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Wednesday September 24, 2014

CHASCO FIESTA AND PARADE 2005. Mark Antokas

INTRO: Despite objections by the American Indian Movement, the 83rd Chasco festival and parade came off without a hitch this past Saturday in New Port Richey. Saturday’s parade, and in particular, the Krewe of Chasco, was the focus of the groups forty members, as they demonstrated peacefully while the parade passed them by. The Krewe is made up of about fifty whites dressed in Buckskin regalia and feathered headdress, something that some Native Americans, see as racist and demeaning. A...

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HIGHLANDS COUNTY COMMISSIONER SAYS NAVY IGNORES PUBLIC ON AVON PARK-Andrew Stelzer

Last week here on the WMNF evening news, we brought you two reports regarding proposed changes to the Avon park Bombing range, on the border on highlands and Polk counties, which would allow the navy and air force to conduct tests with real live bombs. Today, WMNF spoke to Bob Bullard a Highlands county commissioner; Bullard told us that county commissioner like himself, and citizens who voiced their objections at a series of public meetings may have no real say in the process, and his patri...

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HILLSBOROUGH UNION WORKERS FIGHTING FOR MORE PAY - Mitch Perry

There are over 4,000 men and women who make up the Hillsborough School Employees Federation – they are School Bus drivers, food service preparers, , custodians, maintenance and security workers - and most of them are hopping made.

That’s because they say that in the most recent negotiations between the Union and the Hillsborough County School District, the 2% salary increase that the District is offering is simply way too low for the work they do.

And they say...

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MORE ON JEFF GANNON - Mitch Perry

Several news organizations reported today that , For the first time in memory, and perhaps ever, a "blogger" was admitted to a regular White House briefing………

The blogger, Garrett M. Graff, who writes about the news media in Washington for mediabistro.com, had to make multiple attempts over several days last week before finally securing the promise of a day pass for today.

Graff has said that the James Guckert/ Jeff Gannon controversy inspired him to try for the day p...

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CYNTHIA SALZMAN MONDELL, Director,"Sisters of 77"-Mary Glenney, Women's Show

CYNTHIA SALZMAN MONDELL, Director. “Sisters of 77� is a film that revisits the historic 1977 national women’s conference in Houston, a euphoric event that galvanized feminism. This is a fascinating look at that pivotal weekend and how it changed American life and the lives of the women who attended. On the table at the convention were countless hot-button issues that ran the gamut of American women’s concerns, such as equal pay, daycare, healthcare, minority rights...

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FRANCES KISSLING, Catholics for a Free Choice - Mary Glenney, Women's Show

FRANCES KISSLING, president, Catholics for a Free Choice. Frances Kissling is president and chief executive officer of Catholics for a Free Choice in Washington, DC. From her work with family planning clinics in the 1970s to her leadership in the feminist religious and international reproductive health movements, Ms. Kissling has been working to improve women’s lives for over 30 years.

Under Ms. Kissling’s leadership, CFFC has become a leading force for change in the Catholi...

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JUNE BARRETT, Husband killed during attack on Pensacola Women's Clinic-Glenney

JUNE BARRETT, widow of James Barrett. James Barrett was escorting Dr. John Bayard Britton to a PensAcola women�s clinic when both were murdered by Paul Hill in July 1994. June Barrett was injured in the same attack. We will talk about her memories of that time and the present.

Frances Kissling will be the featured speaker at the Annual Dinner for Planned Parenthood of Southwest & Central Florida, Sunday, March 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Sarasota. June Barrett will also be honor...

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83rd ANNUAL CHASCO FIESTA PARADE ON SATURDAY. Mark Antokas

INTRO: The 83rd annual Chasco Fiesta began yesterday in New Port Richey, despite objections from Native Americans and the American Indian Movement. The ten day event features a carnival, food vendors, a car show, a boat parade, music events in Sims Park, Native American displays and a street parade which has created dissent by Native American rights groups over the Krewe of Chasco’s float which portrays Indians in a negative light. WMNF’s Mark Antokas files this report.

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BETTY CASTOR OUT OF GOVERNOR'S RACE? - Mitch Perry

Betty Castor confirmed today that she will NOT be a candidate for Governor next year.

Castor commented to the Associated Press that after her narrow lost to Mel Martinez for the U.S. Senate last November, she does NOT want to run back-to-back campaigns.

Castor told the AP, “"I have had a lot of encouragement to enter this governor's race and I thought about it. If the timing were different and I hadn't just spent 18 months in a different race, my decision might be different…...

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