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Thursday July 31, 2014

UBAKA HILL, musician - Mary Glenney, Women's Show

UBAKA HILL, nationally-known drummer, teacher, performer and visual artist. She began drumming professionally with a local jazz group in 1974 at the age of 18 while growing up in inner city New Jersey. Ubaka is a shape shifter, a storyteller, an innovative drummer in the creative tradition of jazz and in the spirit of social change. Her first drum was the conga; the djembe is now her primary instrument, her "other voice." She also plays other kinds of drums and percussion instruments from var...

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KAREN HESSE, Newberry Award Author & MacArthur Fellow-Mary Glenney-WS

KAREN HESSE. While growing up in Baltimore, Maryland, Karen says she dreamed of becoming many things: an archaeologist, an ambassador, an actor, an author. She attended Towson State College as a theater major, but transferred after two semesters to the University of Maryland, where she earned a B.A. in English with double minors in Psychology and Anthropology.

From the time she was ten she thought of herself as "good with words," thanks to a perceptive and supportive fifth grade teacher ...

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BUSHS STATE OF THE UNION LANGUAGE MOVES US TOWARDS CONFLICT-Andrew Stelzer

This weekend, the Association for women in Psychology is holding their annual conference in Tampa, at the Wyndham on Harbor Island; This morning, a group of psychology graduate student from the University of Rhode Island presented research projects which used qualitative research—one of the studies was entitled; Fear Evil nuclear terror: superiority, Injustice, Vulnerability, Distrust, and helplessness—An ethnographic and feminist content analysis of George Bush’s State ...

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TECO SHOWCASES EMISSIONS CLEAN UP PLAN FOR BIG BEND - Lisa Marzilli

Last month, Tampa Electric Co. announced it would begin work this year installing air- cleaning devices on Big Bend's four coal-fired generating units to the tune of 300 million dollars. According to the Florida Public Interest Research Group, Big Bend was the second-largest source of nitrogen oxide emissions among Florida's power plants in 2003. Progress Energy Florida's Crystal River plant topped the list. A public meeting was held in Apollo Beach last night (Thurs) to discuss the new...

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GOVERNOR BUSH ANNOUNCES MORE VOUCHERS - Mitch Perry

Earlier this week, Governor Jeb Bush a new education package that features giving taxpayer-funded vouchers to any students who score at the lowest level on the reading portion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment test for 3 straight years.

The proposed legislation also would increase the pay of beginning teachers, allow the SAT and ACT exams to be used in place of the 10th grade FCAT….Move the 10th grade science FCAT to the 11th grade , and make portions of the FCAT availabl...

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FLORIDA FARM WORKERS - Radioactivity

FLORIDA FARM WORKERS Lucas Benitez and Oscar Salas. Benitez is one of the founders of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (http://www.ciw-online.org) and Salas has worked as a farm labor contractor and farm worker for several years in the Dade City area. They described current conditions facing farm workers including low wages and substandard housing. Both report that wages in the fields and groves in Florida have remained stagnant for twenty years and because of the nature of farm work- many ...

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BILL NELSON HOLDS SOCIAL SECURITY TOWN HALL IN BROOKSVILLE-Andrew Stelzer

In support of President Bush and members of his administration have been traveling the country promoting this plan to privatize social security, USA Next, a conservative lobbying organization has announced that plans to spend as much as $10 million on commercials and other tactics attacking AARP, the retirees' organization, because AARP is opposing Bush’s plans. Meanwhile, many members of congress are taking their own tours, to speak to citizens about the privatization plan. Today, Fl...

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MININUM WAGE BILL IN JEOPARDY - Mitch Perry

The activist group ACORN, who led the way in pushing for an increase in the state’s minimum wage law last year, denounced legislation that passed in the state’s House Judiciary Committee yesterday.

ACORN contends that if the bill – sponsored by Representative David Simmons – passes through the legislature, it would make it easier for employers to get away withOUT paying the new state minimum wage of $6.15 starting on May 2nd.

But Simmons says ACORN ...

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INGRID NEWKIRK OF PETA II - Mitch Perry

The animal rights group PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, frequently creates controversy in order to get their animal rights message into the news.

Perhaps their most controversial campaign was when the group directly compared farm-animal slaughter to the Nazi Holocaust.

Called, "Holocaust on your Plate," it invoked immediate outrage. It consisted of eight 60-square-foot panels, each showing photos of factory farms next to photos from Nazi death camps. Abe F...

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