News & Public Affairs

Thursday August 28, 2014

BETTY CASTOR OUT OF GOVERNOR'S RACE? - Mitch Perry

Betty Castor confirmed today that she will NOT be a candidate for Governor next year.

Castor commented to the Associated Press that after her narrow lost to Mel Martinez for the U.S. Senate last November, she does NOT want to run back-to-back campaigns.

Castor told the AP, “"I have had a lot of encouragement to enter this governor's race and I thought about it. If the timing were different and I hadn't just spent 18 months in a different race, my decision might be different…...

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Al-Arian vigil - Lance Robson

Last night a candlelight vigil was held at the Orient Road jail for Sami Al-Arian.

Bit – we’re here because we believe in constitutional law, etc…

That was John Arnaldi, one of more than fifty people who gathered to lament and protest the treatment that Dr Sami Al-Arian has received since being incarcerated two years ago. The group of demonstrators has also called for the kind of measured treatment most of us expect other unconvicted prisoners to receive. But t...

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Cilvil Liberties in Bush's Second Term: the Al-Arian case - Lance Robson

The state of civil liberties and how they relate to the culture of fear that Muslim-Americans now find themselves living in was the focal point of a discussion that took place at USF Monday night. LR was there and filed this report.

Bit – This is not new, it is dangerous and obscene but it is not new.

That was Constitutional Lawyer and a former President of the Nation Lawyer’s guild, Peter Erlinder who addressed a half-full auditorium of people at USF. The issues raised...

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Sami Al-Arian jury questionnaire hearing - Lance Robson

This afternoon at the Federal courthouse in downtown Tampa the preparations for the case against Sami al-arian, and three other associated defendants, moved into the jury selection stage.

Judge James Moody presided over a hearing on whether or not a continuance should be granted in the upcoming AL-Arian case. For hours the defense team challenged answers and comments made by potential jurors in specially designed questionnaires. Many of the responses showed the amount of misrepresentati...

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Al-Arian continuance & juror screening hearing - Lance Robson

Today the juror screening and continuance hearing for Sami Al-Arian and three other men, all soon be tried for allegedly making contributions to terrorist organizations –among other charges. All through the day the defense teams screened potential juror questionnaires hoping to weed out biased and problematic individuals. It seemed like a never ending process that illuminated both the level of misunderstanding and racism many everyday Americans harbor towards people of Middle Easter...

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CITIZENS DONT WANT LIVE BOMIBING AT AVON PARK-Andrew Stelzer

For the past 3 nights, citizens who live near the Avon Park Bombing range on the border of Polk and Highlands county have been voicing their concerns and support for the use of live ammunition by the air force and the navy.

ACT-Richards “I live on one of 2 lakes n the first adjacent to the range…�

ACT “We are subjected to noise now to non live ordinances..that will increase greatly…�

Pam Richards lives in the south side of Fr...

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art

Interview with Joe Griffith, Pat Green & Dana Hargrove discussed art, society

Interview with Denis Gaston discussed art

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NEW REPORT CITES TOP 10 REASONS NATIONAL PARKS NEED MORE MONEY - Mitch Perry

A new report released today by the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association says that funding for America’s national parks is at a ‘bear’ minimum and lists the top 10 reasons parks need more money. The report calls for and has received immediate support from Congress…as a bi-partisan group of Congress introduced new legislation today to fund America’s National Parks.

Ron Tipton is the Senior Vice President for Programs at the National Parks Conse...

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AVON PARK HEARINGS - Mitch Perry

Tonight in Avon Park in Polk County, the 3rd and final Public Hearing on plans for new bombing at the Avon Park Air Force Range will take place, at the Avon Park Community Center.

After the Pentagon halted Navy Operations at Vieques in Puerto Rico in 2002, Pentagon officials said that military use at Avon Park could increase.

The Navy’s departure from Vieques was a huge win for most of the Puerto Rican people, who had protested the site for decades, claiming it created ...

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FLORIDAS MEDICAID RX LIST MAY BECOME DANGEROUSLY SHORT-Andrew Stelzer

A coalition of patient protection groups issued a warning this morning, that Governor Bush’s plans to change the list of prescription drugs available under The states Medicare system could have grave consequences for many Floridians. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer reports

ACT-Frye “There are huge consequences of public health not being available…�

Jesse Frye is director of government affairs and advocacy with the AIDS institute, based in Tampa.

ACT-Fry...

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