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Monday May 25, 2015

WAL-MART ENDS APPEAL TO BUILD ON GANDY - Jen Germaine

In June the St Petersburg Environmental Development Commission voted to deny Wal-Mart a permit to build a Super Center store on wetlands just off Gandy Blvd. Wal-Mart was scheduled to appeal this decision to the City Council later this month. A town hall meeting was organized last night to prepare for Wal-Mart’s appeal by community groups apposed to the Super Center on Gandy. But hours before the town hall meeting, Wal-Mart made an announcement that turned the organizing meeting in...

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SIGN WAVING IN SUPPORT OF CINDY SHEENAN-Andrew Stelzer

In solidarity will Cindy Sheehan, some Pinellas county residents are conducting a sign waving in St Petersburg. Bill Buculo is one of those people, WMNF spoke to him only minutes ago.

SHEENAN SIGN WAVING

There will be another sign waving in support of Cindy Sheehan in on Monday beginning at 5PM at the Intersection of 4th Street and Gandy Blvd. For more information, call 727 527 - 3996

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JUSTICE EVERY SUNDAY-Andrew Stelzer

This Sunday, Tom delay will be speaking to thousands of evangelical Christians across the country via satellite TV. The Two Rivers Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn., will host the Family Research Council's "Justice Sunday II - God Save the United States and this Honorable Court" this coming Sunday. It will be broadcast live in churches across the country, and carried on hundreds of radio and "Christian TV" stations, and via a live webcast. The theme is "How activist judges subvert the famil...

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RED TIDE DEAD ZONE-Andrew Stelzer

Researchers, boaters, fishermen and public officials are confirming that thousands of fish and animals on the bottom of the Gulf are dead or dying in an area that encompasses more than 2,100 square miles from Pasco County to Sarasota. Its being called a dead zone. Officials from the Florida Wildlife Research Institute and Mote Marine Laboratory say the event likely is tied to the recent and persistent red tide bloom followed by low levels of oxygen in the water.

A dead zone is an area of...

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RURAL SOCIOLOGY CONFERENCE-Andrew Stelzer

The rural sociological society is holding their annual conference in downtown Tampa this week. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer sat in on a presentation about Environmental Justice, and brings us this report.

The main topic of the session was the location of hazardous waste facilities, and the statistical tools which are used to find out how much more often they are placed in area where poor people or minorities live.

ACT “the vast majority of studies find disparities, but they...

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KATHERINE HARRIS FOR SENATE TOUR IN HYDE PARK-Andrew Stelzer

Sarasota area congresswoman Katherine Harris, who formally declared that she is running for US Senate this week, was in Tampa’s Hyde Park neighborhood this morning, as part of her statewide listening tour.

SOUND ACT "I hope im elected, but the only way ill be a great senator..id to fight the good fight...'

ACT "this is Patrice barbar.we saw the bus...this lady is the greatest.."

In front of Gorrie elementary school, about dozen women and children stood arou...

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Mother of slain Iraq Soldier Continues to wait to speak with President Bush- Mitch Perry

Cindy Sheehan is the mother of an American Soldier who died in Iraq last year. Since then, the Northern California woman has become a vocal critic of the war and of President Bush …..

But with the President on vacation in Crawford, Texas until September, the mainstream news media, looking for news, has found one in the poignant story of Sheehan camping next to the President’s Ranch .

Sheehan says won’t leave until she gets a chance to meet with Presi...

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PEACE ACTIVISTS GATHER NEAR PRESIDENT BUSH'S RANCH IN CRAWFORD TEXAS

Our guest was U.S. Army veteran and former diplomat Ann Wright. She's with a group of about fifty peace activists and families of Iraq War victims who are asking to meet with President Bush during his vacation in Crawford. They've been holding a vigil since the beginning of August three miles down the road from the entrance to the Presidential Ranch. Their concern is that the President doesn't have a plan for bringing the war to an end and that this country is even less safe now that the coun...

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MARIA SCRUGGS-WESTON RUNNING FOR ST PETE DIST 6 CITY COUNCIL-- Jen Germaine

There are four challengers to incumbent Ernest Williams district 6 seat on the St Petersburg City Council. One candidate, Maria Scruggs-Weston held a press conference last night to formally announce her bid for the city council. Jen Germaine files this report.

ACT (MS-W) Maria Scruggs-Weston stood in an empty lot three doors down from her home on Melrose Ave South. Her south St Petersburg neighborhood, in what is called mid-town, is marred by crime. Only feet from her home, where two ...

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THE FAILED 90 YEAR RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE U.S. AND HAITI

Our guest, Haitian novelist Edwidge Danticat (ANACAONA; THE DEW BREAKER) recently wrote an op-ed pice for the Miami Herald describing the 90 year history of U.S. intervention in Haitian affairs. Beginning with the 1915 invasion under President Woodrow Wilson, Danticat describes the failure of the U.S. to take part in establishing democratic institutions. She writes that "While it takes American leaders and their armed enforcers just a few hours, days, weeks, months to rewrite another sovereig...

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