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Sunday May 24, 2015


When the Ford Amphitheatre opened last summer on the state fairgrounds near the intersection of I-4 and 301, and the concerts were so loud that residents a mile away complained they couldn’t sleep. The county soon found itself engaged in a legal battle to get Clear Channel, which has a 45 year contract to operate the amphitheatre, to turn down the music. The Hillsborough county Environmental protection commission filed one suit last year to stop the concerts, and two area residents f...

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Pinellas Progressive Coalition Meeting - by Emily Reddy

On Saturday nearly 30 groups came together in St. Petersburg's Fossil Park in a rally for Progressive Values. The main goal of the event was to build alliances between the groups so that they can work to support each other in the future. Groups took turns speaking, each explaining their groups' goals and current projects and inviting the crowd to join them in their efforts. About 100 people showed up to hear the speakers and to network with other groups. WMNF's Emily Reddy was there and s...

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DIANE MASON, filmmaker and daughter ANN -“The Last Refuge: One Woman’s Glimpse of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge� - Mary Glenney, Women's Show

“The Last Refuge: One Woman’s Glimpse of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge�

Diane Mason, filmmaker with her daughter, Ann. Ann Mason visited the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for the first time when she was 15 and vowed then to return. 15 years later she and her mother returned – video camera in tow. “It is very possible that no human has stepped where you’ve stepped.� The film captures the quiet beauty and vastness of a region that is lar...

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NARAL Pro-Choice America - GEN RAY - John Roberts - Friend or Foe? - Mary Glenney, Women's Show

NARAL Pro-Choice America. Gen Ray, Operations Director forNARAL Pro-Choice America talked with us about questions we should ask John G Roberts. NARAL was very disappointed with President Bush's choice for a nominee. His record indicates that he is definitely anti-choice. We have a right to know his views. Roe v. Wade and reproductive freedom? Right to privacy? Federalism and states rights? Environment? Endangered species? Individual rights? Gay rights? Prayer in school? Separatio...

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SUSAN STERN, filmmaker, "The Self Made Man" - POV - End of Life Decisions - Mary Glenney, Women's Show

“The Self Made Man�

Susan Stern, filmmaker. The filmmaker will discuss her father – a self-made man who was one of the pioneers with solar energy – who made decisions regarding the end of his life. In the film she raises issues we all will have to face.

Susan discussed her father's decision to end his life when he learns he has two very serious, life and quality of life threatening illnesses. She discussed the issues of a person losing independence as they ag...

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VONN NEW, EQUALITY FLORIDA - Update on Hillsborough County - Mary Glenney, Women's Show

“Discrimination in Hillsborough County�

Vonn New, Equality Florida. Discussion of the latest county commission meeting where commisioners refused to extend the comment period by constituents. Voted to uphold the ban. Equality Florida is working to remain positive and take the high ground while working to change these actions and hold the commissioners accountable.

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More than 100,000 police officers nationwide reportedly carry Tasers. The devices, which firing a pair of pronged darts that latch onto clothing or skin and send a 50,000 volt causing the victims to collapse, are used by more than 180 police agencies in Florida and by more than 7,000 law enforcement agencies nationally. This week the city of st Petersburg police department announced they have decided to use Tasers. On Tuesday, Tarpon Springs city commissioners announced they have decided on...

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Hyde Park Activists Say Bayshore Tower Not a Done Deal-Mitch Perry

As we reported last night on the Evening News, Tampa City Councilman John Dingfelder yesterday reacted with outrage at the Council meeting upon learning of a settlement between the City of Tampa and a developer on a proposed condominium Tower on Bayshore Boulevard.

Dingfelder, who represents that section of South Tampa on the Council , said he had no idea mediation was happening. The issue of how big the Building should be has been a contentious issue between local Hyde Park resi...

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