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Wednesday August 27, 2014

WORKERS' RIGHTS AT WAL-MART - Radioactivity

Author Liza Featherstone on "SELLING WOMEN SHORT, The Landmark Battle for Workers' Rights at Wal-Mart". Featherstone's book describes an atmosphere of discrimination and sexism at one of the world's largest corporations. In June 2004 a sex-discrimination lawsuit against a titan in American retail, Wal-Mart, was certified as a class action suit. The largest private civil action in history, covering 1.6 million female employees, this suit could potentially change the face of Wal-Mart, and fo...

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ACTIVIST NOT CERTAIN IF HE CAN ATTEND CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS - Mitch Perry

Last Thursday, WMNF reported how a citizen who tried to speak at the Tampa City Council meeting, was arrested before he actually got the chance.

Activist Terry Neal was following another speaker, John Dausman, whose comments had angered members of the City Council. As they spoke amongst themselves, Neal interjected, demanding to speak immediately (roll tape#1 o.q.�you gonna arrest me?�)

Neal faces charges of trespassing and disturbing a public assembly. The 2 misd...

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DAVID BOIES ON AL GORE & 2000 ELECTION - Mitch Perry

Trial Attorney David Boies is considered one of the best at what he does in the U.S.

Most Americans probably became aware of him when, working for the Justice Department, he successfully won the Government’s anti-trust case against Microsoft. He also defended Al Gore during the infamous Florida Presidential recount in 2000. Those stories are documented in his new book “Courting Justice: From New York Yankees vs. Major League Baseball to Bush vs. Gore, 1997-2000 “ââ‚...

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UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST CALLS FOR MIAMI TV STATIONS TO HAVE LICENSES REVOKED-Andrew Stelzer

The United Church of Christ is asking the FCC to reject to renewal applications of two Miami area TV stations, because of NBC and CBS refusal to air the church’s ads which promote acceptance of gay people. WMNF spoke with Chuck Currie a united Church of Christ seminarian at Eden theological seminary in St Louis. He has been working with the national board of the United Church of Christ surrounding the ad campaign and the request to the FCC.

UCC ADS

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ST PETE-CLEARWATER AIRPORT MAY EXPAND-Andrew Stelzer

In spite of complaints by area residents, and the pending departure of two airlines, Pinellas county commissioners are ready to expand the St Pete Clearwater airport. At yesterday’s commissioner meeting, Pinellas county commissioner Ken Welch is supportive of spending more money on the airport—the plan calls for investing 223 million dollars on improvements over the next 25 years.

ACT “This year we had record performance at the airport, but in the last two weeks w...

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PULITZER PRIZE WINNING TV CRITIC HOWARD ROSENBERG - Radioactivity

Rosenberg retired last year from the Los Angeles Times and has written a new book: Not so Prime Time: Chasing the Trivial on American Television (Ivan R. Dee ). In his 25 years as the newspaper's critic he chronicled the rise of reality television, Fox News and the end of the dominance of the big three networks. In this interview traced the history of reality shows, and discussed how networks like FOX, who currently devote 60 percent of their line up to unscripted shows, have influence tele...

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U.S. SENATOR BOB GRAHAM - Radioactivity

Graham is retiring from the Senate after 3 terms. He's written a new book about the intelligence failures leading to 9/11 called INTELLIGENCE MATTERS. In the book he says that there were many indications that an attack was imminent; and that low level FBI and other government employees were raising concerns. He says higher level officials ignored the signs. He also confirmed that members of the Saudi royal family were flown out of this country on a charter jet shortly after 9/11 and a majorit...

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FLORIDA CITRUS PRICES REMAIN RELATIVELY STEADY DESPITE REPORTS TO THE CONTRARY. Mark Antokas

INTRO: According to numerous newspaper accounts, the price of orange juice is expected to rise dratamatically. Because of hurricane damage this [past season, the crop has been adjusted by the states citrus commission, leading some in the media to report that prices for juice will rise. But because of a surplus in the juice as concentrate from a higher than normal crop last year, WMNF’s Mark Antokas hears conflicting remarks.

Pasco County Commissioner Ted Schraeder, who is also a cit...

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FLORIDA REGIONAL SESSION PRE-K - Mitch Perry

Today in Tallahassee was Day 2 of the Special Winter Session for the State Legislature, where again discussions were intense about the Universal Pre-Kindergarten program.

The big issues remain how long the school day would be – 3 hours, 4 hours, or as some would like it, 6 hours.

Florida House Democrat Jack Seiler, from Wilton Manors, says he doubts a 3 hour school day would be effective (roll tape#1 o.q.�very well�)

Fort Lauderdale Republican Ellyn B...

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SINCLAIR PROTEST - Mitch Perry

A coalition of liberal political groups is launching a nationwide protest against Sinclair Broadcast Group, charging that the 62-station TV broadcaster, which was also the target of intense criticism during the presidential campaign, is misusing public airwaves with partisan news programming.

The groups, led by Media Matters for America, today announced a campaign to pressure Sinclair's advertisers with letters. But the groups involved are NOT calling for an advertiser boycott – no...

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