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Thursday December 18, 2014

CONFERENCE ON MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY MILITARY-Andrew Stelzer

Thousands of members of the US military are in Tampa this week, learning how they can make their operations more environmentally sound and sustainable. This morning, at the joint Services Environmental Management conference, supporting the war fighter was the theme of Dr Paul Mayberry, The deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Readiness. Mayberry said that the armed forces is facing the challenge of needing a variety of larger environments to train in, both urban and natural, hot and cold we...

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THE FUTURE OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY - Radioactivity

Al From, the CEO of a conservative wing of the Democratic Party- the Democratic Leadership Council is warning that MoveOn and Michael Moore have become the wrong "public face" of the Democratic Party. From says the party must be a big tent but that the the left-wing activists are turning off mainstream people. He says the party should re-focus efforts not on registering/turning out new voters- but capturing "frequent voters".

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NEW LOCAL BUSINESS RETENTION AND EXPANSION PROGRAM-Andrew Stelzer

Over the weekend, St Pete Times published an extensive report that finds Tax breaks given by State and local governments to businesses relocating to Florida often cost the state more than they bring in. This morning, in an announcement unrelated to the times report, the Tampa Chamber of Commerce has launched a new initiative to better serve local businesses that already exist. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer reports.

ACT “We spend a lot of time and effort recruiting new businesse...

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GINNY BROWN-WAITE ON JESSICA LUNSFORD, TERRI SCHIAVO AND SOC SEC. Mark Antokas

INTRO: Congressional District five’s Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite Held a Press conference today in Homosassa Springs today to announce new sexual offender legislation. House Resolution 1505, the “Jessica Lunsford Act�, would change existing laws by requiring released offenders to respond to more than one mailer sent out by probation officers; failure to do so would result in a one hundred thousand dollar fine, and one year of prison time. A second offense would result in ...

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LYNNE STEWART FACES CHARGES - Mitch Perry

Radical Civil Rights Attorney Lynne Stewart awaits prison time after being convicted in February of providing material aid to terrorism and for lying to the Government .

The New York City based lawyer faces up to 30 years in jail for actions involved with her defense of Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman,..…Rahman is serving a life PLUS 65-year sentence for conspiring to bomb several New York City landmarks and soliciting crimes of violence against the U.S. Military and Egyptian President ...

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How to Become a Conscientious Objector to War - by Emily Reddy

On Friday evening, St. Petersburg's Religious Society of Friends hosted a workshop on preparation for a possible draft. A few dozen people of all ages showed up to find out about the draft and in particular to learn about applying for conscientious objector status. WMNF's Emily Reddy attended the workshop.


Seventeen year old Tampa Prep senior Dana Putney led Friday's draft counseling works...

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"THROUGH WOMEN'S EYES," UNIFEM DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL - Mary Glenney, WS

JAN HOLMES, “Through Women’s Eyes: Sixth Annual Women’s International Video-Film Festival. The two-day festival, presented by the Gulf Coast Chapter of UNIFEM/USA celebrates the vision of women filmmakers that shapes their stories of the cultural and the political from around the globe. A particular focus this year is on films by local women filmmakers. This year, eight of the 16 films screened at “Through Women’s Eyes� showcase the work of West Coast ...

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"MISS LIL'S CAMP," film about Lillian Smith - Mary Glenney, Women's Show

SUZANNE NIEDLAND, co-director of “Miss Lil’s Camp.� Suzanne is an actor from St. Petersburg who decided that her interest in people and travel would make a great combination in pursuing a career in documentary filmmaker. She co-directed “Miss Lil’s Camp� with Anberin Pasha. The film tells the story of Lillian Smith, the director of an exclusive Georgia girls camp during the 1930’s and 40’s who taught white campers that segregation was wrong...

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"THE BEAUTY ACADEMY OF KABUL," at UNIFEM FEST - Mary Glenney, Women's Show

LIZ MERMIN, filmmaker, director of “The Beauty Academy of Kabul.� In July 2003, volunteer teachers – including 3 from the U.S. and 3 Afghan Americans returning home for the first time in mmore than 20 years – traveled to Afghanistan to create a school of cosmetology, the first since the fall o the Taliban. The film beautifully documents the poignant and often humorous process through which women with very different life experiences come to learn about one another. ...

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