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Wednesday May 27, 2015

CELEBRITY TARGETS KFC IN EXPLICIT NEW PETA AD DEBUTING IN TAMPA-By Mitch E. Perry

A brand-new TV ad narrated by PETA member Pamela Anderson and featuring graphic footage of chicken abuse from KFC supplier farms and slaughterhouses is making its national national debut in Tampa this week.

The controversial animal rights group says the ad marks a new stage in their campaign to pressure the fast food franchise to crack down on the cruel treatment of chickens by KFC suppliers, including a slaughterhouse in Moorefield, West.Virginia , where an undercover invest...

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THE EFFECT OF WELFARE REFORM ON THE NATION'S LOW INCOME PEOPLE

On the campaign trail in 1992, then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton vowed to "end welfare as we know it." Four years later, the catchy slogan evolved into a law that sent nine million women and children streaming from the rolls. But did it work? In AMERICAN DREAM: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation's Drive to End Welfare, New York Times reporter and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Jason DeParle explores the inside story of the passage of the law and its impact on the welfare poor the...

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March on Washington - Tampa Bay - by Emily Reddy

About 600 people gathered in Williams Park in downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday for the "March on Washington - Tampa Bay." This anti-war rally lasted from 11:30 to 4:30 and was scheduled to parallel world-wide protests, including a protest in Washington D.C. which drew over 100,000 people. Retired CIA analyst Ray McGovern gave the keynote address at the St. Petersburg anti-war rally. He worked for 27 years under administrations from John F. Kennedy to George H. W. Bush and has become a s...

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RACE IN THE HISTORY OF WEST TAMPA-Andrew Stelzer

As part of the ongoing Voces De West Tampa project, documenting the history of the west Tampa neighborhood, about 30 people gathered at the West Tampa library on Saturday to hear a discussion titled Race: the Invisible Borders of West Tampa. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.

Maura Barrios, the director of Voces De West Tampa, talked about the late 1800s and early 20th century, when West Tampa was in fact its own city. Founded by Colonel Hugh C. Macfarlane in 189...

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THE SUSTAINABILITY SHOW LOOKS AT HYDROGEN FUELS AND SOLAR ENERGY

Jon Butts and Rob Lorei co-hosted this interview with Matt Smith of the USF Clean Energy Research Center and Richard Gluke, a solar contractor from Gulfport. Matt discussed current research into converting to a hydrogen economy. Richard discussed the current state of solar water heaters and photovoltaics.

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Disaster Profiteering! - Danielle Brian, POGO - Mary Glenney, Women's Show

Danielle Brian, Executive Director, Project On Government Oversight (POGO). $60 billion and counting. or is anybody counting? Profiteering in a national disaster? Surely not --Mary talked to Danielle about this and also the recent “hidden� upgrade in credit card limits from $2,500 to 250,000 dollars for a single purchase (yes a l00x increase) -- and at least 300,000 individuals have these cards. Will any money be left for those who most need it? Lack of approval and no bids o...

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Race to the Bottom - Environmental Impact of Emergencies on the Poor - LIZA FEATHERSTONE - Mary Glenney, Women's Stho

Race to the Bottom: Liza Featherstone, contributing editor at The Nation, freelance journalist. Katrina offered a painfully vivid illustration of the way inequities can pervade government planning for an emergency. Liza talked with Mary about the environmental impact of Katrina, particularly on the poor. Check out the Grist article for more on this issue.

For more information, go to http://www.grist.org/news/maindish/2005/09/08/featherstone-katrina/.

Liza Featherstone, author of...

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Peace and Justice Festival in DC - End the War in Iraq Now! - Eleanor Cecil, president , Tampa NOW and Lori Karpay, local poet - Women's Show

Lori Karpay, Tampa Bay peace activist and poet is in Washington for the weekend festival, march and “Operation Ceasefire� concert. Live update on the activity and the atmosphere Saturday morning from Washington. Eleanor Cecil, president of Tampa NOW. Local activist, particularly for peace and women’s issues, is in Washington for the weekend festival, march and “Operation Ceasefire� concert. She brings the latest on what she is seeing and hearing in Washington....

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MICHAELANGELO SIGNORILE speaks out on gay marriage - By Mitch E. Perry

Michaelangelo Seniorelli is the former editor and columnist for the Advocate and a columnist for OUT magazine….He hosts a daily talk show on Sirius Satellite Radio’s OutQ Channel…

His collection of essays on gay marriage, sex crimes in the Catholic Church, closeted Republicans among other topics – called “Hitting Hard� has just been published.

WMNF spoke with him earlier this week….We began out interview by going back to near...

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JANEE MURPHY IS BACK AT DEC- By Mitch E. Perry

On Monday night, Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee Chair Janee Murphy dramatically told members of the Committee that she was stepping down as Chair of the local Party.

Murphy made that announcement just before the DEC’s Credentials Committee was going to announce and distribute their investigative report on allegations that she had committed malfeasance by using the DEC’s debit card for personal needs. The report also was to answer charges that she had ...

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