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Thursday November 27, 2014

Panel Says Plagiarism evidence NOT convincing - Mitch Perry

Late Wednesday night, the state agency that policies Florida’s Judges – the Judicial Qualifications Commission, cleared Hillsborough County Circuit Judge Gregory Holder of multiple ethical violations.

The charges were brought after Holder was accused of plagiarizing a research paper he wrote in 1997 or 1998 for promotion in the Air Force Reserve.

The Panel found the evidence against Holder, “troubling�, but not sufficiently clear and sufficient to find h...

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ST PETE PRIDE-Andrew Stelzer

On June 27thth,1969, gay and lesbian patrons at the Stonewall inn, a gay bar in downtown Manhattan, fought back against police harassment. To coincide with the anniversary of what’s become known as the Stonewall Rebellion, the last weekend in June has come to feature gay Pride celebrations all over the world. Locally, the St Pete Pride celebration will be kicking off this evening. WMNF spoke to ST Pete PRIDE co-chair Greg Stemm, about the festival, and the political ramifications thi...

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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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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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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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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 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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