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Saturday April 25, 2015

NEW PROPOSAL FOR CENTRAL PARK-Andrew Stelzer

The central park village housing projects have been slated for destruction for more than 5 years, but several attempts at planning what to do with the land and the people, including the Civitas plan in 2004, have failed to gain enough public and private support to move forward.. Today, the committee charged with selecting a proposal for what to do with the 60 acres of land in and around the housing projects heard the only proposal that is still on the table. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has the sto...

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Hillsborough County School District Faces Large Deficit-by Mitch E. Perry

Tonight the Hillsborough County School District is poised to approve a 5 year building plan. But that Plan will put the District in a deficit estimated at $364 million dollars.

The question then becomes, how does the District close that gap? The St. Petersburg Times reported today that school officials are poised to campaign for a referendum for a half cent sales tax that would raise $80 million dollars a year to build new schools and repair old ones.

Cathy Valdes i...

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Bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki

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On August 6 and August 9th, 1945 the U.S. military dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, bringing World War II to an end. More than 120, 000 people were killed immediately, and twice as many would die as a result of injuries sustained during the blast. This weekend, groups like The Religious Society of Friends gathered to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the bombings and to celebrate the sacredness of the human soul. Here’...

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MANIPULATING THE CASE FOR WARS with Norman Solomon

Our guest, Norman Solomon, is founder of the Institute for Public Accuracy, a synicated columnist and a frequent guest on political talk shows on television. His new book WAR MADE EASY: HOW PRESIDENTS AND PUNDITS KEEP SPINNING US TO DEATH (Wiley) looks at the last four decades of U.S. foreign policy. Solomon says the public has been repeatedly manipulated into going to war, using many of the same themes, beginning with Vietnam. He describes those themes and why the case for wars in Vietnam, P...

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TENSION REMAINS AT MIAMI HERALD- By Mitch E. Perry

The editor at the Miami Herald, who fired a columnist last month for tape-recording a former city official who subsequently killed himself in the paper’s lobby, now says that the columnist seems to be changing his story about his motives in making the tape.

Executive Editor Tom Fielder told today’s NY Times that the columnist, Jim DeFede, had originally said the official, Arthur Teele Jr, “said nothing to Jim that would have led him to believe that Art was...

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GOVERNOR EXTENDS DNA EVIDENCE DEADLINE-Andrew Stelzer

Last week, Jose Diaz, a Miami man who spent 26 years in jail, was set free because DNA evidence from semen showed he wasn’t the man who raped several women. That case brought the issue of DNA testing back into the news, and now Governor bush has issued an order that will in effect extend a deadline that was set to expire for inmates to have old evidence tested for DNA that might clear their name. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has more on the new policy and how it still leaves many people in l...

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St. Pete for Peace Protest & Arrests - by Emily Reddy

Six St. Pete for Peace protestors were arrested at Baywalk Saturday night in what has become an increasingly tense co-existance. The group has been using the sidewalk alongside Baywalk as a forum for their weekly anti-war protests for the last two and a half years. It is only in the past month that the city has erected metal barricades along the side of the road. Baywalk officials cite safety issues as the reason for the barricades, but protestors see them as an infringement on their right...

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VOTING RIGHTS ACT- 40th Anniversary - Kim Cobb, Houston Chronicle - Mary Glenney, Women's Show

Kim Cobb, writer, “Houston Chronicle.� Kim Cobb is a national writer for the Houston Chronicle whose broad range of assignments have ranged from presidential elections to earthquakes. Cobb has written extensively on matters of race in America, including immigration reform, school desegregation, voting rights and the political voice of the burgeoning Hispanic population.

Cobb was in Selma, Alabama in 1990 for the 25th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, reporting on how racism's ghos...

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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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