News & Public Affairs

Thursday May 7, 2015

ARE ST. PETERSBURG AND BAYWALK TRYING TO SHUT DOWN LEGAL PROTEST?

Peace activists from St. Pete For Peace have been conducting anti-war protests at the Baywalk development for more than two years. Recently police have placed barricades on public sidewalks to block peace activists from marching along 2nd Avenue. Some protestors have been cited for trespassing. Our guests: James Marvin (St. Pete For Peace), Becky Steele (Tampa ACLU) and Rev. Charles MacKenzie (Rainbow/Push Coalition) discussed the civil liberties implications.

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Hillsborough County Commission Get Snippy With Each other over Health Care Study-By Mitch Perry

Today the Hillsborough County Commission discussed the status of the Health Care Study Group, a committee organized earlier this year to review the County’s Health Care program, which led to partisan sniping between several of the Commissioners.

The update was initiated by Commissioner Brian Blair, who stunned some supporters of the program earlier this year when he indicated that he wouldn’t mind seeing the program privatized (roll tape#1 o.q.�of Hillsborough Co...

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Poll Commissioned by Pro Choice groups on John Roberts says the public doesn't like his record -by Mitch E. Perry

A group of leading reproductive rights organizations commissioned Democratic pollster Mark Mellman to conduct a nationwide on-line focus group. The purpose of this research was to gauge voter attitudes towards the John Roberts Supreme Court nomination, particularly around the issues of privacy, women's health and safety, and Roe v. Wade.

The results? Mellman says that when the 107 respondents were informed about Roberts comments and record – limited as it is – the...

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BLACK OFFICIALS MEET TO ADDRESS BLACK ON BLACK CRIME-Andrew Stelzer

Last month, St Petersburg state representative Frank Peterman called together a group of black elected officials to address the rising number of black men killing other black men. Today they held their second meeting to strategize on what the problem is, and to plan a town hall meeting where young black men can tell the politicians what the problems are and the solutions might be.

ACT-Peterman “we are experiencing an epidemic..� There have been 19 homicides in St Pete this ye...

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Miami Beach Democratic Activist Goes to New Hampshire to stump for Hillary Clinton - By Mitch Perry

Hillary Clinton isn't running for president, but her campaign already has started in New Hampshire.

As we reported last night, a group, Hillary Now!, this week has begun running TV ads in Manchester, Concord, Portsmouth, Salem and Nashua, pushing the New York senator for president in 2008. The group has no official ties to Clinton's office, but its president, Bob Kunst, of Miami Beach, said he is laying the foundation for her possible bid for the presidency.

Only nigh...

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Temple Terrace Mayor Questions WMNF's Reporting of his taking down Campaign Sign-By Mitch E. Perry

Temple Terrace Vote

The Polls are open for ____minutes (whatever’s before 7PM) in Temple Terrace tonight, as citizens vote on on the proposed redevelopment of their city, the most costly proposition in the 80-year history of Hillsborough County's smallest city.

Voters are being asked to authorize bonds and a 1 mill property tax increase to help pay the city's one-fifth portion of the proposed $300 million downtown redevelopment Last night WMNF reported on the last days of...

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THE LAUGHING JESUS: A SCHOLAR LOOKS AT FACT AND FICTION IN ANCIENT SCRIPTURE

Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy's new book, "The Laughing Jesus" (Harmony Books), is a critique of religious fundamentalism and its divisive effect on global society.

Freke and Gandy continue to challenge the foundations of fundamentalism by showing that the Bible and Qur'an are not special "holy" tomes, rather they are just books- created by human authors often to fulfill a political agenda.

Our guest, TIMOTHY FREKE has an honours degree in philosophy and is an internationally respec...

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WHAT DO SCIENTISTS THINK ABOUT PRESIDENT BUSH'S CALL FOR TEACHING INTELLIGENT DESIGN IN SCHOOLS?

In CREATIONISM'S TROJAN HORSE (Oxford University Press), Barbara Forrest and Paul R. Gross examine in full detail the claims and operations of the “Intelligent Design� movement, the most recent manifestation of American creationism. Explaining and analyzing what “design theorists� call their “Wedge Strategy,� they document the Wedge’s aggressive political and public relations campaigning. The most notable feature of the movement’s purportedly new...

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Al-Arian trial, Conversations involving PIJ - by Lance Robson

In the past two weeks the Prosecution has read aloud conversations between Sami Al-Arian and people associated with the PIJ.

The conversations have established that Al-Arian communicated with the movement, but it is essential to Governement's case to establish that Al-Arian collaborated and sent money to the organization after it was designed a terrorist entity in an effort to enable more violence to occur.

Al-Arian's attorneys say that instead of using charities and think ...

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TEMPLE TERRACE DEVELOPMENT VOTE - Jen Germaine

Voters in the city of Temple Terrace have continually elected pro-development candidates including Joe Affronti in last November’s mayoral election. Mayor Affronti supports the proposed Temple Terrace Downtown Revitalization Project and the tax increase needed to fund part of the development. But some residents believe the proposed new downtown has grown too large. Temple Terrace residents will vote Tuesday August 2nd on whether they want to increase their property taxes by 1-mill t...

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