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Saturday May 23, 2015

PINELLAS PARTYS CHAIRS AT TIGER BAY-Andrew Stelzer

Today at the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club, the chairs of both the Republican and Democratic parties of Pinellas county were the guest speakers. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.

Pinellas county is one of the most politically divided counties in the state. Out of 600,00 voters, Republicans outnumber Democrats by only 7400 registered voters, and President Bush beat John Kerry by only 700 votes last year. With the race for governor, 2 cabinet positions, one senate sea...

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Al-Arian trial, Translator, Wills issue, Historical context - by Lance Robson

FBI translator Faoud Ghaorah worked on the Al-arian case from 1996 to 2003 translating hundreds of faxes and conversations.

Along with nearly 50 translations the government admitted what were called the wills of three individuals. The men named in the “wills� carried out a 1992 attack against a military checkpoint in Southern Lebanon that killed three Israeli soldiers. The documents were found on the computer of Ramadan Shallah, who once headed the USF think-tank that Al...

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Palm Beach County Commissioner Supports State Fund on Stem Cell Research-by Mitch Perry

A Palm Beach County Commissioner is hoping to lead a drive to get Florida voters to decide next year whether taxpayer dollars should fund embryonic stem-cell research at the Scripps Research Ranch.

But it won’t be easy for Burt Aaronson…He’ll need to get 611,000 signatures and overcome opposition from Governor Jeb Bush.

This week a group called Floridians for Stem Cell Research and Cures. kicked off a statewide initiative similar to the one in Calif...

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COUNTY COMMISSION REAFFIRMS GAY PRIDE BAN-Andrew Stelzer

Today was the first Hillsborough county commission meeting since their decision last month to ban the county from promoting or participating in gay pride events. The decision, which was a reaction to commissioner Rhonda Storms not wanting her daughter to see an gay pride book display in the public library. In the past month the issue has been written about in the New York Times, and over 1000 people marched through the streets of Tampa to protest the decision. This morning was the first ch...

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Turmoil Continues within Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee-by MITCH PERRY

Last week WMNF reported on the turmoil within the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee, or HCDEC, after the Vice Chair of the Party, Bob Keenan, sent a package detailing fiscal irregularities and a host of other complaints about Chair Janee Murphy to State Party Chairwoman Karen Thurman.

Although Thurman has refused our phone calls for comment, WMNF has learned that Thurman has responded to Keenan’s complaints.

In a letter sent out last Friday to Keenan, Thur...

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MYRON HUGHES FROM TAMPA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AT TAMAP BAY ROUND TABLE-Andrew Stelzer

Today Myron Hughes was the guest speaker at The Tampa bay round table, a new monthly luncheon series with speakers who address topics of interest to the African American community. Hughes has been the Vice President for economic development for the greater Tampa chamber of commerce, for the past 9 months. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there, and filed this report.


ACT-Hughes “I know we lost jobs last year due to capitol one downsizing, technically that’s bi...

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CHIMURENGA WALLER RUNNING FOR ST PETE CITY COUNCIL-Andrew Stelzer

Dwight Chimurenga Waller, The president of the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement, has announced that he is running for the district 6 city council seat in St Petersburg. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has the story.

Waller was born and raised in St Petersburg, he became a community activist since he was 17 years old, when he helped found JOMO a militant grassroots organization, along with his older brother, Omali Yeshitela. Sunday morning, Waller and a group of over 40 supp...

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LARGE VOLUME OF FBI FILES ALARMS ACTIVIST GROUPS-MITCH PERRY

The FBI has collected as least 3,500 pages of internal documents in the last several years on several civil rights and anti war groups in what those groups say is an attempt to stifle political opposition to the Bush Administration.

The disclosure came in a lawsuit filed by the ACLU, Greenpeace, and other organizations seeking release of the documents. The Justice Department disclosed that the FBI has in its files 1,1753 pages of internal documents on the ACLU, and 2,383 page...

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Al-Arian trial, Ziad Abu Amr, Palestinian History+ - by Lance Robson

A government prosecutor questioned Ziad Abu Amar about his knowledge of militant groups such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Abu Amr wrote one of two books in English on militant groups that have operated in the Occupied Territories in Palestine and was brought in for his expert testimony.

Amr was questioned about a deposition he wrote for the trial of Majan Al-Najar, Sami Al-arian’s brother-in-law who detained for three & half years on secret evidence - Al-najar was ultimately re...

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