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Monday October 20, 2014

AL FROM ON BUSH PRESIDENCY - Mitch Perry & Rob Lorei

President Bush's standing with the public is slumping just three months into his final term, but Americans have an even lower regard for the job being done by Congress.

That’s according to an AP-Ipsos poll released this morning….

President Bush’s job approval is now at 44 percent, with 54 percent disapproving. Only 37 percent have a favorable opinion of the work being done by the Republican-controlled Congress

Al From is the founder and CEO of the ...

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CHEERS PESTICIDE STUDY - Mitch Perry

CHEERS Pesticide Study

As we reported on our lead story last night on the Evening News, Florida Senator Bill Nelson, along with California’s Barbara Boxer, say they will block President Bush ‘s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency unless the EPA cancels a controversial program that will pay families in Jacksonville to join a study into the effects on pesticides on insects.

The program itself has NEVER gone into effect….When it was initially rep...

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MEL MARTINEZ - Mitch Perry

The office of Florida Senator Mel Martinez says it IS investigating whether an aide who resigned this week distributed a memo about the Terri Schiavo case to other Senate offices, and whether any other aides in the senator's office had seen it.

The Washington Post reports that an aide to Martinez – who refused to be named- said the fired staffer – Brian Darling - “may have disseminated to other offices" the memo that discussed the political ramifications of intervenin...

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THE BLACK FAMILY IN MASS MEDIA-Andrew Stelzer

This morning, the University of South Florida’s conference on the black child and family featured a presentation about The Black child and family in American Popular Culture. Dr Angela Johnson, chair of the department of popular culture at Bowling Green University in Ohio, first spoke about what she is currently studying, the history of the representation of Black families in comic strips. Leaving out strips which ad an occasional African American character in a stereotypical role, t...

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PROTECTING THE HEALTH OF BLACK CHILDREN- Wilmer Ramirez

The Institute on Black Life (IBL), a resource center for the African American community and other World African communities at the University of South Florida, continues with its event- Black Child and Family: Closing the Gap.
Wilmer Ramirez files this report to tell us about one of today’s Interesting speakers…

DR DAVID SATCHER, A FORMER SURGEON GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES, AND ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF HEALTH, TOUCHED UPON THE ISSUES ON BLACK LIFE. CURRENTLY THE DIRECTOR O...

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LEGALIZING GAY MARRIAGE / LGBT IN THE MEDIA - Radioactivity

Amy Snider hosted this special program looking at legalizing gay marriage and the role of gays and lesbians in the media. Amy's guests included St. Petersburg Times columnist Eric Deggans, a staff member at Equality Florida, and a state legislator from Connecticut who backs the legalization of same sex marriage.

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STATES, CITIES & NONPROFITS GO TO COURT AGAINST THE EPA - Mitch Perry

In a lawsuit years in the making, a consortium of states, cities and environmental groups are poised to argue before the U.S Appeal Court tomorrow, claiming that the Environmental Protection Agency has failed to regulate carbon dioxide emissions – and must do so, based on current law.

Since taking office, President Bush has urged a cautious approach to dealing with climate change. He rejected as too costly to the U.S. economy the Kyoto treaty, that would require industrial c...

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CLOSING THE EDUCATION GAP FOR BLACK CHILDREN-Andrew Stelzer

The University of South Florida’s Institute on Black Life is holding its third annual conference on the Black child and family today and tomorrow. The sub-theme for this 3rd year of the conference is “closing the gap�. About 300 people attended this mornings opening session---a panel discussion on closing the gap in educational achievement. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.

BLACK CHILD EDUCTION GAP

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Dr Tom Loveless, ...

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MARTHA BURK - Mitch Perry

Perhaps the The biggest Golf Tournament of the year, and the 1st of the 4 Majors, the Masters, began after a 4 ½ hour rain delay from Augusta Georgia this afternoon.

2 years ago the venerable Tournament was rocked by controversy after activist Martha Burk,led the fight by feminists to change its long standing policy NOT to admit women into the club.

Club Chairman Hootie Johnson told members of the press week that the Masters has adopted a new policy, “We don’t ...

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IS FLORIDAS A+ THREAT BETTER THAN NO CHILD LEFT BEHINDS?-Andrew Stelzer

A new study published this week by Harvard University finds that the threats for failure leveled at schools by Floridas A-plus school accountability system are more effective in improving students test scores than are the consequences for not meeting the standards of the federal accountability reform program, the No Child Left Behind Act. This morning, WMNFs Andrew Stelzer spoke with Martin West, a research associate at the program on education policy and governance at Harvard University, an...

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