INTRO: The long neglected history of West Tampa just got a needed boost, according to community leaders who gathered at last eveningâ€™s opening reception and fundraiser for â€œOur West Side Storyâ€?, at the 140 year old Santaella Cigar Factory on Armenia Avenue. The project is funded by the National Endowment for Humanities and the Florida Humanities Council, in partnership with USF. Itâ€™s purpose is to document the ethnic diversity and history of the area. About seventy pe...
Up to 100 people are calling the Federal emergency management agency every day, with new problems related to their post-hurricane housing situation, and a door to door check by the US army corp of engineers is finding thousand of Floridians living in unsafe conditions. Today, WMNF spoke with Brad Gair, the deputy federal coordinating officer with FEMA.
That was Brad Gair, the deputy federal coordinating officer with FEMA. If you need housing assistance ...
Steven Zunes is a professor of Political Science at the University of San Francisco, and a keen observer of Middle Eastern Politicsâ€¦.WMNF asked him today if he was surprised that the U.S. sent an UnderSecretary of State, William Burns, as their representative to Yasser Arafatâ€™s funeral. (roll tape#1 o.q.â€?backed off at that pointâ€?) Thatâ€™s University of San Francisco Political Science Professor Stephen Zunes, discussing the situation that now exists with the Pale...
Hillsborough County celebrated National Adoption Day, a week early, with a group adoption at the Hillsborough County Counthouse this morning.
WMNFs Jen Germaine was there.
In the U.S. there are 126,000 children waiting in foster care to be adopted, and over 200 children are waiting for adoptive families in Hillsborough County.
National Adoption Day is November 20th, and Hillborough County got an early start with the finalization of 37 children being adopted by 27 families.
This week, the US fish and Wildlife service announced they were delaying adoption a plan designed to protect the endangered Florida panther from encroaching development. At the heart of the decision is an employee who spoke up about what he calls bad scienceâ€”that man, Andrew Eller, was fired last week in what he says was retaliation for his trying to do his job and protect the panthers.
â€œAs a biologist for the fish and wildlife service, and in December ...
As state lawmakers return to Tallahassee next week to swear in new members and legislative leaders, battered Florida Democrats are taking a hard look at how to elect more of their own.
The State Republican Party expanded its prodigious dominance in the State House, picking up two open seats and taking a third that was held by a Democrat in Broward County.
Fort Lauderdale Democrat Chris Smith becomes the new House Minority Leader, replacing St. Augustineâ€™s Doug Wiles. H...
This morning, several veterans, along with their friends and family, decided to commemorate Veterans Day by participating in a weekly protest across the street from the VA medical facility at Bay Pines in St Petersburg. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.
An abandoned gas station on the corner of Bay Pines and 100th way became the site of a temporary vigil---the veterans set up flags for the countries which they say the United State...
Governor Jeb Bush weighed in on the explosive issue of same sex marriage yesterday, saying he MIGHT support a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage if the courts open the door to such unions in Florida.
It was his strongest statement yet on the issue and came the same day that the Florida Baptist State Convention in Jacksonville unanimously agreed to seek a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
Bush said he thinks the ...
The bullet train panel may be pulling ahead
despite the overwhelming vote to repeal a constitutional amendment
requiring the state to build a bullet train system.
Authorities said yesterday citizens may have freed the panel to
scrap previous plans and select a contractor and route that makes
more financial and political sense.
Florida High Speed Rail Authority chairman Fred Dudley said "we
have no mandate" but they do have a good idea.
The authority's me...
Our Guest was MARJORIE COHN, Professor of law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and author of the
article "Aggressive War: Supreme International Crime," Cohn says that the war in Iraq violates international law against wars of aggression. In her article she said:
"Between 10,000 and 15,000 U.S. troops with warplanes and artillery have
begun to invade the Iraqi city of Fallujah. To 'soften up' the rebels,
American forces dropped five 500-pound bombs on 'insurgent targets.' The