The federal case against the former Florida university professor being tried on secret evidence in accordance with the so-called Patriot Act started jury selection this week.
Lance Robson reports from WMNF in Tampa.
Al-ArianÃ¢â¬â¢s image was all over the press during last yearÃ¢â¬â¢s Florida Senate race.
Although he has yet to stand trial many of the prospective jurors admitted during questioning that they believed he was guilty.
Today in Tampa jury selection came to a close in the trial of Sami Al-Arian and three other defendants. But US District Judge James Moody has yet to rule on moving the trial out of Tampa.
In about an hourÃ¢â¬â¢s time the attorneys for the Defense & Prosecution arrived at a full jury. If it had been up to the Defense teams the process would have gone on longer, but their ability to excuse more jurors was not extended.
William Moffitt, one of the attorneys...
Recent controversy at the Hillsborough court fire department was the subject of discussion at the county commission meeting this afternoon. The department has come under fire for the revelation that some employees were taking advantage of rules, which let firefighters trade shifts; in the most extreme example, one employee worked 700 hours and was paid for 7,600. Fire chief William Nesmith explained the policy, which is common in departments across the country, to the commission.
Today the Hillsborough county commission chose a new site for the county fair. Above the objections of dozens of citizens who have testified against locating it in their rural neighborhood in eastern Hillsborough county. The citizens group, called Friends of Sydney Dover Trails, objected to the use of 65 acres of the land east of Valrico at the northwestern corner of Sydney-Washer Road and State Road 60. The land is used b horseback riders, is along a lake, and is filled with wildlife. V...
Last week, a new bill was introduced in Congress to deal with the increasing number of undocumented immigrants entering the United States. In the Tampa area, there has been a recent rise in arrests and deportations of immigrants, especially from Latin America. This morning, members of ACORN held a rally to protest the round ups and express their support for the new legislation.
Ã¢â¬Åevery single day we have one less person in the community and one more famil...
The national conference for media reform took place in St Louis this past weekend. It brought together citizens, media activists, lawmakers, and celebrities from throughout non-rightwing media, to talk about solutions to the increasing consolidation and lack of democracy of media. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there, tonight he brings us a report on how the issue of racial justice is evolving within the media reform movement.
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A panel of architects came together on Friday night to explain the importance of the Dan Kiley Park to about 50 concerned citizens. Kiley Park, also known as the NationsBank Plaza Park, occupies the space between the Tampa Museum of Art and the cylindrical NationsBank Building. It was designed by internationally known landscape architect Dan Kiley. The park opened in 1988 in conjunction with the NationsBank Building, then the NCNB Building, but it has fallen into disrepair in recent years....
Lorraine Klaasen and the Soweto Groove. Lorraine Klaasen was born in South Africa, daughter of Nelson Mandela's favorite singer, Tandie Klaasen. Now based in Montreal, Lorraine has capativated jazz and African music lovers all over North America, the Caribbean and Europe.
She sings in at least eight languages and twelve African dialects. Using a pan-African approach, her music is a vibrant blend from Zairean soukous to early Soweto township jive to which she adds jazz, pop, R&B and reggae....
Laura Love Band. Laura's performance is exciting, uplifting and joyful and her effect on an audience is extreme. Her music is a unique ; she calls it Afro-Celtic funk, and she throws in gospel, Broadway, country and rock'n'roll and more. She is a bringing to Heatwave her five-piece band including electric bass, acoustic guitars, percussion, tongue drum and accordion, and fabulous fiddle playing by Barbara Lamb.
Laura will be in the studio live for an interview about 11 am. She and her lo...
INTRO: The National Association of Hispanic Journalists have in recent years, launched the Parity Project, which attempts to double the amount of Latino journalists in the Nations newsrooms by 2008. Part of the projectÃ¢â¬â¢s goal is also to increase and diversify coverage of Latino issues. Recently WMNF has reported that the Parody Project has partnered with The Tampa Tribune, in an effort to improve the Bay Area newspaperÃ¢â¬â¢s diversity in reporting. The Trib is the newest target, bu...