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Thursday October 23, 2014

Schavio Prayer Vigil -- Wilmer Ramirez

After a week since Terri Schavio’s feeding tube was removed, many Christian groups still gather outside her Hospice. For WMNF Wilmer Ramirez files this report…

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The praying and singing protesters stood in front of the Woodside Hospice In a last plea to save Terri Schavio’s life.

Her feeding tube was removed last Friday, and all attempts by her parents and legislature have failed to overturn judge Greers order.

Daniel boagle who’s been outs...

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RELIGIOUS LEADERS ON POLITICS AND RELIGION IN SCHAIVO CAMPAIGN-Andrew Stelzer

Much of the pressure on Governor Bush and congress has come from religious groups, who have promoted the struggle of Terri Schaivo as part of promoting a “culture of life� which intersects with the Anti-abortion movement. Religious groups have bombarded public officials with hundreds of thousands of emails pleading with them to intervene and reinsert Terri’s feeding tube, and Judge Greer, the federal judge who has heard several petitions filed by the Schildler family and ha...

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THE ARAB MUSLIM SHOW - Radioactivity

with Sammar Jarah and Ahmed Bedier. Our hosts welcomed newspaper editors from the Middle East and religious leaders to discuss the events of the week- including the Terri Schiavo case, the possible pullout of Syrian troops and George W. Bush's claim that his policies have caused democracy to sweep the Middle East.

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PASSENGER SCREENING - Mitch Perry

Last summer the U.S. Senate killed funding for the controversial Computer Assisted Passenger Prescreening System – better known as CAPPS II…

Later this year, The Transportation Security Administration is scheduled to unveil a successor to CAPPS II, called Secure Flight….But it must first pass scrutiny thru the Government Accountability Office…

But there are critics who fear that some of the problems with CAPPS II regarding privacy rights will be transferred o...

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LAUTENBERG COMPLAINS ABOUT GOP MEMO RE/SCHIAVO - Mitch Perry

Meanwhile, New Jersey Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg has written a letter to

Misissippi Republican Senator Trent Lott and Connecticut Democrat Chris Dodd, the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Rules Committee, demanding an investigation into who distributed the “talking points� memo to Republicans regarding the relief legislation for Terri Schiavo last week.

That unspecified one page memo, distributed to Republican senators,called it an “ an import...

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WILL FLORIDA SHUT DOWN PUBLICALLY PROVIDED WIFI?-Andrew Stelzer

The issue of public access to wireless internet access came to national attention in 2004 in the state of Pennsylvania, when city of Philadelphia was launching their initiative to make the entire city a wireless hotspot, and the telecommunications industry tried to stop it from happening. Now Florida state legislators are considering several bills that would prevent towns and cities from setting up free public wireless internet hotspots—the laws are being pushed by giant telecommunica...

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CITY COUNCIL ON MUSEUM - Seán Kinane

Details of the proposed Tampa Museum of Art was discussed at today's Tampa City Council Meeting. WMNF's Seán Kinane files this report.

In one week the Tampa City Council will vote on whether to go ahead with the Museum of Art. Bonnie Wise, the director of Tampa's Revenue and Finance Department describes progress that has occurred since last week's meeting.

ACT Bonnie Wise, director of Tampa's Revenue and Finance Department
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TAMPA FINANCIAL REPORT & CITY AUDIT - Seán Kinane

Accountants from the city of Tampa presented the city's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report at this morning's City Council meeting. WMNF's Seán Kinane reports.

Tampa’s annual financial report for the fiscal year ending Sept 30 2004, was completed without major problems. Chip Jones, accountant for the City of Tampa describes some of the city's most expensive programs and that a surprisingly small amount of the city's revenue comes from property taxes.

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DEBATE: SHOULD SOCIAL SECURITY BE PRIVATIZED? - Radioactivity

Two supporters of President Bush's concept to privatize part of Social Security (Kevin Wright a local activist with the group Generations Together -http://www.generationstogether.net/.- and Derrick Max, who runs two business groups: the Alliance for Worker Retirement Security and the Coalition for the Modernization and Protection of America's Social Security, or Compass) debated Bernard Wassow of the Century Foundation. "Scare Tactics: Why Social Security Is Not In Crisis" was written by Was...

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