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Saturday July 4, 2015

Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor, The Nation with Mary Glenney, Women's Show

Katrina vanden Heuvel – View of Hurricane Katrina

Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor, The Nation. Katrina vanden Heuvel will share her view of the hurricane disaster. She said, “Like all Americans, I was horrified watching pictures of the destruction wrought by the hurricane. And like others who share the name Katrina, I found it eerie hearing and reading my name all over the news. But when Fox started calling the storm Killer Katrina, I prayed some right-wing idiot wouldn't st...

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Marjorie Cohn, law professor and Truthout columnist on John Roberts hearings and Hurricane Katrina with Mary Glenney, WS

Marjorie Cohn. Marjorie will talk about Katrina and its aftermath – “The Two Americas.� She will also talk about “The Roberts Court.� Are these issues connected? Some see John Roberts as an acolyte of the late Chief Justice Rehnquist. What judicial philosophies did they share and why are they so important to be examined now. All of the concerns and questions concerning John Roberts are magnified in the prism of the enormous effects the Supreme Court has on ...

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INTERVIEW WITH LISA BARABAS-HENRY OF THE HOLYGROUND HOMELESS SHELTER. Mark Antokas

INTRO: In an effort to understand some of the motivations which drive those involved in helping those affected by the devastation of hurricane Katrina, WMNF’s Mark Antokas spoke yesterday with Lisa Barabas-Henry, the director of the Holyground Homeless Shelter, in Hudson.

SCRIPT: Lisa Barabas-Henry has not stopped in over ten days. The homeless shelter she founded fifteen years ago on Denton Avenue, is a beehive of activity; cars loaded with canned goods, water, toweling and toiletr...

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DEBATE ON SMART GROWTH-Andrew Stelzer

This week, the Florida chapter of the American Planning Associstion is holding their annual conference in St Petersburg. Several hundered planners gathered to hear a debate on value of rail systems and smart growth for cities. Smart growth has been adopted by most planners worldwide ove rteh last few decades as the best way to avoid sprawl. It includes public transportation, walkable communities, community commons and parks rather that large yards for each house, and often requires extensi...

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Eyewitness to the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

Rev. Bruce Wright of the Reguge Church in St. Petersburg has just returned from distributing aid in the hurricane ravaged sections of Louisiana and Mississippi. Early this morning he arrived from the area and described what he found. He said aid was not getting to people who truly needed it; reports of looting were overblown; and that the people he spoke with wanted to participate fully in the rebuilding of their communities. Wright said the military and people with guns who had been given au...

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Al-Arian trial, Problematic jury issues - by Lance Robson

In an effort to address a jury misconduct allegation, brought to hs attention on August 25th, US District Judge James Moody took a few days to formulate a solution. Today he made a ruling.

Moody refused to dismiss jurors who have listened to comments from another juror about Media reports and his own opinions of the trial, according to the concerned jury member that brought the issue to the Judge's attention. He also declined to grant the mistrial request that Defense attor...

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New Orleans Resident and Former WMNF Programmer Mabili Ajani Talks About the Aftermath of Katrina

Former WMNF programmer Mabili Ajani now lives in suburb of New Orleans, where he rode out Hurricane Katrina. He survived but some of his extended family members are still missing. He described what life is like for him in the aftermath. Ajani noted that upper income neighborhoods or neighborhoods with oil refineries seemed to have better flood protection. He described other class- related difficulties and what he called the media's obsession with looters.

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Tampa City Council votes on Wastewater and Water Rates By Mitch E. Perry

For the 2nd time in as many weeks, the Tampa City Council today raised taxes on citizens for basic infrastructure needs.

Last week, the Council originally voted against a proposal to triple stormwater fees – until Mayor Pam Iorio intervened and got Councilmember Gwen Miller to reverse her no vote.

Today, City Staff came before the Council to ask for an increase on waste water, solid waste and water rates.

City Finance Director Bonnie Wise said that when Mayor Iorio took ...

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PIRG News Conference (Ernesto)

The Florida Public Interest Research Group, or PIRG held a news conference today to release their “Made in the USA� report. The study shows that Hillsborough County has some of the highest power plant emissions of Mercury in Florida. WMNF’s Ernesto Difilippo has the story.

An upcomming Senate vote could overturn a March 2005 ruling that allows the most polluting power plants in the nation to ignore existing environmental protection laws. Adam Rivera is the field organize...

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HOLYGROUND HOMELESS SHELTER BUSSES IN KATRINA EVACUEES. Mark Antokas

INTRO: Relief efforts continue nationwide for victims of Katrina, the most devastating disaster in this Nation’s history, and with frustrations over delayed and inept services by local, state and federal agencies, come private efforts to help those displaced in the aftermath of the storm. From Hudson, WMNF’s Mark Antokas has more.

SCRIPT: The scene at the Holyground shelter for the homeless on Denton Avenue yesterday, was one of controlled pandemonium. Cars were being direc...

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