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Monday December 22, 2014

CREDIT CARD DEBT RISING FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS AND LATINOS FASTER THAN WHITES-Andrew Stelzer

A new report has found that Credit card debt is increasing for African Americans and Latinos faster that it’s rising for white Americans. For the year 2001, the last year data was available, the percentage of cardholders carrying a balance was 84 of African Americans, compared to 75 percent of Hispanics, and 50 percent of whites. The report, released today by Demos, a public policy and research organization based in new York, also found that the percent of African Americans and Lat...

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WILL CONGRESS OPEN UP GULF OF MEXICO FOR OIL DRILLING?-Andrew Stelzer

Challenges to the moratorium on drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida’s coast are increasing in congress. The latest was defeated yesterday, when

Yesterday, lawmakers tried to pass two amendments to the Interior Department's spending bill on the House floor.

Stating "It's time to say this is not a perpetual ban," Rep. Ernest Istook, from Oklahoma wanted to allow oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico if the net imports of crude oil account for more than two-t...

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EMANCIPATION DAY CELEBRATION - Jen Germaine

Today at the Allen Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church, the City of Tampa Black History Committee read the Emancipation Proclamation. This was the third year the city has celebrated Emancipation Day. Jen Germaine….

ACT (movin’) The Emancipation Proclamation was signed by Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863. As a confederate state during the Civil War, Florida did not recognize the end of slavery until 2 years later on May 20, 1865, when the proclamation was formally ...

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WEST TAMPA DEV. TURANCHIK - Grace Santos

Reporter: Grace Santos Event: West Tampa Development, InTown Homes (Turanchik) Date of Event: Wed, 18 May 2005, 5-7pm Location: West Tampa Public Library Date of Broadcast: Thur, 19 May 2005, 6pm Evening News

Introduction: Developers have secured a financial backing for $10 million dollars for a West Tampa Development project. The project is headed by Ed Turanchik, former Hillsborough County Commissioner and the failed Civitas Plan in central Tampa. He and his partner, Teresa C...

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Sami Al-Arian jury selection, Day 3 - Lance Robson

Collectively the Defense teams for Sami Al-Arian and three other men retain the ability to strike 18 more potential jurors. The Government’s Prosecution can dismiss 9.

Stephen Bernstein, attorney for Sameeh Hammoudeh, said the Defense would ask Judge Moody for additional juror excusals due to the complexity of the case. Namely the pervasiveness of Public Opinion regarding events in the Middle East, misconceptions about people of the Muslim faith, the misrepresentation pre...

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Sami Al-Arian jury selection - FSRN Headline

The federal case against the former Florida university professor being tried on secret evidence in accordance with the so-called Patriot Act started jury selection this week.

Lance Robson reports from WMNF in Tampa.

Al-Arian’s image was all over the press during last year’s Florida Senate race.

Although he has yet to stand trial many of the prospective jurors admitted during questioning that they believed he was guilty.

Al-Arian’s At...

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Sami Al-Arian jury selction, Day 4 - Lance Robson

Today in Tampa jury selection came to a close in the trial of Sami Al-Arian and three other defendants. But US District Judge James Moody has yet to rule on moving the trial out of Tampa. LR reports

In about an hour’s time the attorneys for the Defense & Prosecution arrived at a full jury. If it had been up to the Defense teams the process would have gone on longer, but their ability to excuse more jurors was not extended.

William Moffitt, one of the attorneys...

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COUNTY COMMISSION DISCUSSES FIRE DEPARTMENT CONTROVERSY-Andrew Stelzer

Recent controversy at the Hillsborough court fire department was the subject of discussion at the county commission meeting this afternoon. The department has come under fire for the revelation that some employees were taking advantage of rules, which let firefighters trade shifts; in the most extreme example, one employee worked 700 hours and was paid for 7,600. Fire chief William Nesmith explained the policy, which is common in departments across the country, to the commission.

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COUNTY COMMISSION ON STATEFAIR GROUNDS AND TRAIN HORNS-Andrew Stelzer

Today the Hillsborough county commission chose a new site for the county fair. Above the objections of dozens of citizens who have testified against locating it in their rural neighborhood in eastern Hillsborough county. The citizens group, called Friends of Sydney Dover Trails, objected to the use of 65 acres of the land east of Valrico at the northwestern corner of Sydney-Washer Road and State Road 60. The land is used b horseback riders, is along a lake, and is filled with wildlife. V...

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