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Friday December 19, 2014

REV. PHIL BOSSERMAN OF THE GROUP FRIENDS OF HUMAN RIGHTS - Radioactivity

This is a new, local group which is focusing on the jail conditions faced by Dr. Sami Al-Arian and his co-defendants. They await trial on federal charges of raising funds for Middle East terrorist groups. FHR members met with Tampa Tribune officials today asking that the newspaper provide more balanced coverage of the Al-Arian controversy and of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

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TAMPA/HILLSBOROUGH SHARE FIRETRUCKS - Mitch Perry

The issue of whether Hillsborough County has sufficient Fire and Emergency Rescue equipment and personnel was the subject of discussion at the County’s Commission’s Bi-weekly meeting today.

Last month in Tampa, 17 year old Alonso High School Juinor Matthew Miulli collapsed during try-outs for the school’s baseball team.

His coach and County Emergency Personnel came out to try to save him, but he was pronounced dead an hour later at Town & Country Hospital...

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FLORIDA PIRG REPORT ON ALTERNATIVE ENERGY - Mitch Perry

According to a new report released today by the Florida Public Interest Research Group, investing in clean energy solutions would create over 63,000 jobs and save consumers $760 million dollars in the next 15 years.

Sean Finnerty is the Tampa Political Representative for FPIRG. He explained how his organization figures an investment in alternative energy sources would create so many new jobs (roll tape#1 o.q.� right here in Florida�)

The Report focuses on the impact...

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TERRI SCHIAVO'S PARENTS BRING BACK RANDALL TERRY-Andrew Stelzer

Terri Schaivo’s parents have brought a legendary anti-abortion activist back to Pinellas county to help save their daughter from having her feeding tube removed, only one week before Michael Schiavo, Terri’s husband, may be able to remove the tube and end a legal and medical saga that has gone on for over a decade.

ACT-Terry ‘What were in for is a constitutional showdown, Randall terry is the Founder of Operation Rescue, a pro-life organization that conducts acts...

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SPEECH BY INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER SEYMOUR HERSH ON THE ABU GRHAIB PRISON SCANDAL - Radioactivity

Seymour M. Hersh has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, four George Polk Awards, and more than a dozen other prizes, many of them for his work at the New York Times. Chain of Command is his eighth book.

Since September 11, 2001, Seymour M. Hersh has riveted readers -- and outraged the Bush Administration -- with his stories in The New Yorker, including his breakthrough pieces on the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. Now, in Chain of Command, he brings together this reporting, along with new r...

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STUDY FINDS 1 MILLION MORE RESIDUAL VOTES WERE COUNTED IN 2004-Andrew Stelzer

A new study by the Caltech-MIT voting technology project has found that in the 2004 election, about 1 million more residual votes for president were counted than in 2000. Residual votes are ballots cast which didn’t mark a choice for president or that choice was not recorded by a machine,. In 2000, 1.9 percent of ballots cast didn’t register as having a vote for president, that fell to 1.1 percent in 2004. Voting experts believe that the actual rate of people who choose not t...

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SMALL CLASS SIZE TO BE REVAMPED - Mitch Perry

Governor Jeb Bush yesterday proposed that Florida voters be given a chance to revise the class-size amendment they approved in 2002 by trading smaller classes for higher teacher pay.

Although Bush said he would like to have the issue voted on as soon as possible, House and Senate Republican leaders indicated they would more likely put it on the general election ballot in the fall of 2006.

The Governor has been against the Amendment well before it was approved by Floridians nearly 2 ½...

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CITY OF STUART BARS NEW CHAINS STORES FROM OPENING DOWNTOWN-Andrew Stelzer

The city of Stuart, 36 miles north of West Palm Beach, has created a rule that will prevent new chain stores and restaurants from opening in their downtown. Yesterday, the Stuart city commission voted unanimously to create the regulation that will help preserve the city’s historic downtown and protect locally owned small businesses.

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ACT-Daly “I was passing trough Stuart on the ay to Miami and within 3 hours bought restaurant,

Pa...

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RACISM AT NASCAR’S SIGNATURE EVENT - Mitch Perry

This Sunday an estimated 200,000 race car fans are expected to flock to Daytona for the beginning of the NASCAR season, and for the signature Daytona 500 race….

But according to the website National Vanguard, which is affiliated with the Neo-Nazi group National Alliance, just before the race, fans will be able to look into the sky and see a small plane towing a banner that reads, "Love Your Race, visit natall.com."

That is the website for the National Alliance, and ac...

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DJ GROTHE ON SCIENTIFIC DESIGN, CREATIONISM AND THE INFLUENCE OF RELIGION ON PUBLIC SCHOOL ACADEMICS - Radioactivity

As a program director for the Center for Inquiry, DJ Grothe serves as director of the CFI - On Campus, a secular, pro-science alternative to organizations such as Campus Crusade for Christ and fringe-science and paranormal movements. Mr. Grothe has traveled and lectured widely throughout North America, speaking to over a hundred campuses and communities on secular ethics, religious-political extremism, church-state separation, the role of religion in education, science advocacy and skepticism...

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