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Wednesday December 17, 2014

Activists Demand An Answer from Katherine Harris on Social Security- Mitch Perry

A coalition of groups held a press conference today outside Congresswoman Katherine Harris District office in Sarasota, calling on her to make her position known on the President Bush’s plans to partially privatize social security, and a new proposal just introduced by House Republicans which could come up for a vote within the next month. The groups, united under the umbrella of Floridians United to Protect Social Security, do not support any privatization of the system which woul...

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Al-Arian trial, Financial transfers during Ramadan, PIJ Document - by Lance Robson

The Prosecution began the day by calling Chicago resident Salah Da-owd(Daiod), an employee at the Middle East Financial transfer service, which specializes in money transfers between the US and Middle. Da-owd was asked to testify about financial transfers made by the Chciago Islamic Center, a mosque that two of Al-arian;s co-defendants have worked for.

The Prosecution discussed over twenty money transfers made in the name of the Chicago Islamic Center (as well as the American Muslim...

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Bayshore Task Force may reassess sidewalks on Bayshore -Mitch Perry

Citizens living along Bayshore Boulevard in South Tampa raised objections today to a plan to add sidewalks on a portion of the western part of the road, used daily by tens of thousands of motorists.

The objections came during a meeting of the Bayshore Task Force, a group assigned by Mayor Pam Iorio over a year ago to study what could be done to make the road safer after 3 different fatalities occurred with a year.

Last December, Mayor Iorio allocated $200,000 from the city...

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"Pride Is Back" Rally

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A week and a half ago Hillsborough County Commissioners voted to forbid county government from acknowledging, promoting or participating in gay pride events. That decision set off an avalanche of controversy, that the commission is still weathering. Now, members of the community from all walks of life are continuing to gather and speak out in hopes their efforts will result in the repeal of the ban. WMNF reporter Julie Togba attended the “Pride is Back� rally la...

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LARGO RESIDENTS DONT WANT CREMATORIUM-ANDREW STELZER

The planned construction of a crematorium in Largo is being contested by neighborhood residents, who say they haven’t had a say in the process, and the crematorium is not an appropriate businesss to be in theri neighborhood. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has the story

HEY hEY HO HO, crematoriums got to go…

By 4:30pm, almost 50 residents had come out of their homes and stood along Wilcox road to protest the construction of a crematorium across the 2 lane road from their subdivisio...

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Al-Arian trial, Computer evidence reliability, Immigration - by Lance Robson

The testimony of a FBI forensic expert continued today in the trial of Sami Al-Arian and three indicted co-defendants. LR reports

The prosecution continued to ask computer foresic examiner Kevin Arndt to identify Temporary Internet Files collected from the computers of Gassan Ballut & Hatim Fariz.
To clarify Temporary Internet Files are files that are downloaded to your computer each time you visit a website. If you were to visit the WMNF website your computer would store the pic...

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RALLY AGAINST HILLSBOROUGH GAY PRIDE BAN-Andrew Stelzer

Thirty-six years ago today, 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. In Toronto, more than 100,000 people joined the celebration on Sunday; In Paris 300,000 people marched through the streets. But despite the fact that in many places Pride...

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Latinos in Politics - Mitch Perry

A new analysis of Exit Poll and Census Data indicate that though Latinos accounted for half the population growth in the entire U.S. over the past 4 years, only 1/10th of those people actually cast votes in the 2004.

Robert Suro is the Director of the Pew Hispanic Center(roll tape#1 o.q.�political process�)

Richard Fry is a Senior Research Associate at the Pew Hispanic Center (roll tape#2 o.q.�uh, voters�)..He says that of the extra 5 million Latinos eligible...

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CAFTA Could come up this Week

CAFTA Could come up this Week After the passage of relatively non-controversial trade deals with Chile, Singapore, Morocco and Australia in the past couple of years, George W. Bush is now facing his first serious test regarding Trade with the Central American Free Trade Agreement , also know as CAFTA, , which could be voted on in Congress as early as this week. The president warned last week that Central America's embrace of democratic governments and free markets could be jeopardized if Con...

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Al-Arian trial, more computer evidence, conversations - by Lance Robson

The Al-Arian Trial continued today with more droning testimony from FBI agents specializing in computer forensics.

It was further established that the reliability of evidence retrieved from computers and disks cannot be definitively attributed to specific persons, especially when taken from a place of business where multiple people have access to the same equipment.

Yet another FBI agent was called to take the stand. Julian Koerner (ker-ner), worked for the for more than 30 years...

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