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Monday July 6, 2015

LAWSUIT AGAINST WALMART FILED ON BEHALF OF WORKERS IN 6 COUNTRIES-Andrew Stelzer

A lawsuit has been filed against Wal-Mart on behalf of factory workers in 5 foreign countries, as well as employees of Wal-Mart competitors in California. The suit alleges that employees of toy and garment factories in Swaziland, China, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Nicaragua were made to work overtime without extra pay, paid under minimum wage, and blocked from forming unions, which are all in violation of Wal-Mart’s suppliers standards. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer spoke with Terry Coll...

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Tampa City Council on Hurricane Preparedness - By Mitch E. Perry

Tensions between Hillsborough County Administrator Pat Bean and Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio about communicating for hurricane preparedness continued to play out in the media today.

The Tampa Tribune quoted Mayor Iorio as saying it was ‘unbelievable’ how a failure to meet with Bean resulted in a news conference on Tuesday with Bean explaining that – if a hurricane were to hit the Tampa area – The County Adminstrator would be in charge.

Bean told both the Tribun...

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REVREND BRUCE WRIGHT GOING BACK TO GULF COAST TO BRING AID-Andrew Stelzer

Relief efforts throughout the Tampa Bay Area continue to help out those directly affected by Hurricane Katrina. In St. Petersburg, a coalition of community based organizations are collecting food, water, supplies and cash for a return trip to the region. The Reverend Bruce Wright from the Refuge in St. Pete is leading the effort.

ACT ‘were going to two of the same spots…

The Refuge is working along with several other community organizations including St. Pete. Food Not...

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Disaster Plans Count on People Having Cars; Millions Don't

Hurricane Katrina exposed many gaping holes in New Orleans' emergency preparedness planning, including the fact that citizens who did not own their own vehicle had few, if any, options for fleeing the storm. In "No Exit," just published on MotherJones.com, Alison Stein Wellner reports that nearly 11 million U.S. households lack vehicles, meaning some 28 million Americans might well find themselves in the same plight as New Orleans' carless population in the case of an evacuation order. Well...

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GAY STRAIGHT ALLIANCE FACES RESTRICTIONS AT HIGH SCHOOL-Andrew Stelzer

Students at Newsome High School in Lithia have established a gay-straight alliance club, despite the objections of some parents who say that type of club is not appropriate to be meeting in school. But the pressure from those parents have led school administrators to declare that in order to join the club, students will have to get written permission from their parents. Its the only school club which has that requirement, and Becky Steele the regional director for the ACLU of Florida, told ...

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TECHNOLOGY AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM-Andrew Stelzer

The National Institute of Justices National Conference on Science technology and the law concluded to today in St Petersburg. The final session focused on The Impacts of New Technologies on the Criminal Justice System. Joe Peterson, the acting head of the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Illinois in Chicago, focused his presentation on DNA, which he says has revolutionized the criminal Justice system since it was introduced in the 1980s.

ACT-Peterson ‘we acc...

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Polk County Citizen threatens to lead recall petitions against pro tax County Commissioners- By Mitch E. Perry

The Lakeland Ledger reported today that a member of the Polk County Republican Executive Committee says he wants to begin a petition drive to recall four of his fellow Republicans -- the 4 Polk County commissioners who voted for a tax increase.

John Long of Davenport says that and his lawyer are studying the process for beginning a petition drive, which he hopes ultimately will lead to a recall vote for commissioners Bob English, Sam Johnson, Jack Myers and Paul Senft. Long has a...

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Just Say No Family Portrait Project Exhibit Friday September 9-By Mitch E. Perry

When the Hillsborough County Commission voted 5-1 to have the County abstain from promoting gay pride events in June, one of the largest public demonstrations in recent years took place in protest a week later in Tampa. There have been other events designed to show disgust at the vote, which the Commissioners have indicated they have no inclination to reverse.

One response has been through art….A show called, “The Family Values Portrait Project� had its grand openin...

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RACISM AT GRAND HAMPTON?- By Mitch E.Perry

In New Tampa, construction has been underway in a development known as Grand Hampton. Home prices in the development run from $200,000 to over a million dollars.

Grand Hampton is advertised on the web site of the developer, the Landmar Group as a ‘gated, master-planned community that has the casual atmosphere of Old Florida “ with the best that life has to offer in private, club living.

But last week at the development site, several construction workers, all ...

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