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Friday July 25, 2014

GAINESVILLE ACTIVIST WINS SUIT - Mitch Perry

The ACLU today announced the settlement of a lawsuit filed on behalf of longtime political activist Charles “Chas� Chiodo, of Gainesville who was arrested on obscenity charges for carrying an anti-war sign during a protest near a busy street corner in downtown Gainesville last May.

The Gainesville City Commission agreed to pay $16, 600 to Chiodo for damages and attorney fees.

Becky Steele is the Director of the ACLU’s West Central Office in Florida…Sh...

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60% OF FLORIDAS POWER PLANTS ARE SPEWING MORE POLLUTION-Andrew Stelzer

A new report has found that 60% percent of Florida’s power plants are getting dirtier, not cleaner. According to the Florida Public Interest Research Group, who conducted the study, rules which allow companies to buy pollution credits from cleaner facilities have reduced the incentive for plants to become cleaner, increases global warming, and is putting Florida’s citizens at risk for health problems. Holly Binns is the field director with Florida PIRG, who conducted the study...

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LAKELAND POLICE OFFICER SHOOTS MAN, IS UNDER INVESTIGATION-Andrew Stelzer

A Lakeland police officer who shot a man who dove away from a traffic stop is under investigation by the local police department. For officer Doug Brown, who fired two shots at Michael Worlds Tuesday afternoon, this is the 4th time he will be under investigation. Brown was caught going 90 miles an hour in a 30 mile an hour zone in 2002, he was also one of 4 officers who shot Leroy Reed 13 times in February of 2002 after reed allegedly pointed a gun at the 4 officers, ---all 4 were eventua...

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STUDENT FORUM - Lance Robson

Yesterday afternoon Student Government Representatives from High Schools across Hillsborough County attended the School Boards Annual Student Forum.

Every year the Hillsborough County School Board hosts a student forum to give student government representitives the chance to voice opinions, concerns and suggestions about issues that affect them and the students they represent. This year 23 schools were represented, and their list of concerns was long. The range of issues raised sp...

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LOOKING FOR THE ANGOLA SETTLEMENT - Radioactivity

Excavations to pinpoint the location of an 1800’s black settlement located along the Manatee River are now underway for the first time. A state historic preservation grant helped to jumpstart a yearlong search for the early black community known as Angola. While field tests are conducted to uncover evidence about a story missing out of the pages of history, a cadre of historians, archaeologists and anthropologists will present talks to the public about the significance of the Angol...

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THE NOMINATION OF ALBERTO GONZALES TO BE ATTORNEY GENERAL - Radioactivity

Questions remain among many people about Gonzales' position on sanctioning torture, adherence to international treaties such as the Geneva Convention and how his confirmation will affect relations with other countries. Those issues were explored with Perry Lange, Senior Legislative Representative of People for the American Way, a public interest organization opposed to his nomination.

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KID CARE PROGRAM ENDS IN 5 DAYS - Mitch Perry

Less than a week before the deadline, state workers are scrambling to sign up families eligible for Florida's low-cost health insurance.

The state estimates it will need 100,000 applications to meet its target for the KidCare program, which covers kids whose families make too much to qualify for Medicaid but less than twice the federal poverty limit.

Today, Rose Naff, the director of the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation, told reporters in a conference call that over 67,000 applications ...

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GAY MARRIAGE CHALLENGE - Mitch Perry

Three gay couples dropped their lawsuits today challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act, saying they don't want to risk having a conservative U.S. Supreme Court set legal precedent by rejecting their cases.

Attorney Ellis Rubin, who was representing the couples, and the American Civil Liberties Union had said they would take the cases all the way from Florida's federal courts to the Supreme Court. The suits were brought by gay couples married in Massachusetts and Canada who wanted ...

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TEENSCREEN REJECTED FOR PINELLAS COUNTY SCHOOLS-Andrew Stelzer

This afternoon the Pinellas county school board was set to decide on whether to begin implementing the Teen screen suicide prevention program as a pilot program in one county high school. But over 200 people packed the school boards’workshop this afternoon, and the school board decided not to implement the pram in response to overwhelming opposition by the public.

ACT “While the notion is noble, the methods are questionable, Bruce Siliad was one of the over 200 peopl...

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THE ECONOMIC SITUATION FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR - Radioactivity

Since 2000, people of color have lost economic ground gained in the 1990s, according to a new report from United for a Fair Economy, "The State of the Dream 2005: Disowned in the Ownership Society." Executive Director Meizhu Lui and researcher Mara Voukydis of UFE appeared on this program to discuss the results of the study.

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