News & Public Affairs

Saturday August 30, 2014

POSSIBLE HATE CRIME IN TAMPA - Farhad Sabet

Nearly four months after Damien Johnson's alleged suicide, family members, NAACP officials and one community activist continue to ask questions about how Johnson really died - and continue to press for a deeper investigation.

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SUPREME COURT REFUSES TO HEAR CASE ON GAY ADOPTION BAN-Andrew Stelzer

The US Supreme Court today refused to hear a case challenging Florida’s ban on adoption by gay people. This leaves Florida as the only state in the country with such a law, and leaves child advocates hoping that the state legislature will step in and overturn the law themselves. WMNFs’ Andrew Stelzer reports.

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ACT—Doering “It was just a two word opinion—denied, no explanation..

Karen Doering is staff attorney w...

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LIGHTING THE SULPHUR SPRINGS TOWER - Jessica Noel

after nearly 30 years of disuse and neglect, the historic sulphur springs water tower has been outfitted with an array of outdoor lights. The landmark building was illuminated ofr the first time this Saturday evening. WMNF’s Jessica Noel was there and filed this report.

4 13:30 I’m the king of the tower

4 6:50 mr what’s this - that was the control box

4 7:12 this is water from the spring, it was built over a spring

The lighting of the tower is part of th...

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ANN RABSON, musician Mary Glenney Women's Show

ANN RABSON, Piano player/guitarist/vocalist. In 2003, honoring her "life-long dedication and contribution to the art of boogie piano," Ann was inducted into the Boogie Woogie Hall of Fame in Cincinnati. That same year, at the W. C. Handy Awards in Memphis, she received her 7th nomination for a W. C. Handy Award, this time in the Traditional Female Blues Artist category. As a child (in 1949) upon hearing Big Bill Broonzy, she made her first connection with the blues. Although at the time...

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URBAN BUSH WOMEN - Mary Glenney,Women's Show

URBAN BUSH WOMEN, CHRISTAL BROWN (choreographer, educator, performer, writer, activist). Founded in 1984 by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Urban Bush Women is a dance ensemble that engages a diverse audience by producing bold and life affirming work based on women's experiences, African American history and cultural influences of the African Diaspora. Company activities include the creation and performance of works for the stage; artist training in dance and community engagement; and public project...

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TRET FURE, singer/songwriter Mary Glenney Women's Show

TRET FURE. One of the most prolific artists in the contemporary singer-songwriter arena, Tret Fure is extraordinarily talented. This year found her winning the prestigious South Florida Folk Festival Songwriting Competition in two out of three categories, Best Up-Beat and Best Overall. In addition to being a gifted songwriter, Fure possesses an uncanny mastery of musical technology. Over the past 30 years, Fure has engineered and produced countless recordings by a variety of artists, inclu...

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REMEMBERING SHIRLEY CHISHOLM - Mary Glenney Women's Show

Shirley Chisholm, who had been in declining health since suffering a series of small strokes last summer, died Saturday at age 80. This special woman so full of grace, class, wit & wisdom, not to mention the courage of her convictions, will be sorely missed. We expect to talk with SHOLA LYNCH, filmmaker, “Chisholm ’72 - Unbought and Unbossed.� "CHISHOLM '72" recaptures the times and spirit of a watershed event in American politics, when a black woman dared to take an equa...

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TAMPA MAN OBSERVES TSUNAMI-RELATED DAMAGE - Mitch Perry

Jim Wilkes is the founder and senior partner of the Tampa law firm, Wilkes & McHugh. He flew to Thailand on Sunday and personally donated $100,000 to the relief effort aiding victims of the Tsunami.

Wilkes first became familiar with Thailand and its people while stationed there back in 1971 & 1972 during the Vietnam conflict.

He’s been in Thailand since Sunday…(roll tape#1 o.q.�The preciousness of life�)

That was Tampa attorney Jim Wilkes,...

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TAMPA HAS NEW HYBRID BUSES-Andrew Stelzer

The city of Tampa unveiled 3 new hybrid electric buses today; the first in the state of Florida to be used for public transportation. Ed Crawford works for HARTLINE, he says the hybrid buses produce up to 90 percent less pollution, and cost 25 percent less in maintenance than regular buses.

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This is the sound generated one foot away from the back of a regular HARTLINE bus

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And this is the Sound behind a hybrid bus

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But ...

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MAN ARRESTED FOR KILLING OF 3 CIVIL RIGHTS WORKERS IN 1964-Andrew Stelzer

A reputed member of the Ku Klux Klan, Edgar Ray Killen, has been arrested in the 1964 shooting deaths of 3 civil rights workers campaigning for voting rights for black people --James Chaney, a 21-year-old black man from Mississippi, and two white New Yorkers, 20-year-old Andrew Goodman and 24-year-old Michael Schwerner.

It was the first time the state has sought criminal charges in the case, which was made into the movie “Mississippi Burning� In 1967, the Justice Department t...

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