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Thursday July 31, 2014

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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Asian American Chamber of Commerce - Grace Santos

The First Asian American Small Business Workshop of Tampa Bay was held on Saturday, Jan 22nd. WMNF’s Grace Santos was there and files this report.

The Asian American Chambers of Commerce of Tampa Bay was recently established with the purpose of providing small business resources and education to the Asian American community. Over 200 people attended their first event, the Small Business Workshop.
Santosh Govindaraju, Board member of IndoUS and CEO of Paragon Mortgage welcomed...

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HOMELESS CENSUS/NEW VA SECRETARY-Andrew Stelzer

Throughout this week, homeless advocates and volunteers throughout Tampa Bay will be visiting shelters, soup kitchens, and encampments to try and get an accurate count of the number of homeless people in the area. The same thing will be done all over the country, its an effort to identify how many people need assistance, and the numbers are used to lobby government officials and philanthropical organizations with the hope of raising enough money to help those in need. WMNF’s Andrew S...

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WHY COUNTERCULTURE BECAME CONSUMER CULTURE - Mitch Perry

Last Friday on the Evening News, we ran the first part of our interview with Andrew Potter, the co-author of the book “Nation of Rebels: Why Counterculture Became Consumer Culture �.

Potter and co-author Joseph Heath take on many aspects of the Counterculture in the new millennium. They take frequent swings at the idea of ‘Culture Jamming’ –and say that citizens have been co-opted by the very consumer culture they thought you’d rejected.

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FL LOSES APPEAL IN TERRI SCHIAVO CASE - Mitch Perry

The Supreme Court refused today to reinstate a Florida law passed to keep a severely brain-damaged woman- Terri Schiavo - hooked to a feeding tube, clearing the way for it to be removed. How soon that would happen, however, remains unclear.

The Florida Supreme Court had struck down the law last fall, and the justices were the last hope for state leaders who defended the law in a bitter long running dispute over the fate of Ms. Schiavo.

Her husband, Michael Schiavo, contends she never w...

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