENTS BEGIN ORGANIZING - Lisa Marzilli

One of Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio’s main goals when she took office over two years ago was the revitalization of East Tampa. However, if you ask the residents of Rainbow Heights for any evidence of this they are hard pressed to come up with anything tangible to point to. That’s why the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now has stepped in to help. One of ACORN’s goals is to teach neighborhood residents how to organize themselves on a grass roots level so that t...

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EDUCATORS GATHER TO ORGANIZE TO REFORM FCAT -Jen Germaine

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, or FCAT, began in 1999, and is administered to students in grades 3 through11. This test was designed to measure student achievement, and fulfills the accountability portion of President Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act. Although the point of standardized testing is to ensure all the children in the school system are receiving a fair and equal education, critics claim the FCAT widens the gap between race, class, gender and culture, not giving chi...

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WEST PASCO PREGNANCY CENTER. Mark Antokas

INTRO: Faith based women’s counseling services have been on the rise now for many years, a result of conservative efforts to stem the use of planned parenthood, and their efforts to provide abortion as a legal way to end unwanted pregnancies. Many of these Christian groups, manned by volunteers, accept no federal funding and promote abstinence and adoption. WMNF’s Mark Antokas attended one such group’s fundraiser this past weekend in New Port Richey, and files this report...

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