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Wednesday August 20, 2014

SETH MNOOKIN PART II - Mitch Perry

In May of 2003, the NY Times printed a 7,000 word story about the Jayson Blair debacle……Blair was the young journalist, whose lies and plagiarizing led to a scandal that ultimately cost The Executive Editor at the NY Times, Howell Raines, and his Deputy, Gerald Boyd , their jobs.

In the final part of a 2 part interview, journalist Seth Mnookin discusses how writing about this part of the saga resembles a fictional thriller. Mnookin is the author of �Hard News: The ...

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T.R. REID ON EUROPE AND THE UKRAINE - Mitch Perry

T.R. Reid is the Rocky Mountain correspondent for The Washington Post, and the author of the new book, “The United States of Europe�….We asked him if the Ukaine situation – where the U.S. has joined with Europe in supporting the Opposition – against Russia, shows the immense influence that exists when the 2 powers unify ?

(roll tape#1 o.q.� and our economy�)

That’s T.R. Reid, now the Washington Post’s Rocky Mountain Bureau...

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SARASOTA MAY BAN PLANNED PARENTHOOD FROM SEX-ED CLASSES-Andrew Stelzer

70 teachers at Riverview High school in Sarasota have signed a letter protesting the possible removal of Planned Parenthood health education teachers from the county’s public schools system. Laura Benson is a member of the Sarasota county school board

ACT “A parent came to the school board. We have a ½ credit class, which has some sex Ed, sometimes teachers would invite and she asked us to not consider them as guest speakers. And she cam again

ACT-Benson...

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UPDATE ON THE ECONOMY - Mitch Perry

The Labor Department today reported that the economy added 112,000 payroll jobs in November, far fewer than the month before and not enough to keep up with growth in the adult population.

The gain was well below Wall Street forecasts for an increase of about 200,000 jobs, and employment in manufacturing remained stagnant for the third month in a row.

The overall unemployment rate slipped to 5.4 percent last month from 5.5 percent in October, the Labor Department said. The jobless rate ...

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TAMPA IS 2ND MEANEST STREET IN THE COUNTRY - Mitch Perry

A new report ranks Tampa as the 2nd most dangerous City in America for Pedestrians, trailing only Orlando, and just ahead of 2 other Florida Cities.

The study, from the Surface Transportation Policy Project’s “Mean Streets “ Report has consistently found Tampa over the years to be one of the worst areas in the Country for pedestrians.

In all, 4 Florida cities made the study’s top 10…..Following Tampa in the study are West Palm Beach and Fort La...

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ACLU STATE DIRECTOR HOWARD SIMON AT ST PETE TIGER BAY-Andrew Stelzer

The Director of the Florida American Civil Liberties Union, Howard Simon was in St Petersburg this afternoon, speaking to the Suncoast Tiger bay club. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report

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Howard Simon has been the Florida state director of the ACLU for the past 5 years, but he says their role in American society has changed drastically since September 11th.Since then, one of the ACLU's main responsibilities has become protecting Amer...

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A CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR TO THE IRAQ WAR - Radioactivity

As a college student Aidan Delgado signed up for the Army Reserve when he was 19. A few years later (April, 2003) he was sent to Iraq where he spent a year in Nasiriyuh and Abu Ghraib. Since his return to Sarasota (and New College) he has become a conscientious objector. Delgado will be speaking this coming Monday night (December 6th) at 7PM at the Sudakoff Center in Sarasota. He says he witnessed mistreatment of prisoners and of Iraqi civilians and says the U.S. military presence in Iraq is ...

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DAVID CATON AT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMISSION - Mitch Perry

A year and a half ago, an attempt to put an Anti-Nudity Ordinance on the 2004 Ballot in Hillsborough County was quashed by the Commission.

At the time, it appeared there was a conflict among those who support ridding the County of such clubs…..Some –such as County Commissioner Ronda Storms – wanted the issue to be put on the ballot as a referendum in last month’s election…..Others said the County Commission should vote themselves up or down on the matt...

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SETH MNOOKIN ON HARD NEWS - Mitch Perry

Nearly 2 years ago, a full blown crises erupted at one of the country’s preeminent media organizations- the New York Times – when it was revealed that a young black journalist – Jayson Blair – had reporting fabricated and or plagiarized dozens of stories.

But Seth Mnookin’s tale of that time “Hard News� goes beyond the news headlines from the spring of 2003, and presents a riveting story that’s less about Blair than about the manag...

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WORLD AIDS DAY - Mitch Perry

Thomas Lister is a nationally known, Tampa based HIV prevention advocate…This morning he was going to 2 High Schools in Hillsborough County to discuss the role young people play in stemming the tide of the pandemic.

Lister was diagnosed as HIV Positive 4 years ago…..He says the 1st barrier in talking to High School kids about the virus, is getting in the front door

(roll tape#1 o.q.�for the average person�)

That’s HIV prevention Advocate Thomas...

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