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Saturday May 30, 2015


Reporter: Grace Santos Event: West Tampa Development, InTown Homes (Turanchik) Date of Event: Wed, 18 May 2005, 5-7pm Location: West Tampa Public Library Date of Broadcast: Thur, 19 May 2005, 6pm Evening News

Introduction: Developers have secured a financial backing for $10 million dollars for a West Tampa Development project. The project is headed by Ed Turanchik, former Hillsborough County Commissioner and the failed Civitas Plan in central Tampa. He and his partner, Teresa C...

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Sami Al-Arian jury selection, Day 3 - Lance Robson

Collectively the Defense teams for Sami Al-Arian and three other men retain the ability to strike 18 more potential jurors. The Government’s Prosecution can dismiss 9.

Stephen Bernstein, attorney for Sameeh Hammoudeh, said the Defense would ask Judge Moody for additional juror excusals due to the complexity of the case. Namely the pervasiveness of Public Opinion regarding events in the Middle East, misconceptions about people of the Muslim faith, the misrepresentation pre...

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Sami Al-Arian jury selection - FSRN Headline

The federal case against the former Florida university professor being tried on secret evidence in accordance with the so-called Patriot Act started jury selection this week.

Lance Robson reports from WMNF in Tampa.

Al-Arian’s image was all over the press during last year’s Florida Senate race.

Although he has yet to stand trial many of the prospective jurors admitted during questioning that they believed he was guilty.

Al-Arian’s At...

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Sami Al-Arian jury selction, Day 4 - Lance Robson

Today in Tampa jury selection came to a close in the trial of Sami Al-Arian and three other defendants. But US District Judge James Moody has yet to rule on moving the trial out of Tampa. LR reports

In about an hour’s time the attorneys for the Defense & Prosecution arrived at a full jury. If it had been up to the Defense teams the process would have gone on longer, but their ability to excuse more jurors was not extended.

William Moffitt, one of the attorneys...

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Recent controversy at the Hillsborough court fire department was the subject of discussion at the county commission meeting this afternoon. The department has come under fire for the revelation that some employees were taking advantage of rules, which let firefighters trade shifts; in the most extreme example, one employee worked 700 hours and was paid for 7,600. Fire chief William Nesmith explained the policy, which is common in departments across the country, to the commission.


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Today the Hillsborough county commission chose a new site for the county fair. Above the objections of dozens of citizens who have testified against locating it in their rural neighborhood in eastern Hillsborough county. The citizens group, called Friends of Sydney Dover Trails, objected to the use of 65 acres of the land east of Valrico at the northwestern corner of Sydney-Washer Road and State Road 60. The land is used b horseback riders, is along a lake, and is filled with wildlife. V...

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Last week, a new bill was introduced in Congress to deal with the increasing number of undocumented immigrants entering the United States. In the Tampa area, there has been a recent rise in arrests and deportations of immigrants, especially from Latin America. This morning, members of ACORN held a rally to protest the round ups and express their support for the new legislation.

ACT “every single day we have one less person in the community and one more famil...

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The national conference for media reform took place in St Louis this past weekend. It brought together citizens, media activists, lawmakers, and celebrities from throughout non-rightwing media, to talk about solutions to the increasing consolidation and lack of democracy of media. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there, tonight he brings us a report on how the issue of racial justice is evolving within the media reform movement.

ACT “we have to engage in struggles in…â...

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Save Kiley Park - by Emily Reddy

A panel of architects came together on Friday night to explain the importance of the Dan Kiley Park to about 50 concerned citizens. Kiley Park, also known as the NationsBank Plaza Park, occupies the space between the Tampa Museum of Art and the cylindrical NationsBank Building. It was designed by internationally known landscape architect Dan Kiley. The park opened in 1988 in conjunction with the NationsBank Building, then the NCNB Building, but it has fallen into disrepair in recent years....

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Lorraine Klaasen, South Africa -- Mary Glenney, Women's Show

Lorraine Klaasen and the Soweto Groove. Lorraine Klaasen was born in South Africa, daughter of Nelson Mandela's favorite singer, Tandie Klaasen. Now based in Montreal, Lorraine has capativated jazz and African music lovers all over North America, the Caribbean and Europe. She sings in at least eight languages and twelve African dialects. Using a pan-African approach, her music is a vibrant blend from Zairean soukous to early Soweto township jive to which she adds jazz, pop, R&B and reggae....

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