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Saturday April 19, 2014

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH USA DIVESTMENT IN COMPANIES SUPPORTING ISRAELI OCCUPATION-Andrew Stelzer

This summer a Florida delegation to the Presbyterian Church USA came to the churches bi-annual assembly with a proposal to stop investing in companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands, and remove all investments that are currently made in those companies. The proposal passed, and now a group on Presbyterians concerns about the religious rift it may cause is trying to get the church to take back the policy. Jerry Van Marter is director of the Presbyterian News servic...

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UNDOCUMENTED LATINO WOMEN SUFFER IMMIGRATION ABUSES. Mark Antokas

INTRO: The fear of law enforcement agencies can put undocumented immigrants in danger. Pitfalls such as rape and spousal abuse occur more and more frequently as these people arrive, pressures rise, and just to survive strains families and immigrant communities. Margueritta Romo is with the Farmworkers SelfHelp in Dade City. She speaks of one such case. Roll Tape:

There are other problems such as spousal abuse. Roll Tape:

In a 1982 ruling, Plyer v. Doe, U.S. Supreme Court Justice William...

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IMMIGRANTS ARE UNDER ATTACK IN US-Andrew Stelzer

A new report leaked to the Miami herald has found that harassment and detention of immigrants and others seeking asylum in the United States is on the rise and is actually making the country less secure from terrorists. This afternoon, WMNF spoke to Cheryl Little, the executive director of the Florida Immigrant advocacy center and author of the report, titled “Securing our borders: Post 9/11 Scapegoating of Immigrants.�

IMMIGRANT REPORT

That was Cheryl Little, the ex...

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LOCAL MUSIC SCENE MOURNS DAVE RATT-Andrew Stelzer

Dave Anderson, also known as Dave Ratt, or scooter was stabbed in the chest while trying to break up a fight at the New World Brewery in Ybor city on October 24th. This weekend, several local bands, including Dumb Waiters, Vagina Sore Jr., and The 39 Steps performed both Thursday and Sunday night at the New World, in benefit shows to help Anderson’s family pay for the funeral.

DAVE RATT

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HATE CRIMES REPORT-Andrew Stelzer

 Attorney General Charlie Crist said today that a total of 275

hate crimes were reported by local law enforcement agencies in 2003, a decrease from 306 a year earlier. Race was the motivating factor behind virtually half the reported hate crimes. A combination of just two motivations categories, race and ethnicity/national origin, accounted for two-thirds of all reported hate crimes in 2003. The report shows a clear pattern of growth in hate crime incidents motivated by ...

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VOTER MANDATE AMENDMENT 7? BAYONET POINT REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER SAYS NO TO RECORDS. Mark Antokas

INTRO: Weeks after voters in Florida passed an amendment to require doctors to release medical malpractice records to their patients, numerous legal challenges and lawsuits to amendment 7 have been filed. Recently, the Bayonet Point Regional Medical Center, in Hudson, Florida, suspended nine cardiologists for, the St. Pete Times reports, unnecessary angioplasties, stints placed on arteries of the wrong size or shape, wrong medicines and poor record keeping. WMNF’s Mark Antokas has more: ...

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PFAW ON BUSH NOMINATION OF CONTROVERSIAL JUDGES-Andrew Stelzer

President Bush announced this afternoon that he will re-nominate 20 judicial appointees, many of whom are strongly opposed by democrats, and some of whom were either blocked by democratic filibusters in the Senate, or never made it to the point of approval. The list to be resubmitted includes Priscilla Owen, a Texas Supreme Court justice whose nomination to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has been blocked by Democrats since May 2001. She has been criticized over decisio...

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