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Monday March 2, 2015

HIROSHIMA - 60 YEARS AFTER - Mary Glenney, Women's Show

What are the implications of Hiroshima and Nagasaki today? Should we have used the bomb in 1945? Should we be pursuing nuclear weapons today? What are our responsibilities regarding this today? Would you have dropped the bomb? Would you further development of more nuclear weapons today?

For more information and additional information go to www.democracynow.org. You can read the “Hiroshima Cover-up� chapter of Amy Goodman’s book, The Exception to the Rulers on the si...

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JIM DAVIS STUMPS FOR GOVERNOR AT TIGER BAY-Andrew Stelzer

Congressman Jim Davis, who polls show is the leading Democratic Candidate for governor of Florida in 2006, spoke at the Suncoast Tiger bay club today. While Davis talked mostly about the need for respect in Tallahassee, he began his speech with a list of reasons to vote for him, which included a joke aimed at Attorney general Charlie Crist--Crist is leading all 18 candidates in the polls with 15 months to go before the election.

ACT "number 5--i am not afraid to lose my tan...if i e...

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EARNEST WILLIAMS NOT RUNNING FOR STATE HOUSE-Andrew Stelzer

Waller is one of several candidates running for the District 6 seat on the st Pete city council. The incumbent is Earnest Williams, and one of the points used in campaign announcements by Waller and others, was that Williams was also planning a run for the State House, which would have meant Williams, if re-elected, would have only served for less than 1 year of his term. But this afternoon, Williams told WMNF that in fact he is not running for the state house.

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RICHARD PAEY. IS THE STATE RETALIATING AGAINST BAD PRESS? THE CHILLING EFFECT. Mark Antokas

INTRO: In April of 2004, Richard Paey was sentenced to 25 years for doctor shopping after refusing a plea deal which would have placed him under house arrest. Paey has maintained all along that he was guilty of nothing and was just medicating himself for pain due to Multiple Sclerosis and a botched back surgery. Paey was placed in the Zephyrhills correctional facility, and is now appealing his sentence. The State of Florida Department of Corrections, although not having a policy on the use o...

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Democracy For America Event in Tampa - By Mitch E. Perry

Last night in the basement of the Centro Astauriano Ybor City, the Howard Dean inspired group, Democracy For America, held its monthly meeting.

Democracy for American originally was Dean For America, a group led by supporters of the former Vermont Governor who ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for President last year.

DFA-Tampa Bay is led locally by Rob McKenna, the unsuccessful candidate for Supervisor of Elections last year in Hillsborough.

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ST PETE POLICE ANNOUNCE MINIMAL DISCIPLINE IN HAND CUFFED 5 YEAR OLD-Andrew Stelzer

This past April, an incident in which St Pete police handcuffed a 5 year old black girl who was throwing a temper tantrum at Fairmount park elementary school gained international attention when a video of the girl and the handcuffing got out. Today, the St Pete police announced they have completed an investigation of the incident. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has the story.

ACT “a crime was committee she committed it, and by our policy she could be handcuffed..�

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FROM DECORATED VIETNAM COMBAT VETERAN TO PEACE ACTIVIST

Claude Anshin Thomas went to Vietnam at the age of eighteen, where he received numerous medals, including twenty-seven Air Medals, a Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Purple Heart. H e was also responsible for the death of several hundred people. Today he is a monk in the Soto Zen tradition and an active speaker and Zen teacher in the United States and Europe, who tries to help end individual and global suffering and violence. He has made peace pilgrimages through war-torn regions of the wo...

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HILLSBORUGH COUNTY GAY PRIDE VOTE STILL RESONATES-By Mitch E. Perry

Today marks 7 weeks since the Hillsborough County Commission passed a resolution declaring that the County would abstain from promoting or participating in any gay pride events. Two weeks ago, they re-affirmed that vote. Today, Vonn New, the Central Florida Director for the GLBT group Equality Florida, addressed the County Commission. She began her 3 minutes in front of the group by saying their vote had emboldened the gay and progressive community locally, doubling their group’s...

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ARE ST. PETERSBURG AND BAYWALK TRYING TO SHUT DOWN LEGAL PROTEST?

Peace activists from St. Pete For Peace have been conducting anti-war protests at the Baywalk development for more than two years. Recently police have placed barricades on public sidewalks to block peace activists from marching along 2nd Avenue. Some protestors have been cited for trespassing. Our guests: James Marvin (St. Pete For Peace), Becky Steele (Tampa ACLU) and Rev. Charles MacKenzie (Rainbow/Push Coalition) discussed the civil liberties implications.

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Hillsborough County Commission Get Snippy With Each other over Health Care Study-By Mitch Perry

Today the Hillsborough County Commission discussed the status of the Health Care Study Group, a committee organized earlier this year to review the County’s Health Care program, which led to partisan sniping between several of the Commissioners.

The update was initiated by Commissioner Brian Blair, who stunned some supporters of the program earlier this year when he indicated that he wouldn’t mind seeing the program privatized (roll tape#1 o.q.�of Hillsborough Co...

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