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Saturday April 25, 2015

Disaster Plans Count on People Having Cars; Millions Don't

Hurricane Katrina exposed many gaping holes in New Orleans' emergency preparedness planning, including the fact that citizens who did not own their own vehicle had few, if any, options for fleeing the storm. In "No Exit," just published on, Alison Stein Wellner reports that nearly 11 million U.S. households lack vehicles, meaning some 28 million Americans might well find themselves in the same plight as New Orleans' carless population in the case of an evacuation order. Well...

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Students at Newsome High School in Lithia have established a gay-straight alliance club, despite the objections of some parents who say that type of club is not appropriate to be meeting in school. But the pressure from those parents have led school administrators to declare that in order to join the club, students will have to get written permission from their parents. Its the only school club which has that requirement, and Becky Steele the regional director for the ACLU of Florida, told ...

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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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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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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.

County administrator pat Bean told the reporters ga...

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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.

ACT “there are lots of people in Florida involve din media reform networks,,�

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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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