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Thursday May 28, 2015

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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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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