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Monday December 22, 2014

RACIAL DISPARITIES IN HOW MIAMI DADE OFFICERS TREAT PULLED OVER CITIZENS-Andrew Stelzer

A 4-year study of the Miami Dade county police has found that there is a difference in how black people are treated once they are pulled over by police, and there are further questions about why the report, which was completed in November, was kept from the public for the past 6 months.
Geoffrey Alpert is a professor of Criminology at the University of South Carolina, his Alpert group conducted the study between 2000 and 2004.

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MORRIS BRIDGE PARK - Lance Robson

Barely a quarter of a mile from where Fletcher Ave meets I-75 sits Morris Bridge Park, part of the conglomerate of parks in the Morris Bridge area. Aside from the parks much of the area is protected land where anyone can get away from city or suburban life. Members of the Sierra Club played a major role in protecting a piece of land parallel to Morris Bridge Park from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers - who, in 2002, wanted to build a practice facility there. The Parks Dept then bought the la...

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USF HOLDS SIT IN FOR DARFUR-Andrew Stelzer

More than 2 million people are currently living in refugee camps in the Sudan. Oxfam has stated they expect the crisis, in the wake of an attempted ethnic cleansing which has already killed at least 300,000 people in the past 2 years. will last until late 2006. Last week, the University of South Florida’s Black Student Union held what they called a “sit in for Darfur�. An afternoon of music, movies, and speeches to educate the student body and general public about the gen...

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PLAQUE COMMEMORATES GWB RALLY IN NEW PORT RICHEY'S SIMS PARK. Mark Antokas

INTRO: In October of last year, and just before the election, President Bush rallied the party faithful in an appearance at Sims Park in New Port Richey. Under the watchful eye of the Pasco County REC’s Bill Bunting, tickets were handed out to all those who wished to attend. About seven thousand were at hand that day to support the president. Pasco Country narrowly went with Al Gore in the 2000 election; the president took the county in 2004 by nineteen thousand votes. On Friday aftern...

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UNINSURED WEEK - Mitch Perry

A group of local health care providers – and one man without insurance- gathered at Tampa General Hospital this morning to kick off Cover the Uninsured Week, being hailed as the largest nonpartisan mobilization in U.S. history on the issues of the Uninsured.

According to the study, "Characteristics of the Uninsured: A View from the States" released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the number of uninsured in Florida is huge – 3 million, 71,000 – or over 18% of th...

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MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE GOES INTO EFFECT-Andrew Stelzer

Florida’s new minimum wage went into effect today. An hour’s work is now worth at least 6.15 an hour, which is a dollar more than it was until now. For tipped employees, the new minimum wage rises from 2.13 to 3.13 an hour. To let the public, and business owners know about the new wage, ACORN held a rally in South St Petersburg. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has the story.

SOUND—mic At least 300,000 Floridians will be getting a raise today, be...

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"Invisible Children" of Uganda - Mary Glenney, Women's Show

SARAH STOTTLEMYER. Sarah will talk about her experience as a young lawyer at the Carter Center. While she was there she met 3 young filmmakers and saw their film, “Invisible Children� about the children in northern Uganda. She said the faces and stories of children in northern Uganda are etched in her memory and asked us to view the film. We agreed that the children and their suffering are unforgettable, and very few Americans are aware of the armed conflict in which they are ca...

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"GIRL DIRECTOR: A HOW-TO GUIDE FOR THE FIRST-TIME, FLAT-BROKE FILM & VIDEO MAKER-Mary Glenney, Women's Show

ANDREA RICHARDS, writer, filmmaker, and film enthusiast who thinks you shoud be able to make a movie for less than the cost of attending one. Richards is the author of "girl DIRECTOR: A How-To Guide for the First-Time, Flat-Broke Film and Video Maker." With the encouragement of a mentor. cinephile Andrea Richards presents a one-of-a-kind, informative, and infectious guide that can ignite a passion for filmmaking for beginners and experts alike. "Girl Director" also highlights the often-ov...

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NEW EPA GUIDELINES FOR ASSESSING CANCER RISK FROM CHEMICAL POLLUTANTS-DR. JENNIFER SASS, NRDC - Mary Glenney, Women's Show

DR. JENNIFER SASS, Natural Resources Defense Council. The Environmental Protection Agency’s new guidelines for assessing cancer risk from chemical pollutants will give industry too many opportunities to stifle safeguards that protect children, according to NRDC.

EPA’s guidelines acknowledge, for the first time, that children under 2 years of age are 10 times more likely to get cancer from certain chemicals than adults who are similarly exposed. But the White House Office of ...

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POPS TREATY - MEETING BEGINS IN URUGUAY MONDAY - Mary Glenney, Women's Show

Karen Perry Stillerman, an environmental consultant in areas of health, was with Physicians for Social Responsibility for 8 years. She discussed the POPs meeting which meets in Uruguay May 2-6.

As part of a United Nations-backed effort to rid the planet of some of the worst pollutants tied to cancer, birth defects and immune system damage, 800 government officials and observers from 130 countries will gather next week in Uruguay for the first meeting of a treaty banning the world's most d...

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