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Saturday September 20, 2014

THE INVASION OF IRAQ - Radioactivity

1:05-2PM: PEACE ACTIVISTS MARK THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF Lynn Lague and Marianne Huber of St. Pete for Peace are organizers of a peace rally this Saturday (March 19th) in Williams Park in downtown St. Petersburg from noon 'til 5PM. They discussed their opposition to the war, the toll the war has taken on American soldiers and Iraqi civilians, lack of press coverage of their twice weekly peace vigils and what the group plans in the future.

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TyRon Lewis Gym Grant Changes - Jen Germaine

At last weeks St. Petersburg City Council meeting, the African People’s Education and Defense Fund requested some non-monetary changes to a Community Development Block Grant they received in 2000.

The Block Grant issued by the city funds the All People’s TyRon Lewis Community Gym and Wellness Center on 9th Street South.

Development Block Grants are given out by cities around the country to benefit citizens in the community.

St Petersburg has given passed Block Grants to...

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Protests Against WalMart at St. Pete City Hall - Jen Germaine

Before the evening session of Thursdays St Petersburg City Council, about 80 protesters gathered outside city hall to rally against Walmart.

Walmart has proposed to build a new super center on wetlands off Gandy Blvd, in St. Petersburg, just 4 miles from the largest Walmart store in the country.

Although this issue has yet to come before the St Petersburg City Council, individuals gathered last night in a pre-emptive strike to let the council hear their objections.

The Attorney for t...

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REVISING THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY - Radioactivity

Hillsborough County Commissioner Cathy Castor and Hillsborough Planning Commission team leader Shawn College discussed a meeting tonight to begin to update the county's Comprehensive Plan. Castor and College said the meeting will be a way for citizens to discuss county wide environmental issues. The meeting takes place at 6:30PM at 1002 East Palm Avenue.

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WAL-MART ALLIANCE FOR REFORM NOW - Radioactivity

WAL-MART SUPER CENTER PROPOSED FOR UNDEVELOPED AREA ON GANDY BLVD. IN NORTH ST. PETERSBURG. A new group called WARN (Wal-Mart Alliance for Reform Now) comprised of neighborhood residents, the West Central FL Federation of Labor, the Suncoast Sierra Club and the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now will testify against the proposed Wal-Mart at tomorrow's St. Petersburg City Council meeting at 5:30PM. A spokesperson for the group, Rick Smith of the Service Employees Internation...

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FLORIDIANS UNITED TO PROTECT SOCIAL SECURITY-Andrew Stelzer

President Bush’s acknowledgement that privatizing social security will not solve financial problems the program may face, was in part brought on by massive grassroots efforts across the country to educate the public about the dangers of the plan, and stop it from being passed into law. This afternoon in St Petersburg, a coalition of local groups announced a counter-campaign to Bush’s national tour.

ACT—Schroeder “The social security…talks about d...

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CITY CONDUCTS ANOTHER CODE ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM - Mitch Perry

Last night WMNF reported on how the City of Tampa’s aggressive Code Enforcement program has adversely affected some low and middle income residents in Tampa….

That “aggressive� policy continued today, when the city’s Code Enforcement team announced, “Operation Springs Cleaning�, which will take over the Sulpher Springs section of Tampa for the next 4 days.

Curtis Lane is Tampa Director of Code Enforcement (roll tape#1 o.q.�clean t...

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CITY KEPT QUIET ABOUT MASSIVE SEWAGE SPILL - Mitch Perry

The Sarasota City Commission held an emergency meeting this afternoon, to discuss the

possibility of launching an independent investigation into the operation and maintenance of the City’s wastewater facilities.

The meeting was called for a day after it was publicly revealed that City officials had NOT warned residents of the health hazards posed by a massive sewage spill over a year ago….

Last month, WMNF and Sarasota media organizations reported on a simila...

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LOCAL LEBANESE PROTEST - Mitch Perry

Meanwhile, as hundreds of thousands were demonstrating in Beirut today, a like minded demonstration held by Lebanese Americans was held in front of City Hall in Tampa …(roll tape of chants)

Approximately 1 hundred Lebanese Americans who live in Tampa Bay, holding both American and Lebanese flags, chanted for freedom, sovereignty, and independence to show their support for the Cedar revolution, and today’s demonstration in Beirut, one month after the assassination of f...

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GOVERNMENT IN THE SUNSHINE WEEK KICKS OFF-Andrew Stelzer

This week, thousands of newspapers, TV and radio stations across the country are conducting an orchestrated effort to make people aware of how important it is that government records be open to the public. Its the first ever sunshine week, and its inspired by Florida’s “government in the sunshine� public records law. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer reports.v

In 1909, the Florida state legislature passed what has come to be known as the "Public Records Law,", which provides that an...

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